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Old 01-26-2015, 10:11 AM   #1
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Worried about brain tumor

Hi. I could really use some easing of anxiety.

About two months ago, I started getting an earache and little dizziness after I had a cold. I went to my GP and they found a little fluid in my middle ear and both euchstachian tubes were a little swollen. I've had persistent mild dizziness. It's never debilitating. I never feel like I'm going to fall down, off-balance and it's never vertigo but it's pretty constant. I went back to the GP on Dec. 31st and apparently the fluid in my ear was almost gone. I continue to have the sense of fullness in both ears on and off and constant dizziness. No tinnitus.

For the last 3 days I've had a dull headache. It's in the center of my forehead and feels like it's in my sinuses or a tension, but I have NO congestion. I've had a bit of phlegm in my throat for weeks but no nasal congestion. I'm not prone to headaches and I've never had a sinus infection in my life. Last month I had a similar headache for a couple of days but it went away.

I also noticed my vision was a little blurry. I went to my opthamalogist and my prescription has changed (I've been farsighted my whole life). She dialated me and said my optic nerves, pupils and retina look completely healthy but my eyes were really dry and I was having some age-related changes (I'm 40).

I have a tendency towrads health anxiety and scared to death I have a brain tumor. I feel the only way to alleviate my anxiety is to get an MRI but don't want shell out the $1500 to meet my deductible if I'm being paranoid.

Has anyone had any mild symptoms (mild persistent dizziness, bilateral ear fullness and mild, dull head pressure) that turned out to be a tumor? If this may be what I'm dealing with, I'd like to get it early.

I have no other neurological symptoms. No nausea, no vomiting, no seizures, no vision blackouts, peripheral vision fine, no deja vu, no muscle weakness (although my left leg has heaviness to it once in a while), I can stand on a single leg with eyes closed, no numbess, no tingling, etc.

Would like to hear others' reports.

Thank you so much!

 
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Old 02-27-2015, 10:47 AM   #2
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Hi. I could really use some easing of anxiety.

About two months ago, I started getting an earache and little dizziness after I had a cold. I went to my GP and they found a little fluid in my middle ear and both euchstachian tubes were a little swollen. I've had persistent mild dizziness. It's never debilitating. I never feel like I'm going to fall down, off-balance and it's never vertigo but it's pretty constant. I went back to the GP on Dec. 31st and apparently the fluid in my ear was almost gone. I continue to have the sense of fullness in both ears on and off and constant dizziness. No tinnitus.

For the last 3 days I've had a dull headache. It's in the center of my forehead and feels like it's in my sinuses or a tension, but I have NO congestion. I've had a bit of phlegm in my throat for weeks but no nasal congestion. I'm not prone to headaches and I've never had a sinus infection in my life. Last month I had a similar headache for a couple of days but it went away.

I also noticed my vision was a little blurry. I went to my opthamalogist and my prescription has changed (I've been farsighted my whole life). She dialated me and said my optic nerves, pupils and retina look completely healthy but my eyes were really dry and I was having some age-related changes (I'm 40).

I have a tendency towrads health anxiety and scared to death I have a brain tumor. I feel the only way to alleviate my anxiety is to get an MRI but don't want shell out the $1500 to meet my deductible if I'm being paranoid.

Has anyone had any mild symptoms (mild persistent dizziness, bilateral ear fullness and mild, dull head pressure) that turned out to be a tumor? If this may be what I'm dealing with, I'd like to get it early.

I have no other neurological symptoms. No nausea, no vomiting, no seizures, no vision blackouts, peripheral vision fine, no deja vu, no muscle weakness (although my left leg has heaviness to it once in a while), I can stand on a single leg with eyes closed, no numbess, no tingling, etc.

Would like to hear others' reports.

Thank you so much!
I wish I could relieve your anxiety. I can relate to that as well as the symptoms you're having. I've been having dizziness for a couple of years. So many things can cause dizziness and a root cause can be almost impossible to find. My GP sent me to an ENT and he told me I have vertigo. Gave me nasal spray and antivert and sent me on my way. (2 years ago). The dizziness was never really helped by the meds. I went back to my GP in Dec. because I stated feeling fullness in my left ear. He gave me drops and said come back in 2 weeks. Well the drops did nothing. It didn't even feel like they were going down into my ear. Went back to the ENT with this new symptom. He sent me for an MRI of my brain and it showed 2 tumors. One is an acoustic neuroma. I see the specialist in 3 weeks and will learn more then. But from what I've read these tumors are rarely malignant and my GP called them a dime a dozen.
I can't tell you what to do, but if I were you I would get the MRI. If this is what is causing your symptoms, it needs to be monitored.
Good luck to you. Keep us posted.

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Old 02-27-2015, 10:56 AM   #3
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I'm so sorry to hear about your acoustic neuroma. From what I understand, you're right - it's benign and treatable. I wish the best.

I had the MRI and luckily it came out clear.

 
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Old 02-27-2015, 11:25 AM   #4
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I'm happy your news is good. I hope you find some answers for your dizziness and everything else. It's hard to live a normal life when you feel so crummy. Best of luck to you.

 
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Old 11-11-2015, 07:06 AM   #5
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Re: Worried about brain tumor

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Has anyone had any mild symptoms (mild persistent dizziness, bilateral ear fullness and mild, dull head pressure) that turned out to be a tumor? If this may be what I'm dealing with, I'd like to get it early.

Would like to hear others' reports.

Thank you so much!
I was having the exact same symptoms during the last 3 weeks. I also started having some tingling and weakness (anxiety related) two nights ago and went to the ER yesterday. They did a CT scan and x-rays, and everything was fine. Miraculously, 75% of my symptoms disappeared soon after. As yourself, I have a HD plan and have to suck up the ER charge (probably somewhere in the 1500-2500 range). Anxiety is costly, that's for sure.

My GP suggested "benign positional vertigo" to explain my mild intermittent nausea/vertigo. I didn't believe her (of course!) but sound like it's what it is. Also I have long standing TMJ issues which are probably causing head and face pressure, headaches and muscle soreness. I am 34 and suffer with health anxiety. If my story offers you any relief. I hope you feel better!

 
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