I´m 36 years old. I´m from Spain but I have been living in Ireland since 2011. I have had tinnitus since then but after a couple of appointments with GP and a Specialist, I was told that the tinnitus was due to anxiety since I barely have hearing lost. Lately, every time I take the commuter to work, I feel a bit unbalanced which I though was because of anxiety as well.
Enjoying my vacation time in Spain, at my parents place, the tinnitus got worse so I decided to go for a MRI Scan on my own. I got the results of the RMI when I was back in Ireland. The outcome is I have an AN on my right ear which is 1.5 cm x 0.6 cm
size. I don´t know where the third dimension of the AN is BTW.
I took the first flight to Spain again because I don´t trust the doctors in Ireland. I met the ENT who explained to me all the options avalaible. Tomorrow I´m having the appointment with the neurosurgeon who happens to be ENT specialist as well.
After reading a lot on the internet I think I prefer to go for surgery, since I´m still young and the size is not too big so there are more chances to preserve my facial nerve, even my hearing.
What scares me the most is to lose the facial nerve. But I´m afraid as well of having to undergo surgery more than one time. My parents don´t want me to go for surgery because they see me healthy. They think maybe the AN will stop growing eventually. My father just told me that maybe I have the AN all my life...
This is putting a lot of pressure on me because I feel my family don´t agree with my choice but I´d like to face this asap and forget it if possible, resuming my normal life.
-Given my circumstances: size, no hearing lost, age... what would you do?
-Is it possible to resume the normal life? I have read in the postop forum people with fatigue. I love to play tennis and soccer and I´m afraid to lose all that.
-Do you know any famous people (apart from Mark Ruffalo) who has overcome this disease? Any athlete?
-How can I deal with this family matter?
-What are the questions I must ask to the neurosurgeon tomorrow?
-Are my fears about recurring growth justified?
He is 40 so I think maybe he is too young. He saved a friend of mine life when he operates her on a suddenly brain hemorrhage but, obviously, this is not the same.
I just started my journey, I guess. Thank You