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Hi all, I'm 28 year old female who has had pulsatile tinnitus for a year now, and it's caused me severe depression, even contemplating suicide at my low points.
It all started in late pregnant with my first child, it wasn't constant and mainly when exercising or bending, doctors said very normal due to increased blood flow and that it would go.
It never went and became constant after I had my baby two weeks late via c section. It is there 24 hours a day and can sometimes become so loud I can hardly hear anything else, it's a clear thumping sound of my blood flow(completely in time with my pulse) and increases during exercise. It sounds like a bass drum! I can also feel it pumping away when it gets bad.
From my research it seems everything says it is almost always vascular in nature, with many scary causes. However my GP and ENT are dismissing this as regular tinnitus. There is a clear difference. I had an MRI of my ears and a hearing test, all fine. I'm worried it is a problem with an artery in my neck or brain etc, I know I am young but I smoked since teenage years quite heavily and only quit when I conceived.
It is far worse in the morning when waking it's unbearable. I feel like a walking blood vessel and I'm scared I'm going to have a stroke)/heart attack.
How do i get my GP to listen, they know I'm very anxious about this but I don't think they're taking me seriously how much it's affecting my life, if it were regular tinnitus I understand that a cause is difficult to find or treat, but this isn't regular tinnitus and I'm worried.
Any advice or similar experience welcome please
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