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constant headache and fluid draining into ears

If anyone can look at the attached films I would greatly appreciate it.  I have a constant headache 24 hrs a day.  I also have ringing in the ears with fullness and pressure.  There is a specific pain on the right side of my head that when I feel a pressure building up I then feel a release of fluid. After the fluid drains I then notice the ringing in the ears, and a slight crackling sound in the back of the neck area.  This has been going on for sometime, and each test I take a Doctor either has a different answer or tells me everything is negavitve.  Please note on the MRI the right side in the area of the auditory canal there is a white spot shown (this is with contrast)There are also three smaller white spots including one on the left.  Also on the cisernogram (I circled the areas in question and put a question mark)  I have  been told my tests are negative.  As for the spots on the tests, I have been told that I moved my head, its something on the lens, or I was wearing an earring,The problem I have with any of the above, if it was an earring or anything else would it not show up in each picture taken especially in the cisternogram?
I would greatly appreciate any help.  I cannot take feeling this way anymore.
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Unfortunately there are no films to review, so its difficult to comment on your questions. I'm sorry to hear that your headaches persist.

There can be 'artifacts' on MRI scans from a variety of sources including motion, metallic objects, etc. To an experienced reader, artifacts are usually easily seperated from real findings. Metallic objects on the MRI appear as dark areas obscuring detail for a large area around the object rather than a bright spot. Normally MRI techs will remove all metallic jewelry etc prior to an MRI scan.

A cisternogram is a different type of scan altogether from an MRI scan, although metal objects still need to be removed, and could cause 'artifact'/an artifical black spot (area of decreased radioactive tracer uptake) if not removed.

Good luck
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cisternogram
http://community.webshots.com/photo/546590188/2874820810084724211YpsIGG
MRI
http://community.webshots.com/photo/546590188/2125892960084724211jZvXKU
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sorry, would like to add one more comment.  On two occasions my prolactin levels were 37, normal was 21.  The endorcrinologist said that can ultimatley signal a problem with the pitturary gland.  I told the doctor what my symptoms were (also letting her know each doctor said my MRI's were clear) THe doctor told me a few  things can raise the prolactin level, prescription medicince which I am not on and a tumor to which she said the levels would be much higher.  The doctor after hearing my symptons said to her it signals something is going on because of the numbers and that it is possible something in the area of the brain can aggravate or irratate the piturary gland causing it to cause higher levels.  I would like to know your opionion.  She also wanted to put me on medicince.  I do not want to go on it, because I know something is not right and I dont beleive the medicine is the answer.  Thank you for reading this.
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Perhaps you have a cyst or something in your sinus or ear canal that wont clear up... have you tried cutting out all dairy or perhaps using anti biotics or ear drops to get rid of a stubborn infection? Sounds silly but maybe a little swimming in a chlorinated pool?

Also, try blowing up balloons 10 times a day for a minute... it might clear things up.

I've noticed this has been going on some time for you? If I had headaches 24x7 and was sure of that white spot on the MRI being something, I'd save some money again and get a 2nd or 3rd MRI. I know it sux but I don't think you're going to get any answers otherwise.
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I have been facing a similar problem for past 15 months. Here the History:

I am 31year man with family. I am happy and enjoy my day to day life with my wife, kid and work.

I have a Saturday Night Palsy and my doctor put me on 24mg Medrol. On the third day of the medication I fanited in my office and from there onwards it got worse. My blood pressure increased and with this came along a series of other problems.
I was on Medrol for a week which was on a decreasing the drug step by step.

Now, after this I have frequent headches, I have diziness and I have some lightness feeling in my legs as well. I have been consulting my primary and all the resports has so far cleared.
I had the blood, urine test, then I had the CT scan of my kidneys and last week I had the X-ray of my skull for Sinus.

The doctor suspect Sinus blockage as of now.

I feel dizzy all of a sudden and feel uncomfortable. Some times I feel sudden movement of the floor and do have mild headaches as well. Loud Noise irritates me. I am not sure whats wrong with me , but it testing me with my career and my day to day life.

Please suggest....

regards,
Arjun

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hi I am not sure what saturday night palsy is but I wish you luck in taking care of yourself. As we all need to do go with our gut knowing something is wrong, the only thing we can do is what I am doing seeking help with doctor after doctor.
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if you see this please see one of the additional comments I posted i put the web addresses where you can highlight the address and pull up the picture... thank you.
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