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I think I have palinopsia and scared to death it means a brain tumor. I'm seeing a neurologist on monday but I'm paralyzed with fear. I need a scan!

I think I have palinopsia and scared to death it means a brain tumor. I'm seeing a neurologist on monday but I'm paralyzed with fear. I need a scan!

Not so simple: Neither you nor your doctors can diagnose brain tumor so easily. I actually do not even know the meaning of this word...Palinopsia. So just calm down. Unless you have a serious neurological symptom like a seizure or loss of neuro function like paralysis, you can not be too concerned about having a brian tumor. I hope this will help you get through this next few days before you see your neurologis. ...Read more

Neoplasms (Definition)

"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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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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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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Had a fear of brain tumor for 7 months. Ct scan without contrast was clean. Would I be having severe symptoms by now if it was malignant?

Had a fear of brain tumor for 7 months. Ct scan without contrast was clean. Would I be having severe symptoms by now if it was malignant?

Brain tumors aren't easily categorized into benign or malignant: Although the most aggressive type of brain tumor, glioblastoma, would likely be causing severe symptoms by now, there are other types of brain tumors that can be serious but not grow as quickly. The majority, however, would be associated with progressive symptoms during this time period. An MRI is the best test to evaluate potential masses in the brain. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with anxiety and I take sertraline. My fear is brain tumor. I have tension headaches. 5 doctors said so. But my fear is still hr?

I have been diagnosed with anxiety and I take sertraline. My fear is brain tumor. I have tension headaches. 5 doctors said so. But my fear is still hr?

Automatic throughts: 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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Why would my doc give me a CT scan for my brain tumor fears if it doesn't pick up tumors? (he said I have no symptoms of one...Which is true)

Why would my doc give me a CT scan for my brain tumor fears if it doesn't pick up tumors? (he said I have no symptoms of one...Which is true)

CT scans show tumors: Why do you have a fear of a brain tumor, if you say you have no symptoms of one? It is not true that ct scans do not show tumors. However, MRI scans usually reveal more than ct scans do. But MRI scans are much more expensive. Perhaps this is why ct scanning was chosen. Discuss this with your physician. ...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

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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Fear of brain tumor is making me miserable. I have tmd, but dentist told me that it wouldn't account for mild pain around eyes. Seeing gp in 2 days.

Fear of brain tumor is making me miserable. I have tmd, but dentist told me that it wouldn't account for mild pain around eyes. Seeing gp in 2 days.

Brain tumor unlikely: Brain tumor is among least likely causes of your symptoms. Don't burden yourself with unwarranted worry. Let your doctor address symptoms with step by step approach, starting with thorough history & physical exam. If there are warning signs of something serious, or symptoms aren't responding to treatment for common things, then imaging can be done. But take comfort in the low likelihood of tumor. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with GAD and neck muscle spasm. I get daily chtonic headaches due to the spasm but I fear Brain tumor. Dr won't send m for mri. Help?

I was diagnosed with GAD and neck muscle spasm. I get daily chtonic headaches due to the spasm but I fear Brain tumor. Dr won't send m for mri. Help?

Second opinion: Chronic headache might cause anyone to worry. In satisfying differential diagnostic problems, doctors properly examine & test patients to rule in & rule out disorders. When no organic causes are discovered, only then should functional & psychological disorders rise to top of differential list. Sometimes definitive studies, including imaging studies, are therapeutic; as negative results are shown. ...Read more

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Can a CT scan also scan for brain tumors? I had a CT scan done a while ago to check my sinuses, but now I fear I may have a brain tumor. I was wondering if a doctor could look at the same CT scan to check for brain tumors.

Can a CT scan also scan for brain tumors? I had a CT scan done a while ago to check my sinuses, but now I fear I may have a brain tumor. I was wondering if a doctor could look at the same CT scan to check for brain tumors.

Probably not.: A ct of the sinuses wouldn't get much of a look at the brain. An MRI of the brain would be the best test for a brain tumor.

Of course I don't know anything about you, but fearing you have a brain tumor is often separate from actually having one, fortunately. ...Read more

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I fear I might have a brain tumor. I have memory loss, confusion, excruciating headaches, loss of appetite, balance problems, etc. Thoughts? 16yo girl

I fear I might have a brain tumor. I have memory loss, confusion, excruciating headaches, loss of appetite, balance problems, etc. Thoughts? 16yo girl

Not so fast. ..: You can perform at your best when properly nourished (not hungry), rested (no sleep deficit), well (checkup) and is familiar settings (not new).Common things are more likely to trigger the issues you report, rather than a rare condition. You need to meet with your doc and bring along a list. Write down a description of all your issues, how they started, etc so you don't forget any. ...Read more

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I have a fear of suddenly developing meningitis or having a brain tumour. Are these rare? I have bad anxiety.

I have a fear of suddenly developing meningitis or having a brain tumour. Are these rare? I have bad anxiety.

Both are rare: There is a vaccine that will definitely help protect against bacterial meningitis, but it is still rare even without this new advancement. Brain tumors are also exceedingly rare. It is important to find somebody to talk to about your anxiety/fears, be it a parent, other family member, guidance counselor or social worker, life coach or mental health professional. No shame in feeling this way. ...Read more

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I had headaches lately I think it was due to lack of rest with rest they left but I fear a brain tumor I had nausea only when I ate something. Anxiety?

I had headaches lately I think it was due to lack of rest with rest they left but I fear a brain tumor I had nausea only when I ate something. Anxiety?

Headache: There are many questions that could be asked to characterize this headache better. Your nausea might be unrelated to the headaches. I recommend a consult with a live physician here or an eval in a doctor's office. ...Read more

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Horrible fear of brain tumor and esophageal cancer for 2 months. Psychiatrist said I have GAD and severe depression. Have dysphagia, memory trouble etc?

Horrible fear of brain tumor and esophageal cancer for 2 months. Psychiatrist said I have GAD and severe depression. Have dysphagia, memory trouble etc?

All of these: Symptoms can ball into one. Your extreme fear of having medical disorders, generalized anxiety & depression could all be addressed with cognitive behavioral therapy. If you are not in therapy now - strongly recommend it. ...Read more

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How common is a brain tumor in the u.S. Compared to the same age group in a non-industrialized place?

How common is a brain tumor in the u.S. Compared to the same age group in a non-industrialized place?

Maybe higher: It's hard to know for sure, because industrialized countries have better registries and are more likely to keep track of brain tumors. There may be a slightly higher rate of brain tumors in the us compared to a non-industrialized country, but the difference is small. Brain cancers are rare, with about 230, 000 diagnoses worldwide each year. Chemicals, hiv, and radiation are some of the causes. ...Read more

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Does my mum have brain tumor?

Does my mum have brain tumor?

Need more info: Can you provide more information? As a Neurosurgeon, I can help you with this question. ...Read more

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Are brain tumor headaches constant?

Are brain tumor headaches constant?

Depends.: Brain tumor headaches can be steady but can worsen if there are bleeds or if there is worsening of the flow of the CSF drainage or if the intracranial pressure increases due to growth of tumor. ...Read more

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How risk are brain tumor operations?

How risk are brain tumor operations?

Location?: Tumor location in the brain plays a significant role when discussing surgical risks. As a neurosurgeon, I typically go over potential risks that relate specifically to tumor size, location and symptoms. ...Read more

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What are brain tumor headaches like?

Nothing specific: It is not feasible to discern headaches due to brain tumors from the usual headaches from other causes. See this site for more info on this subject and do not obsess about it.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/brain-tumor/ds00281. ...Read more

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How brain tumor is treated in india?

Family practice: It should be treated the same way where ever you are. Depends on type of tumor. Needs a neurological exam and possibly a biopsy. Then an oncologist consult if needed. ...Read more

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Is a brain tumor a knot on your head?

No: Brain tumors grow within your brain, inside your head. Knots on the outside (on your head) are not brain tumors, they have to do with the skull bone, scalp muscles or skin. Have your doctor take a look to make sure what this is. ...Read more

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How could a teenager get brain tumor?

How could a teenager get brain tumor?

Second common tumor: Brain rumors are the second most common tumors after leukemia in kids. Approximately 2000 kids are diagnosed with brain tumor in us each year. Most of them are benign and curable by removing through surgery. ...Read more

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Could a brain tumor cause anisocoria?

Could a brain tumor cause anisocoria?

Yes: Different sized pupils can be a sign of elevated intracranial pressure, or interference with autonomic nerves of one or the other pupil. ...Read more

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How can cell phone causes brain tumor?

How can cell phone causes brain tumor?

Probably doesn't: Several studies have been done to study this with the thought that the magnetic field and radiation of cell phones cold cause brain tumor. So far no definite cause and effect has been proven. ...Read more

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Can a brain tumor make your head bigger?

Can a brain tumor make your head bigger?

No: In an adult a brain tumor will not make the skull bigger. Skull enlargement in adults can occur with bony problems such as acromegaly, neurofibromatosis, fibrous dysplasia, paget's disease, thallasemia, or even bone tumors of the skull. Brain tumors, however, don't do it. ...Read more

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Could you die from a benign brain tumor?

Could you die from a benign brain tumor?

Benigh tumors: Benign is a term that typically refers to the kind of cells that make up a tumor. For example, a meningioma is considered a benign tumor because it does not grow fast, and is not composed of rapidly dividing cells.

Benign tumors, however, certainly can occur is places that make them dangerous and for these, frequent imaging studies including ct and MRI are typically used. ...Read more

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Would a brain tumor be soft on your head?

Would a brain tumor be soft on your head?

No: The brain is encased in the protective bony skull. Thus a tumor of the brain would not be felt as soft if you palpated your scalp. ...Read more

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Is brain tumor soft or hard on your head?

Not on your head: Brain tumors are not on your head, but inside your head. They can be hard or soft. Anything palpable on your head is not a brain tumor. Swelling in your scalp may be an infection, lymph node, fatty tumor etc, have your doctor evaluate this. ...Read more

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Can a brain tumor lead to mental illness?

Can a brain tumor lead to mental illness?

Uncommon: Brain tumors in the frontal lobes can lead to mental status and emotional changes. However, brain tumors are extremely uncommon causes of depression, anxiety, or other common emotional disturbances. ...Read more

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How to know if I have a brain tumor at 17?

How to know if I have a brain tumor at 17?

Need sympmtoms: As brain tumors enlarge they cause symptoms. Many are neurological with speech defects, motor defects and head pain as lesion expands in closed space. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of a benign brain tumor?

What are symptoms of a benign brain tumor?

Many: Brain tumors, benign or malignant, can have many different presentations. These include headache, seizures, focal neurological deficits such as speech problems, weakness in one limb or on one side, difficulty thinking properly etc. These symptoms are all non-specific, and can also be due to other brain disorders. ...Read more

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Symptoms of brain tumor on left front lobe?

Symptoms of brain tumor on left front lobe?

Depends: Size and location of the tumor have a lot to do with delineating the symptoms. The frontal lobe has a few different functions. Among them; speech, personality deficits and/or motor problems on the right side of the body can result. ...Read more

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Can a brain tumor cause you lightheadedness?

Can a brain tumor cause you lightheadedness?

Yes: Brain rumors can cause lots of symptoms including lightheadedness and imbalance. Brain rumors are not common though, and more frequently lightheadedness is caused by other things like low blood pressure, dehydration, etc. You should get checked out by your doc! ...Read more

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Could a blow to the head cause a brain tumor?

No: There is no evidence that a head injury causes a brain tumor. ...Read more

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Can a surgery completely remove a brain tumor?

Can a surgery completely remove a brain tumor?

Yes: It depends upon the nature of the tumor and its location within the brain, but yes, some brain tumors can be completely removed. ...Read more

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How do doctors tell if you have a brain tumor?

How do doctors tell if you have a brain tumor?

Imaging: Typically if symptoms are suspicious enough imaging will be ordered. This can be ct or mri, with MRI more sensitive. In many cases, if the MRI shows a suspicious area a biopsy or surgical removal will be the next step. This isn't always true, though, as some tumors can be diagnosed confidently without biopsy (meningiomas, vestibular schwannomas). ...Read more

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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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How can doctors tell if you have a brain tumor?

How can doctors tell if you have a brain tumor?

CT/MRI: Doctors diagnose brain tumors through a combination of clinical history, physical examination including a careful neurological examination, and imaging, including ct and MRI scans. Mri is the most sensitive way of finding and localizing a brain tumor. The exact type of tumor is determined when a sample of it is examined by a pathologist, preferably a neuropathologist. ...Read more

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Could a brain tumor affect your nervous system?

Yes: The particular effects would depend on the type of tumor, the size and the location. ...Read more

Fear (Definition)

I would define fear as an insecure feeling, a feeling of impending doom! This is a sort of defense mechanism we developed that help us to survive. Fear helps us from falling "off the cliffs, " as we know the consequences; and help us survive. Children unknowingly, fall off, as ...Read more


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Brain Tumor (Definition)

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