Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Quasi Modo has left the building

What with all the excitement and last minute dashing about of Christmas I hardly noticed the numbness and tingling had crept up the entire left hand side of my whole body. Every time I get a bath it gets instantly worse. Still, didn't figure much about it (I'm one of these people who will only go to the Doctor when I believe there is some kind of real problem going on) but hubby kept saying I should make an appointment.

Nah, I'll be fine. I decide to try and carry on with life as I've come to the conclusion I've probably trapped a nerve and with lots of nice hot bubble baths (my logic still not calculating that this does actually worsen my symptoms lol) and perhaps going a bit slower at the gym will sort the problem.

Boxing Day, whilst visiting friends, I changed my mind. I was in quite some pain (by the way I have a super high pain threshold, having given birth to two almost 10lb bouncin' bubbas with no pain relief lol) and knew that realistically a trip to my GP was in order.

You know when you have your blood pressure taken? When the arm band is at it's fullest and tightest? Pulsing and throbbing whilst you just will the damn arm band to release the pressure? Well this is how I would describe my whole left side. Problem is, it is now constant. Not a couple of times a week for an hour or so. C O N S T A N T. I cannot describe to you how unbelievably annoying and painful that is.

I have had to stop work temporarily (I'm a Figurative Sculptor) as I can no longer feel, move or grip with my left hand. Don't want my work ending up like Quasi Modo on a bad day now do I?

Still, I decide to eek it out a bit longer and wait until New Year is out of the way to make an appointment. PESKY TRAPPED NERVE! Grrr! I still truly believe it will right itself.

Monday, 1 November 2010


At first I thought I was imagining things when (during a bout of leg/foot numbness) my left hand decided to join in. It's not a party you know hand! Yer names not daaahn, yer not cammin in!

Friday, 1 October 2010

Ring my bell...

My left foot and left leg (up to the knee) now want to play silly buggers and go numb/tingly for a couple of hours each time. This happens 1-2 times per week, usually on an evening now. It's getting on my nerves but I put it down to overdoing it at the gym (I'm a gym bunny ya see!).

The tinnitus is in many ways harder to cope with than the deafness to be honest. I've learnt to lip read quite well but nothing stops the annoying ringing, whooshing and hissing sounds that now feature largely into my days (and nights!).

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

My Left Foot

Keep banging into things as feel tres unbalanced nowadays. My favourite line is "Oops! I'm pissed again!" (quite ironic since I hardly ever drink!). I just put the dizziness and inability to balance down to my hearing being knackered. I'm told it could affect my balance you see. What with the constant tinnitus I'm suffering (which is all part and parcel of the hearing loss, oh the joys!). Rather embarassing when I stumble over at my regular Body Combat Classes each week though!

My left foot keeps going completely "dead" and lasts about an hour or two. Strange.

Sunday, 1 August 2010

Funny Girl

Lost my hearing quite noticeably in both ears.

Went to GP who performed simple hearing test which confirmed loss (moderate to severe on both sides).

Referred to ENT Specialist who did more thorough testings and due to the nature of my "funny" hearing loss (yes, they did actually say it was "funny" being an apparently odd kind of hearing loss, especially for a fit and healthy 34 year old).

Sent me for an MRI of the brain (Eureka! They found one hehe!).

Results came back "clear" as no Acoustic Neuroma was detected (apprently that was what they imagined could've caused my specific "funny" hearing loss).

Diagnosed with Bilateral Sensourinal Hearing Loss.

Hearing Aid fitted (which I wore about 5 times as it didn't do anything but enhance background noises). The meeting I had to attend regarding the hearing aid was an experience as the averag age of people there was about seventy. Talk about feeling like a fish out of water, I got some very strange looks hehe!