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READ IF YOU ARE SUFFERING FROM A FEAR OF BRAIN TUMORS
« on: June 12, 2014, 02:04:36 AM »
My close friend was diagnosed with a brain tumor in January and I was with her at the time of her diagnosis.  I have also had the fear of a brain tumor for quite some time since I suffer from headaches. The only symptom my friend had was a seizure. Luckily it was benign and she is perfectly fine after having it removed. I will highlight the key details that the doctor (UCSF medical center) informed us of. 

The doctor (UCSF medical center) informed me that 50-60 percent of people with brain tumors DO NOT HAVE HEADACHES. Headaches are much more common for children with brain tumors. If the small chance that you do have a headache (and it's caused by a brain tumor) it will be SEVERE, worsening, and accompanied by other neurological problems. If the headache is in different spots throughout the day then it is not a brain tumor.   

40-50 percent of all brain tumors are benign. Only 15% are the dreaded GBM and almost all of the people diagnosed with GBM are older than 45.

The likelihood of you getting a brain tumor in your life time is something like .000075%
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Re: READ IF YOU ARE SUFFERING FROM A FEAR OF BRAIN TUMORS
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2014, 02:17:33 AM »
Why is that statistic, or one similar to it, so common in neurology.

Kind of odd. Makes me wonder if it's a catch-all for 'pretty d*mn unlikely'.
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Re: READ IF YOU ARE SUFFERING FROM A FEAR OF BRAIN TUMORS
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2014, 02:59:24 AM »
Thanks, now I can put thst behind me :)
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Re: READ IF YOU ARE SUFFERING FROM A FEAR OF BRAIN TUMORS
« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2014, 04:30:14 AM »
Yes.  They are very rare, and I have heard that most people don't even get any symptoms.  And that they are accompanied by really severe symptoms and that primary brain Tumors are not as common as the secondary ones. Which is usually when someone has lung or breast cancer and spreads to brain.

Thanks for the post!  :)

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Re: READ IF YOU ARE SUFFERING FROM A FEAR OF BRAIN TUMORS
« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2014, 04:41:37 AM »
That's the thing about most tumor and cancer worries... when they're actually there, the symptoms tend to be non-existent or something mild.

My grandmother died from Pancreatic cancer, she never once felt pain from it.

This headache information is good to know. Kudos.
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Re: READ IF YOU ARE SUFFERING FROM A FEAR OF BRAIN TUMORS
« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2014, 02:27:08 PM »
Oh no! This brought more fear into me! My headaches AREN'T all over the place! They're in one spot and I DO have other neurological symptoms such as vision problems, pressure behind the ear and one eye and twitching!!!! Freaking out now!!!! I'm must be part of that very small percent! Now I'm hoping itms just benign!  :traurig001:
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Re: READ IF YOU ARE SUFFERING FROM A FEAR OF BRAIN TUMORS
« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2014, 02:32:08 PM »
Amy, I had a stabbing killer pain on one spot on my head for two weeks so bad pain meds didn't help. I went to the neurologist, who ordered an MRI and no tumor. :)
I also have had for years, muscle twitching, weird floaters in eyes, and feeling of derealization. NO TUMOR. just the many quirks of me. I'm 23 :)
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Re: READ IF YOU ARE SUFFERING FROM A FEAR OF BRAIN TUMORS
« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2014, 02:57:27 PM »
If your headache is isolated to one place, it could also be whats kmown as an ice pick headache.
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Re: READ IF YOU ARE SUFFERING FROM A FEAR OF BRAIN TUMORS
« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2014, 04:14:11 PM »
Amy - you can not actually feel the pressure from a tumor behind the eye. Of it's pressure like a sinus pressure without pain, that's not from a tumor. Only doctors see pressure from the inside. If its pressure and pain, then sure sounds like sinuses to me. They say that brain tumor headaches are a specific type of headache. And most of the time there is vomiting. I think you need an MRI for assurance. Have you had one?
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"The only illness that we can't accept is hypochondria."

"Never Google, everyone will catch an invisible tumor!"

"Anxiety is not a doctor. Neither is the internet."

Actual diagnosis : chronic sinusitis.
Google diagnosis : brain cancer.

Symptoms : dizzy head feeling.

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