I'm awaiting the ENT results from a scan initially for possible stroke but also for what might be causing my slight hearing loss and tinnitus. No stroke issues (except for slight hardening of brain arteries not considered worrisome) but stroke doc pointed out a ? that could from memory be the size of a cherry perhaps (lump, area?) on the right side of scan (lhs brain) that he said would be investigated further by the specialist and was likely connected to the problems I'm having in my left ear. Perhaps because of fear, perhaps, knowing he wouldn't likely discuss as it wasn't his area, I didn't ask more.
Having researched my symptoms over the last few days (scan a week ago) ...odd feeling in left ear, tinnitus, general balance off, mind fog, very tired, one dizzy episode lasting a few seconds with nausea, slight pain in left ear and now not comfortable sleeping on left side as ear starts hurting. Very very slight difference in sensation between l and r sides of face. Often need viscotears at night (dry eyes) All this seems to point to AN. So of course I am deeply concerned. I'm 67, osteoarthritis especially in left hip (but not yet hip replacement ready) and was/am trying to get myself fitter and walking (now more unsteadily, tho balance issues have been vaguely there for a couple of years) trying for 30mins a day. Liver functions pretty well but was in early stages of cirrhosis 5-6 years ago.
I can't imagine coping with surgery and the after effects and feel in a very different relationship with life than I was a couple of weeks ago. I live alone and very much hope I can keep driving.
I know I need to wait for the diagnosis but whatever it is, I have to live with these changes which may well get more challenging. My greatest joy is singing and playing guitar.
I would value some comments please.
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