I'm 36, and I got diagnosed only a week ago with a left AN 0.7cm after having vertigo symptoms for 4-6 weeks with an MRI diagnosis. Normal hearing for now. Feeling overwhelmed, and happy to find this forum. Read a lot of great tips in here! i so admire everyone's commitment to post and reply in here, long after treatments, etc.
I'm having symptoms of bad vertigo that then cause headaches, and it happens a few times a day, everyday. Therefore wait and watch is not really an approach for me. It seems Middle Fossa is the obvious choice for me due to size of tumor, being entirely in the auditory canal, not affecting hearing yet, and with daily symptoms that bother me.
I got an initial opinion at U of Michigan with Dr. Thompson and Telian who also recommended this approach (I live in Michigan, suburban detroit).
Was wondering if anyone else knows data on some of the other top places specifically for the Middle fossa surgery (how many per year, etc), and am willing to travel. I emailed and talked to Dr. Gantz on the phone at U of Iowa. Also will be sending my MRI and vestibular testing to House clinic in LA and Keck USC in LA.
I'm sure this post is repetitive, and i've tried to read much on the forums, but i admit, the vertigo and headaches make it really hard for me to stare at the computer screen for any prolonged time right now.
Thank you guys so much in advance. It's a lot to take in!