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Taking alprazolam. Had a stent in circumflex artery, heart valve has leakage. Find help with?

I wake in the middle of the night with whooshing sounds in my head and mild headaches. It use to be in the early morning hours. I began to wonder and checked my blood pressure and it was high. But tonight after being asleep for about 4 hours, it woke me up. I checked my blood pressure and it was 148/98. After I am up for a little while and have a cup of coffee it tends to go away. But the crickets sounds I have in my head are 24/7. I was told that was from hearing loss . I am a 57 yr old female. I am not overweight. I take alprazolam at bedtime and about two months ago my dr started me on zanaflez. I had major back surgery about 9 months ago. The wooshing and mild headaches started about 10 yrs ago but were sporadic. Lately they are happening on a regular basis. Only at night. I have read many articles about this and am confused. I have always been a side sleeper but lately because of my back problems tend to sleep more comfortably on my tummy with one leg pulled up and one hand under my pelvic area to remove the pressure from my lower back. I had a stent in my circumflex artery about 8 yrs ago (blockage was 60 %) I took Plavix for about 5 yrs and had explosive diahrea for about the first 3 hrs of EVERY day. After discontinuing the Plavix and starting an 81mg aspirin a day the diahrea has stomped. I don t know if I have sleep apnea , (I don t snore) or blocked carotid arteries. I do know I had a stress test and echo last oct. and was told I had a heart valve that had a little leakage but nothing to be concerned about at my age. I had to be cleared for back surgery by a cardiologist because of the stent. I have read so many possibilities for this that I am totally confused. It is interfering with my sleep now and is scaring me. What should my next steps be?
Asked On : Fri, 3 Aug 2012
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At present you are worried and restless about the headaches and its interference with your sleep. Perhaps your anxieties are worsening your problems. Try to have a comfortable sleep. Change your mattress and make sure your room is airy.

In the mean time consult an ENT specialist. Your complain about, 'wooshing and cricket sounds' can be because of tinnitus which you are experiencing in your ears. Once your ears get treated you will get relieved of much of your problems.

Do not get confused or scared just relax. I don't think you will have but if you have the same problems after your ears are inspected and treated do consult your cardiologist.
Answered: Sat, 22 Sep 2012
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