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my MOM is having problems with her head

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • November 23, 2008
  • 00:41 AM

she hears a roaring in her ears and her head feels heavy, escpecially when she lays down. she's had these problems for a while, i think. she has a habit of slapping her head or rolling her head or pulling her hair to stop the pounding i guess. i'm getting really freaked out/worried. she's a little stubborn about going to the doctor, but i think it's because we can't afford it right now. if anyone could suggest anything, it'd be greatly appreciated.

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  • My mum has been having similar symptoms on and off for a couple of years now. She has a 'fullness' in her ears ,intermittent deafness, dizziness and a 'blocked nose'. I thought she may have Menieres disease but her doctor has said 'no' without any formal testing to diagnose properly. She is becoming forgetful (71 years old). I am increasingly worried as the other day I asked her what year it was and she replied '2003? 2007?' She forgets things like names but they come to her after a few minutes. She is now suffering from 'pounding' at the back of her head which wakes her in the early hours of the morning but finds that if she takes a paracetamol before bed, this stops the headache occuring. She is suffering from anxiety and seems to have deteriorated from a sprightly lady to really quite elderly and 'doddery'. Her doctor has now -at last- referred her to a neurologist though hasn't explained what for!! What is wrong with GPs in the UK? Why are they so reluctant to refer patients to specialists on the NHS?Does anyone recognise these symptoms? Can anyone suggest what may be wrong?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 28, 2008
    • 09:11 PM
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  • http://www.ata.org/abouttinnitus/patient_faq.php What is tinnitus?Tinnitus is the medical term for the perception of sound in one or both ears or in the head when no external sound is present. It is often referred to as "ringing in the ears," although some people hear hissing, ROARING, whistling, chirping, or clicking. Tinnitus can be intermittent or constant-with single or multiple tones-and its perceived volume can range from subtle to shattering. What causes tinnitus?The exact physiological cause or causes of tinnitus are not known. There are, however, several likely sources, all of which are known to trigger or worsen tinnitus.Noise-induced hearing loss - Exposure to loud noises can damage and even destroy hair cells, called cilia, in the inner ear. Once damaged, these hair cells cannot be renewed or replaced. Hearing loss can also be caused by excessive noise exposure. Coincidentally, up to 90 percent of all tinnitus patients have some level of hearing loss.Wax build-up in the ear canal - The amount of wax ears produce varies by individual. Sometimes, people produce enough wax that their hearing can be compromised or their tinnitus can seem louder. If you produce a lot of earwax, speak to your physician about having excess wax removed manually-not with a cotton swab, but by an otolaryngologist (also called an ear, nose, and throat doctor).Certain medications - Some medications are ototoxic-that is, the medications are toxic to the ear. Other medications will produce tinnitus as a side effect without damaging the inner ear. Effects, which can depend on the dosage of the medication, can be temporary or permanent. Before taking any medication, make sure that your prescribing physician is aware of your tinnitus, and discuss alternative medications that may be available.Ear or sinus infections - Many people, including children, experience tinnitus along with an ear or sinus infection. Generally, the tinnitus will lessen and gradually go away once the infection is healed.Jaw misalignment - Some people have misaligned jaw joints or jaw muscles, which can not only induce tinnitus, but also affect cranial muscles and nerves and shock absorbers in the jaw joint. Many dentists specialize in this temporomandibular jaw misalignment and can provide assistance with treatment.Cardiovascular disease - Approximately 3 percent of tinnitus patients experience pulsatile tinnitus; people with pulsatile tinnitus typically hear a rhythmic pulsing, often in time with a heartbeat. Pulsatile tinnitus can indicate the presence of a vascular condition-where the blood flow through veins and arteries is compromised-like a heart murmur, hypertension, or hardening of the arteries.Certain types of tumors - Very rarely, people have a benign and slow-growing tumor on their auditory, vestibular, or facial nerves. These tumors can cause tinnitus, deafness, facial paralysis, and loss of balance.Head and neck trauma - Physical trauma to the head and neck can induce tinnitus. Other symptoms include headaches, vertigo, and memory loss.Certain disorders, such as hypo- or hyperthroidism, lyme disease, fibromyalgia, and throacic outlet syndrome, can have tinnitus as a symptom. When tinnitus is a symptom of another disorder, treating the disorder can help alleviate the tinnitus.""
    taniaaust1 2,267 Replies
    • November 29, 2008
    • 04:12 AM
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