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Pulsatile neck pain post treatment for ear infection - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
User :   hi
Doctor :   How can i help you?
User :   i am coming off of a severe ear infection that lasted about a month and im having a pulsing feeling in the back right side of my neck
User :   my doctor claims this is the infection draining through the lymph nodes
Doctor :   Yes we were talking about this and you did not respond
User :   yea im sorry my internet went down
Doctor :   Ok that is fine
Doctor :   Shall we continue now
User :   yes please
Doctor :   Usually if there is a serous fluid in the middle ear and because the eustachian tube is blocked
Doctor :   there is less space for the fluid to drain
Doctor :   and which helps in growth of bacteria and thus the infection of the ear
Doctor :   Usually it takes 6 to 8 weeks for the serous fluid to resolve
Doctor :   completely
User :   ok
Doctor :   If it is more than this period yoiur doc will be testing the hearing
Doctor :   and then order the CT scan / MRI
Doctor :   if the hearing is normal
User :   it is and so is the ct
Doctor :   COming to the pulsatile pain
Doctor :   That is due to increase blood supply
Doctor :   which also coincides with the heart pumping action
Doctor :   and thus the person experiences it
Doctor :   THere would not be anything to worry about if the hearing is good
Doctor :   and the serous fluid is not anymore there in the middle ear
User :   ok, and nothing vascular to worry about?
Doctor :   Yes nothing should be worried about
Doctor :   Time sahll heal the pain
Doctor :   if the fluid is not there
User :   ok and the headaches only when lying down would probably be from the increased blood flow?
Doctor :   otherwise to drain the fluid the doc has to adopt other methods
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   and of the gravity
User :   great
Doctor :   SO you should not be worry about it
User :   i was concerned with raised intracranial pressure or an aneurysm
Doctor :   if the MRI is plain without the fluid
Doctor :   in the cavity
Doctor :   Do you have headaches or vomitings?
Doctor :   blurring of vision
Doctor :   etc
User :   no vomiting
User :   just the headaches
Doctor :   are they intense enough
User :   and they only originate from lying down
Doctor :   That is fine
User :   they are pretty intense, but can be controlled by tylenol or ibuprofen
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Dont worry about it for now, after the MRI report just chat with me again
Doctor :   I can give you some self care tips
User :   its hard when your head feels weird, i think thats what is scaring me most of all
User :   that would be great
Doctor :   DOnt mind popping xxxx
Doctor :   judiciously when you have the weird feeling
User :   ok
User :   my doctor gave me ibuprofen for the headaches but said only to take them for 3 days straight
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   These are relatively safe for the pain
Doctor :   A warm compress. It also may help to place a warm, moist cloth over the affected ear.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Dont smoke
Doctor :   If you are a smoker
Doctor :   for next few weeks
Doctor :   Ok
User :   i actually quit smoking a week and a half ago, but use chewing tobacco sparingly to wean myself off the nicotine
Doctor :   That is great
Doctor :   and keep it up
User :   my doctor thinks changing the method of nicotine intake could also have an effect on the headache
Doctor :   Yeah of course but the risk is lowered
Doctor :   THe effects of nicotine are negligible when compared to smoke
Doctor :   that emits CO
Doctor :   and other poisonous gases
User :   so quitting smoking could have something to do with the increased blood flow also?
Doctor :   Quitting of smoking can cause the headaches
Doctor :   but not with blood flow
Doctor :   Ok
User :   so the increased blood flow would just be the after effect of infection
Doctor :   Yes
User :   it would make sense. the pulsing is much greater on the side of infection
Doctor :   Yeah
Doctor :  
Is there any thing else that I could help you with?
User :   one more question
Doctor :   yes
User :   i was given 2 mg tablets of valium to help with the anxiety ive been having, is it safe to take with ibuprofen?
User :   i guess it would be because the same doctor prescribed both
Doctor :   Ibuprofen has no drug interactions with Valium
Doctor :   so it is safe
Doctor :   to take them
Doctor :   one min
User :   ok
Doctor :   Yes xxxx
Doctor :   anything else
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