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Hello All, I too suffer from the pounding noise in my head. I have had this for about one year now and some days, especially at night when I go to bed and lay my head down the "noise" level in my head is unbearable. I too have tried to see if others can "hear" it using stethoscope (my sister's a nurse), they can't. Most of my family thinks it's "all in my head", which of course it is, but they have no idea how distracting this can be. Though it's not really painful, in that it never hurts, it's loud. Night time is the worst when I am ready to go to bed and I lay my head down, the pulse is so loud. Most people (Doctors) aren't familiar with this condition, though I was thankful when I saw my Doctor three months ago and he too suffered from this same condition. I forgot what he called it, I will find out and add it later. The good news (according to him) is that it isn’t “life threatening”, the bad news (always followed by the good news) is that you just have to “live with it”. He did prescribe a medication called: Butalbital/APAP/Caffeine, generic for Fioricet. Butalbital/APAP/Caffeine is a non-aspirin pain medication (acetaminophen) and caffeine. This non-narcotic pain medication and relaxant is often prescribed for tension headaches caused by contractions of the muscles in the neck and shoulder area, and migraine. (Web definition). I found that drinking a cup of coffee will often lessen or temporarily eliminate the symptoms. The fact that the medication has Caffeine as main ingredient led me to think this might work, and it seemed to. I was worried that taking the medication prior to bed would disrupt my sleep (again the caffeine) so I keep the med bottle in my nightstand and take it only when the noise level is really bad. When I’ve had to take it at night, I am often so exhausted, from lack of sleep that I have fallen asleep and the caffeine hasn’t been a problem. Taking the med in the daytime has never been a problem, but If you’ve ever had heart problems, I’d be concerned again it feels a bit like a big jolt of caffeine in your system, which can be an issue for the heart. My throbbing is primarily in my neck, on the left side, often times I have applied a slight pressure against the left carotid artery to briefly stop the pounding, so I can function/sleep, which works, but my husband says that can’t be a good thing and worries that I may be doing some “other damage” by reducing the amount of blood that flows. As soon as I get the official name for this condition I will post it, so if anyone is reading this check back within the next week or two to see if it’s been posted. Good-Luck to anyone suffering from this. Hope this info helps. Kellykid
I too am having many of these same symptoms and although I've had seemingly every medical test under the sun (including MRIs of the head, neck, chest, and heart), the physicians who have reviewed my case are unable to identify the cause. The constant pulsation, felt from my chest through my neck and into my head until about the earlobes, is maddening and debiltating -- I haven't had a good night's sleep since September.

I am an otherwise healthy and fit 25 year old male.

The main difference between my case and what I'm reading from some of you is that the onset of the 'pulsatile pressure' was gradual and is now constant; there is no numbness or pain; nor or there other symptoms consistent with ACM. So I believe that my problem may be identical to some of you, but only bears a single common thread with others.

I am taking 50mg of atenolol daily. This has lessened the symptoms somewhat, but not to any meaningful degree.

Please keep posting with your progress -- teamwork to recovery!





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