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Old 03-07-2012, 12:46 PM   #1
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Scared that I have a brain tumor?

For the last 3 months I have been dealing with a range of issues. For history, I am a hypochondriac. All of these things Iím about to mention, I thought I had years ago and they turned out to be nothing. This time, it seems worse.

I have had neck pain (mainly on the right side) that makes me have headaches. I went for acupuncture and that helped a little. I have had a strange head feeling as well. It feels like when you have anxiety and you feel like youíre not there. Iíll be talking to people and I feel like Iím not in the conversation. Sometimes it feels like dizziness, but I donít think it is that. I donít feel like Iím going to fall over or faint. I just feel like Iím in a dream walking through life.

I have been to 4 doctors total. It started that I had fluid in my ears. When that cleared up, I felt great for about 2 days. Then it came back. I feel like my right pupil is bigger than the left Ė which if you look up symptoms is not anything good. I went to one eye doctor who measure my pupils and said they were the same size Ė both 6 mm and they responded to light. I went to a second eye doctor who told me the right may be slightly bigger, but itís within the range where size can very. For clarity, I thought my right pupil looked bigger when I thought I had a brain tumor years ago. Maybe itís been that way for a while and I just didnít notice, but to me it looks bigger. If I ask people, very few can tell a difference. Two eye doctors didnít and the others I ask canít, but I see a difference when I look in the mirror.

I am, as I stated before, probably a hypochondriac. I have thought I was going to have a heart attack too, but that didnít pan out. If I focus of my chest pain, the head feeling seems to go away. If I focus on the head feeling, the chest pain goes away. As I type this, my head feeling is 100% here, but my chest pain is 100% gone.

I went to my GP and told her all about my problems Ė including the bigger pupil. She noticed, but didnít seem too concerned. I ask a doctor who used to work in neurology and she said it didnít sound like anything serious. I feel like I should go get an MRI done to rule things out, but no one seems concerned enough to order one.

Does this sound like it could be brain related? I have a tremor in my right hand, which could be attributed to the fact that I have fluctuating blood pressure. Iím just terrified this is a brain tumor or something more serious. What do you think it could be? Should I be more concerned?

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Old 03-07-2012, 02:57 PM   #2
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Re: Scared that I have a brain tumor?

The only way you will know for sure is if you go and have a scan on your head.

Do that and you could be satisfied but I'm thinking it will only be temporary as I'm a bit like you myself.

You need to address your anxiety really

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