I am looking for some answers here. Im a little scared because I think I might have an AN.
About 5 weeks ago, I noticed ringing in my ears. Since then it has gotten A LOT louder, to the point that sometimes I can't sleep. I have also noticed a fullness in my left ear as well as pain, especially when I yawn. The ringing has gotten louder, especially in my left ear. I also feel as though I lost hearing in my left ear. I notice this because when I talk on the phone, I never use my left ear anymore, only my right. I went to the doctor about this 5 weeks ago, she looked in my ears & told me I had a sinus infection (even though I did not have a stuffy/runny nose). She put me on antibiotics (Z-Pack) and told me to put 3 drops of baby oil in my ears for a couple days, then come back & she would irrigate my left ear. I went back & she irrigated both of my ears & removed quite a bit of ear wax. The ringing stopped for maybe 10 minutes, by that time, I had already left the doctor & just thought I would wait & see if it disappeared completely. 8 days later, the ringing was worse than before & so was the pain. I called my doctor & we went through this again - antibiotics & irrigation of both ears. And, again, a few days later, this did not work. I went back & saw my doctor 2 weeks ago & she referred me to an ENT. My appointment is Tuesday. Of course, over those past few weeks when my symptoms initially started, I looked around on the internet for some answers. I am fully aware that this is not a good thing to do sometimes, but I was really starting to get worried. I found information about Acoustic Neuromas & felt as though I matched all of the symptoms. So I went to my last doctors appointment afraid that I had a brain tumor. She said she would refer me to an ENT to do a hearing test, because, while a brain tumor is rare, it is definitely a possibly. I would also like to add that I had a horrible bout of vertigo about 6 years ago. I remember I was working in the mall, and all of a sudden it seemed like the whole world had turned upside down
I was so dizzy I could not walk. If I did, I got very nauceous & this lasted about 3 weeks. Ever since then, my equilibrium has never been the same. A lot of times I just feel like Im having an out-of-body experience. I hope Im making sense? Anyway, I went to the doctor & was diagnosed with Viral Labrynthitis, but now I am wondering if it was an AN the entire time?
These are my symptoms: Tinnitus in both ears (left is worse), dizziness/vertigo, dysequilibrium, fullness/pressure & pain n left ear, loss of hearing in left ear, facial twitching spasms, eyesight worsening (I have to squint a lot more).
What do you all think? Should I be scared? Im concerned about having to have surgery & missing out on work. Im just concerned in general