Okay, so maybe convinced is a strong word. I am absolutely certain I have anxiety, but I can't just give that the benefit of the doubt when there's the possibility of something like brain cancer, can I? (especially after hearing anxiety and panic attacks can be symptoms of a brain tumor, yeesh)
-Tension headache that comes and goes, but mostly stays (duration anywhere from 1-3 weeks, what's even more worrying is it feels like the pressure is coming from within)
-Constant "out of it" feeling/depersonalization/severe brain fog/inability to concentrate or do anything more complex than walking around
-Fatigue (mostly in the limbs)
-Pressure in my ears
-Dizziness (often resulting from the depersonalization or the headaches)
-TMJ (grinding teeth almost every night now)
-Varying degrees of sensitivity to light and/or noise
-Overall just feeling like something is really, really wrong/feeling of doom, almost
These symptoms persist in some degree even when I'm "de-stressing" and very easily flare up. I've also taken allergy medicine, but it doesn't seem to do any good.
I know these sound like a textbook reaction to extreme duress, but they have shown themselves to be overwhelming sometimes and sometimes downright debilitating. In case you were wondering about my psychological situation: I just finished my first semester at college (I commute so I'm not really meeting anyone or making friends), I have social anxiety, and my father succumbed to bowel cancer two years ago.
I probably wouldn't be so scared of a tumor if not for the fact that relatively recently two people I know who are roughly in may age group developed brain tumors (one of whom died). I would be a little more at ease but my symptoms just won't leave me and I've never felt anything like this before. I've been worrying about this every second of every day now