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ear pressure/ringing

HI I AM 26 YEAR OLD FEMALE - GOOD HEALTH EXCEPT I HAVE CHRONIC SINUSITUS - HAD AN MRI IN NOVEMBER THAT SHOWED THAT. FOR THE PAST COUPLE WEEKS, I HAVE HAD RINGING IN MY RIGHT EAR AND A FULLNESS AND SOME PAIN. I HAVE ALSO HAD STRANGE SPOT HEADACHES ON THAT SIDE. I'M A LITTLE OCD SO THIS CONCERNS ME. I HAVE BEEN AFRIAD OF ANEURYSMS MY WHOLE LIFE AND WAS WONDERING IF THIS COULD BE THAT. I HAD A CT SCAN MRI/MRA IN NOVEMBER WHICH WAS CLEAR EXCEPT FOR THE CHRONIC SINUSITIS. FOR THE PAST COUPLE DAYS, THIS FULLNESS/PAIN HAS GOTTEN WORSE. I HAD A SINUS INFECTION LAST WEEK BUT TOOK THE Z-PACK AND ALL THE OTHER SYMPTOMS I HAD CLEARED UP EXCEPT FOR THIS EAR STUFF AND SOME SPOT HEADACHES. THERE IS ALSO A CLICKING SOUND WHEN I CHEW OR TALK OR OPEN MY JAW WIDE. ALSO, I CAN HEAR MY HEARTBEAT IN MY EAR SOME AND SOME SWOOSHING NOISE. IT DRIVES ME CRAZY AT NIGHT ESPECIALLY.
MY QUESTIONS ARE..
1. COULD THIS BE AN ANEURYSM?
2. CAN AN ANEURYSM GROW THAT FAST (IN 2 MONTHS)?
3. SHOULD I SEEK MEDICAL HELP RIGHT AWAY?
4. DO I NEED MORE ANTIBIOTICS?
5. IS THERE ANYTHING I CAN DO FOR IT?
I GO TO THE ENT ON THE 30TH BUT THESE SOUNDS AND FEELINGS ARE DRIVING ME CRAZY AND WOULD JUST LIKE TO KNOW IF THIS IS SOMETHING SERIOUS. YOUR HELP WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED!
THANK YOU!
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This does not sound at all like an anuerysm. It sounds as if you have fluid in your ears. Your headaches are probably sinus related.The jaw clicking may or may not be related.If you don't feel any better within 5 days after your z-pack I would call the dr. and get in sooner, you may just need a stronger antibiotic.
You are not going to die from this. Don't worry so much!

Good Luck.
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I finished the antibiotic on Wednesday and the symptoms are worse now.  The fullness in my right ear is worse today and I can hardly hear out of it.  I tried putting swimmers ear drops in to see if I could get relief, but none.  Thanks for being so kind and responding.  Are you sure it couldn't be a brain aneurysm?  Can they grow that fast or not?  Should I go ahead and call my doctor again?   Thanks so much!
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No I don't think this has anything to do with an anuerysm at all. Considering your mri,ct scan and mra there is no chance of one being there.No more worrying about it, k?
Call your dr. in the morning and explain that your symptoms have not gone away since taking the z-pac. He/she will give you a stonger antibiotic.
  Do not put any other drops in your ear unless given to you by your dr. Your ears are already full and adding liquid will only make it worse.You can put your hair dryer on low/cool setting and gently let the air blow in your ear, just do not put on high with heat. This will help a little bit.
  Good luck.
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Seems like TMJ.
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In 1988 my foot was crushed at work. Two weeks later I had a terrible headache and began to hear a loud ringing in my right ear. I went to an Audiologist who reccomended an MRI. Of course me being much smarter than the doctor, said it was just an earache and a little noise so I went to another doctor (who agreed with me) and he put me on powerful antibiotics. I was on the antibiotics for about 5 days when the second Dr sent me for an MRI. More than a month had past since my first injury (remember it was a broken foot). The results of the MRI were devestating because it showed I had experienced a series of strokes that would leave me 80% deaf for life and have a headache forever. The doctor also predicted future strokes of which there have been 3. The MRI showed evidence of a stroke which are undisguiseable. If you have had an MRI it would show tell-tell evidence of that event. If you were given a chance to look at the picture you would see either a darker or lighter area in the brain (depending on the picture contrast)if there was such an event. If there is a difference in contrast I would certainly get a second opinion. In 1995 I had my second stroke and the radiologist at the hospital sent me home telling me it was only a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA). It turned out to be a stroke that partially paralyzed my right side. For that reason, I reccomend getting a second opinion. But don't do it worried. It really does not sound like you have had a neurologic event.
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By the way, the ringing in your ears is called Tinnitis.
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If you don't mind my asking, how old were you when this occured?  My symptoms keeping getting stranger.  At first I was scared of an aneurysm but after exploring on the internet I am now scared of a stroke or cvt or venous sinus thrombosis.  I don't know what to think.  This is very scary.  I have had a headache...not non-stop but still a headache for 9 days now.  I am also very tired.  I sleep probably about 12 hours a night and take naps during the day as well.  I have these strange spot headaches on teh right side (the same side as my "pulsatile tinnitus") and I have an almost constant band-like pressure in the front of my head over my eyes.  It feels like increased pressure in my head.  So I'm tired all the time, have lots of weird headaches, head pressure, ringing in one ear and can feel fullness and my heartbeat in that ear.  Does anyone know what this could be?????  I called my neuro who set up an appt. next week but I can't wait that long - I'm going crazy!!!  She told me I had a CT, MRI and MRA on Oct 31st of '06 so not even 3 months ago.  What could have changed?  I do have migraines but I have never had this ear thing.  Do you think I could have a stroke or something like it at 26?  Any answers would be greatly appreciated!!!
Thanks!!!
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By the way, I was 37 years old when I had the Cluster Stroke in 1988.
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There is a possibility you have had a stroke. When I had my second of four strokes in 1995, the ER Dr. sent me home telling me I had a TIA  (Trans Ischemic Attack). The following day I had the same CAT scan reread by a neurologist who hospitalized me immediately. I had a severe frontal lobe stroke that partially paralyzed my right side (I am still numb on that side). Strokes can happen in a micro-second. If your symptoms now are different than they were when you had your last CAT in October there might be different things causing them now. When I had my first stroke in 1988 I had no idea what Tinnitis was. I just had a new 'ringing' in my ear. I went to an ear Dr. who suggested an MRI of the brain. I laughed at him and told him I just had an infection. Went to another Dr. who eventually also ordered an MRI. I had a cluster stroke. I had this small group of strokes weeks earlier. Had I gone for the MRI when first ordered I might have saved my hearing but I was smarter than that guy, right? Wrong. If you have the means to have an MRI now do it. If you are required by insurance to have a referral detour that requirement and go to ER. But ask for a Neurologist to read your MRIs. It might be nothing but an ear infection or something simple like that but if its a stroke you want to know that right away to minimize the damage. Good luck.
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Read my comments to Facial Pain 2/15.  Sounds like TMJ (jaw joint)  A womderful web site is Dr. Richard Keller, www.dockeller.com.  I thought I was loosing my mind until I read about it and am getting help now.
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I have the same exact thing. Ringing in my right ear, headaches, particularly in my forehead, around my eyes, and on the top of my head. The headaches keep switching spots. Is it possible to have chronic sinusitis without any stuffy or runny nose, and with the headaches not being necessarily where my sinuses are? i need to know, I'm starting to freak out a little.
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I have a very similar thing going on. I'm 23, healthy, and have ringing in my ears all the time. It used to be intermittent swoosh sounds, now it's just ringing. Just today seemingly out of nowhere the ringing in my right ear got really loud, and my voice sounds funny to me when I talk as if my ear needs to be popped. It's somewhat disorienting. I wear glasses for astigmatism and farsightedness (when I read), so I guess my blurred vision is normal...however, it does seem worse than usual. It doesn't feel like a dire emergency, but it is incredibly ANNOYING...because it is so loud, and it changes the sounds I hear. My boyfriend says when he looks in my ear with an LED he can see clear to my skull...so I don't think it's wax buildup. Nothing I can find on the internet leads me to think I should go to the ER...anyone beg to differ?
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In my case,
I first began waking up a few mornings with jaw pain as if I had been biting hard or quenching my teeth all night. But the pain seem the disappear 10 mins later and I was fine throughout the day. Then one day I woke up with the same symtoms (symptoms), only now my ears were also hurting and the ringing was immediately noticed.

This was 2 weeks ago. I no longer have pain but I still have the ringing.
Some times I take naps and when I wake up the ringing seems louder than usual.

Nothing, not even music or driving with the windows open hides this ringing. Nights are worse. Its like being in hell. I usually stay up watching a movie until I can no longer contain my sleep in order to go to bed, otherwise it is impossible to get some rest.

My jaw feels tired or sore as if I'm under a lot of tension.

My teeth (specially the molars) feel as if I been biting hard.

also I have notice sometimes the tip of my fingers will get numb while in bed. I change posture and this is corrected.

I have heard a lot
from TMJ, blood presure, stress, I might just be going deaf, might get a heart attack, etc.

I will visit a doctor as soon as i get some type of insurance.

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my husband experienced ringing in the ears for no apparent reason. He went to a neurologist and we discovered he has permanent hearing loss in one ear. They checked for a brain tumor, he was good. Then they thought it might be minears  (sp)? disease, but he never developed the spinning/dizziness. The ringing lasted over a year, but now it seems to be gone! White noise (fan on low) helped him sleep at night.
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I also have a problem like this. There is a ringing in my ear that happens at random (maybe onceor twice a week) on the left side, there is always pressure on the left side of my head and is very uncomfortable to lay on as I sleep( my doctor said the headache on one side is from stress), and also my left nostril keeps on getting stuffed up and I am just breathing out of my left nostril. What do you think this is?
it's scaring me because all of this is the left side of my head and I think it's a tumor. Can you tell if it's a tumor?
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i also have ringing in my ears and a pressure type felling behind my ears like a fullness, i just this min got bk from the dors in a total panic, he told me to go bk in 2 weeks if no better ive had it a week, i asked him if it were life threating (i panic a lot) he said i dont know i dont think it is , highly unlikely just come bk in 2 weeks, now im scared, blood pressure pulse all normal even looking in my  ears was no all normal, but still im scared
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