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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
An acoustic neuroma (AN) is a slow growing tumor that forms on the nerves of your ear. The nerves help control your balance and hearing. ANs normally only occur on one side.
- Pain medicine: You may need medicine to take away or decrease pain.
- Learn how to take your medicine. Ask what medicine and how much you should take. Be sure you know how, when, and how often to take it.
- Do not wait until the pain is severe before you take your medicine. Tell caregivers if your pain does not decrease.
- Pain medicine can make you dizzy or sleepy. Prevent falls by calling someone when you get out of bed or if you need help.
- Take your medicine as directed. Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:
He will monitor your AN to see if it grows. You may need to return for more hearing tests. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Ask your healthcare provider how to care for your wound.
Contact your healthcare provider if:
- You have a fever.
- You have new headaches or dizziness.
- You have new or worse hearing loss or ringing in your ears.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Seek care immediately or call 911 if:
- You have a sudden, severe headache.
- You have clear fluid, blood, or pus coming out of your ear or nose.
- You have a fever, chills, and cannot move your neck.
- Your face becomes numb and you cannot move it.
- You have new or worsening trouble walking or staying balanced.
- You have a seizure.
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