I am a 51 year old Newbie (diagnosed 3 mos ago/9x5mm AN left ear).
I find this diagnosis and research process overwhelming, but the ANA and fellow members have been an incredible resource for moral support, comfort, and valuable information.
I have recently had numerous Dr consultations and tests performed to help make the best possible decision in treatment. Initially, my gut reaction was to remove it surgically as soon as possible. However, after extensive research, consultations, and learning about other fellow AN patient’s journies, I have decided to “Watch and Wait”.
I am blessed to have met another local AN patient who is also in “W&W” mode and has been for 12 years now. I realize every individual case is different, but there are a great deal of successful “W&W” cases. I find this very inspiring.
While I’m in “W&W” mode, I have decided to begin daily baby aspirin therapy (after discussing with my primary care Dr). I will include two very enlightening and informative articles in this post for your perusal. Both mention that aspirin therapy may slow and even halt AN growth.
As far as symptoms, I am coping with tinnitus, off balanceness, and fatigue. It’s a bit frustrating, but I’m continuing to exercise/stay active and remain positive and strong.
Whatever decision you make, the support in this group is amazing and will certainly assist you in coping with this new journey in your life.
~ Kind Regards to all.https://www.tinnitusformula.com/library/aspirin-slows-acoustic-neuroma-growth/https://www.dizziness-and-balance.com/disorders/tumors/acoustic_neuroma/treatment.html