Anyone else diagnosed with acoustic neuroma, a benign brain tumor?
My name is Tracy Daley. I live in Omaha, Nebraska. My diagnosis is a jumbled mess that I am sorting out right now. Can anyone tell me if anyone in this support group has been diagnosed and/or treated for acoustic neuroma, a benign tumor affecting the acoustic nerve, which is the eighth cranial nerve in your brain? This nerve is connected to your ear. These tumors initially affect a person’s balance and hearing and then other symptoms may appear. This is a very rare tumor and one out of 100,000 people and 8-9% of the intracranial tumors. If no one has heard of this tumor, I understand.
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Is there anything to make my dizziness or unbalanced feeling go away while I’m waiting to be treated for my AN ?
Great question @donna3. I moved your message to the discussion that was underway to bring @cynaburst @jjanes3 @rosesareredmylove2016 @tracylynnedaley72 into the conversation.
I am not sure…It is possible they can give you some medication for dizziness, but I had to go through physical therapy and vestibular rehab after my surgery to remove the tumor. The tumor is located on the balance nerve, so it unfortunately does affect balance. After awhile it is possible for the other vestibular nerve to learn how to compensate, so you do learn how to cope, but unfortunately you are never quite the same as you were before.
Hey Colleen: Yes its been an experience. And I’m happy to be here…Everyday now is different..Some days can be a challenge,..
hey Cynaburst. I had a shunt a minute before my surgery. Than it was out for 12 hours. I have 2% of the tumor on my brain stem, and i get an MRI every year to be sure it has’nt grown. If it does I have to get spot radiation.I have no hearing on my left side due to the tumor and I have imbalance issues. Its not dizzyness, its like my head is floating all the time and noise is now amplified. Wind and rain, barometer changes cause issues for me.
I was diagnosed 2 months ago and im suppose to have surgery this week
Welcome to Connect @katfred. I’m glad you found us so early in your journey. I’m sure you have many questions. @tracylynnedaley72 @cynaburst @donna3 @rosesareredmylove2016 @jjanes3 have been there, and I’m confident they will help answer your questions from their experience.
Kat, how did you and your care team discover that you had an acoustic neuroma?
I just wrote you a long reply which I lost. Have you been the the Acoustic Neuroma Association website: http://www.ANAUSA.org? They have some great information there.
Wishing you the best with your surgery. Mine was 15 years ago and but for the deafness in my right ear, I barely think about it anymore. I had a very large tumor which was compressing my brainstem, so I had it out on an emergency basis, and also got a VP shunt for hydrocephalus.
Let us know if we can help answer any questions. Where will you have surgery?
hello; Don’t stress out on the surgery, their great surgeons. I had surgery 2 years ago after going to my primary care with an earache. I found out I had a 3-5 centimeter tumor pushing on my brain stem. No headaches, no imbalance, no dizziness.. All went well, After effects are weird, just take it slow…..
2 months ago i went to e.r. because i lost hearing in both ears and i was so dizzy. I was diagnosed with vertigo. Couple weeks went by and then vertigo came back and i was walking into things. Doctors decided to do an mri. And they said i have vestibular schwannoma. Im like what? I never heard of it before. So i was refered to uw hospital in madison.