In the past week I have been waking up with a “swishing” noise in my head. If I reposition my head it goes away. Is this normal? What could be causing it?
Since this is a new issue, it might simply take care of itself. However, if it’s concerning you or persists, you should definitely have it checked by a doctor who can do a thorough exam. The “swishing” sound you mention is a symptom of tinnitus (a noise or ringing in the ears), but it could also be a sign of other conditions such as circulation issues, age-related hearing loss, or an injury to the ear. It’s best to let your healthcare provider diagnose and treat the problem to ensure you’re getting appropriate treatment for the sound’s underlying cause.
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I've been having this swishing in my head for about 7 months now. If I move my head side to side or down and back, the swishing is there. Some days it is barely noticeable, other days it's pretty bad. I have been to an ear, noise and throat doctor and he did a catscan and cannot seem to know what is causing it. Do I have to live with this forever? Is this a sign of something worse in my head??
Hi, I also have noise when I move my head - mainly sideways. The best way I can describe it is that it is a little like the sound of crickets at dusk. It doesn't hurt but it makes me feel really lightheaded and unwell :o(
Hi, I also have a problem with noise in my head/ears. The best way I can describe it is to say that it sounds a bit like crickets at dusk. It happens mainly when I move my head sideways and, although it doesn't hurt, it makes me feel very lightheaded and unwell :o(
I have this same exact feeling that u described for the past year and it seems to be getting worse and its driving me nuts cause all the doctors I have seen look at me like Im nuts. Please tell what or if they have found anything out on ur mri. I cant stand it anymore and now my face is gettting a weird sensation when it comes on. :(
I am on this site because I googled "why do I have a swishing sound in my head".
I once described it as my brain shifting. Or, the sound of beads when rubbed against a piece of wood (a musical instrument in the maraca family). But, your explanation hit the nail on the head. That is exactly what I am feeling. I had researched many "brain disorders" or ailments before I finally just put the question in. Please tell us the results of your MRI.
I am on this site because I put in my search engine "why does my brain feel like it is swishing". I had searched various "brain disorders" to see if the sensation fit any of the symptoms. I finally decided to do a direct search. I had described it as the
feeling that my brain was shifting, or the sound of beads rubbing against a pc of wood (an instrument in the maraca family), but your description hits the nail on the head. I'm not totally dizzy or totally lightheaded; it's a sensation with the swooshing feeling AND sound. Please tell us what your MRI disclosed.
TRY MECLIZINE,, I HAVE VERTIGO AND THIS WORKS VERY WELL. I HAVE THE SWICHING SOUND IN MY HAD AND THIS HELPS.. IT IS QUICK ACTING... IT IS A PRESCRIPTION BUT IT ISNT VERY EXPENSIVE...
hey there...i have tried that, for me it doesn't work..but thanks for at least a response
I have a similar wooshing/swishing sound
I would say mine ended up being panic attacks and zoloft completely took care of it after the first pill. I was on valium, didn't work...on xanax...didn't work, but zoloft did something in my brain that took care of it. I only take it when needed for these episodes. I went through every test my doctor could run, MRI, Cat Scan, UltraSound, Blood Tests, Hormone Tests, Audio Testing...Nothing showed up abnormal. But a neurologist told me that I should just live with it. I went to my OB/GYN for an annual screening and he put me on Zoloft for what he thought was depression because of a divorce I was going through. It took care of this whoosing...I felt I should tell you and others in case it might take care of theirs as well. It's worth it to me to have that GONE. I even slept in a neck brace in a recliner for months because I couldn't sleep. When I would turn my head during sleep, it was almost a disconnect with that whoosing sound waking me up ALL NIGHT. Sleeping pills did nothing to help me sleep either. I believe that other think they are going crazy and then no one really listens because all your test are thankfully normal but yet you have some impending doom hanging over you day and night you almost wish something could have been revealed on some test so you could finally have an answer! Mine was ZOLOFT...thankfully after 10 yrs it still works!
For the past 2 weeks I've noticed the 'whooshing' (pressure) in my head. 2 days ago, I started taking my meds (zoloft & a bata blocker) again. Not thinking that the two were related until earlier today when I realized I haven't had the whooshing noise. It dawned on my that maybe it was my blood pressure pill, until I did some research and discovered that the bata blocker can cause this type of thing. Zoloft never crossed my mind until I read through some of these messages. It all seems to make sense now. Not taking it for the 2 weeks (maybe longer) cauesed the headaches, and swooshing noise, which inturned caused me to be very 'irritable' which is why I got back on my meds. I can't stand myself like that.
Wow, I also get this "swishing/sweeping" sound in my head at odd times. Also, my eyes will jerk when it happens and I get a little dizzy. My doctors also have no clue. I have MS and take Effexor for depression. I find it usually comes on if I don't drink enough fluids, but I also find it sometimes goes away when I take my dose of Effexor. I take timed-release Effexor, and I wondered if the medication wasn't releasing consistently. Does anyone else take Effexor or something similar? I can't stand this sweeping feeling, especially when I'm trying to walk somewhere or doing some activity at home like cleaning the floors or vacuuming. So frustrating! It's really good, though, to see I'm not the only one suffering from this. Thanks!
Wow. I'm so glad to hear I'm not the only one. I'm currently suffering from these swishing sounds in my head. They vary from day to day, but almost always are kicked off (or made worse) when I turn my head or take a sharp corner while walking. Your mention of Effexor caught my eye. Many years back I was taking Effexor and it was the first time that I encountered these swishing sounds in my head - they always showed up (and at the time, only) when I missed a dose of the Effexor. When I eventually weaned off of the Effexor, the swishing sounds with head movements became very bad. I also had sort of electric feelings in my upper teeth then, but not now.
After a few months off of Effexor they went away 99%, but in the last couple of years they have returned, and are very bad some days. I have the swishing sounds these days almost every day to some extent, but some days (like today) they are really bothersome. Like everyone here, people look at me like I'm nuts when I tell them about it.
We are NOT nuts. We all are experiencing the same symptom. There has got to be a cause. If anyone makes any progress, or learns anything about the cause or successful treatment of this (I'm calling it "the wizzies"), please post your golden nuggets.
Have you found a way to stop the swishing? I had it for many years and to make it worse, I have very loud ringing in my ears that I always assumed was related. About a year ago I told my wife that the swishing in my ears seemed to have disappeared. And she simply said "I guess it's because the doctor put you own Lexapro". She was right! Just as a test I stopped taking the Lexapro and the swishing started again. I started taking it again and the swishing stopped. Now once in a while I can tell if I forgot my meds. 'cause the swish alarm will sound. I still don't remember why he put me on Lexapro, but I'm glad he did. Anyway, as I've read people's comments about the swishing, most seem to think that the medicines cause it. I believe the depression causes it and the antidepressants stop it.
Hi. No, I haven't found a way to stop the swishing, but for some reason it hasn't been as bad lately. Your experiment with not taking your Lexapro dovetails nicely with my experience. I have been taking Lexapro for years, and I have also experienced what you call the "swish alarm" when I forget to take it. I am also resonating (no pun intended) with your ringing in the years. I have also had tinnitus for decades, so there is another factor we have in common. For me, the tinnitus gets worse when my headache is really bad, I've had a chronic daily headache for more than a year now - probably thanks to a couple of falls I took in the last couple of years that (both) resulted in a face-plant on a concrete sidewalk. But, getting back to the swishing sounds, my pet theory is that they may a sort of withdrawal symptom from the depression meds.
Can ya hear me? Just kiddin'. I just wanted to say that the reason I don't think that it is a withdrawal symptom is because mine started long before I took any antidepressants or anything else. It bothered me for over 20 years, then for some other reason the doctor gave me Lexapro and swishing stopped.
Wow. That is really interesting. Mine showed up only after I'd started taking Effexor. Well, we may still have something in common. Maybe it has something to do with neurotransmitters (seratonin etc) being out of whack for one reason or another (naturally in your case, and perhaps as a "bounce" in mine). Just a thought.
In any case, I'm glad yours stopped (I assume you're still taking Lexapro). Maybe I should ask my doc about taking a higher dose. (I'm taking 20 mg/day now). Take care and good luck!
I've been off of my venaflexine for a week because ran out on vacation been have the same noises and feeling slugish.I bet it is side affects.feels like blood going thru veins in head.
This comment is most inline with me, Lexapro is the reason I think. I have been weening myself off and the whoosing sounds are there, not all the time but in mornings and later in the day, yes rolling my eyes makes it worse. The main reason I have gone off Lexapro is that they caused the skin in my mouth (bottom lip the worst and salivary tubes on the sides of my cheeks) to become raw, it would hurt when drinking hot coffee etc.
Anyway I'm hoping it's a side effect of going off the tablets and it will go away.
I started having the swishing two years ago, went through many test and found out I have meniere's disease. I suggest going to your ENT as this is not depression. My ent prescribed Allegra D & Valium and an antihistime nose spray. Google menieres ~~ You will be surprised. Good luck and hope you get your answers
Pickle - Did the drugs your doc gave you for Meniere's help at all with the swishing sounds?
Dave, The meds help , especially with the nausea but the swishing attacks can last a while. There is no known cure for menieres without having surgery
OMG, I thought I was just a nut job. I could never describe what it really was...helicoptors, butterflies, air, metal marbles swooshing around. The time I notice it the most is when I move my eyes around just randomly left to right. I do hear it alot when I am laying down and it is a swishing sound...almost like someone is sweeping the porch....Maybe some of you have some of the same symptoms so lets go...I suffer from CFS, Fibromyalgia, I can' lay on my left side because I can feel my heart pounding in my chest like its going to come through. I faint constantly for no reason. I haven't been able to work now 15 months. I have constant dizziness, my heart rate can be 40-48 and for no reason (yet determined), it jumps to 160-180. My bp is constantly 90 something over 60 and below something and of course when doing tilt tests, I fall out on them. I can't walk straight without feeling drunk or at least looking as though I am. I have a PCP, Neuro, Cardio, Rheumo..after 13 months of testing and everything coming back "normal", with the exception of abnormal holter testings. After all that, I had a autonomic functional test today. Hoping these test, I'm hoping that something comes back with an answer. Hopefully will be able to give you all some kind of answer for the swooshing...if anyone else gets an answer, post it please....
I also suffer from depression (with all that junk going on who wouldn't be), panic attacks and chronic migraines, lack of concentration and anything else the round of doctors can come up with me. At least I have my health!!
Did this ever go away? I have these symptoms because I stopped taking Cymbalta.
I just tapered off of my Cymbalta and I am having these same symptoms. How long/did your symptoms take to go away?! It's quite unnerving!
The original question was posted some time ago, but I have something to say if anyone else is dealing with this problem. For a while I experienced a pulsating kind of "whooshing" noise in my ears as well as a headache. I found it it was high blood pressure: mine was 180/110, which is pretty high. I was put on blood pressure medication for several years to keep it under control, but recently was taken off of it because my bp is back to normal now. Worth checking out, anyway.
I got off my depression medicine and that is a side effect if you dont ease off of it. I was on the lowest dose and still have the swishing noise. Im hoping it will go away after my body adjusts. Dizzy too
Hi DJ; I also just went off my depression medication and I am hearing swishing sounds in my head when I look side to side! It's very weird. Have your symptoms gone away yet?
I'd be interesred to know this as well,plus what tabs were you taking, how long have you been off them. I was taking Lexapro.
Oh, how I feel for all who suffer from this swishing sound in head and feeling like head is heavy with dizziness and like my eyes won't focus for a few seconds. I have been to Neurologists, ear, nose and throat doctors, family physicians and you name it. It will disappear on it's own only to suddenly show back up. I have had cat scans, Mri's, scans of the carotid arteries and they don't find anything. It is driving me nuts! Have it back again. IF ANYONE HAS FOUND OUT WHAT CAUSES THIS, PLEASE EMAIL ME WITH YOUR FINDINGS AT firstname.lastname@example.org. I was even at the John Hopkins Medical Center and their response was we don't know, can't find anything wrong and suggested I see a shrink...it IS all in my head alright but not the way they are suggesting.!!
I had the mri done of my brain and they found I had non!!! Just kidding. Anyway, of course everything looked fine as well as the arteries in my neck. I saw a shring and a therapist and it still did not go away so that won't work. I do have high blood pressure and cannot take any of the medicines b/c of side effects. The swishing has calmed down, but still comes and goes at random when it pleases.
Something just came to mind today and I wondered if anyone with this problem was exposed to any serious mold for any length of time. I was and I think that is about the time it started. It had gone away for some time, but recently I notice it is acting up now and then. I just moved out of another house that had a serious mold problem and I was getting sick from it. Just a thought. It sure would be great if someone could figure this out. When you look o.k. and have things going on inside that people cannot see they think you are crazy. I was getting vertigo suddenly as well, but that is when I was in the moldy house. Now that I am out, I have it less frequently, but still have it. The only good side to this is to know we are not alone. I thought I was the only one with this problem and it is not easy to describe. Keep us posted everyone!! I'm trying for the 2nd to clear my body of the toxic mold exposure as well as my poor dog. No one believes that either. Good luck!!
I have had this swishing in my head twice in the last month or so. It is more prevalent when I move my eyes and I also noticed that once it starts I am prone to get a headache. I get quite a few headaches but I know to pay more attention when the swishing starts. I had open heart surgery 18 months ago due to a minor stroke caused by an atrial myxoma (tumor on the heart valve - very, very rare) and was told I had absolutely no heart disease and the dr. was surprised since I was 60 yrs/o at the time. I also noticed that this happens more often when I am extremely tired (did not fall asleep at all night before last) and last night had a continuous disturbing dream even after waking and getting up to eat and falling asleep on and off again. I also get the dizziness and lightheadedness along with it, as well as nausea. I am going to try to catch up on my sleep and see if that helps. My bp usually is about 100/70 or so - but I think as others suggested, I will check my bp. It is an interesting concept.
It sounds like we have a lot in common with the swishing sound. I do have high blood pressure, but I really don't think that is the problem. I have not had the swishing shound lately and my bp has been pretty high. I cannot take the medications for it. Since I moved out of the house that had the mold problem, I have not noticed as much. In fact I had forgotten about it until I got this post. I cannot figure out what brings it on, but I was recently diagnosed (after 12 yrs. of going to doctors) with Lyme Disease and I also have shingles. The shingles have been the worst on my head. I also get a lot of headaches and stomach problems. I am sorry about your heart surgery. That is tough at your age - you are still so young. I am 55 soon to be 56. I do not sleep well either. I had a sleep study done and found out I do not go into the proper sleep mode to get rest. I only go into the very beginning of the 3rd stage which means I do not dream b/c my mind does not sleep. So my brain is always awake although I think I am sleeping and dreaming. The dr. said I am not dreaming it is more like halucinating although I think I am dreaming. Maybe that is why my dreams seem so real. I wonder since I am very allergic to mold and was in that toxic environment for the second time in my life, if when I am around something like that which I am so allergic to if that is when this starts. I know when I was at my home in N.O. I had the swishing most of the time. I did not know that I had such a toxic mold problem in my home. I got so sick I could barely function and when I finally had the air tested and it was extremely toxic I realized I had been in this house 24 hours a day not knowing it was what was making myself and my animals sick. The place had to be gutted and remediated and put back together again. I had to throw most of my things away that could not be cleaned due to the amount of mold spores in the air getting on things. It was a nightmare truly.
I moved to Florida after that to a calmer place (after breaking out in shingles when back in my home in N.O. from the stress). Mold also breaks down your immune system and it can eventually kill you if you don't find out about it in time. After living in Florida for two years and not having that swishing sound appear as often, I had to move and I moved into what I thought was a wonderful house with a great view of a lake. I did not know they had a major mold problem which had been ignored and covered up. I started getting sick as did my animals. We all had breathing problems. This was the 2nd time going through this and when I finally figured out what it was I was shocked. I was dizzy and that noise had come back more frequently, sick to my stomach, terrible headaches and could not do much. The mold started appearing on every ceiling in every room. I was so appalled and could not believe I was going through this again. Unfortunately the owners or managers of the property would not do anything about it. I had to move out untiil I found a place to rent and started feeling better. Once again I had that noise going on and dizzy, I had to leave many things behind that could not be cleaned again. Everytime I go through something like this I never get back to 100%. So now I am struggling with depression even though I love this wonderful little house I found to move into "free of mold". If where I moved to was not such a calming place and beautiful as well, I am not sure where I would be at right now.
I will say the swishing sound is now almost nonesistent at this time anyway,
So now I wonder, could it have to do with being around something you are very allergic to and not even knowing you are allergic to it and/or that you are even around it. It took me so long to find out about the mold in my home in N.O. I have no idea how long it had been that bad, but that is when I first started with that sound in my head. Before I moved into that house, I had never had it before. Now I am in a mold free house and it barely crosses my mind anymore since I hardly ever get it. I still get dizzy and stomach problems, but without the swishing. I still get bad headaches as well. I am trying to find a common denominator and the only one I have found so far is the mold which I was highly allergic to to begin with. That is when the swishing was at it's worse. Does anyone know if they have bad allergies to anything? Perhaps you are living around something you may be very allergic to and not know it like I was. Just a thought. It does not have to be mold perhaps something else. It is really hell to live like this. Now I have been diagnosed with Lyme Disease. I am relieved to finally have a diagnosis, but it causes so many problems and also kills your immune system so you get things like shingles (which makes sense to me know). I hope this information may help someone. If and when I start with the swishing again, I will write a post about it. I am hoping it is pretty much gone for the most part since I am out of the toxic environments that I believe may have caused it. If anyone suspects they have mold, please look into it. It never gets better, it just keeps growing. Better to catch it sooner than later for your health and the health of any animals you may have.
I wish you all the best and hope someone gets some answers to their swishing issues!!
They actually have mold doctors that can test your body for mold.
The moment I moved from my terrible mouldy apartment, the swishing sound started in my ear. Did it end up clearing for you? How did you clear your body of the mould?
This sounds similar to my symptoms. The whooshing can come on when I am tired, have had a severe migraine, when I have had the flu. Other times there seems to be no co-relation to other stuff. I feel somewhat dizzy. It also feels like all my nerves are on edge, and I feel twitchy. When I am lying in bed, my legs especially will jerk. But the wierdest thing is that I can make the whooshing sound start by rolling my eyes. Always wondered if others had same symptoms.
I was glad to see this group since I have been noticing strong 'swishing' sounds, too. Maybe my observations will help. They do may me quite dizzy. I noticed they seem move prevalent when I move my head and neck. They seem to be coming from the back of my neck or my head. The only new medicine I can possible suspect is a new brand of gingko biloba, so I stopped that to see if it makes a difference. Also, the swishing and dizziness all came at a time when when I believe I made a mistake in my medicines. I noticed yesterday that my pills cups were stacked upside down. It is possible that I took my 7.5 weekly dose of methotrexate two days in a row, which can have serious side effects. In other words, I may have taken my Saturday pills two days in a row. Also during the same week I forgot to take a full day of pills, but I took the one pill I cannot skip, Effexor, later in the afternoon. Then I think the next morning I took my full regular cup of pills. This was too much Effexor too close together. So I am wondering if this is the cause. Hoping to get everything back to 'normal' soon! Best wishes to everyone.
I dont think this sound of yours is normal, because it wasnt always there. I too get the same sound in my head, and it has been there for the last year or two am looking for a reason why it turned up. It is very annoying when im goint to bed, although I do find it might do it more when im extra tired. At times, when its near bed 5ime, I can hear it more distantly when im walking about.
Years ago,I had a cold that turned into sinus and ear infection.I would lie down in bed and thought I heard a truck coming up our dirt road.I lifted my head and heard nothing. Lay back down and heard truck coming again. Lifted my head-noise gone. Figured out I would hear this when my left ear was down on pillow but,not when my right ear was on pillow.Doctor told me that,unfortunately,when I get colds in the future,this inner ear problem could return,each time. I have the swooshing sound from time to time-moving head side to side and sometimes when moving my eyes.I ahve it right now and that's why I'm here.I believe it's a middle ear problem 'cause my balance is terrible. If I'm standing and talking to someone,I will sometimes take a small step or just shift my weight and have to catch myself. It makes me look like I'm drunk! I trip and fall sometimes and many times catch myself just in time.I feel like I can't walk a straight line.If I lie down in bed on my right side,stomach or back,I'm fine.If I lie down on my left side,w/my left ear on pillow,I feel like I can't breath and as soon as I roll over,I'm fine. I also suffered whiplash in an accident years ago,just before these symptoms started and since then,I carry all my tension in the back of my neck and upper back.When it feels like a rubber band that's been stretched and ready to snap,across my upper back and neck,I know to expect the visual aura that I get right before a migraine (only happens a couple times a year. Looking for a recent post regarding this.
Hi everyone who have "swishing". I started to have swishing sounds in my head about 3 years ago. Mostly when I exercises and moved my head. Then, one day, to my surprise, I needed open heart surgery and had 6 bypasses! After that the swishing sound was gone. That was one year ago. Abotu a week ago it came back and if I have blocked arteries again, I shoot mysilf, because having your chest rip open is the pits! Good luck to all of you!
I also get this swishing sound. I had it for about two years. Of late it has taken a weird addition symptom . I have a swishing sound that now tails of into a horn or bell sound. Sometimes it can start abruptly with the horn or bell. Last night something even more strange happened. During a period of these sounds I hear the sound of a bowed cello. I'm not kidding. It started with a string violin or cello sound as if a bow had been drawn across a string. I asked ny doctor some time ago when I was just getting the swishing sound. He said there is a large blood vessel next to the auditory nerve. Now that these sounds have developed into something far more strange I am becoming rather alarmed.
I get swishing which I have read can be "white noise". Swishing can also come from creating sound privacy in offices or any building where privacy is necessary. There can be a focus of swishing where sound waves converge creating discomfort of varying degrees to the ears. The swishing noise ("white noise") is delivered through microphones placed as necessary to create "speech privacy". There can be several microphones used as necessary with white noise coming at different levels, and causisng pain in the ears, and also creating headaches. When a person leaves the room with the white noise, the swishing goes with them and it takes varying amounts of time for the swishing sound to disappear from the head. The headaches can be quite disturbing.
In the right situation where the shite noise has been professionally installed there should be no problem.
As you can imagine, swishing can also be used to torture. Think about it - the higher the level of swishing in the ears, the more the discomfort. The swishing noise stays with you but disappears gradually.
I am able to hear the swishing noise gradually increasing in my ears.
I suspect that when the noise is switched off, and the noise stays in your head, you would have to be very sharp to secrete someone into your home to witness the noise on your behalf to get a witness and to prove that white noise is being used to make you very uncomfortable in your home.
I have similar sounds while falling asleep and my doctor said it was simply "hypnogogic hallucinations" that are entirely normal. I'm not sure I agree with him. It is very disturbing at times. Sometimes I hear voices shouting just as I'm falling asleep and it makes me wide awake. I want to know why...apparently my doctor doesn't have a really scientific or medical explanation.
I'm having the same symptoms of swishing and pulsating... been on Cymbalta for 6 years and have would have the symptoms when I forgot a pill. Now that I have been off Cymbalta for a few days (weaned off from 60mg to 30 to halfing the 30's into 15mgs) I am having the symptoms every single day whenever I move my head... I am so tired of this. I also have MS and was put on the drug to help with nerve pain and depression. Does anyone know how to make this stop?