Daphnee Paquin-Katma will long remember her yoga class. At 38, this Canadian was diagnosed with acoustic neuroma 3.8 cm. It’s about a non-cancerous tumor affecting the vestibulocochlear nerve. This cranial nerve is involved in hearing and the sense of balance.
It’s a yoga class that put him on the alert. The 30-year-old noticed a imbalance. She could no longer stand on one leg. Afterwards, she felt unbalanced just by walking and also had hearing problems. Alerted by all these signals, she therefore decided to consult a doctor. This is how the diagnosis came about.
The tumor can compress the cerebellum and the brainstem
“If I hadn’t practiced yoga, I wouldn’t have realized that something was wrong,” says Daphnee Paquin-Katma to our colleagues at DailyMail.
Acoustic neuromas are more common between 40 and 60 years old, but can affect people of all ages. They involve symptoms like:
- slowly progressing hearing loss in one ear;
- noise or ringing in the ear (tinnitus)
- the feeling of pressure or fullness in the ear;
- ear pain.
- imbalance or instability when the person turns quickly.
If the tumor is benignit can however represent a great danger for the affected patient.
Growing large enough, it can put pressure on the brain and cause loss of balance, as well as headaches and vision changes. Eventually, the cerebellum and brainstem can become compressed, which can be life-threatening.
She underwent a 12-hour surgery
The patient, originally from Montreal, underwent a 12-hour surgery to remove the tumour. “After my operation, I completely lost my hearing and I was walking with my hands to help me, because my balance was very bad,” she said.
Today, Daphnee Paquin-Katma is fully recovered. Mother of a 3-year-old child, she trained to become a yoga teacher and practices in Poole (Canada). She has managed to regain her balance thanks to this practice.