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What causes sound of pulse in ear?

At night only, I can hear my pulse in my right ear only along with a roar. Breathing makes it pause, but then it starts again. I get up and go to different parts of my house, and the roar is in my right ear still. During the day, I don't hear the roar (and perhaps that's because I'm keyboarding, washing machine is going, dishwasher is going, and so on). I am age 54, 5'2", 210 pounds, and am on medication to control my high blood pressure. I have PTSD and take Effexer 75 mg every other night. Sometimes I take Xanax. I workout at least 3x week, cardio walking and lifting weights. I struggle with food choices because I was a compulsive overeater, and now I make poor food choices but don't eat food until I'm too full. Any insight you can provide is most appreciated.
Tue, 26 Jul 2016
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Welcome and thank you for asking on HCM!

I carefully passed through your question and would explain that your symptoms could be related to different disorders:

- an inner ear disorder (as your symptoms occur only in the right ear)
- high blood pressure
- chronic anemia
- thyroid dysfunction
- an intracranial vessel malformation.

That is why, I recommend consulting with your attending physician for a careful physical exam and some tests:

- complete blood count
- thyroid hormone levels.

An ENT specialist consult would help exclude possible inner ear disorder.

If an intracranial cause is suspected a brain MRI may be needed.

Meanwhile, I recommend you to closely monitor your blood pressure and refer those values to your attending physician.

Hope to have been helpful!

Kind regards,

Dr. Iliri
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