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Labrinthitis, Meniere's or Tumour - what is it?

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Old 01-14-2013, 08:39 AM   #1
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Unhappy Labrinthitis, Meniere's or Tumour - what is it?

A couple of weeks ago I had an ear ache which got progressively worse over a week or so (also had an episode of nausea in the second week). I visited my Gp who diagnosed ear infection. Pain, dizziness and vomiting (I think due to penicillin taken on an empty stomach) ensued and I became very unwell rapidly to the point where I was admitted to hospital. After 4 days of agony due to ongoing nausea, ear pain and unrelenting dizziness I decided I wanted to go to suffer in relative comfort rather than a rather horrendous hospital environment. I had been examined by many teams of doctors, pumped full of medications in a bid to end the pain and nausea and re-hydrate me, but nothing had any effect. Only one of the many doctors who examined me said that it could be Labrinthitis. I was told to get an appointment with my neurologist (have been seeing one for a couple of years due to an unspecified auto immune disease and have 11 white matter lesions on my brain).

In summary I went from being a relatively healthy individual to an invalid within the course of a few days. I now appear to have lost all hearing in one ear, have 24/7 tinnitus in one ear, have a very definite 'fullness' in the deaf ear and have not regained my balance when walking. When I first came home from hospital, I woke up a number of times during the night and found the picture on the wall beside my bed on the ceiling (which was quite frightening). I did not have any vertigo on this occasion but did have an acute attack of vertigo (my first) about 6 months ago - it came in 3 waves with the first being the most severe but only lasting minutes (it appeared to be directional in nature, ie. if I moved my head to the right). I have not had any vertigo since then.

I have been looking at sites regarding Meniere's and labrinthitis and have noticed many times that both these maladies can mimicking brain tumour symptoms which of course has me very alarmed. It appears as though one of my symptoms, ie. fullness in the ear (as though it is blocked) is not peculiar to labrinthitis and I am wondering if anyone has a diagnosis of labrinthitis whose symptoms include hearing loss and the fullness.

Unfortunately I was unable to get an appointment with my neurologist until Friday (4 days away). I imagine she will order an MRI to start and I am unsure what other tests she may want to do. I am particularly concerned as the hospital doctors didn't recommend I visit an ENT specialist which I understand to mean that they don't think it is an ENT problem and therefore more likely to be the more dire possibility. I am worried sick and was wondering if there is anyone who happens upon this post that can shed some light on my problem due to a similar experience. Kind regards and best wishes to all.

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