Arterial Pulsatile Tinnitus When I Plug My Ear/Rest on Pillow

Discussion in 'Support' started by IYIiKe, Mar 25, 2024.

    1. IYIiKe

      IYIiKe Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Possible Ototoxic Reaction to Sertraline and Hydroxyzine
      Hey all.

      Among other conditions I have noticed in my fore into tinnitus, is that my right ear exhibits a very loud heartbeat/thump that seems too fast for a heartbeat. My only guess is it's a major artery close by. I hear it when I push my finger in and apply moderate pressure, and similarly, I have a hard time sleeping on my right side because pressure from the pillow will bring the anxiety-inducing beating.

      I've had an MRI that was clean. I'm guessing that if I brought this up with my ENT, they would refer me for a cardiologist or some sort of heart test? Would it be safe to discount this if the MRI is clean?
    2. LauraK4

      LauraK4 Member

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      I’m not a doctor, but I don’t think an MRI would explain the thumping. Sometimes, my heart thumps, too, and maybe when this happens to you, you’re hearing it because of the positioning of the artery. I think it would be a good idea to mention it to your ENT; it wouldn’t hurt.

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