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Bitter taste in the mouth with increased tinnitus - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Im a 44 year old male, I have some really weird symptoms. For about 6 months now I have had a severe metal, bitter taste in my mouth. I also have noticed an increase of tinnitus in my ears. I always had a little tinnitus but its got worse. The most frustrating is the third symptom. When I move my eyes side to side, I immediately get a buzzing zapping sound and sensation in my ears and head. Almost like an electric shock. I know there is something wrong, but the doctors cant find anything.
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   let me read
User :   hello
Doctor :   what investigation have you undergone ?
User :   To tell you the truth, I have seen my primary doctor about the metal taste and he did not run any tests, says hes not sure what it is. I have not explained the other symptoms yet.
Doctor :   ok
User :   Its really effecting my whole outlook on life, I cant concentrate on anything
Doctor :   do you feel there is loss in the hearing of one or both ears ?
User :   I dont notice any loss of hearing
User :   but when I get the eletric zaps in my ears when I move my eyes
Doctor :   also do you get dizziness during the episode ?
User :   yes
User :   I feel like im in a fog all the time
Doctor :   so you have episodic vertigo, tinnitus and a feeling of fullness in the ear with metallic taste in the mouth
User :   yes
Doctor :   these symptoms do go in favor of inner ear affection
User :   the metal taste also
Doctor :   metal taste along with the inner ear symptoms
User :   metal taste is part of inner ear problems/in fection?
Doctor :   to explain and find out what is this you need to undergo further evaluation
Doctor :   need to meet an ENT specalist and a neurologist
User :   ok that helps
User :   could this possibly be cancer?
Doctor :   metal taste is usually not the part of ear affection but i am not sure why it has come with these symptoms
User :   ok
Doctor :   it may be a benign tumor
Doctor :   or endo lymph problem
User :   in the brain
Doctor :   yes in and around the middle and inner yaer
Doctor :   ear*
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