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Can tinnitus and headache be caused by an arachnoid cyst?

By Anonymous March 20, 2015 - 2:30pm
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After hearing a low frequency tone in my left ear and experiencing severe headaches, a CT scan was taken. It revealed that I have an Arachnoid Cyst on the left temporal lobe. The neurologist says that this does not cause my symptoms of tinnitus and headache. The cyst has a circmference of 28mm, so walnut sized.

I don't have balance issues or vomiting, no loss of vision, no loss of movement... Just this all encompassing headache and that constant droning sound. An ear specialist didn't find anything wrong with my ears, there was no pressure, no hearing loss,... But my head feels like it is going to explode sometimes. Also most of it is on the left side. Just like the cyst.

I take Piracetam and Emconcor. The piracetam took away the sound in the beginning, but now it is back as hard as before. The emconcor is a betablokker for lowering my blood pressure. For the headache I take Perdolan, but it doesn't really seem to work.

I'm waiting on an MRI scan next month, to see what the real cause may be. I don't know if I can hang on another month. I never experienced headaches as severe as these.

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Hello and thank you for sharing your question.

If you headaches are indeed unrelated to the tinnitus and arachnoid cyst then you could be experiencing migraines.  There are many different causes of migraines such as: hormonal changes, food additives, stress, sensory stimuli etc.  

Even though the exact cause for each individual can be hard to trace, there are some simple treatments that you can try at home as well as medications.  Home remedies include:

  • muscle relaxation exercises
  • get enough sleep and do not over sleep
  • yoga/meditation
  • keep a headache diary (this allows you to identify triggers)

There are also many migraine drug options which you can discuss with your doctor during your next check up.

Good luck,


March 21, 2015 - 11:14am
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