I will find out tomorrow if I have AN - had MRI done just over 2 weeks ago - no contrast - had no follow up appointment booked - but that has come through fairly fast. I did call ENT department just on the 2 week point expecting them to say it would be a couple of weeks - and they told me appointment had been sent out already - and it was the 'first appointment' they could give me - I'm actually going to another place for these results - so I am a little wary.
I have been losing hearing for a couple of years now - finding it harder and harder to hear in noisy places - and balance issues, incredible fatigue and occasional dizzy spells which make me sit still and stare at a wall to calm down. Christmas brought a constant white noise like tinnitus in 1 ear that I could not get rid off - I thought I had wax build up - tried otex - no good - saw nurse practitioner at GP's who did simple hearing test - and referred me to ENT. A week later I went for a hearing test at Specsavers as I saw the ENT waiting time was quite long (and I wanted to make sure this was not my imagination) The test lasted over an hour - was very thorough and the audiologist told me I had a problem that she could not help me with - said I needed ENT to look into as I had lost a large range of hearing in my right ear (ski slope audiogram) - my left one was fine. Fast forward to now - AN was mentioned at hospital consult - hearing test result similar to one from Specsavers- again I saw a nurse practitioner. She did a few more balance tests said I would have an MRI with contrast - but when it came to my MRI - they had put me into a 'mobile' MRI - where they 'don't do contrast'.
I am now just a few hours away from finding out what is going on. In a way I will be relieved if it does reveal an AN - but I also know they are as rare as a hen's tooth! Just wondering how other people found out - and how long after their MRI scan.
Sorry for the long post!!!