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Can anxiety cause brain tumor-like symptoms? I fear that I have a brain tumor because I started getting nauseated and weak fatigued and muscle shaking

Can anxiety cause brain tumor-like symptoms? I fear that I have a brain tumor because I started getting nauseated and weak fatigued and muscle shaking

Yes.: Symptoms raising concern for brain tumor vary depending on the part of the brain they affect. Uncontrollable nausea and vomiting (without diarrhea), dizziness, vertigo or focal weakness or sensory loss in one part of your body on one side of your body would be symptoms to watch for. Brain tumors are rare, and it's much more likely your symptoms are due to anxiety. A neurologist could help. ...Read more

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"tumor" literally translates as "mass", so even a fresh bruise could be called a "tumor". Doctors use the term "neoplasm" (tranlates literally as new growth) to describe tumors that are abnormal growths of cells. These may be benign or malignant; "malignant" = cancer. In everyday usage, we use "tumor" ...Read more


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Does is right that stress can cause gbm brain tumor im in high stress and anxiety from 3 years constant now I have symptoms im worry?

Does is right that stress can cause gbm brain tumor im in high stress and anxiety from 3 years constant now I have symptoms im worry?

Not related: Gbm is not caused by stress. If it were, gbm would be a lot more common than it is. Chronic stress, or reactions to it, can cause or be associated with a bunch of other health issues. Learn to destress, preferably without meds, or drugs like alcohol, pot, etc. ...Read more

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When I cough I get a pain at the back of my head left side could this be a brain tumor? No other symptoms anxiety sufferer 25year old female?

When I cough I get a pain at the back of my head left side could this be a brain tumor? No other symptoms anxiety sufferer 25year old female?

Hypochondrasis: I understand your Anxiety.
You do not have brain tumor, nor is it related to coughing
Do not dwell upon these symptoms; make dwelling of your achievements in your mind.
Do not assume, think about Reality.
Believe in your logical reasoning; you are not the victim of Anxiety
Do Breathing and Music, Relaxation, Yoga, Meditation;
See a Psychiatrist for Therapy for stress and medication for Anxiety. ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause one sided symptoms? Maybe I'm just super aware of everything in my body now, but it seems like my left side just feels different from my right. Brain tumor or MS or something?

Can anxiety cause one sided symptoms? Maybe I'm just super aware of everything in my body now, but it seems like my left side just feels different from my right. Brain tumor or MS or something?

Anxiety: Anxiety is the great mimicker, it can cause all kinds of symptoms. Anxiety treatment is multimodal, meaning closely monitored medical treatment as well as counseling and behavioral therapy. Relaxation techniques can be of utmost value, try dawnbuse. Com for some relaxation techniques. Yoga may be valuable to you as breathing can stop anxiety problems. ...Read more

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I've been having a weird lightheaded feeling daily n funny vision n few more symptoms 6 yrs could it be a brain tumor Drs tell me anxiety? Worried

I've been having a weird lightheaded feeling daily n funny vision n few more symptoms 6 yrs could it be a brain tumor Drs tell me anxiety? Worried

Not otologic problem: I would strongly recommend a neurological consult. Anxiety is not a fair diagnosis. You need a thorough neurological evaluation and if that is negative, then anxiety may play a role. Light-headedness is not an inner ear symptom. ...Read more

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Why does anxiety make you feel like one symptom of being sick is cancer? My gf is nausea and scared of brain tumor. She googled.

Why does anxiety make you feel like one symptom of being sick is cancer? My gf is nausea and scared of brain tumor. She googled.

Automatic thoughts: Our thoughts are very automatic and our mind is looking for answers. If she interprets her nausea as something to be afraid of, her mind will suggest possibilities and could include cancer. The key is to not always believe the first interpretation of a situation. She may benefit from going to a doctor and also a therapist. ...Read more

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Hypochondriac from anxiety? I read symptoms of certain things online (ie. Brain tumor, heart problems, etc) and "give" myself the issue right away.

Hypochondriac from anxiety? I read symptoms of certain things online (ie. Brain tumor, heart problems, etc) and "give" myself the issue right away.

Calm down: Rest assured that most of what you are worried about are very rare in 22 year olds. As others have suggested, read about what you are worried about and it should allay your concerns, and if not consult your doctor and get a referral to a psychiatrist or psychologist to help you with the anxieties. ...Read more

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5yo woke up from sleep vomiting at 630am no other symptoms. Acting fine and hungry. I have bad anxiety and worried it's a brain tumor. Can it be?

5yo woke up from sleep vomiting at 630am no other symptoms. Acting fine and hungry. I have bad anxiety and worried it's a brain tumor. Can it be?

Ear Infection: You love your 5 yr old very much.
I am empathic to your anxiety as you have gone through your child’s frequent ear infections and Eustachian tube dysfunction.
Vomiting is not due to brain tumor as ‘he is acting fine”
It is likely due to ear infection. It may be due to stomach flu, overeating, food allergy or anxiety.
See the Pediatrician for diagnosis, treatment; and a Therapist for Anxiety. ...Read more

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I've OCD but never anxiety attacks. Some days I feel very lightheaded for a short time. Could it be a brain tumor? No other symptoms. Blood work is ok

I've OCD but never anxiety attacks. Some days I feel very lightheaded for a short time. Could it be a brain tumor? No other symptoms. Blood work is ok

Anxiety: Ruling out any physical problems, I would recommend a full psychiatric evaluation to determine what is bothering you based on your symptomology. Consider medication, as well as a referral to a reputable psychotherapist to help you with whatever bothers you. ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause brain tumor-like symptoms? I fear that I have a brain tumor because I started getting nauseated and weak fatigued and muscle shaking

Yes.: Symptoms raising concern for brain tumor vary depending on the part of the brain they affect. Uncontrollable nausea and vomiting (without diarrhea), dizziness, vertigo or focal weakness or sensory loss in one part of your body on one side of your body would be symptoms to watch for. Brain tumors are rare, and it's much more likely your symptoms are due to anxiety. A neurologist could help. ...Read more

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I have been having all these weird symptoms, could it be stress/anxiety? Clumsy, bad vision (only lately), dizzy spells, tired&drowsy, headaches, moods, trouble concentrating, etc. Gran had a brain tumor at young age family thinks that's what's wrong I don't

I have been having all these weird symptoms, could it be stress/anxiety? Clumsy, bad vision (only lately), dizzy spells, tired&drowsy, headaches, moods, trouble concentrating, etc. Gran had a brain tumor at young age family thinks that's what's wrong I don't

The likelihood: That this due to a brain tumor is low. However, these sound like very bothersome symtoms - so would recommend assessment. Some symptoms may be related to anxiety - but you would have to rule out medical causes to know for sure. ...Read more

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I am a hypochondriac. I am afraid of having a brain tumor after I read that I have all the symptoms, mainly the weakness in leg. My doctor did my blood test, spinal MRI, and neurological tests which came out to be fine. The doctor says that I have anxiety

I am a hypochondriac. I am afraid of having a brain tumor after I read that I have all the symptoms, mainly the weakness in leg. My doctor did my blood test, spinal MRI, and neurological tests which came out to be fine. The doctor says that I have anxiety

Normal brain mri: Practically rules out large symptomatic brain tumor and ms these normal studies should reassure you not make you nervous we are missing something look up the sensitivity for brain MRI this should reassure you and the incidence of primary brain tumors in your age group they are rare. ...Read more

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Could I have a brain tumor or is it just anxiety? How can I know for sure?

Could I have a brain tumor or is it just anxiety? How can I know for sure?

Talk to your doctor: Short answer is that only a physician who is examining you can determine whether this is anxiety versus a tumor.

The surefire way to diagnose a tumor would be some form of radiologic imaging, such as a ct or mri.

However, your physician will ask you certain questions that might help determine whether imaging is necessary. ...Read more

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I have health anxiety what are some things I can do from home to prove to myself I don't have a brain tumor?

I have health anxiety what are some things I can do from home to prove to myself I don't have a brain tumor?

Anxiety: Anxiety is mostly produced by misperceiving situations and interactions. Try every day to focus on the facts, try to not allow your mind to get carried away with old negative patterns of thinking. Consult your doctor to rule out any medical issues to ease your mind. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What distinguishes a brain tumor from anxiety?

What distinguishes a brain tumor from anxiety?

Anxiety: Is an emotional state that makes us afraid of many issues in our lives (including a fear that we might have a brain tumor). Brain tumors don't cause this. Please try to get psychiatric help. ...Read more

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Anxiety about brain tumor. What does it mean when brain seems to slosh around?

Anxiety about brain tumor. What does it mean when brain seems to slosh around?

I don't know!: That is a symptom I have not encountered before. If you are having no other symptoms, however (new or changing headache, weakness, visual changes, new problems with speaking, seizures, etc.) I think your concern is unfounded. To be sure, see a doctor in person and define more specifically what your symptom is. It could be something as simple as water in an ear canal! ...Read more

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Is having anxiety able to cause a brain tumor? Does the pills cause it? Recently had anxiety problem, I got worried when I heard someone had it?

Is having anxiety able to cause a brain tumor? Does the pills cause it? Recently had anxiety problem, I got worried when I heard someone had it?

No: There is no evidence that anxiety, stress or oral contraceptives cause brain tumors. It is more likely that having a brain tumor causes anxiety, which is normal.

Check in with your doctor, who can address your concerns. ...Read more

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How to distinguish anxiety from a brain tumor or MS? I am panicking about having these diseases.

Comments: First point is "why are you so focused on bad events, and what is causing your anxiety? " Suggest visit to psychiatrist or psychologist, as part of this, and discuss whether you need testing for your concerns with your primary doctor. ...Read more

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If someone had brain tumor, could they still have panic/anxiety attacks? The brain is very alert during panic attacks but how can it be if there tumor

If someone had brain tumor, could they still have panic/anxiety attacks? The brain is very alert during panic attacks but how can it be if there tumor

The brain performs: Many functions, i.e., the senses, balance, motion, etc. One part is called the lymbic system and the focus of that is emotion. So, a lot depends on where the tumor is located and what it may be pressing on. In any case, panic attacks are possible w/brain tumor. I wish you the very best. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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26year old, anxiety sufferer, suffering with bouts of unsteadiness and pressure around head and feeling off balance could I have a brain tumor? Help!!

Well: I think you have already diagnosed yourself with anxiety. You need to see your doctor for evaluation and the a treatment plan which should include therapy and then consideration for medication ...Read more

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Can u have a brain tumor for 7 years and only have lightheaded feeling sometimes funny vision etc dr says anxiety I pass neuro exam but really worried?

Trust your doctors: Brain tumor isn't a joke, and your doctors won't sleep on it if you have one. Have a life and stop worrying, see a therapist for anxiety, don't let it ruin your life, best wishes ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause short term memory probs? Like where you put your keys, phone, ect? Worried about brain tumor! Memory problems = brain tumor?

Anxiety and memory: The simple answer is "yes". Anxiety interferes with concentration and focusing. It is very common to be a bit scattered when experiencing anxiety. Memory problems do not suggest you have a brain tumor. So, relax about your memory lapses. ...Read more

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The left side of my body sometimes feels weaker or stiffer than my right, and sometimes I get headaches on the right side of my head. I have health anxiety. Wondering if this sounds like a brain tumor?

Possible migraine: There is a kind of migraine headache syndrome that can cause your symptoms, with or without a headache. Though not likely to represent a brain tumor, your symptoms merit having a consultation with a neurologist and likely getting a brain MRI to look for other possibilities, as well. Treatments are available after a diagnosis is made. ...Read more

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Migraine on back of the head in morning. Can it be a brain tumor?? I'm 17 years old with severe anxiety.

Migraine on back of the head in morning. Can it be a brain tumor?? I'm 17 years old with severe anxiety.

It's not a tumour!: Many things can cause a headache and a tumour is way way way down the list, especially in a 17 year old. If a headache lasts for many days or is accompanied by loss of strength in one limp, vision changes, confusion, vomiting, or speaking problems it needs to be assessed further. Do your best not to worry. ...Read more

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I have muscle spasms, non painful though annoying, throughout my whole body. I am scared I have a brain tumor. Could this be from anxiety?

I have muscle spasms, non painful though annoying, throughout my whole body. I am scared I have a brain tumor. Could this be from anxiety?

Probably not: Muscle spasms are very common. Be seen for an exam, but remember that tumors cause neurologic deficits, not pain or spasms. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with anxiety attacks but other than that I feel lightheaded 24/7 is that a sign I may have a brain tumor? So scared please help!

Try to relax ;-): Anxiety is a lot more common than a brain tumor, and anxiety is a better explanation for lightheadedness anyway. Treat your anxiety and see if the lightheadedness goes away — it probably will. You might also be hyperventilating, ie, breathing too much due to anxiety. See the treatment section at: http://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/hyperventilation_syndrome. ...Read more

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Can déjà vu be caused by anxiety? So worried I have a brain tumor! Had déjà vu 3 times today! Also have health anxiety, dizzy, mild headaches.

Brain tumor: Déjà vu is not associated with brain tumors. See your medical doctor to manage the anxiety and thyroid disease. This should help reduce or eliminate the déjà vu symptoms. ...Read more

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I've had individual muscle spasms constantly throughout my body. I am very scared it is a brain tumor. Could this be anxiety? My blood work was good.

Maybe: Muscle spasms could be a manifestation of anxiety, but it is always prudent to have physical causes ruled out first. Anxiety would be a diagnosis of exclusion. ...Read more

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20yr old. Stressed And worried and now have aching neck and headache. And beginning to think it's a brain tumor. Is it just anxiety? Two weeks Started

20yr old. Stressed And worried and now have aching neck and headache. And beginning to think it's a brain tumor. Is it just anxiety? Two weeks Started

Anxiety is my bet: Anxiety is a prime suspect for almost all symptoms - especially the "soft" ones w/out known lab tests or imaging. Here's a great Dx Tool! If the symptom can change based on distraction or focus - it's probably anxiety. Fractures, tumors, viruses, etc. Do not come or go in response to a phone call, great song, annoying chatter. If it is always there, see a doctor - but brain tumors are rare. ...Read more

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I've had anxiety and depression for 2 months now. In those 2 months my memory got worse. To te point of fearing a brain tumor. Have severe brain fog?

I've had anxiety and depression for 2 months now. In those 2 months my memory got worse. To te point of fearing a brain tumor. Have severe brain fog?

Cognitive changes: Most likely your emotional issues are affecting your focus and concentration, and there may well be a secondary sleep disorder problem. Nutritional and vitamin deficiencies need to be also considered. Have a psychiatrist start to sort out all of this, as treatment may reverse most if not all. Doubt this would be caused by a brain tumor.? Concierge visit? ...Read more

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I have health anxiety and got a tension headache about two weeks ago and freaking out it's a brain tumor. Blood work came back fineBut can't stop worry?

Brain tumors are unc: Anybody with headaches that are worrisome or are causing anxiety should be evaluated by a physician who is regularly evaluating headaches like most primary care and internal medicine family doctors neurologist do There are many different cause of headaches.. Headaches that are caused by a tumor mass or stroke usually occur on a frequent basis that every two weeks. ...Read more

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Can memory loss and difficult focusing be caused by anxiety? I'm scared I have a brain tumor, since my mom died of a glioblastoma/had memory loss.

Can memory loss and difficult focusing be caused by anxiety? I'm scared I have a brain tumor, since my mom died of a glioblastoma/had memory loss.

Try to chill: Yes, anxiety frequently causes what you describe. It is very, very unlikely that these symptoms relate to a brain tumor. Seeking someone to talk to about your anxiety, perhaps even a professional, would seem to be a worthwhile first step. ...Read more

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Headache that is sometimes worse sometimes better coupled with some memory trouble. Have anxiety and depression. Can's shake the fear of brain tumor.

Headache that is sometimes worse sometimes better coupled with some memory trouble. Have anxiety and depression. Can's shake the fear of brain tumor.

There is a solution: Headaches are common and most often related to stress (Tension headache). Brain tumor is an uncommon cause of headache. If you are that worried about brain tumor, it is easy to check for this, with an X-ray. But you need to see a doctor who can then guide you and order either CT scan or MRI of the brain to check for brain tumor which is easy to detect with one of these tests. ...Read more

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Can someone die from a brain tumor without knowing they had one? I'm afraid I have one because of stiff neck, and tinnitus. Doctor says it's anxiety.

Can someone die from a brain tumor without knowing they had one? I'm afraid I have one because of stiff neck, and tinnitus. Doctor says it's anxiety.

Anxiety Disorder: You are a 20 yo female with ADD, anxiety and hypochondria who is on meds for anxiety, depression and muscle pain/spasm You've already managed to get a cervical spine MRI for your symptoms which probably included brain as well. I don't see how your doctor would have missed a "brain tumor". You may need to consult with your mental health provider about adjusting meds (the aspirin can cause tinnitus). ...Read more

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I'm 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?

I'm 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?

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. ...Read more

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