PUBLISHED: 17:19 14 November 2018 Charlotte Smith-Jarvis Chris Martin of Coldplay who has tinnitus Picture: Mark Runnacles Archant Tinnitus affects one in five people in the UK. Charlotte Smith-Jarvis talks to one Norfolk woman who says more needs to be done to support sufferers. Rather paradoxically, for a silent condition, tinnitus is immeasurably loud. You wouldn’t notice someone had it unless they told you. You won’t see sufferers cowering away with their hands covering their ears (not in public anyway). There are no outwardly visible symptoms, other than perhaps a flicker of weariness and undercurrent of distress in the eyes, following days, months, weeks or even years of unrelenting noise.And yet some patients say they’re being practically disregarded as a nuisance by the health service. Fobbed off with armfuls of leaflets, and left to keep calm and carry on.We will likely all experience tinnitus at some point in our lives – … [Read more...] about What does tinnitus sound like and could I have it?
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A mum has issued a desperate plea: “Please help me save my sister’s life.” Katie Sanderson is trying to raise £90,000 to send her sister Leighanne to Germany for treatment before a brain tumour kills her. The Daily Record told six months ago how Leighanne, 38, was turned away by doctors seven times before they eventually discovered a brain tumour the size of an orange. By that time, the cancer was incurable. Katie is determined to explore every avenue to save former boys football coach Leighanne. She is looking into alternative treatments and has found a private clinic in Germany who say they can help Leighanne. The family need to pay £72,000 up-front before treatment can start. They have raised £20,000 through a crowdfunding page and charity events, including a football match supported by former Scotland player Frank McAvennie. But they have a long way to go and time is running out for Leighanne. Katie, of Renfrew, said: “Leighanne has a son of … [Read more...] about Mum’s desperate plea to save sister by raising £90,000 for cancer treatment
JEROME Hamon, 43, from France, has just received his third face transplant after suffering with neurofibromatosis type 1. But what is neurofibromatosis and how do the different types differ? Here's the lowdown. What is neurofibromatosis? Neurofibromatosis is a group of conditions where tumours grow on the nervous system. It is caused by a genetic mutation in certain genes, and can be either inherited from parents or occur in a patient’s early development. There are three different types; NF1, NF2, and schwannomas. Currently, there is no prevention or cure, but the tumours are normally non-cancerous. A patient may require surgery if the tumours start to cause problems or become cancerous, or they may be treated for complications surrounding the conditions, such as high blood pressure. What are the different types and what are their symptoms? Neurofibromatosis type I NF1 has a normal life expectancy, and is caused by a mutation of a gene on chromosome 17, which is … [Read more...] about What is neurofibromatosis, what are the symptoms of Jerome Hamon’s condition and what are the different types?