Questions About Ear Muscle Spasms and Pulsatile Tinnitus

Discussion in 'Support' started by Hil, May 29, 2016.

    1. Hil

      Hil Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Not sure if this is the right forum to post this in, but here goes:

      Trying to put the pieces together as to what's causing my tinnitus. It began after getting off one antidepressant, and beginning another. However, I had some ear anomalies before that.

      I've always had some (SLIGHT) sensitivity to loud sounds, especially in the morning when I first get up.

      Maybe 3 or 4 times in the past several years, when I've gone to bed at night there's a faint clicking or ticking that sounds like it's in my throat or ear. Want to stress that that's only happened on a few occasions.

      Within the past several years, I get a crunching sound, or like a sound of strained air moving in my left ear if I'm riding in my car listening to music, and certain high pitches hit my ear. Only happens once in a while.

      When I wake up in the morning, while I'm lying in bed if I yawn/stretch my body, I get that high, strained air moving sound in my ears, and like rhythmic contraction of muscles which makes it sound like a "whoosh, whoosh, whoosh,", and then it stops.

      If I make a high, sharp noise like clinking a fork on a plate, my left ear makes a "cr-crunch" sound immediately after, and I can feel it. It's like a muscle contracting.

      2 years ago I had tinnitus for a month, where I was hearing 2 different tones in my right ear going back and forth in a morse code pattern. This coincided with a crackling sound in my ear. My doc said probably fluid in ear. It resolved, but returned on numerous occasions (much fainter) and the back-and-forth of the two tones would sometimes switch to just the higher tone happening in sync with my heartbeat.

      I have about 6 different tinnitus sounds now. Every 6-7 weeks, a new sound has showed up.

      When I am very relaxed, like when I wake up and haven't gotten out of bed yet, I don't hear very much in the way of tinnitus. But as I get more and more awake, and get up, the sounds pick up. It seems like it's connected to general arousal level, or blood circulation or something.

      I also have been getting the "fleeting tinnitus" several times a month. Where all of a sudden I hear an "eeeee" for just a few seconds and it fades out.

      Does this sound like TTTS or Stapedial myoclonus?
      And can the spasming of those muscles ever cause pulsatile tinnitus?

      I am still in "discontinuation syndrome" as they call it, from an antidepressant. I had a severe reaction to coming off that medication. One of the bigger symptoms from that has been muscle tightness and spasms (and general anxiety). I have been having trouble with that for about 14 months. However, the tinnitus didn't begin until the fall after I got off that med completely, and started a new antidepressant.
    2. lapidus

      lapidus Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      Sounds like TTTS but I'm no expert.

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