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Brain tumour anxiety ?! Help please?
« on: January 13, 2014, 05:02:13 PM »
Hi all, new member here!
I have high anxiety and in the past few years I have been to the doctor saying I have ovarian cancer, bone cancer, appendicitis.. And now a brain tumour.
I had a ct scan without contrast in 2011 due to headaches and tingling for 3 months that came back normal. They went away for about a year and then came back last feb & have been constant ever since. I woke up with right sided headache every day and have it all day every day and the tingling in my foot on the left is also constant and this past week I have been very dizzy. I'm so stressed about this I feel sick all the time and can't eat. Had my eyes tested today and she said everything looks normal. Docs won't send me for another scan and have given me amitriptyline. I'm so scared.. how likely is this to be a brain tumour? Or has anyone had any similar symptoms?
Kayleigh
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Re: Brain tumour anxiety ?! Help please?
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2014, 08:36:40 PM »
Welcome to the forum!!!

Sounds to me like you are suffering from some tension headaches, maybe even migraines, but I really don't think you have a brain tumor! Seems like you've had everything tested that would need to be tested for a brain tumor and it's all negative.  Try your amitriptyline and see how that helps!!  I know anxiety can cause some awful tension headaches and also dizziness and tingling!  Try a bit of distraction of some sort and see if maybe the symptoms let up for you.  Good luck!
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Re: Brain tumour anxiety ?! Help please?
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2014, 11:22:52 PM »
It sounds exactly like anxiety. I get headaches on 1 side of my head as well. I also have a ridge that sticks out a bit than the rest of my skull and I touch it constantly actually CAUSING headaches for myself and then I panic that I too have a tumour. I've had my eyes tested, had neuros, ER staff, even my dentist tell me I am fine- and yet, I still worry. When I being to panic, the WHOLE left side of my body goes tingly & numb. Then I jump to "Stroke" :p Haha. Could just be how your body responds to anxiety :) If you've had a scan, you have even more reassurance. :) Another thing to look at is possibly a chiropractor? Your neck might be "out" causing tension/muscle strain and it could be pinching a nerve causing the numb & tingle :) Hope this helps and know you aren't alone! :)

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Re: Brain tumour anxiety ?! Help please?
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2014, 03:56:59 PM »
Thanks Kathie :) I've been taking this amitriptyline since October so I think I'm going to ask the doc for some other meds - do you think I should ask for another scan seen as the last one was 2 years ago? My anxiety is thinking what if the CT scan didn't pick it up or what if they missed it.. Or it's got bigger since 2011!
Kay - do you think it migh just be coincidence that the headache his on the right and the tingling is my left? The tingling is pretty much constant. The only time I noticed it gone is when I had a vomiting virus before Xmas and I was sooo worried about being sick again i realized my foot hadnt tingeld all that day lol!! But of course the next day when I was feeling better it came back 10x worse. I have been able to get on with life but this past week it's been so much worse and I've been so worried about the dizziness I now have to I literally feel like I am going to be sick all the time I can't face food :( I literally haven't had a proper meal in about a week, it turns my stomach.
So do you guys reckon this is anxiety rather than a brain tumour? I've had tingly left foot and the headache for a year straight :(
Lots of love to you all
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Re: Brain tumour anxiety ?! Help please?
« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2014, 05:40:34 PM »
I have had the brain tumour fear too! Ended up with an MRI and still wasn't convinced! I deff think its anxiety not eating properly for a week shows how much anxiety has a hold  if you at the moment! Therefore it can bring on many symptoms

If you had something the ct scan didn't pick up in 2011 it wouldn't of got better and would be a lot worse and you would have a lot of other symptoms by now.

Relax, get some food and stay hydrated!
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Re: Brain tumour anxiety ?! Help please?
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2014, 06:13:52 PM »
It's awful isn't it hayter?! I want an MRI but dr says I don't need one and they can't afford to keep sending me for scans "just to reassure me" my poor boyfriend has even offered to take out a loan to pay for a scan as he's so sick of seeing me like this!!
I worry that the fact I can't eat is due to brain tumour rather than anxiety as of course I've read it's a symptom! It's a horrible vicious circle :(
That's true though, I suppose it wouldn't have got better for a year and then have come back and my only other new symptom (dizziness) only started last week. Thanks hayter x x x
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Re: Brain tumour anxiety ?! Help please?
« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2014, 06:31:17 PM »
I had to go private for my MRI - my doctor wouldn't even send me for a ct scan. My MRI found something that coincidental and was nothing to worry about and I would never of known about it - but I then latched onto that and figured I needed another MRI scan with contrast. It never ends.

Not eating is deff anxiety I lost so much weight the first tine round and would how days with no food!

It's nice you have someone who is so supportive :-)
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Re: Brain tumour anxiety ?! Help please?
« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2014, 06:42:25 PM »
Are you in the UK hayter? If so did you have to get a referral from your GP to have a private scan?
I know what you mean, it reassures you for so long but then it soon comes back :(
I'm glad it's not just me, I literally don't feel hungry at all!
Yeah I am lucky in that sense :) how did you get over your brain tumour fear? 
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Re: Brain tumour anxiety ?! Help please?
« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2014, 07:01:39 PM »
Yeah I am in the UK. I asked my doctor to refer me to a private neurologist. He did as it was my money to waste - his words.

After lots of other tests after the MRI there was nothing else they could do. I just had to accept it. I soon moved onto something else.

My main symptom was tingling on the right side of my face. Which I still get to this day - but no where hear as bad.

After seeing a ent they put it down to a deviated septum. That was nearly 6 years ago.
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Re: Brain tumour anxiety ?! Help please?
« Reply #9 on: January 15, 2014, 03:18:12 AM »
Oh really? How much was it to see the neurologist and for the MRI if you don't mind me asking? Is that the only scan you had or had you already have a ct scan on the NHS like I have?
I'm at the doctors on Friday so I'm just working out what I am going to ask for.
If it was only tingling I think I would worry less but cos I have this headache and dizziness all the time too it's really scaring me :(
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