I am 49 yo male. Woke up about three weeks ago with right sided facial paralysis. Was diagnosed with Bells Palsy. Started the steroids and the anti-virals as recommended. After a week, I had the worst tinnitus. Couldn't sleep for two days, went to an acupuncturist, and it went away after one treatment. At the second week, with little improvement I pushed my neurologist to order an MRI. As While returning home from a quick work trip late friday afternoon, the neurologist called and said I have acoustical schwannoma. The Radiological report stated:
3 mm enhancing focus in the lateral aspect of the right AC worrisome for an acoustical schwannoma. The vestibule and cochlea are unremarkable.
Had a mini breakdown in the airport parking garage, and googled where the best place would be (I am in southern California, Orange County). UCSD states they see twice as many as the next high volume center. So I called and did the intake. They will likely call me Monday with details. They said I needed an Audiogram (I assume I should just get that locally to save time??).
I dont have hearing issue now, just the facial paralysis which is improving...slowly. WTF does "worrisome for an acoustical schwannoma" mean. Worrisome??
Any advice on who to see, and options would be greatly appreciated.