acoustic neuroma, balance, jamis AN, vestibular schwannoma

Early Symptom: Facial Numbness & Tingling

This is the symptom that made me pay attention. I was sitting at a conference, in WA DC, learning about pay equity, the law, and so much more. And then I thought I was drooling. It felt like going back to work after the dentist, and feeling that drool was dribbling down the face…when really it was just the numbness. That happened March 12, 2018. I made a note, because it was so unexpected.

Over the next few weeks I felt different, but couldn’t put my finger on it. In the mornings, my mouth felt like I had taken something…but I wasn’t groggy, didn’t have dry mouth; difficult to place.

I finally was able identify a feeling of numbness, tingling. It was not consistent, I could go a week and feel great, or it could come at me every day.  In retrospect, it was related to my stress / rest levels.

At the same time, I was having eye problems (a total red herring). Through this, I became less planful and, when traveling, quit packing my makeup remover. I started using hotel lotion when traveling, and my eyes would turn bright red, the lids were swollen, they hurt.

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It all came together. In May, on a business trip, my eyes were out of control red, my face hurt, I was losing coping skills….and I did the only thing a responsible 49 year old professional would do, called my little brother. He also is a doctor, and I knew he would not allow me to blow this off.

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