Hi, brand new to this site. Been suffering with dizziness and vertigo for a while on and off now. This got worse over Christmas, where I’ve now developed intermittent tinnitus (pulsatile and, erm, ‘regular!’), headaches and deafness. More worryingly, left side of face under eye been numb and tingly. Been so hard to talk to a doctor. First one I spoke to back in August suggested ‘hypochondria’ but one I spoke to last week suggested AN, Ménière’s disease or something similar. She referred me to audiology department at hospital and for MRI but I can’t be seen for at least 6 weeks. Last week though, my mum was diagnosed with terminal cancer and the stress and upset of that may well have exacerbated symptoms and I want a diagnosis a lot quicker so I can be helpful to my family. Add Covid to the mix and I can safely say this is the most stressful time of my life so far. I’ve booked a private MRI for next week but they rang me today asking if it was ears or head I wanted to be imaged (‘both,’ was my initial answer) I’ll ask my doctor tomorrow but I was wondering how any of you were diagnosed-I’m guessing it was through MRI-and if it was your head or ears they were looking at. I was also wondering what happened after your diagnosis.
I’m beyond worried about this. Surgery terrifies me and I don’t really want to lose my hearing. Feel in limbo really. Any words of advice (or comfort) gratefully received