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Brain tumor?

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  • Posted By: chesteadman
  • May 19, 2007
  • 03:10 PM

I have been experiencing some scary symptoms for several weeks now. I've seen two different doctors, the first one twice a week apart. The first gave me Ativan for managing anxiety. The second has gone along with that original diagnosis and also said that my symptoms could be from allergies, recommending Claritin in the morning and Zantac and Benadryl at night to deal with my sleeping disturbances. In addition, if these didn't work, he gave me Lexapro to deal with anxiety.

On to the symptoms:

It all started with a feeling of dizziness, almost lightheadedness. It wasn't the kind of dizziness that would make me fall; it was maybe more like disorientation.

Anyway, it has progressed. This original symptoms continued when I tried to sleep. I would have a hard time falling asleep and then would wake up several times in the night, sometimes panicked. Also, sometimes as I was falling asleep, I would ***k and wake myself up; I would also be scared because this seemed like something that shouldn't happen. It would take me a long time to get back to sleep when I woke up in the middle of the night.

New symptoms include feeling drowsy during the day, like the feeling one gets when just waking up except for a long time. This was sometimes accompanied by some big amounts of yawning. Also, this drowsiness combined with/caused a kind of brain fog, a feeling of detachment from everything around me that made it hard to focus.

Sometimes it feels like there's pressure in my sinuses, sometimes in the top of my head; sometimes the pressure is on the left or right side of my head, sort of a headache.

Finally, sometimes I shake, sometimes different muscles scattered around my body twitch a little (fasciculations).

I'm worried that this could be a brain tumor, though everyone around me insists it's just anxiety (mixed with allergies?) I'm scared and I don't feel good at all. What should I do?

I must add that there have been days when I have felt almost normal, and some days where I have felt pretty good most of the time.

I started taking the Lexapro yesterday, 5 mg a day. Oddly enough, I have started to feel hopeless and emotionally blunted over about that same period of time.

This is affecting my ability to do my work properly; I'm 20 years old, living with my parents for the summer. My parents are unmoved by my symptoms and tell me to try to overcome it, but it's hard when I am worried I might have a brain tumor. I haven't wanted to go to work, and I just don't feel like myself.

I have a symptom I haven't really experienced before, a kind of pressure in my brain, behind my nose/eyes but further back... it's in the area of the brain you can feel when you yawn.


Thanks everyone in advance

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  • Hi there. Funny, I was just thinking that I could have one myself. Only my symptoms are a bit different.You'd be surprised as to how much anxiety is the result of what you're feeling. In the past, not on and while on meds, I felt like I was dying. Sometimes it's the side effects of the meds. A friend of mine, when she takes Ativan, is really out of it and she says she feels lethargic, disconnected and not real. Sometimes the meds aren't able to completely curb the symptoms of the anxiety because the anxiety is so strong. If it makes you feel any better, the dizziness, waking up at night, shaking and pressure in the head, I too have experienced when my anxiety was pretty bad. Worrying about having a brain tumor is most likely making your symptoms worse. The reaction your body is having is a reflection of your mental turmoil. I found what helped me was breathing exercises and trying hard to relax. It's different for everyone but I hope your anxiety reaches a tolerable level soon.- Li out
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  • Thanks for your response! I wish you health as well.It's easy to see how anxiety can cause these symptoms... I know that there have been times in the past when I've been affected by anxiety. There was the time, for example, when members of my family had the stomach flu. Through the power of suggestion, perhaps, or by actually contracting the illness, I began to feel sick. However, unlike my family, I never threw up, yet I felt nauseous on and off for the next several weeks. This was the "24 hour flu", so everyone else who had it got over it in a few days. That tells me that I'm capable of making myself sick through my anxiety.Even if this is anxiety, I'd like to find a way to lessen the physical symptoms... last time I had an anxiety-related "illness", it seems in retrospect, my doctor prescribed me with a placebo medication. I was complaining of nausea and insomnia, and I received Nexium, which is an acid reflux medication. My symptoms went away... hopefully the medications I have now will have a similar effect. We'll see.
    chesteadman 14 Replies Flag this Response
  • Chesteadman,I don't post much to internet discussion boards but I felt compelled to respond to your message. Your post sounded like it could have been written by me. Let me give you a little background about myself. About two years ago, I started having really odd symptoms. The very first time I noticed it was when I was in a college class and I started getting really lightheaded for no apparent reason. This started happening more and more frequently and soon I started noticing other symptoms. I began having trouble falling and staying asleep during the night. Sometimes I'd notice my heart racing or pounding very hard for no reason and I'd get sweaty palms and have difficulty being in situations where I couldn't leave the room when I wanted to. Soon after I started having really weird feelings of pressure inside my head, in different areas and I became really concerned. So concerned I eventually went to the emergency room one night and while I was there I had a full blown panic attack. I had no idea what a panic attack was but that was when I was diagnosed with Panic Disorder. Fast forward two years to today. I have come a long way since my diagnosis but it took great focus to get here. I was conviced I had some horrible disease and that I was misdiagnosed. I've had a ton of tests, MRI's, CT scans, bloodwork...you name it. Every time, same diagnosis...Anxiety...Panic Attacks...Panic Disorder. My main symptom to this day is pressure like headaches in my right temple area behind my right eye and above my right ear. Occasionally though, when I'm in a stressful situation some other symptoms come up. I've been through a lot of different medications: anti-depressants (even though I've never felt depressed about anything in particular), migraine medications, anti-anxiety medications and even a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) program...you name it. Bottom line, I had anxiety all along. I just didn't want to accept it because it feels SO physical, I always thought the doctors were wrong and that they were missing something. Today I still have head pressure daily and some times a really strong migraine but that is all it is...it's nothing disasterous. I've learned to stop searching the internet for my miracle cure, for that one person out there that was just like me. He/she is not there. Anxiety does many different things to many different people. Do you want to finally rest your worries? Get a good thorough checkup...A-Z. Then accept the findings. Stop driving yourself nuts over how you're feeling. Acceptance is a huge step in the direction of healing. Take if from someone who knows....good luck to you......Bill
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  • Thank you for the kind words. I wish you luck with your own recovery. It's encouraging to hear that I (probably) don't have a life-threatening disease.My problem with "thorough" examinations is... apparently doctors give a basic neurological test at physical exams. If the patient passes that, they discount the possibility of a brain tumor, etc. I can't help but worry about whether they missed something.
    chesteadman 14 Replies Flag this Response
  • I am also experiencing some of the symptoms mentioned in this forum. For the past three months I have had an off and on experience with vertigo, werid headaches, head pressure, sometimes on the right or the left, lately I feel like someone is constantly pulling my hair, panic attacks, tremors, head jerks and twitches, blurred vision on the right eye. I am so scared that I have a brain tumour, but like you mentioned it can just be anxiety. I had a CT scan and EEG (about 2 months ago) and both tests came back fine. I dont know if I should be worried. Right now on the right side of my head, I feel as if someone is pulling at my hair, and it sort of an internal feeling. Does anyone know the symptoms of a brain tumour?Chesteadman,I don't post much to internet discussion boards but I felt compelled to respond to your message. Your post sounded like it could have been written by me. Let me give you a little background about myself. About two years ago, I started having really odd symptoms. The very first time I noticed it was when I was in a college class and I started getting really lightheaded for no apparent reason. This started happening more and more frequently and soon I started noticing other symptoms. I began having trouble falling and staying asleep during the night. Sometimes I'd notice my heart racing or pounding very hard for no reason and I'd get sweaty palms and have difficulty being in situations where I couldn't leave the room when I wanted to. Soon after I started having really weird feelings of pressure inside my head, in different areas and I became really concerned. So concerned I eventually went to the emergency room one night and while I was there I had a full blown panic attack. I had no idea what a panic attack was but that was when I was diagnosed with Panic Disorder. Fast forward two years to today. I have come a long way since my diagnosis but it took great focus to get here. I was conviced I had some horrible disease and that I was misdiagnosed. I've had a ton of tests, MRI's, CT scans, bloodwork...you name it. Every time, same diagnosis...Anxiety...Panic Attacks...Panic Disorder. My main symptom to this day is pressure like headaches in my right temple area behind my right eye and above my right ear. Occasionally though, when I'm in a stressful situation some other symptoms come up. I've been through a lot of different medications: anti-depressants (even though I've never felt depressed about anything in particular), migraine medications, anti-anxiety medications and even a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) program...you name it. Bottom line, I had anxiety all along. I just didn't want to accept it because it feels SO physical, I always thought the doctors were wrong and that they were missing something. Today I still have head pressure daily and some times a really strong migraine but that is all it is...it's nothing disasterous. I've learned to stop searching the internet for my miracle cure, for that one person out there that was just like me. He/she is not there. Anxiety does many different things to many different people. Do you want to finally rest your worries? Get a good thorough checkup...A-Z. Then accept the findings. Stop driving yourself nuts over how you're feeling. Acceptance is a huge step in the direction of healing. Take if from someone who knows....good luck to you......Bill
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  • Like somebody else said, this sounded like it couldv'e been written by me. I've convinced myself i have a brain tumor because of strange headaches, and intense painful pressure in my head. Also periods of unexplained dizziness, drowsiness, and disorientation. But i have a history of severe anxiety, and OCD. I've gone to my doctor with several semi-delusional problems, like kidney failure and AIDS, but everyone just kind of blows me off (the doctor said the AIDS incident was just allergies). Now i don't know if i really have a brain tumor, or if i've just allowed my OCD and anxiety to get the better of me. Some of what i'm experiencing could just be panic attacks. I don't know, probably doesn't help any, i just thought the similarities were interesting. Btw I am also 20-years-old.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 4, 2007
    • 07:06 PM
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  • Anxiety is a symptom of imbalance in the body. In Chinese Medicine, it is often due to a disharmony between the heart and kidneys. It is not just "all in your head" although Western allopathic medicine often explains it as such. To Chesteadman and others, Try to do some visualization and positive affirmations to help you deal with your "worrying" tendencies...this can help so much, especially if you can focus on the good aspects of your life. Also, if you think you may have allergies, please look into a treatment called NAET. It is BRILLIANT for this, and often can reverse a known allergy. It is noninvasive and uses acupressure to stimulate the brain and nervous system. Please look into it. If you have symptoms at night you may be allergic to your bed linens, bed clothes, or pillows. NAET can determine if that is the case, and clear this for you so you will no longer have insomnia symptoms. Also it will clear up sinusitis almost immediately. Lexapro is a very strong drug and has some awful side effects and "discontinuation" symptoms. Please research this and any other antianxiety/antidepressants on www.drugs.com. Often these drugs just mask your symptoms and offer new symptoms in the form of side effects. Please consider trying an alternative approach to your illness. Dizziness and vertigo can be a sign of dehydration (you must drink at least 60oz of pure spring water daily), or also vitamin/mineral deficiency. B Vitamins are the stress vitamins and are often helpful for anxiety, depression, and mood swings. Before you head on that downward spiral of antianxiety meds, please consider trying NAET or acupuncture - it may really make a difference! Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • September 5, 2007
    • 03:00 AM
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  • I am a 62 year old female.A recent MRI revealed that I have a brain tumor along with enlarged arteries. I had seen a psychiatrist for anxiety and depression, but the medication did not help. A drooping eyelid prompted my primary care physician to send me for an MRI with and without contrast. I have an appointment scheduled with a neurosurgeon.I was just wondering if the MRI could possibly be wrong - faulty machine, faulty imaging, or faulty radiologist interpretation.Please provide information about the reverse - diagnosis of brain tumor where no none exists.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 27, 2007
    • 01:23 PM
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  • Just smoke sum Budda.. it helps u realize ur problems... thats how i got through this situation.. : ) and im only 17 ... too young to have problems like this.!
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  • Thank Goodness,I am a 21 year old male too with the same problem. I am so glad to have found someone who has the same symptoms as me, even down to the way it started. I started with lightheadedness, fogginess, and just overall discomfort. My heart would start racing, and my sleep was not of good quality either. I just recently started taking Lexapro, but, as you have said, it hasn't really helped. I need to get over this quickly, because I fear going insane. My shrink insists it's anxiety related, but I fear having a brain tumor too! I am so glad to know I am not the only one who thinks this way. However, I haven't tried the B Vitamin approach, which tomorrow I may try. My mom and aunt both deal with panic disorders, and my sister has a history of panic attacks too, so it's safe to say this runs in the family. I hate feeling this way, and I would do anything to feel normal again. I am at the point where I almost forgot what it feels like to be normal. Thank the Lord I have a loving family and girlfriend. I know we can overcome this! Take care my friend, and take comfort in knowing you're not alone! Panic attacks suck, and it's hard to believe anything could ever be set right again, but I know we can do it. In the words of Arnold, "No, it is not a tumor." Take care my friend.--Jake
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  • Thank Goodness, I am a 21 year old male too with the same problem. I am so glad to have found someone who has the same symptoms as me, even down to the way it started. I started with lightheadedness, fogginess, and just overall discomfort. My heart would start racing, and my sleep was not of good quality either. I just recently started taking Lexapro, but, as you have said, it hasn't really helped. I need to get over this quickly, because I fear going insane. My shrink insists it's anxiety related, but I fear having a brain tumor too! I am so glad to know I am not the only one who thinks this way. However, I haven't tried the B Vitamin approach, which tomorrow I may try. My mom and aunt both deal with panic disorders, and my sister has a history of panic attacks too, so it's safe to say this runs in the family. I hate feeling this way, and I would do anything to feel normal again. I am at the point where I almost forgot what it feels like to be normal. Thank the Lord I have a loving family and girlfriend. I know we can overcome this! Take care my friend, and take comfort in knowing you're not alone! Panic attacks suck, and it's hard to believe anything could ever be set right again, but I know we can do it. In the words of Arnold, "No, it is not a tumor." Take care my friend. --Jake The very best B complex out there is by Jarrow - called B Right. Methyl B12 by Jarrow is also the best form of B12 and comes in a lozenge form. Both of these I'd recommend for anxiety and mental/ emotional disorders. I'd start with Methyl B12 1000 and one B Right complex a day. I buy mine online at www.vitacost.com or www.iherb.com. B vitamins are water soluble and it is virtually impossible to take too much (you will just pee out the excess). It is worth trying - you will feel a difference fairly quickly, within a few days. You may want to get your family to try this approach - it may help them too! Lexapro is deadly!!! There are sooo many nasty side effects of this drug. Please look up the side effects on www.drugs.com. Whatever you do, don't miss doses or just stop cold turkey - you can get incredible brain zaps almost like a seizure, if you do. Do you drink a lot of caffeinated drinks? Energy drinks? These can cause the heart and anxiety symptoms you describe. Best wishesDOM
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  • thank god i ust read this as i wrie this i am feeling the pressure in my head it all started a few months back when i took myself too the emergency room because i thought i was going too have a heart attack experiencing all the signs too find that there was nothing wrong and after i heard that from the docter i havnt felt the symtoms since weeks ;ater i start getting headaches all the time until recently approx 2months i have been getting weird pressure in my head normally on my left side its almost like the feeling when ur ears need too pop but in my head along with tingling/burning on my scalp but not all the time this totally freaks me out and i beleave i have panick atttcks and all my life have suffered anxiety i have trouble sleeping and when i have the pressure cannot function properly because all i can concentrate on is having a tumor or somethin really bad im scared and it gets out of conrol . i have days whn i dont get it at all and the headaches are controlled with pain killers im not on any meds. sometimes the pressure is bahind my nose and into my throat along with brain twitches like a feeling where i have too tense my brain!!!! please i noticed most these posts are from years ago so did u ever find out what it was?????? im a 21 healthy female and cannot keep living like this !!!!!!!!!
    jlk_022 1 Replies
    • February 14, 2010
    • 09:04 AM
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  • Since i had severe hayfever during the summer ive had pulse feelings in my head and hands and if i clench my fists i can feel a pulse i get pressure above my eyes and side of head feel sometimes as though im floating above myself i have always had poor vision and have never had an eye test i see floating colour spots like when u look at a bright light i have ringing in my ears and a feeling of my ears popping when i swallow i also get tingiling in my fingers i went to the first doctor who did a simple mot checked my line of vision look up down side to side etc checked my ears and told me i didnt have a brain tumour then feeling no better i seen a second doc who was a disgrace in my opinion my family have very bad anxiety issues and its taken over my life im 24 and feel that all i think about from the minute i open my eyes till the time i shut them is do i have a brain tumour
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 31, 2010
    • 03:31 AM
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  • I had a tumor removed from the third ventricle of my brain in 2004. I can't imagine there is one set of universal symptoms, as the brain controls all functionality of our bodies. I recall one night spent quivering in pain in my girlfriend's bed. Young and immortal, I didn't see a doctor about this. When the symptoms came on again, I was helping my dad move to Arizona . I spent the majority of this trip with my backside glued to the toilet seat as I vomited in the bath tub nearby. Then, when I was eating lunch with my mother, I lost feeling in half of my face and began to loose functionality of half of my body. I could no longer grip the tortilla in my right hand. I can't say for certain anyone else would experience these symptoms as the result of a brain tumor, but this is because different parts of the brain control different parts of our perspectives. I did not feel anxious or depressed as many claim to feel as the result of a brain tumor. I did experience double vision and still do to this day. I would advise anyone experiencing symptoms of a brain tumor to have an MRI. They say my tumor couldn't have killed me, but that would've been a horrible way to live. Money isn't important when it comes to one's quality of living. Perhaps, if I hadn't had such delusions of invincibility, I might have sought help sooner and not be experiencing this double vision today.
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  • I have many of these symptoms plus my ears will NOT stop ringing. Hoping this subsides soon as it is very uncomfortable.
    Anonymous 1 Replies
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