I went to my doctor because I noticed that I was losing my hearing in my left ear (very mild) and because my left side of my face was numb. Here are all the symptoms I described to my doctor:
1) Feeling of fullness in ear
2) Mild loss of hearing in ear
3) Ringing in my ear
4) Loss of balance (almost falling when I step with my right foot)
5) Dizziness and all the fun that comes with it
6) Vertigo unassociated with sudden head movement, laying down or sitting up
7) A headache to end all headaches
8) Numbness in my face that started in front of my ear and spread to cover almost the entire left side of my face (this is the problem that prompted me to go to the doctor)
My primary (in the three minutes he was in the room with me) made the diagnosis of Bell's Palsy.
I went home and looked that up and realized that was wrong so I went to an ent. She did some hearing tests and confirmed mild hearing loss. During her exam she also confirmed my thought, not Bell's Palsy. She got distracted by my jaws (I have little to no cartilage in my jaws) and decided part of my problem was severe TMJ (hence facial numbness) and allergies. The problem as I see it is that I have none of the pain associated with TMJ. If I had a case so severe that it was compressing the nerves in my face to the point my face was numb, wouldn't I be in pain. I had TMJ as having my wisdom teeth removed. I don't have that kind of pain or any real pain except some deep in my ear (very mild) and the pain from the headaches. Can any make any suggestions as to what the problem might actually be or how to get my doctors to look a little deeper instead of focusing on one thing and making a diagnosis based upon it? Please Help!