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Hi Guys

Just a quicky. I've started for the last week with swooshing noises in my left ear and wondered if any of you could give me a clue as to what it is?

I had a little ear ache before it started and what felt like sores just on the inside. It felt a little bumpy in my ear but didn't bleed.

What weird and wonderful things that pop up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Hi!
I dont know if I have lupus yet or not, but I have had swooshy ears! Lol! I'm sorry though, I cant tell you what it might be as this is one of the many things I never went to the doc for (I dont normally go to the gp until I've had something for a loooong time, or it's scared me! I figure most things eventually go away. Trust me, my lesson is learnt on keeping records now though!).
Like I said, I dont know why I had it (it lasted a couple of weeks in my right ear and then went but it's still semi-there in my left) but if you tilt your head to the side, does it make you go all funny feeling, eyes watering and slightly dizzy? Just curious because that's what it did to me at the peak of it. I do know some allergies can trigger it (although I've never seen any evidence of that with me), and sometimes having a cold can too.
Sorry I'm no help!
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Hi Mrs. M,

You mentioned in another post you have bad sinus problems, that can certainly cause this sensation as the tube from your nose to your ears gets blocked/clears and the pressure changes. It can affect balance and just make you feel downright awful. Best to get your GP to check this out, he may need to do something about your sinus problems, that's something extra you don't need right now :hug:

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Hi Guys and thankyou.

My sinuses are definitely playing up as my face is really painful and my eyes keep swelling. 4 years ago I was in hospital as I had fluid in my left cheek that needed draining which after I'd come back round from theatre I felt awful. I also thought my sinus problems would go but no they seem to get worse.

Starting on this CTD road at the beginning of the year the Rheumy picked straight up on the sinus problems and my GP also said that the fluid in my cheeks should have been checked further and not simply put down to sinuses?

I must admit that since feeling really unwell months ago I would often loose my balance and go to the right so maybe this ear does need further investigation!!!!!!!!!

Mrs M

Hope it's a good day for you all out there!:)
 

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Hi Mrs M,

It would be worth you seeing an ENT - your GP can refer you. They are the specialists for everything to do with ears eyes and throat, so would be able to investigate the sinuses, the ear noises and dizziness. All of these nay or may not be related, but with so many symptoms in this area the referal is certainly justified.

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The technical term for that whooshing sound is pulsatile tinnitus. If you only have it in one ear, then you really should see an ENT doctor because there are some specific conditions that may be causing it that can be addressed.

I have pulsatile tinnitus too (both ears), it clearly sounds just like my heartbeat in my ear and in my case it's just something I have to live with. Thankfully, I onlyl have to hear it when I lay down at night and have my ear against a pillow. So I don't sleep with pillows anymore. I've been told that it is due to a blood vessel near the ear but there is no need for treatment as I likely need that blood vessel there and risk of surgery would be greater than any benefit.

I guess some people get this as they age, but in my case I really think it got started after a couple of extreme coughing bouts lasting a few months each. Pretty sure that must have done something to the blood vessel near the ear as the coughing was very extreme.
 

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Oh my goodness Maia you're spot on!

I tried explaining to Hubby and said the noise is the same as when I was pregnant and the midwives would put the little thing on my tummy and I could hear my little girls heartbeat.

I think I need to go to GP and let him check it out.

Also Cath I think a referral is justified as I can't put up with it any longer. I don't like keep bothering docs but it's really bothering me.

Thankyou both for your replies and will let you know of outcome.

Take care Mrs M x
 

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Hi Guys

Went to GP yesterday with other complaints and questions ( new thread) but wanted to update this thread. Mentioned about ears several times and he said not to worry but I'm afraid I wasn't leaving until he'd checked them over! At the end of appointment I asked if he could look as my left ear was very uncomfortable. GP said that there is no infection but he could see fluid in my middle ear and not to worry!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Should he have prescribed something or referred me as he seemed like he didn't want to step on Rheumys toes. I feel although He's a great GP he can't do anything because I'm under Rheumy but Rheumy isn't doing anything?

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Hi Mrs M

Sorry to hear about your ear problem. Afew weeks ago i had the same problems with my ears,she told me to wait a while to see if it settled down, and i it has not. I worry as a year ago i was in a lovely sleep when i was woken by my right ear, the pain lasted seconds next day i could not hear went to doctor and he said eardrum had perforated.it took 3 weeks to heal.At the time i did not have cold or anything. Anyway six weeks later it perforated again and the doc said
oh you are unlucky, when i go back to see doc i am going to ask for it to be investigated as i am still getting pain.
I do hope you get better treatment than me and best of luck sandy
 

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I have hearing loss in my right ear.

For me I describe it like this...

When I was a kid and went to the beach I would pick up the conk shell and hold it over my ear.

Don't know if you comprehend what I mean but if you do.....well for me that is what it is like.

I sometimes feel like I am in a tunnel but only the right ear. Very Strange and Annoying too.:mad:
 

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Thanks Sandy & Karol for your replies :)

Hope things are ok with you Sandy!

Karol yes I completely get what you mean about the shell noise. Sometimes that happens but it's more like Maia mentioned about hearing your pulse in your ear. It's really quite uncomfortable and not right sure what I could do to help as GP doesn't seem to want to mess before Rheumy's seen me again in 6 weeks.
I'm willing to try anything for some relief from it so any suggetions are more than welcome:)

Mrs M x
 
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