Right before Christmas I started hearing a loud, swishing sound in my ear every time I went to bed. It sounded like it was in perfect rhythm with my heartbeat, like I was hearing my heart beat inside my ear. It was so annoying. The weather had been going back and forth from warm to cold so much I figured it was just a sinus problem. I treated it as such and tried several decongestants. I even tried some over the counter ear drops, but nothing helped.
A couple of weeks passed and I decided to consult Dr. Google. Dr. Google is great for scaring the heck out of us, no? Anyway, Dr. Google said that I probably had Pulsatile Tinnitus. And it really did sound as if I did. The symptoms were all there…swishing sound in the ears, worse at bedtime, etc. Just from reading the comments of other people on several articles I read about pulsatile tinnitus it seemed like there wasn’t much hope of it going away soon. It sounded like something you had to wait out or consult a ton of specialists. Have you tried getting an appointment with a specialist lately? Ha!
In the meantime, along with having this annoying swishing sound in my ear (which at this point had become more noticeable during the day time), I was very irritable. I came home from work and HAD to have a nap. I normally stay up until around ten every night, but by 8:00 P.M. I was wiped out, even though I’d had a nap just a few short hours earlier. I found myself slacking on the housework (something I don’t really ever slack on) and rushing my son through his homework so I could go to bed again. I chalked it up to getting older. I’m 41, so that’s ancient, right?
This past Thursday afternoon, I started to feel just rotten at work by the end of the day. I could feel a full-blown sinus infection coming on, I was running fever, and my head and neck felt so tight I thought that my head just might pop right off. I also noticed that swishing sound was louder and more annoying than ever. I decided the next day I was taking a sick day. I HAD to get some relief and I HAD to figure out how to get rid of that annoying sound in my ears once and for all. I didn’t care how many specialists I had to see. The sound was maddening at this point!
And so the next day I went to the doctor. Yes, he could see my right ear was a little irritated. Yes, he could see my sinus issue was about to become a full blown case of the Delta Crud. But that’s not the reason why my ears were swishing. Do you know why my ears were swishing?
My blood pressure was 180/110.
Blood pressure. Now, I did have some blood pressure issues right after I had my son, but it quickly resolved and I never felt like this. My doctor said it was pretty near the “freak out range” and prescribed me some medication and so I took that little pill and prayed it would give me some relief.
By that night I could feel the pressure releasing from my head and neck area. By the next day, I was stirring around better and noticed the swishing sound was just a faint little swish. By that night, I was cleaning my house with little effort and worried that I was overdoing it. But I was doing it…and it didn’t seem to be sucking the life out of me anymore!
I can’t believe I walked around for over a month like this. I can’t believe how truly horrible I was feeling, but didn’t realize it. The pain and pressure had just become something I was resigned to live with. I even blamed it on my arthritis and the weather!
All this to say…..if you reached this post by consulting Dr. Google about a swishing sound in your ear, for Pete’s sake, GO TO YOUR DOCTOR AND GET YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE CHECKED! I’m not kidding. I never would have thought it was this either, because I didn’t have a blood pressure problem to begin with. But I do now.
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