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MAJOR Brain Tumor Fear... Please help!
« on: December 30, 2013, 08:39:42 PM »
Hello, all!

I am a 19 year old female, and recently (the past 2 months), I have been dealing with a MAJOR brain tumor fear... This fear has impacted the quality of my life and makes every day full of nothing but worries, anxiety, and "what if's". I have been an anxious/nervous/worried person my entire life, and I recently saw a councilor at the university I attend due to severe anxiety/panic attacks from a traumatic experience that happened to me over the summer, and because I have a very very severe phobia of loud, sudden noises... Also, I have been diagnosed with Celiac disease and a kidney stone (just saying).

It all started when I started getting weird, mild, stabbing pains (that lasted BARELY a second or two) on the top of my head about 2 months ago. They were very mild, no where near severe, but I still worried about them. After a few days, the pains seemed to disappear and I relaxed a bit. In the back of my head though, I worried about a brain tumor.

A few weeks later, I got the pains again, still lasting about one or two seconds, but they were a tad bit more painful and seemed to be isolating themselves to the top/front LEFT side of my head. I would get these pains a few times a day for a few days at a time before they disappeared for another day or two. Once, again, I became even more worried about a brain tumor.
Sometimes, I would even get an extremely mild, dull headache above my LEFT eye, but it would go away on its own or with the help of some ibuprofen.
I also got mild tension headaches every once and a while too.

A few days ago, I woke up a bit hungover with a dull headache, and as the day went on (even after some ibuprofen), the headache isolated itself above my LEFT eye and LEFT side of my head and grew worse. It wasn't HORRIBLE headache, but it definitely wasn't fun to deal with. The headache finally subsided after taking a 5-375 Narco pain killer (hydrocodone & acetaminophen) that was prescribed to me because I am also currently passing a kidney stone.  :(

And TODAY, I felt a twinge of pain above my LEFT eye, and I kept obsessively worrying/thinking about it, and it turned into some of those quick, stabbing pains in the same area, so I began obsessively worrying/thinking about those. Earlier, as I was fixing my hair, I shook my head vigorously back and forth and I felt a stab of pain on the front/top LEFT side of my head above my LEFT eye. I shook my head a few more times to see if it would happen again, and it did! :(  Now I'm sitting here typing this up, scared to DEATH, shaking, and near tears with a headache on the left side of my head where ALL the pains were.  :traurig001:

I have been attributing all of these pains to stress and anxiety, but I'm so worried that that's not the case.

SO,
Symptoms:
~ Short, mild, stabbing pains on left side of head
~ Mild headaches on left side of head (sometimes; NOT daily)
~ Pain on left side of head when I shake my head

I hope that these symptoms are not from a brain tumor and that I'm just imagining them and/or manifesting them myself. :(
I know that my post is long and very wordy, BUT MY ANXIETY AND STRESS LEVELS ARE SO HIGH RIGHT NOW. SOMEBODY, PLEASE HELP!!!!!!  :( :( :(
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Re: MAJOR Brain Tumor Fear... Please help!
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2013, 09:21:44 PM »
I have migraines and they can sometimes be very similar to what you describe. The pain ranges from dull/throbbing to sharp stabbing pain. Headaches are on one side and generally originate near my eye. My headaches are always worse when I move and the day after a headache my eye and head can be sore to touch.

I know it is way easier said than done, but try not to allow yourself to get too stressed out about this. Migraines and tension headaches are both triggered by stress. Your stress levels can even be raising your blood pressure and that can cause a headache.

When I had my first migraine (at 19 btw) I went to the ER convinced I had a brain tumor or that I was having a stroke. One hand was numb, my tongue was numb, and I was speaking incoherently. All migraine. Take some medicine and go lie down in a dark room. Sending you good, peaceful thoughts. :)
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Re: MAJOR Brain Tumor Fear... Please help!
« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2013, 10:28:55 PM »
I am also a migraine sufferer and yes, these symptoms do resemble some of the similarities of migraine headaches.

However, I also think that part of your issue could be from neck muscle tension.  You are stressing out so much over these head stabbing pains you are more than likely tensing your muscles not even realizing and you probably started doing that with the first stabbing pain you had and put much concentration on these waiting for the next one.

With neck tension comes swollen muscles and turn nerves are affected as well....those quick pains may simply be a nerve.  I think you should look on the internet for some relaxation music/exercises for your neck and shoulders and see if that helps.

Good luck to you!
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Re: MAJOR Brain Tumor Fear... Please help!
« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2013, 10:32:11 PM »
Thank you, all! I feel a bit better now. The more reassurance I receive, the better I feel. I hope I can learn to cope with the anxiety before my second semester of college starts... And I plan on talking to my counselor at the university about all of this too. Anyway, I will be going to bed soon, so hopefully that helps. I will also be looking into relaxation techniques tomorrow as well! Thank you again for your help, I appreciate it so much! :)
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Re: MAJOR Brain Tumor Fear... Please help!
« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2013, 04:55:00 AM »
Why don't you get a eye test? If you need glasses that can cause headaches and heaviness behind the eye. They can also see any abnormalities which will give you more peice of mind over your tumour fears. Stress doesn't help with headaches and also your diet can effect it. Try to relax there are many logical explanations before the worst case senario which just to add is very very rare
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