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i'm a mess!

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  • Posted By: hapamommy
  • August 18, 2008
  • 07:16 AM

intuition is getting the best of me and I am a big worrier. Not a good combo.

I have always been a headache sufferer. I got my first migraine when I was ten years old. They have gradually become worse throughout the years.

Three months ago I gave birth. I have been having more frequent headaches since delivery which I know can be caused by fluctuating hormones. I also am very fatigued but baby sleeps through the night and so do I ;) so it seems I shouldn't be as tired as I am. Three weeks ago I developed wrist pain. Nothing terrible...just couldn't bear a lot of weight on my wrists. Then, one night, I noticed I was having sensory loss in both hands. Totally freaked me out. I felt like it was a neurological problem...like my hands couldn't do what my brain was telling them too. It was difficult to turn pages in a book, etc. I have had the sensory loss everyday since. It is worse at certain times than others.

I went to the doctor last week and was diagnosed with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. He asked me if I had any other symptoms other than wrist pain and sensory loss and I said no. I am wondering now if this could be bigger than Carpal Tunnel due to the headaches, fatigue, etc. even though I have always had them(therefore, resulting in me not mentioning them.) Also, I only have wrist pain...no pain in the fingers which is more common in CTS.

A blood test was done and everything looked good, but if something terrible was going on in my body (ie:cancer,) would the blood test point any clues? As far as I know, all that was looked at was my iron levels, WBC, and thyroid.

I know I am being a nervous nelly, but I just can't shake the feeling and don't want to be brushed off by my doctor as being a hypochondriac or something (maybe I am?) lol

any insight would be terrific.

Thanks in advance!

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  • HiYou say the doctor tested for WBC (did he tell you what test this was?) from what I can guess it would be White Blood Cells...if you had cancer your white cell count would be lower than the bottom of normal ranges. Hope this helps :)
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 19, 2008
    • 11:09 AM
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  • It's tough when you have been told you have migraines to know if the migraine symptoms are actually caused by something else. I have found that doctors like to classify headaches as migraines if they can get away with it because then they can prescribe a pain killer and stop looking at it. It is possible that there is something else going on in your head and there are many more possibilities than cancer. So I wouldn't jump to the conclusion that you have a brain tumor but if you haven't had any MRIs of your brain it might be god to see if you can get them to look. I usually tell them that it's going to bother me until it's ruled out and any reasonable doctor will be willing to do one to shut you up if nothing else. Since they are just starting to figure out the physical processes that cause migraines I think if they go back and study the people who have been living with the diagnosis for decades on end they'll find that a percentage of them actually have something else going on that they didn't know about or couldn't look for before the advent of modern technology like the MRI machine. Bottom line: if the thought that it could be something else is going to weigh on you, cause you stress and keep you from living a happy life, by all means check it out and don't let doctors tell you you shouldn't or don't have a right to.
    dizzy lizzie 192 Replies
    • August 19, 2008
    • 04:35 PM
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