Anxious about brain possible brain MRI results

  I was referred to ENT last year for on and off ear pain and because a grommet that had Been put in my ear 3 years earlier which had not fallen out yet.

  I Saw ENT in January.and while I was there I mentioned about a balance problem I had Benn having for a long time. After an assessment I was reffered for a Head MRI with and without contrast. I had the MRI just over 6 weeks ago I have not been told the results yet, but 3 weeks after having the MRI the MRI department called me to say I had another MRI appointment this time for MRI internal auditory meatus both, with and without contrast. I wasn't told why this new scan was requested which left me feeling a little anxious. I went to the scan a few days ago, but they couldn't do it as my blood tests were out of date by 1 month and when I asked how long it will take to get another appointment he said it would be quick as it was urgent.

  I am now very anxious my new MRI is now 24th of April and ENT appointment is 10th of may. My question is would the doctor request an urgent MRI of the IAM if the first scan was normal. I also have very bad tinnitus which is another sympton of acoustic neuroma aswel as permanat pain on top of my head that never goes away which is generally mild, but can get so painful that I can touch the top of my head.

   I have a long term illness and was diagnosed with CFS many years ago as well and on gabapentin for widespread neurological pain.

 Maybe I'm just over thinking things, but it's very difficult to stop all these worst case scenario thoughts from constantly running through your mind. I don't really have any one to talk to about it as I don't want to put the worry on others for some thing that might turn out to be nothing

  • Hello AdrianUK74

    I'm sorry to hear about the ongoing health problems that you've had. It's understandable that you're worried about what may be responsible for the symptoms that you've described and why you are now being sent for a further MRI scan. Hopefully, when you see the specialist next month they will have all the information needed to be able to give you an accurate diagnosis and discuss the recommended next steps. 

    We know that for many people this period of waiting for tests and results can be difficult. It can sometimes help to talk things through with one and I wonder if you might find it useful to talk with one of our nurses. I know they would be happy to listen and offer any advice and support they can ahead of your appointment. If you'd like to talk with them they're available Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm on 0808 800 4040. 

    I hope that the team is able to give you some reassurance soon Adrian. Do let us know how you get on. 

    Best wishes, 
    Cancer Chat moderator