My AN story is the same as everyoneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s, it seems. About 5 years ago I had hearing problem in my left ear that was diagnosed as an infection, due probably to some cold or something that I was having. Steroids prescribed, no success in hearing problem. Last summer I began experiencing a strange pressure in my face on the left side. It got worse, but not extremely painful. Just annoying. About that same time I was diagnosed with breast cancer so most of my time was spent dealing with that. However, the pressure/discomfort continued. Because I was getting tested for various forms of cancer, we found that the pressure wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t from that, but I still didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know what was causing it. I saw my neurologist (whom I had been seeing for several years due to migraines), he recommended an MRI where the AN was discovered. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s small, about one cm. I've now had three MRIs, seen three separate doctors, had surgery and gamma knife recommended.
My question, has anyone else had the problem with facial pressure, tingling, numbness, when their tumor was only 1 cm? The doctors I have seen (in Miami) have said that the facial discomfort is probably not due to the AN because it is still so small.
Aggie88 in Miami