Hi there, I have been reading this thread and thought to add my two...My first symptom was imbalance issues and numbness in the right side of my face. Although these tumors are touted as slow growers, my was a real overachiever!! From April till August, it grew to three times it's normal size and had to go!! At Surgery I presented with imbalance, right side facial numbness, tongue numbness and taste issues, 75% hearing loss, fullness in the ear, and some headaches. Now, 20 weeks post op, I have been back at work full time for 16 weeks, no balance issues (except with the help of White Zin or Bailey's Irish Creme!), Facial numbness is checked up to 95%, Some tinnitus, a numb area, approx 3" x 2" still tingly on my head, and I finally have a real haircut ( one that covers the scar behind my ear) that is text book correct! And I don't get up every morning and think about this journey. I have a lot to be thankful for. My biggest loss is that I am SSD on the right side, but that is now a minor thing and I adapt quite well.
Long story short, there is life after your questions are answered. I attribute my positive journey to a surpurb medical team, a supportive family and God. I felt quite relaxed as soon as I had a plan. that was a milestone for me. And don't be derailed by the potholes, I had one. At 11 weeks, my incision area abscessed and I was rushed to emergency surgery to repair! 4 more days in the hospital and another shaved portion on my head!!
But... I was back to my life very quickly and now life is back to normal, my normal. I do anything and everything that I choose!! PM me if you want doctors names or if you want to discuss.