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    Old 01-12-2012, 11:27 PM   #1
    babrao apte
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    anxiety or Brain Tumor???? help please!!!!

    Terminal illnesses Or diseases I thought I had:

    Heart problems such as :

    -Heart attack
    -Sudden cardiac arrest
    -Clogged arteries
    -Stroke

    Abdominal problems:

    -Stomach cancer
    -Liver problems
    -Stomach ulcer
    -Thyroid disease or cancer
    -Irritating bowel syndrome

    Throat/ Lung problems:

    - Throat cancer
    - Lung cancer
    - Mono
    - Strep throat
    - Asthma

    Brain problems:

    -Brain Tumor
    -Multiple Scoloreis
    -Bleeding in the brain

    THEY ARE PROBABLY OTHERS I CAN'T REMEMBER AT THE MOMENT

    Physical symptoms felt:

    - chest tightness ( mostly left side around heart / lungs)
    - heart palpitation
    - muscle pulled feeling around heart/lungs
    - weakness around heart/lungs
    - slow heart beat
    - heart skipped a beat or has stopped
    - bloating
    - stomach rumbling
    - fullness in stomach
    - gassy feeling in stomach
    - nausea
    - indigestion
    - diarrhea
    - frequent urination
    - shortness of breath
    - stomach pain
    - burping
    - hiccups
    - fatigue
    - over sleeping
    - insominia
    - high sexual desire
    - strong craving for sweets
    - food coming up throat
    - depression
    - suicidal thoughts
    - thoughts of I am dying
    - thoughts of impending doom
    - frequent yawning
    - exhaustion
    - tiredness
    - back stiffness and pain
    - neck stiffness and pain
    - weakness in arms and legs
    - numbness in arms and legs
    - walking coordination problems
    - hands and feet going to sleep constantly
    - pain and stiffness in arms and legs
    - sore throat
    - stuffed noise
    - throat tightening
    - difficulty swallowing food
    - throat closing
    - extreme dizziness
    - nasal drip
    - startled easy
    - always scared and sad
    - constant 24/7 worry there is something wrong
    - headaches
    - pressure in head
    - throbbing head
    numb head and fore head
    lack of appeitte
    over eating
    - confusion
    - clumsiness
    - brain fog
    - memory problems
    - alternating one side of body weakness ( mostly in arm and legs)
    - paranoia
    - lump in throat feeling
    - weakness or numbness in fingers
    - concentrating problems
    - blurry vision
    - distorted vision
    -eyes sensitivity to light
    - lightheaded
    - heavy headed
    - ringing in ears
    - pain tightness and weak feeling around kidneys and rib cage
    - buttocks falling asleep
    - weird pain and weakness feeling in knees
    - shooting pain down arms
    - pain in both checks
    pain in jaw
    weight loss and gain

    AND MANY MORE I CAN'T REMEMBER RIGHT AND WHEN NEW SYMPTOMS WILL OCCUR I WILL PUT DOWN

    Generally speaking now I have had these symptoms since September which started off as heart problem, then lead to stomach problems, which lead to throat problems, and finally I had heart problems again which eventually now lead to me having problems with my head. I am now convinced I have a brain tumor. I just want to make one thing very clear I don't have all the following symptoms all at once. For example when I had stomach problems I felt that my heart, stomach, throat, we're fine. Now that when I think I have brain tumor my heart and everything else is fine I just now feel head pressure mostly on the right side, I have headaches, my fore head mostly but my head also feels numb, back of my head pressure, numbness weakness and pain in my arms and legs mostly on the right side, I have problems when I walk, coordination problems, vision problems such as blurry vision, eyes sensitive to light, and I finally have extreme dizziness. The biggest symptom which scares me is that of memory problems I am starting forget things like for example I couldn't remember the lyrics of song I used to like the name, the optometrist I go to I can't remember there shop name. These all signs of brain tumor.

    Now the next angle to my story is the doctor story I have been to the doctor numerous amount of times, I have also been to the emergency 3 times. These lead to me having 3 blood testes 3 ECG tests, 2 abdominal x-rays , one chest X-ray, I have wore a heart monitor for 1 day called a holter monitor, I have had heart test on a treadmill, I have a abdominal ultra sound, I have had a urine test all come back good no problem at all. Now in the beginning the doctors though I had too much stomach acid building up in my stomach which lead me to have all my problems they diagnosed me with a stomach ulcer but the worse my symptoms got the answer then became ANXIETY.

    I have been told by at least 7 doctors I have anxiety and it's just getting worst. I have been recently been diagnosed with GAD generalized anxiety disorder which just means I worry 24/7 that I am dying of a bad illness like cancer or heart attack. Which also makes me a hypochondria which is a person who worries that he has some kind of illness all the time.

    Now generally speaking I worry all day I am dying and as of right now I worry I have brain tumor and I urge my doctors to let me have a MRI or ct scan but they just think I have anxiety but realistically I actual something really bad is going in my head. The fear of dying young is really scares me.

    Now this all real started in the summer when I started thinking about death, which is never good and has lead what I am now completely hopeless.

    Now due the anxiety the doctors think I have I have started taking drugs like ciraplex and Ativan at first I didn't want to take the drugs but when my symptoms got worst I started taking the pills which was as of jan. 6 I have been taking both cause I just want to get better and I hope I have anxiety instead of any other illness. The Ativan I take is 0.5 mg and the cirplex 10 mg both low dose and I don't really think they are helping I feel the same.

    Now one of the biggest things which that has probably lead to my sickness the most is searching up my symptoms on google. This just started out as something normal I was typing in my symptoms to see what was going on in my body and this was a bad idea cause this leads to you believing you have the something is horribly wrong like have cancer or terminal disease. I kind of feel the symptoms I read are the symptoms I am getting now. Reading symptoms should never been done it has ruined my life it's all I due too find out what's wrong with me, when mostly likely there isn't anything wrong.

    So for now as Jan.12/2012 that's all I have to update on I will keep this so called self blog as long as I can or die or is that depression or anxiety talking. I will update symptoms and new illness I have as soon as they occur also but I hoping these symptoms and hypochondria feeling leaves me soon cause I want to feel what it feels like to be normal.

    please help!!!!!

    thank you

     
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    Old 01-13-2012, 04:35 AM   #2
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    Re: anxiety or Brain Tumor???? help please!!!!

    My good friend, be glad because you do not have a brain tumor. 5 years ago I experienced all of those symptoms you went through. I used to think I was developing a brain tumor or had a serious illness. It's been five years and I'm still alive. Also all the symptoms you have experienced are all stress and anxiety related. Also when you have a brain tumor, cancerous or not, normally gives you seizures. And the symptoms become worse as time progresses. I have a friend who suffered leisions in his brain, when they originally thought he had a tumor. But all your going thru is constant worry over ghosts that are not real. Remember, the mind is a powerful tool, and the stress alone can make you feel those symptoms your talking about. I'd say look into seeing a counselor, try yoga meditation, and prayer. Keeping yourself occupied and entertained should help you too. Just remember to be logical my friend. It is very unlikely you have serious problems. In due time you can overcome it and I'm sure you will be feeling well again.

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    Old 01-13-2012, 11:23 AM   #3
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    Re: anxiety or Brain Tumor???? help please!!!!

    My best advice is to ask your doctor to up your cipralex dose to 20mg (thats what im on). I had this exact same problem as you mate. Also get yourself come CBT, which is a type of theropy that helps with the problems you are having greatly!

     
    Old 01-13-2012, 12:22 PM   #4
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    Re: anxiety or Brain Tumor???? help please!!!!

    The mind works in amazing ways. i have suffered with anxiety and panic attacks on and off for a good while now. the advise you have been given is great and you should push yourself to do it. i work in pharmacy, it can take a few weeks before you feel the effects of your meds so bare with it. I wish you the very best, i know how hard it is to tell your mind that there is nothing wrong... you just have to occupy it with something else..

     
    Old 01-13-2012, 03:36 PM   #5
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    Re: anxiety or Brain Tumor???? help please!!!!

    Thank you very much freinds your reply means a lot to me!

    But i still worry that I have Brian tumor cause my right arm and leg feel so numb and weak, and I have head pressure on the right side mostly, I also feel like when I walk, I walk to one side i am having coordination problems. I also have memory problems which I listed before. These are all brain tumor symptoms but can they really be symptoms of anxiety and stress too. But on the bright side no more headaches!!!! By the constant 24/7 worry still there I just want to die I am only 19.

    Thank you again I would like your thoughts on those symptoms.

     
    Old 01-13-2012, 06:32 PM   #6
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    Re: anxiety or Brain Tumor???? help please!!!!

    you are very welcome. Im glad my (and the othes guys) responce helped.

    You would really be suprised what symptoms anxiety can cause! Iv had everything from headaches to calling an ambulance because i thought i was having a heart attack! trust me man! iv been through it all...

    But seriously, I'm all ears for anything you want to throw at me mate, sometimes its just great to get it all out.

    Good luck mate!

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    Old 01-13-2012, 11:22 PM   #7
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    Re: anxiety or Brain Tumor???? help please!!!!

    Hi there- I am sorry to hear that you have been so distressed and worried. However, I and MANY other people out there completely understand and sympathize with you! Knowing that you are not alone can be extremely comforting =) What propelled me to read into and respond to your post (after Googling up some symptoms, ironically), was your fear of having a brain tumor or other brain related issue, especially due to your foggy memory.

    If there is anything I have learned in my personal experience, it is that generalized anxiety, full-blown attacks and worry have the potential to mess with quality of thought and concentration. I really think the issue is that we get so stuck inside the loop of an anxious thought process, and inside of our bodies (being on the look out for physical sensations), that mental energy is diverted away from recall and in making new memories. It's similar to being very mentally preoccupied with something- so much so that you aren't aware of what is going on. Granted, that may not be the most scientific explanation, but this is the explanation of how it has felt for me.

     
    Old 01-14-2012, 01:48 AM   #8
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    If your still worried go and have a scan. my arms and feet have gone numb during anxiety attacks, its very scary but u have to remember it is anxiety. the more u think about it the worse it will get. go back to your doctor or hospital and insist on a scan. that will ease your mind.

     
    Old 01-21-2012, 08:21 PM   #9
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    Re: anxiety or Brain Tumor???? help please!!!!

    We are all here for you. I am also guilty of everything you just mentioned. I am a twenty year old female. As well I am terrified of dying young. We can get through this together. I also Google all of my symptoms which we all know does not help. I do not have insurance and haven't been able to see what's wrong. But the only time I feel worse about the anxiety does it bother me. I've also convinced myself of a brain tumor. We need to be careful. Stress is awful. We do have control of this. I believe we are all Truely blessed for only worrying about these illnesses and that we do not have them. Be strong your far from alone. Heck we may possibly take our anxiety as a good thing. We are all aware of our bodies. Most trash they're bodies and ignore it all. Lets beat this together. We CAN do it.

     
    Old 01-21-2012, 08:27 PM   #10
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    Re: anxiety or Brain Tumor???? help please!!!!

    My symptoms are not always present. They do go away. They will continue to go away. My body is exhausted of worry thoughts. I even have tensed my muscles so much that I have knots in the back of my neck. But honestly. . . The things that happen to us are normal. If we continue to bunch our symptoms together than of course it sounds awful. Usually they have nothing to do with eachother besides anxiety. Lets live! You can get past this.

     
    Old 01-23-2012, 11:53 AM   #11
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    Re: anxiety or Brain Tumor???? help please!!!!

    Hi Babrao apte, The majority of the symptoms you listed above, I feel as well. I also have severe anxiety, and I have had this since I was a kid. For a while it went away for a couple years and came back again. Now I constantly worry 24/7 that something is medically wrong with me. For example: I had a cesearan 4 months ago & you could get blood clots in your leg right after you had surgery, but since I'm already 4 months it would be very unlikely. Well, one night I was having a leg calf pain on my left leg, and I was so sure I had a blood clot, I would look up symptoms & things that can happen. I was so afraid I called 911, I go to the hospital & turns out I just had a leg pain nothing serious. I also constantly fear I will get a stroke all of a sudden. Or That I have a brain tumor also, I have been begging my mom to take me to the ER to have a catscan done. I even went to a eye doctor to get my eyes checked! Because I am so sure I have a brain tumor and I fear that if I do it will get severe if not cured!! Anxiety can do so many things to you and make you feel as if you have something wrong with your health.

     
    Old 02-15-2012, 05:33 AM   #12
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    Oh poor you, when I read your story i can relate to everything you have written.i have had all those symtoms.I don,t panic like i used to.It,s the dizziness and inner shakiness I find the worst.I am now feeling those weird feelings like everything is dreamlike.I try not to let it rule my life, but some days I throw the towel in and cry.I have been to more specialists and all my tests come back ok.I only have a problem with my inner ear that test came back with a problem.Isn,t it hard to believe it,s all anxiety. It,s because the symptoms are so real. Try singing to yourself when you get a anxious feeling,I do and it sometimes takes my mind off it.Remember nothing serious as happened and it won,t it,s the mind playing tricks with you

     
    Old 03-24-2012, 10:21 PM   #13
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    First off, wow. I have had almost exactly the same issue that you have. It wasn't till recently that I began analyzing myself and the possible causes of my so called brain tumor. My mom alway called me a a hypochondriac when I was little and I basically forgot about that and at the same point didn't believe her cause who fakes having disorders or diseases right. Well I have just begun my college career (born in the US but raised in saudi arabia) here in the US and at first it was great. Now, I cant even find the confidence to talk to someone at like a cash register, when ordering food or what not. I feel totally withdrawn from society. I literally worry about being nervous. Don't get me wrong, I have always been some sort of an anxious person and people can tell you that. But right now, for the past 4 months I have contemplated suicide to solve my problems and the problems that I have caused in my family due to me pushing everyone away probably because of the anxiety. I have been to doctor's and psychiatrists before, presenting my issues (constantly googling symptoms of disorders and diseases to give me some sort of rest on what is the underlying cause of my condition) and have been given medication (ativan, lexapro, and xanax) they all work but as soon as I come down the same gut wrenching feeling returns in full force. Today I woke up after a night of saying to myself "tomorrow will be a new day and I will make the best of it and live it like its my last", I had trouble leaving my room to say good morning to my relatives, probably ashamed that they would judge me for the way I talk and for the things I say. I literally cant take this. I go to sleep in fear and wake up in fear (my anxiety from writing this was indescribable but at the same time rewarding, I have trouble talking to people in person - so psychiatrists + doctors don't get full story from me). To conclude my rambling story, living life in fear has caused me to think everyone and everything is out to get me.
    The last paragraph in your post really allowed me to see that I most likely am a hypochondriac accompanied by a depressive and anxiety filled personality. Constantly searching for answers to problems that don't exist is my problem. It is something that I have always done my entire life and as of now I'm only discovering this. I have always removed myself from people and other situations just to over think whatever I'm doing or about to do (I know, why be nervous about the future when it hasn't happened). Starting now, I will try my very best to stop analyzing my so called symptoms and to just feel normal.

     
    Old 03-25-2012, 03:00 PM   #14
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    Hi folks. I was not a member of HealthBoards. I was randomly looking for something else and I came across this thread. I joined so that I could post a reply. A number of those posting here are younger, some in their teens. I am not. I'm in my 50s. I spent many years struggling with the kind of issues you've described here. Sometimes I still do. My purpose in posting is really to tell you one thing: it can get better - much better. And a disclaimer first - I am not a therapist, a doctor, or a trained expert - I am a victim of this, like you all are.

    First, babrap apte, in all likelihood you don't have brain tumor. That is a very long list of symptoms, only some of which would apply. It's long enough that any number of diseases could fit in there nicely, which I think you have sort of acknowledged. Unfortunately, my wife died from a brain tumor and I am very familiar with them. That isn't how they manifest. I'm not going to go into detail about how they do, because that would be like trying to put out a fire with gasoline. But believe me.

    More important, to many of the posters here, I speak to you as someone who has long personal experience with this stuff. I was an anxious kid and I had a few traumas in my childhood that contributed to it. My father died a few months after I was born, my mother was an anxious person and my older brother had some problems on the autism scale. When I was 5, I was hospitalized with a kidney infection. I had just had chicken pox and I noticed that my urine was dark. I told my mother who told my pediatrician who told her to take me right in to his office. I was in the hospital later that night. My doctor told us "he could have died if he hadn't noticed that." That really set the stage for what I can only describe as a lifetime of hyper-vigilance. The message stock - constantly scan for problems before it's too late. While I had a variety of anxiety symptoms and panic attacks as an early teen, it was when I was in college that I got hit with the full force of this stuff. As a few of you have described it, I felt like I was on another planet half the time, I was so anxious. I took a taxi from college to the nearest hospital once because i was convinced I was dying. Dizziness, shortness of breath, palpitations, rashes, weakness, fatigue, nightmares, numbness, tingling, stomach problems, headaches - you name it. I think the worst thing, though, was the way my worry about these things and my general anxiety made me feel like there was a wall between me and everyone else - a glass wall that I could see through but that I couldn't break through.

    So here's the good news and then the bad news and then more good news. The good news is that, in all likelihood, none of you are dying of anything based on the symptoms you describe! The bad news is that the kind of thing you are struggling with does not go away overnight, or by taking a pill. But the other piece of good news is that you don't have to kill yourself or live a life of diminished expectations or constant fear an anxiety. I am not trying to hold myself up as some kind of paragon, but I hold several advanced degrees, have a good job, got married and had kids who are not suffering from this problem!

    So what is this problem? Well, it isn't just one problem and of course for each of you there are differences. But most of us are suffering from some kind of hypochondriasis (I don't want to say we're "hypochondriacs" because that has a very bad connotation) which is about being obsessive about symptoms and illness. What we are often doing is taking sensations or things that other people would ignore or write off and amplifying them immensely. They become so big that we can see hardly anything else. And when something becomes that big, you can be damned sure you won't ignore it! Your obsession with it will only grow! Sometimes the amount of worry and anxiety we invest in this stuff is so intense that we do create real physical problems (psychosomatic illnesses). And some of us may find that, because of things that happened to us when we were very young, we may not be able to express certain feelings any other way except through pain and illnesses in our body.

    Doesn't sound so great does it? Well, it's not, but we are not alone. When first had this stuff there WAS no internet. There was no way to share these kind of experiences really. The sense of isolation was stronger (but, on the other hand, symptoms had to be looked up in hard copy, which is much slower, lol). So what is to be done? First and foremost, if you are not seeing a therapist, you need to be. To really address this, you need to attack it root, branch and leaf. The root is the issue or issues that drove you down this path and there is usually no simple answer to what that is. A good therapist will help you with that. Do not settle for anyone. Find someone you feel comfortable with. Some of you may say you don't have the money, you don't have insurance, you don't have anyone near by... Find a way. Your future happiness depends on it. I can't stress this enough. The branch is dealing with obsessive behavior, which is the mechanism that makes this stuff work. People have mentioned Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and that, or something like it, is a good way to go with obsessions because it teaches you ways to counteract it. It's very practical. Finally, there's the leaf - the anxiety symptoms that your dealing with now. There are medications that can take the edge off but be warned - they will not cure your problem! They make it easier to deal with. If you look to medications to just make it all go away, you will be disappointed and, moreover, you will probably end up with lots of meds and lots of side effects you don't want!

    You can't solve this problem overnight, but you you can address it. And if you approach it as something that you need to attack root, branch and leaf, you will find that, despite set backs, which will happen, you will make progress and your life will become more and more rich. If you can find a good therapist who can become a real partner to you in this, and some good support structures, you will be able to deal with the set backs when they happen.

    If someone had said this to me 30 or so years ago, I would have had a better time of it.

     
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