I am scared I have an Acoustic Neuroma

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Hello,

I am new to this forum but I hope somebody can put my mind at rest.

Just before Christmas last year, after a really bad sinus infection, I was left with Tinnitus in my left ear. Because I only had it in one ear, my doctor sent me for an MRI scan, to rule out an Acoustic Neuroma. Thank goodness, it came back negative.

About six weeks ago, I bent down late one evening to pick something up, and the room spun round. Since then, I can't sleep on my left side (Tinitus side) without the room spinning. I also still have to be careful when I look down.

I am fine sleeping on my good side, and I don't appear to have any hearing loss, but do get a little earache, in that ear.

I am now scared that a year on, an Acoustic Neuroma has developed, or that something was missed when I had the MRI scan.

Has anybody else experienced similar.

Thank you.

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    It sounds as though your balance mechanism has been disturbed by the problem with your ear. This is quite common and often has feelings of extreme nausea as well,although you dont mention this. 

    Do go back to your doctor .   He/she may try the Epley manoeuvre which is remarkable for instantly clearing the unsteady feelings or  you may be given medication.   Nothing to do with an acoustic neuroma.

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      Hi Marina Dee,

      Many thanks for coming back to me.

      In fact I have had two bouts of sickness, the first about 7 weeks ago, with a fever, then I got food poisoning a few weeks later. I have seen my doctor since those, but have been feeling sickly on and off since then, and put that down to the aftermath. Maybe the sickliness is due to the ear problem?

      I shall make an appointment to see my doctor again now, as you have reduced my fears of an Acoustic Neuroma.

      I am most grateful for your time.

      Regards,

      Martin.

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    Martin, acoustic neuromas are nothing to be frightened about ive had one four 3/4years and all the s**t that goes with them but they are managable and you never get used to the tinnitus that aside they are perfectly managable absolutely nothing to worry about . Xx
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    Hello Martin,

    Do you suffer Eustachian Tube Dysfunction (ETD - Blocked ear/ears) ?  I do and suffer Tinnitus too with a light headed feeling when I lie on my right side.....my tinnitus is in left ear.

    Try not to worry whether something has been missed, unlikely !!

    I'm sure Tinnitus is brought on by ETD and stress.

    Anne

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      Hi Anne,

      Thank you for taking the time to reply.

      In addition, I unnecessarily suffer from ridiculously high anxiety levels, so maybe it's all tied in.

      Once again, thank you!

      Regards,

      Martin.

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    You're very welcome and always ready to read any of your worries.

    Anxiety is so bad for tinnitus, so please try and get some help for

    that, otherwise you'll make yourself ill.

    My friend has just been cured of her anxiety due to some sort of hypnosis.

    When she starts to feel anxious, she now knows what to do and can talk 

    Herself out of it.

    You didn't mention whether you suffer from blocked ears.  Mine are due

    to Allergies, Sinus issues and Rhinitis and I find different weather conditions

    make my ETD much worse.

    Take Care

    Anne

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