An acoustic neuroma is a benign tumor in the brain that appears on a nerve close to the ear. Also known as a vestibular schwannoma, the condition is rare and does not tend to be life-threatening. So, what are acoustic neuroma symptoms, tiredness?
In order to diagnose an acoustic neuroma, a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan must be conducted in order to give physicians a detailed picture of the brain. Once diagnosis has been made, treatment to remove the tumor can be carried out including surgery or stereotactic radiosurgery.
Alternatively, the patient may be warned against immediate surgery if it is particularly slow-growing or not causing many symptoms.
There are a number of symptoms associated with acoustic neuroma, which tend to vary from patient to patient. Sometimes people with the condition present with no symptoms, particularly if the acoustic neuroma is slow-growing, meaning it can take a substantial amount of time before the sufferer seeks medical attention. The most common symptoms include tinnitus, hearing loss (often gradual and localized to one ear), vertigo (or dizziness), and nerve issues such as facial numbness, tingling or pain.
Other less common symptoms of acoustic neuroma include tiredness, headache, earache and visual problems.. Lack of energy is a non-specific symptom and can be attributed to many causes, but it is possible that a non-cancerous brain tumor such as acoustic neuroma could lead to tiredness and hinder the sufferer’s quality of life significantly.
Acoustic neuroma symptoms tiredness: If acoustic neuroma patients do not present with obvious symptoms or are unaware of their condition, associated tiredness can be put down to sheer laziness or a lack of motivation. This can be frustrating for sufferers, particularly if tiredness is one of their primary and most debilitating symptoms.
As acoustic neuroma patients often opt to forgo or delay surgery due to the tumor’s benign and non-life-threatening nature, many choose to simply deal with the symptoms on their own terms. Tiredness can be a particularly difficult one to control due to its impact on almost every aspect of a person’s life, but there are ways in which it can be effectively managed.
It is important that patients plan their lives with their propensity for tiredness in mind.
While it may be tempting to stay up late and pack as much into your social life as possible, pacing yourself is key to keeping healthy sleep hygiene to keep exhaustion at bay. This means prioritizing, planning and asking for help from family and friends when needed.
There are a number of energy conservation techniques to help battle the chronic tiredness caused by an acoustic neuroma. Having a short nap at some point in the morning or early afternoon can help recharge a sufferer’s so-called ‘energy battery’. Indeed, this can be supplemented by activities such as taking a stroll, relaxation exercises, listening to music and mindfulness techniques.
These will provide an overall sense of calm which will improve the overall quality of sleep and help with the emotional issues receiving a diagnosis of acoustic neuroma can incur.
It is vital that a healthy diet and exercise regime is adopted, as this can have a significant impact on tiredness levels. Slow release carbohydrates are useful in regulating energy levels so a patient may benefit from foods such as porridge or brown rice, which can be supplemented by plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.
While heavy exercise would not always be recommended for acoustic neuroma sufferers, particularly if they are having problems with tiredness or vertigo, even light exercise such as walking or light jogging can help to maintain sleep hygiene and improve overall feelings of well-being.
Indeed, tiredness and the very idea of living with a benign brain tumor can significantly impact a person’s well-being, with sufferers often prone to anxiety and depressive thoughts. This anxiety can manifest as worries about the acoustic neuroma’s rate or growth, its size, or what the appropriate treatments might be and the possibility of subsequent complications.
To combat this, sufferers may opt for exercise and mindfulness techniques, or might turn to more professional help in the form of counselors and therapists.
Whatever option a patient decides to take, it is important that mental health is taken into account as the negative emotions associated with receiving an acoustic neuroma diagnosis can be a huge drain on a person’s life and energy levels.