I am on Watch and Wait status and have been for two years. I have had MRI's each year. The tumor was discovered, of course, at the first MRI scheduled by my wonderful cardiologist after I told him I had been walking into door frames and had not been drinking. The AN was about 7mm and showed little to no growth in the second MRI. I have lost some hearing on the AN side and, due to age, some hearing, although MUCH less on my "good" side. I am trying out hearing aids now. Not really sure about keeping them--there are some pros and cons to the little buggers.
I have attended the seminars presented by ANA, last year and this, (Nashville and Cincinnati), and am so glad I did. Both events were extremely informative and reassuring. I have left both events feeling much more positive and encouraged by all the avenues open to AN patients.
My reason for posting--for the last few months I have found that my right eye, AN side, is so dry, especially while sleeping, that I literally have to manually raise my eyelid or else it feels like sandpaper drawn across my eye. Also, just in the last few days, my mouth has been so dry I constantly have to drink something---water, green tea. Drinking those is merely a very temporary relief. I am thinking of buying Biotene, but wonder if it will be of true benefit.
With an AN, the fun never stops. Whenever I have anything going on, I always come to this site to determine whether what I am experiencing is a side effect of the tumor. Unfortunately, more times that not--it is. I would greatly appreciate any and all input concerning the dry eye and mouth problem.
My best wishes to all on your journey through the AN challenge.