Hello Fellow ANA Suffers,
My name is Will and I recently discovered I have ANA yesterday morning. Like many symptoms I woke myself not being able to hear and having tinnitus. I waited a few days before going to the doctor and then when I did they told me no ear infection and that I should be referred to an ENT. At the ENT, similar results, although my hearing was really bad based on the test and the doc pegged me at 90% chance virus 10% tumor. After my MRI, the doc called to inform me of the news and mentioned that it is about 0.90 inches or 2.3cm. I didn't get the exact dimensions, but based on my research this is a medium sized growth. I'm from the Austin, Texas area and I will be going to see a neurosurgeon next week. I haven't Googled his name yet, but he is without a doubt the best specialist based on what my doctor said as he handles these cases all the time (The ENT is a very old guy).
I still have some of my hearing that I would like to keep. I see that radiation might make the growth worse even if it does shrink? Should I seek a second opinion (from Austin, Texas)? If I choose to have surgery what is optimal recovery time? I'm currently off work because of the news since I need to know how this may impact my life going forward. Also, since ANA is unknown, what steps or vitamins, pills do you guys take in hopes it will prevent growth? Do you believe the growth comes from cell phone use? Also, I did have a seizure nearly 4 years ago to the day I was diagnosed with this, do you think perhaps this is related?