It is not uncommon for people that have received a diagnosis of having acoustic neuroma to struggle with depression, confusion, and feelings of being anxious. A lot of this is due to the many challenges that this condition is known for causing. A diagnosis of this condition will often also lead to a number of other emotions that can include anger, uncertainty, shock, and disbelief.
Shortly after diagnosis, the next step that patients must face is to weigh out all of the options that are available to them. This is necessary so they can make an informed decision on what they should do next. In order to do this they must take a look at each of the possible outcomes for the decisions they make.
This means that not only will they need to consider the good, but the bad as well. In many situations this is anything but an easy task. This is partly because there are times that various physicians and specialists will provide them with conflicting recommendations. This alone can lead to a great deal of frustration and confusion.
There are also quite a few challenging factors that a person who has already been treated for this condition will often have to face. To name just a few of these possible challenges:
- Hearing loss, typically only on one side
- Problems with balance
- Although quite rare, facial paralysis is also a possible issue
- Feelings of resentment can begin to emerge
- Tinnitus is another issue that may start to present problems
- Corneal injury is also a rare but very real possibility
- Dry eye can become a constant frustration to deal with
- The stress caused from each of these can lead to serious problems within a relationship or marriage
On top of dealing with new issues, it can feel very overwhelming when patients realize some symptoms they’re enduring after treatment are the same as before treatment.
There are several helpful suggestions that can help patients move forward after facing the diagnosis and treatment of acoustic neuroma, and a few of these are as follows.
Reach out to others through support groups
There is no need to go through this type of experience alone when there are support groups with others going through the very same thing. Another great avenue of support is from close friends, family members, and even co-workers. The Acoustic Neuroma Association provides sufferers with local meetings where people can get in touch with others experiencing the same problems. They also provide discussion forums online that can be both helpful and comforting.
Learn the facts
A person’s imagination can quickly and unnecessarily be thrown into overdrive when they hear the words brain tumor. Researching all the facts about this condition is a good way to put many fears about acoustic neuroma to rest.
Exercise the stress away
Many people are often surprised at how much regular exercise can help to decrease high levels of stress. This in turn can help tremendously in building coping abilities. Two forms of exercise that are often recommended include Tai chi and walking.