Pulsatile Tinnitus Due to Anxiety?

Discussion in 'Support' started by bluesky887, Jul 1, 2020.

    1. bluesky887

      bluesky887 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Hi all,

      Ever since the pandemic started, I developed pretty bad anxiety. About a month in, I developed pulsatile tinnitus in my right ear. I can only hear it when I'm lying down on my right side, and it disappears after a while (a few minutes), or sometimes when I stand up or lie down (in those cases, it disappears after seconds and I also experience a feeling of head fullness for a few seconds as well). I also hear it in the morning when I wake up, but again, it goes away after a while. The noise is a whooshing sound, not a heart beat. How worried should I be about this? It doesn't really affect my everyday life, and I just don't want it to be anything serious. I know that ideally I should see a doctor, but with the pandemic spiking again, I'm pretty wary of going to a hospital.

      Like I said, I'm pretty sure it's related to anxiety or from lying down a lot during quarantine, as I've never had this issue before. I do have a lot of neck tension due to both reasons, and I'm pretty sure I have mild TMJ because my jaw clicks when I open/close it.

      Sorry for the long post, but any advice would be much appreciated! I'm 21 and in good health from what I know (blood pressure is normal, no preexisting health conditions) and my parents think I'm over-worrying about this.
       
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    2. tiniturtle

      tiniturtle Member

      Location:
      Rochester, NY
      Tinnitus Since:
      3/19/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Paromomycin
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    3. Greg Sacramento

      Greg Sacramento Member Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame Advocate

      Tinnitus Since:
      April 2011
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      syringing and now somatic T dental work
      @bluesky887 At your age, anxiety usually does not have a direct cause connection to pulsatile tinnitus. It can if older - at 65 years of age. Sometimes a few years younger.

      Anxiety caused me hypertension - a rise in blood pressure - where a had a sudden and brief hypertension crises. This caused an abdominal aortic aneurysm where blood flow increased to carotid arteries causing PT. This isn't a rare happening. I also have peripheral arterial disease (PAD) which primarily results from atherosclerosis that also directs higher blood flow to the carotid arteries. Along with that - I have heart disease - I'm a winner.

      This may be what's going on for you .
      https://www.anxietycentre.com/anxiety/symptoms/pulsing-in-the-ear.shtml
       
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      bluesky887

      bluesky887 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      @tiniturtle I just had an appointment with a gp about this, and she's doing some blood tests in a few days. I know this probably won't find the cause, but hopefully it's the first step. I'll definitely try to push for a International radiologist referral though. Also, you mentioned that you had a DAVF - do you know if they usually show up in an MRA? or is a ct angiogram absolutely necessary?

      @Greg Sacramento So sorry you had to go through all that and thank you for the article! It describes almost exactly my situation, especially since the my PT started when I was going through one of the most anxious times in my life
       
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      bluesky887

      bluesky887 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      update: it randomly went away this afternoon? I heard that it can be a bad sign sometimes - what should I do at this point?
       
    6. tiniturtle

      tiniturtle Member

      Location:
      Rochester, NY
      Tinnitus Since:
      3/19/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Paromomycin
      It does come and go. Don't stress about it, just make a plan to have it evaluated. You want to see a neuro interventional radiologist. To answer your question, an MRI and MRA can sometimes indicate or hint at the existence of a DAVF, but the only way to confirm it is with a cerebral angiogram.
       
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