So I'm a 15 year old hypochondriac with really bad anxiety. I lost my grandfather a few months ago to cancer, now I live in constant fear I'm going to get cancer. I only have one symptom. A strange pressure feeling on one side of my face, and in my ear. I fear it is a brain tumor pushing on something causing this sensation. I have no symptoms of a brain tumor, but I can't shake the feeling. I go to the doctor in a week, but I can't wait. I have pretty much lost my appetite, which is bad because I'm a naturally thin person, and I feel like I can't enjoy myself like other teens do because I think I am dying. I just want this to end . I told my best friend I thought I had a brain tumor, and she laughed at me. No-one understands what I struggle with on a daily basis. Is the sensation I'm feeling from anxiety? It feels really bad when I think about it.
Hi nicki and I'm sorry to hear about your grandfather. People with anxiety often worry about aches or pains or any odd sensations more than usual, but the good news is that most of the time these things amount to nothing much at all. The other thing is, and I don't know how much of this you experienced, but when someone close has a terminal illness and you see them deteriorate physically it can be very frightening and I don't think it's that unusual for that to turn us to worrying about our own health, because we've seen what serious illness can do to a person. I think the fact that your fear is about cancer is because you lost someone recently to it. But mostly aches and pains have the simplest of explanations and brain tumors just aren't that common, most people will probably never even know someone who has had a brain tumor so try to stay calm and see the doc to reassure yourself
I don't think you have anything serious, like a brain tumor. I had the same feeling of pressure on the left side of my face and ear too, when my anxiety was at it's worst. I had it for a couple of months before it finally went away.
I have had this fear for 20 Years, despite 2 mri and a CAT scan. I keep thinking the tests have missed it or that I have cancer elsewhere ( lung, stomach, colon, throat,spine, kidney,liver, pacrease, skin, etc,etc...that has spread to the brain. i have had headaches almost every day for 20 years, and I'm still here.
If anyone dismisses you, they need to step into your shoes and understand how you are suffering.. Fear is disease. I found counselling useful.
I accept that one day I will get ill and die.....it happens to us all. I try to enjoy one day and every day is a bonus.