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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I have some symptoms now for about 6 months. Its starts in the early afternoon, which is strange. When I look either left or right with my eyes, I immedeatly get a sinking feeling sorta like when your like standing on the edge of a cliff and you get a sinking feeling in you stomach. Its like a brief 1 to 2 seconds like a zap going through my head and ears in addition to the sinking feeling. This happens whenever I move my eyes to the right or left. I also have a bitter metal taste in my mouth, I have been to a dentist and he does not see any problems. Both of these symptoms started at the same time. I will see a doctor soon, but Im not sure what kind of doctor to see. What could this possibly be?
Doctor :   Hi
User :   hello
Doctor :   let me read
User :   its really affecting me mentally
Doctor :   do you have any buzzing kind of sound sensation in the ears
User :   yes when I move my eyes I get a buzzing almost like a brain zap go through my ears and loud ringing
User :   I do not have vertigo
Doctor :   it is some inner ear affection
Doctor :   you need to get it evaluated by ENT specalist and may also require a neurologist opinion
User :   Ive had ringing ears for 20 years after a infection that was full blown
Doctor :   first see an ENT specalist
User :   ent first?
Doctor :   the present problem seems to as a result of the ear infection you suffered
User :   if I have ear problem would that cause the sinking feeling when I move my eyes/
Doctor :   yes it can cause
User :   This is the strange thing the last time i WENT TO GET MY EARS LOOKED OUT THEY COULD FIND NOTHING, BUT AT THAT TIME i ONLY HAD THE RINGING
User :   ANY ADVISE ON THE METAL TASTE IT WONT LEAVE
Doctor :   the cause for the sinking feeling and ringing in the ears(tinnitus) and the metal taste in mouth should be diagnosed
User :   OK i WILL MAKE AN APPOINTMENT
User :   THANK YOU
Doctor :   once the specific diagnosis is made than only the treatment option can be discussed
Doctor :   it might require neurologist help also for the ENT specalist
Doctor :   thanks for consulting health care magic
Doctor :   bye for now
User :   SO IT COULD BE INNER EAR
Doctor :   yes it is the inner ear and the surrounding region
Doctor :   since it is very near to the brain
Doctor :   even a neurologist might be required
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