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A 20-year-old male asked:

Im a hypochondriac and have been under a lot of stress.i have had tension headaches for 2 weeks and terrified its a brain tumor.doc said it's anxiety?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
You have insight: What you really need to do is address your hypochondriasis. You're in your intellectual and physical prime, and these are thoughts you should not be having. Ask your physician about talk treatment and basic health education that can let you distinguish the minor symptoms of daily life from serious disease, and learn to be comfortable with minor uncertainties in a world where illness is real.
Dr. Adam Lewis
Neurosurgery 36 years experience
Brain tumor : It is unlikely that you have a brain tumor. Brain tumors have a gradual onset and progressive morning headaches and nausea is common. Tension headaches arise from muscle strain, particularly in the neck. Try moist warm heat during the day with stretching and massage to relieve the tension. Meditation and biofeedback can help with the anxiety.
Dr. Louis Cooper
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Headaches that occur in the same spot (of your head), emesis without nausea, visual issues or dizziness should you to visit with your doctor or a neurologist. If you can find out what is causing you stress, try to minimize the stress and see if this helps. Do not delay being seen, you may just need some additional reassurance. Keep a log of you symptoms and share with your doctor.
Aug 3, 2014

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