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Anxiety or a brain tumor?

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  • Posted By: MorningSadness00
  • August 18, 2008
  • 05:07 PM

Hello,
Im really scared that i have a brain tumor.
Because i have double vision, can double vision be caused by anxiety?
Im really freaked out, its driving me absolutely insane, ive had double vision before in the past but it was never this bad...
When i close my right eye it goes away through. I also feel dizzy and have headaches and my head feels heavy. Could it be caused by tension in my neck because, my neck is really tense and has a lot of knots in it. Im scared of having a brain tumor, even though i had a brain scan 5 years ago...
Please help....

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  • You sound anxious but don't have any reason to suspect brain tumor other than double vision, which you say you've had before. Did you have your brain scan b/c of the double vision then? And it was clear? I understand anxiety all too well (see my post about herniated disc vs. tumor). My approach would be to search for causes of double vision and knock as many of those causes out as I possible could, i.e. drink water if dehydration is a suspected cause. Then, how pervasive is the problem? If it continues and you've eliminated all benign causes, go see the Doc. If it's really nothing, address your anxiety. Life is too short to be living in fear. I promise to take my own advice :o)
    long2bnormalagain 1 Replies
    • August 24, 2008
    • 11:39 PM
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  • You sound anxious but don't have any reason to suspect brain tumor other than double vision, which you say you've had before. Did you have your brain scan b/c of the double vision then? And it was clear? I understand anxiety all too well (see my post about herniated disc vs. tumor). My approach would be to search for causes of double vision and knock as many of those causes out as I possible could, i.e. drink water if dehydration is a suspected cause. Then, how pervasive is the problem? If it continues and you've eliminated all benign causes, go see the Doc. If it's really nothing, address your anxiety. Life is too short to be living in fear. I promise to take my own advice :o)Thank you.Finally someone responded.well.I had a brain scan and they said it was normal but then like 6 months later i developed the double vision. but the brain scan was clear.I mean ive had it before it just came back again and its annoying, I do have a lazy eye so i dont know. I also have headaches, but i think thats because im stressing myself out. because i didnt have them until i thought i had a brain tumor and then i got all the headaches everyday i wake up with one. I mean I only have the double vision in one eye though and when i close it the double vision is gone, so i dont know.
    MorningSadness00 1 Replies
    • August 24, 2008
    • 11:46 PM
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  • sounds like anxiety to me..try to make sure you stay positive and upbeat as possible.
    MetricMom 13 Replies
    • August 26, 2008
    • 04:21 PM
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  • Hi, I can completely relate to how you are feeling. For the last year I have been completely concerned that I may have a brain tumor. I too also have had an MRI which was done approx. 5 years ago, in which everything came back fine. I have had many symptoms and strange sensations for the past year now. They include, headaches, strange head sensations, facial twitches, muscle twitches, tingling and numbness in limbs, neck pain, shooting pains in arms and legs, insomnia and tinnitus. I just recently experienced severe double vision accompanied by a headache. I was driving and almost had to pull over to the side of the road because it was so bad. If I shut my right eye, then I could see. But when I shut my left eye, my vision was completely doubled. As soon as I got home I contemplated going to the ER, but instead I took an Advil and then laid down to take a nap. When I awoke, my headache was slightly better and my double vision wasn't as bad. I've also experienced vision problems in the past, but never accompanied by a headache. I share your same concerns and was also curious as to whether or not a tumor could develop within the time between my last MRI and now?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 25, 2008
    • 02:38 AM
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  • i seem to think i have a brain tumor because a day ago my sight in my right eye went all cloudy in parts and i couldnt see to my side but it went away gradually...shouldnt it my sight stay that way if it was a brain tumor ??
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 15, 2009
    • 10:36 PM
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  • Don't worry about it being a brain tumor to much, when i was about 16 i began getting really bad headaches in the back of my head, they caused my anxiety, now i feel faint allot, have a left tingly arm and chest pains all because i obsessed over my head being a brain tumor for so long. i must have something serious wrong and about 6 different doctors all said it wasn't, the more u think its a brain tumor the more ull get worked up about it as i found out now since about end if had really bad anxiety, as soon as i here a heart computational i think i have heart disease.
    jennismortal 8 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hi, I can completely relate to how you are feeling. For the last year I have been completely concerned that I may have a brain tumor. I too also have had an MRI which was done approx. 5 years ago, in which everything came back fine. I have had many symptoms and strange sensations for the past year now. They include, headaches, strange head sensations, facial twitches, muscle twitches, tingling and numbness in limbs, neck pain, shooting pains in arms and legs, insomnia and tinnitus. I just recently experienced severe double vision accompanied by a headache. I was driving and almost had to pull over to the side of the road because it was so bad. If I shut my right eye, then I could see. But when I shut my left eye, my vision was completely doubled. As soon as I got home I contemplated going to the ER, but instead I took an Advil and then laid down to take a nap. When I awoke, my headache was slightly better and my double vision wasn't as bad. I've also experienced vision problems in the past, but never accompanied by a headache. I share your same concerns and was also curious as to whether or not a tumor could develop within the time between my last MRI and now?5 years seems like a long time.. tho in a brain tumor, the headache would NOT be curable, and it would get worse every day. it wouldnt feel like an ordinary headache. you would also be vomiting. if you want, go see a doc again for the scans..
    LGS808 10 Replies
    • October 25, 2009
    • 10:49 PM
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  • 5 years seems like a long time.. tho in a brain tumor, the headache would NOT be curable, and it would get worse every day. it wouldnt feel like an ordinary headache. you would also be vomiting. if you want, go see a doc again for the scans..Hello, This is so strange because I suffer from headaches I feel like a needle is shooting through my head. My headaches last sometimes for 3 days. I also suffer from blurr vision sometimes my vision gets so bad that I can't see very clear. I remember driving one day a my head spinned like I had some in balance going on. Now first I must say that I suffer from panic attacks and take medicine call klonopin and paxil Cr. I get comfort from my eyes when I wear my reading glasses also my eye doctor said that in my left eye I was growing a carat another doctor thought I might have glacome. I also found out that I have very bad sinus where mucus would dry up in my head and cause dizzness and headaches. They have an over the counter drug for the mucus I never tried it but heard it's good. What I do is sniff a little black pepper and next thing you know my nose is running like water. I feel better no more headaches if that don't do it then I go to my doctor and normally I have a bad sinus infection. I use to think about brain tumor until I got a couple of test and they came out normal. I believe that you should never manifest any type of illness into your life, so as a man think it, so as it is.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 19, 2010
    • 05:36 AM
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  • Hello!! I know this is an old post! But I am SHOCKED.. All of the threads written are like I was speaking myself... I have had double vision for 4 weeks (ghosting around objects) when i close my left eye...all is fine!!! And also a black floater in my left eye..Plus I did used to have a lazy eye when younger... I have literally been freaking out I even went to A&E!!! After seeing the Eye doctor he said there was nothing wrong?? I feel like doctors don't take anxiety too seriously which makes me feel even worse...I'm still really scared myself... Just as a matter of interest.. what has been the outcome of your situations? Thanks xxxxx
    nrowe2 1 Replies
    • August 18, 2010
    • 09:03 AM
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