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Old 03-06-2018, 05:19 PM   #1
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Health Anxiety...or something worse?

There's a few boards I could have posted this on, but this one seems to make the most sense. I think I just feel like talking and getting it out. If anyone would like to respond, though, it would be most appreciated!

Four years ago, I had a retinal detachment in my left eye that was successfully treated through surgery. Thing were going along fine, eye-wise, until last year when my optometrist diagnosed me with high eye pressure, which is a risk factor for glaucoma (which runs a bit on my mom's side of the family). Anyway, I received laser treatment in April 2017 (also on my left eye) to lower the pressure -- it actually worked so well that the pressure was decreased in both eyes, something that's not all that unusual.

Anyway, fast forward to a couple weeks ago. I'm not sure how I discovered it, but i noticed that the vision in my left eye was really blurry. I had no other symptoms, but got my glaucoma specialist routine appointment moved up a few days and she super-dilated my eyes and did all kinds of tests, noting that not much ad changed from our last visit (retina and optic nerve looked fine, etc.) and that I had a cataract in my left eye (and a lesser one in my right), something that we already know. She seemed to think that that's what the trouble was. Honestly, my vision has seemed to be going downhill slowly since the laser treatment, especially when I would wear my contacts and i was expecting a prescription change at my next optometrist appointment.

SO, since then, I have been experiencing symptoms that I've attributed to a possible brain tumor-- but, as I've been told, could also be anxiety. I'd like to point out, that I don't really suffer from health anxiety in general, but when something goes wrong, it seems to kick in. Last January (due to stress I think) I had a headache for a month and was convinced it was a brain tumor. My PCP prescribed supplements and the headaches eventually went away.

But for the last week or so I've been headachy (nothing too bad), occasionally nauseous with a really gurgly stomach, my ears are really ringing, I feel generally blah (better in the AM, worse as the day goes on), when I wake up during the night, my hands are usually asleep (something that's been going on for a while, actually). I don't think these things would bother me as much if I hadn't experienced the somewhat sudden vision change in my one eye. Put together, these symptoms seem to point to a brain tumor.

The only think keeping me sane is the knowledge that this is the eye I've had trouble with in the past and it would make some kind of sense if something went wrong there again. But part of me thinks that since I started worrying about it, that's what started these odd symptoms. Part of me also thinks that I just have some kind of low-grade bug that's hanging on. I don't know. I just know that if it doesn't start improving, I'm going to go insane and grown further convinced that something is really wrong. My appointment with my retina doctor, my glaucoma doctor and the cataract surgeon aren't until the end of this month!

What does everyone think? That you for listening. If nothing else, it felt good to write it down.

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