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Have you had an ear exam?
I see, and can you tell me what question about this condition you would like me to answer?
what could be causing the pulsations in my head? they are just above and to the right of my righ t ear/
So not in your ear?
Are you there?
I mean, they are not inside your ear?
Can you see my replies?
yes i can
no not in my ear
Are you having computer problems?
in my head
i am here
just concerned with throbbing in my head the tips of both ears get birght red sometimes
i also have optic neuritis diagnose in oct 2010 by eye dr.. he thinks an emboli broke loose during surgery and landed in my righ t eye
There are many possible causesThe most likely would be a venous hum from increased blood flow in your jugular veinoran arterio-venous malformation, which is an abnormal connection between an artery and a vein
are either one very serious? and how would i have them checked?
by the way thank you very much fo rthis help i have been thru so much in last 12 months
A venous hum is not very serious, but an AV malformation may lead to headaches and other conditions
The initial test would be a CT scan
And from there a possible MRI with contrast, or a CT angiogram/ MR angiogram
iu had one in december of 2010 and have had 2 mris of my brain because of the optic neuritis
all came back clear
Have you had the humming since then?
yes the pulsating which i wouldnt really describe as a humming started 3-4 weeks ago
is it possible my carotid artery is blocked ?
No, it is not blocked, it would likely cause a stroke if it was blocked
ok thank you that is a relief
You're welcome, is there anything else you would like to ask on this topic?
so if u were me and the pulsdating continues on or gets worse? what would be the 1st thing u would do?
I would have an MR angiogram, which would show the blood vessels
is that like an mri ? do I get in the mri machine for that?
Yes, but it concentrates on the arteries
ok but just to be sure its not an mri? doesnt last as long as an mri ?
It can last as long as an MRI, but they will inject fluid that will show your arteries mainly
by the way Dr . I just had a nuclear stress test of my heart 3 weeks ago. would that have shown my arteries like the mr angiogram does?
No, that would not, the MR angiogram is for your head
ok thats what i thought... just 1 mor e question then i will sign off
if i do have this mr angiogram do i have ot worry about radiation doses since ive had 2 mris of my brain in last year
MRI's do not emit dangerous radiation
thanks you dr.. i appreciate your answers...
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