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Kojl 07-31-2012 03:59 PM

Scared of brain tumour, please help...
Hello.. I'm 20 years old and a mess at the moment. Really frightened about my health right now, thinking it could be something serious, perhaps a brain tumour... Please help me ...

My problems are as follows:

* Ear fullness/pressure in right ear, been there for 2-3 years.
* Slight hearingloss on that ear(10db in some frequencies)
* Migraines once a month, more frequent recently(I think),started 3 years ago
* Sleep Apnea(been told by a friend that I stop breathing in sleep :S)
* Shortness of Breath/Air Hunger, the last week only.(anxiety?)

Basically I have a question regarding my headache, and if it could be caused by a brain tumour... Is a headache caused by a tumour located to the tumour or close to it, or can it appear on the other side as well? My migraine is almost always located to the left temple, sometimes the right temple. It's a pulsating feeling, hurts more when I do physical activities, walking or whatever.

The migraines present with a visual aura about 20-30min before the pain hits, but usually the pain is really mild, sometimes moderate, but never severe.

I've been getting these migraines for approxiomately 3-4 years now, hard to tell exactly when they began. They've been appearing about once a month recently, and I'm getting really scared.. :(

I got an appt with an ENT in 1 month for my ear fullness, and I plan to tell him/her about my migraines and breathing problems too, and maybe get a referal.

I've ended up in the ER three times this week because of the breathing problems. They've done heart and lung tests, and blood tests, everything turned out fine.

I'm really at a loss here, and I'm having a hard time enjoying my vacation, I'm a mess at the moment.. I don't know what to do, as I feel like I can't go to the ER a fourth time...

Thank you for listening to me, I really need any advice/comfort I can get...

afterthought 08-27-2012 10:10 PM

Re: Scared of brain tumour, please help...
KOJl Take a deep breath. You prabably already Know by now if you have a tumor. If you do, remember that you can have a life after tumor surgery. I'm not saying everything is easy, but it is something you can handle.

ladybud 08-27-2012 10:52 PM

Re: Scared of brain tumour, please help...
Not sure why this was post dated 7/31, and it is just showing up on board as a new post? Anyway, your headaches do sound typical of migraine, but I believe every migraine sufferer deserves, at least initally, to have a CT scan or MRI to rule out anything more serious. A neurologist is the best Dr to deal with migraines, or a headache specialist. There are specific migraine meds that can abort a headache, especially since you have auras well before the headache. Sleep apnea should be documented thru a sleep study and treated, as untreated apnea can cause serious health problems, such as high BP, weight gain, diabetes, daytime fatigue and sleepiness, and lower oxygen levels during day, causing shortness of breath and air hunger. I have personally experienced that problem, and treatment has helped immensely. I would encourage you to see a sleep specialist and get formally tested, as there is more to sleep apnea than meets the eye. There are different kinds, different severities, etc. I hope you already have some answers by now, but maybe something here will help you as well.

TMJ82 09-25-2012 07:46 AM

Re: Scared of brain tumour, please help...
As a long-term migraine sufferer, I agree with everything said above. Also want to add, it is not uncommon for migraines to start around 12-18 years old so don't be that alarmed. Migraines can be successfully managed with medication.
Breathing problems may be due to anxiety, at least partially. I had that as well. This too is something that can be managed.
Honestly, I don't think you have a brain tumor. But if you can get an MRI that would provide a definitive answer. Good luck!

lyssabugg 11-13-2012 05:41 PM

Re: Scared of brain tumour, please help...
I'm wanting to know if he ever got results....

I have most of the symptoms he described minus the apnea and adding a few others... I won't really get into what I'm feeling because what I'm trying to figure out is my inner ear pressure.

Did you get results for your ear???

Kojl 12-29-2012 07:41 AM

Re: Scared of brain tumour, please help...
Thank you for all your answers. I haven't been active on these forums at all, but I just want you to let you know what's going on with me!

Sorry for the long post, hopefully you'll read it anyways.

I've been to an ENT regarding my ear-stuffiness, and an MRI with contrast has been ordered, however, it will take at least 3 months due to long queue, which upsets me abit.. He did all kinds of tests: Tympanometry, pure-tone audiometry etc, nothing turned up, except for the slight hearing loss.

My migraines are the same, had one today actually. Beginning with aura, specifically "Scintillating Scotoma", visual disturbances.

I still have the breathing problem, and I feel it is elevated by stress/anxiety, and as I have some serious health anxiety regarding these problems it could very well be the cause.

One thing that I've been experiencing the last few weeks however:

When I'm relaxed or about to fall asleep, I get a electric shock feeling in my chest, almost like when you've been scared by someone/something. Feels like I'm about to stop breathing or like my heart is about to stop beating, really scary.. I went to my doc about this while waiting for the MRI, and he put me on antihistamines and later antidepressive meds, which so far seems to be no help, but I think it could be my healthanxiety acting up.

What worries me now is the actual wait time for the MRI, but I'm trying to hang in there.. I'm still worried to death that it could be a tumor causing all this, even if it's incredibly rare.

Any input is appreciated, and I'm sorry for turning inactive on the forums. Thank you for all the kind responses. :)

I should add that friends/family hasn't noticed any sleep apnea lately, maybe it was something temporary and associated with my snoring.

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