Background: Woke up on April 6th with the right side of my body (face, arm, trunk, leg) numb and tingling. I had no other problems like weakness or facial drooping, etc. so I chalked it up to just one of those things and tried not to worry about it. When it persisted a few days, I made an appointment with my doctor. He did a limited neuro exam, checked my reflexes, checked my eyes, then ordered a truckload of blood tests (ANA, inflammatory markers, rheumatology markers, thyroid, vitamin levels, etc.) and a CT without contrast of my brain. I was feeling calm until he said "brain CT" and my mind immediately jumped to brain tumor, stroke, MS, etc.
I sweated it out until my CT appointment, which took all of 5 minutes. In the meantime, my blood tests all came back 100% normal. Then I waited almost a week for the CT results (turns out the imaging center sent them to the wrong doc, but stuff happens) and it was a 100% normal exam, no clinical correlation or followup studies required. So you'd think I'd breathe a sigh of relief and go back to life as usual, right? Nope.
My HA kicked into high gear. I was still having the numbness. So of course the CT scan was wrong. Because CT with contrast is more sensitive for picking up tumors! And of course neurologists always recommend MRI instead of CT! So here I am, a week after receiving the all clear on my tests, convinced that I have a tumor that the CT scan missed and I have been a WRECK. I can't eat, I've lost five pounds, I'm not sleeping, I'm not all there for my husband or son, etc.
It doesn't help that on Sunday I developed a headache. No big deal, right? Except I never, ever get headaches. I have seriously only taken OTC painkillers maybe twice in the past year. And the headache I have now is the typical brain tumor headache: doesn't start until I lie down and disappears immediately when I'm on my feet. It's been lingering for four days now. It's scaring me to death.
I'm usually a pretty logical person but I can't get past the fear long enough to think rationally about this. I mean yeah, I'm pretty sure that a tumor large enough to cause a headache would have shown up on a CT scan, and it's probably sinus-related because I've been crying my eyes out every day, or it's tension related, but I could really use some objective opinions here.
Thanks for reading the wall of text if you got this far!