Hi everyone, my name is Laura, and my journey started Feb 14, 2014. It came out of nowhere, or so it seemed. Don't know if its all related but this is how it went down, on Feb 10, I thought I had a bad bladder infection, went to the Dr asap because I am not new to bladder infections and the pain can be horrible, in fact I have had many in the past 2 years, I don't always go to the dr, I went this time. She game me antibiotics, Microbid to be precise. On the fourth day I started hearing my own heartbeat in my right ear. Stopped the antibiotic. The heartbeat also seemed to become worse if i bent down, moved my head to much and basically anything that puts pressure to the head. At first drs told me it was an ear infection, I waited, didn't go away. On Feb 19, I went to the ER because i was woken up by the loud heartbeat/blood flow pulse. I was/am very scared. Drs didn't know what was going on, they took a CT scan with dye of my head and neck, the only relevant thing that came up was that on my right side mastoid I has more air cells, but other than that, no tumours or anything of the like. They referred me to a ENT, before that they sent me for various tests with an audiologists who confirm I had no fluid in my ear and that my hearing was good. I was happy I was not loosing my hearing but very sad/anxious/depressed of the uncertainty. Finally I saw the ENT on March 5, he had no explanation, he told me that perhaps my carotid artery ran very close to my ear but that I was going to have to deal with it. I couldn't believe it... I ran to my GP told her I needed more testing done. I wanted a referral to a vascular specialist or a neurologist but she won't do that. Instead she sent me for an MRI, but said she won't do anymore if it comes back clear. An specialist might know what tests are better..? I had the MRI last wednesday, before becoming very ill with fever for no reason, I had fever for 4 days, and those days were hell because my blood was pumping very hard and I thought my ear was going to go deaf. I feel like the fever was somewhat related to my bladder issues, I did not take antibiotics, I am very scared of taking anything! I am waiting for the MRI results... Today tho, I realized that if I breathe deeply like all the time the heartbeat sound is a bit quiet, I have been breathing this way ALL day today and I have been able to cope. Its been pretty bad the past 5 weeks, anxiety, depression... it all started when I was eating very healthy, exercising and doing great in school, about a month before all happened I had gotten back from an amazing trip to south america so... no stress, no anxiety... I don't get it. I thought maybe the antibiotic? who knows, also who knows why I am able to control it with my breathing. My heart goes to all of you going thru this bullshit, its fucking hard, it has taken all I got to be able to be calm. For like a week I slept in my bathtub because the bathroom's fan helped masking the noise a bit. Anyone from Calgary, Canada? or the nearby area? Anyone with pulsatile tinnitus? I send everyone good vibes, hugs and please don't hesitate to contact me. PS. Acupuncture helps a lot, deep breathing, keeping a log of symptoms, things I ate, stuff I did that day. My acupuncturist is confident I will get better and he is helping cope with this situation.