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Tinnitus for weeks, normal MRI....

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  • Posted By: Jeepguy06
  • October 13, 2006
  • 01:32 AM

I am having a problem with tinnitus (ringing in ears). This has been going on for almost 2 months. It came on after starting to have some strange pain sensations in my head. Not what I would describe as a headache, but more a quick, brief dull pain. I feel it around my ears and behind my eye, and often suddenly in the right side of my head.

After reading about all the possible causes, I visited an ENT doctor. She ran hearing tests and found no hearing loss. Also, removed excess wax. Removing the wax did not fix the problem. An MRI was ordered. When I visited the doctor, I had been experiencing the ringing for about 3 weeks at that point. Oddly enough, the day I went in for the MRI, I had very little ringing.

The MRI turned out normal. I went for a followup appointment with the ENT doc. I was feeling better and actually the day of the appointment I had not any ringing. The doctor sent me on my way with a brochure on tinnitus.

Now the ringing and strange pains have come back. This time it seems even worse. What I have noticed in the last few days is these moments of ... I'll call it confusion. It seems that when I interact with someone, example coworkers or such, where I have to talk and or make facial expressions, I get this loud whooshing and roaring in my right ear (the side with the pain). This only will last for a second or two. I am still concious when this happens and aware of what is going on around me.

This is really driving me crazy. Anyone with any ideas? I am guessing I should see a neurologist next, but ... in the meantime, has anyone experienced or heard of anything such as this? It is driving me crazy. I am starting to avoid social situations, and even interacting with people. It is making me very depressed. I am 33 years old and not on any medications.

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