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SheriG

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Surgery vs radiation decision
« on: February 02, 2018, 03:27:26 pm »
Hi All,

I was just diagnosed by my ENT yesterday with AN. The tumor is only 1.5cm but I’ve been having debilitating dizziness and fatigue. So watch and wait isn’t really an option. Although I have some hearing loss and loud tinnitus I can live with that. I can not even function right now with the fatigue and balance issues.

My question is what people’s experience has been with the balance issues after treatment. I don’t see how it will be resolved if radiation basically leaves the tumor there. If you are someone who had major balance issues before treatment could you please let me know what your treatment was and how your balance is now? I don’t have room spinning vertigo. More like I’m off kilter and always lurching to the right. And even one flight of stairs makes me light headed and I have to lie down. I feel like I now spend half my day lying down! Frustrating as I’m sure you can all relate. Thanks for any advice.

Sheri

Matthew

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Re: Surgery vs radiation decision
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2018, 04:36:59 pm »
Hi Sheri,
It sounds like your dizziness is really taking a toll on you. You must be very frustrated at this point... it can sure be scary, especially at first. As you start doing research, you will likely learn that there are many different stories about these AN tumors and each person's experience is different. For starters, it's good that your ENT was diligent enough to check you for an AN. Based on what you've said it sounds like your balance is your main concern at this point, and of all the symptoms you are having it is the balance issues that are effecting your life the most. With that in mind, I would ask your ENT or primary care provider to order vestibular testing for you (often referred to as a caloric test or balance test). The results of this testing can provide information regarding the health of your balance (vestibular) nerves, and is helpful in predicting outcomes of different treatments.
As you move forward with your planning and research, please keep in mind that the vast majority of AN patients have good outcomes no matter which course of treatment is taken (surgery, watchful waiting, radiation). Use this ANA website as a starting point for your research, get several opinions from well qualified doctors, and ASK QUESTIONS. Somewhere on the ANA website is a list of questions you should ask your doctors, it is a good list and it also helps you to start prioritizing what is most important to you moving forward.
Keep us all up to date, ask us a lot of questions and stay optimistic.
-Matt


Matthew in Rochester, MN, 46 years old
2.0 x 1.3 x 1.8
Diagnosed 7/5/17
Retrosigmoid 10/23/17
CSF leak repair (fat graft) 10/30/17

notaclone13

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Re: Surgery vs radiation decision
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2018, 08:49:41 am »
I found this article on the Mayo Clinic website and found it to be a very good and fact based summary of various treatment options for ANs. Perhaps it will help in the decision making process.

 https://www.mayoclinic.org/medical-professionals/clinical-updates/neurosciences/acoustic-neuroma-treatment-and-quality-of-life