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I have Brain anurysm anxiety! I'm so scared that I have one. I've smoked for a while and drank alchohol a good bit. I've had 2 CT scans were normal?

I have Brain anurysm anxiety! I'm so scared that I have one. I've smoked for a while and drank alchohol a good bit. I've had 2 CT scans were normal?

Stay calm: No one can promise you that you won't have a brain aneurysm but your risk is no greater than anyone else's and we all live with risk everyday. One must be somewhat fatalistic. We all will die of something one day. You're young (17). There is no need to think about this until you're much older and have had many more experiences to put life and death into perspective. Try to take it 1 day at a time. ...Read more

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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


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Brain scans all appear normal. Neuropsych shows executive dysfunction. Advised from extreme anxiety I don't feel. Taking effexor - what else can I do?

Brain scans all appear normal. Neuropsych shows executive dysfunction. Advised from extreme anxiety I don't feel. Taking effexor - what else can I do?

Extreme Anxiety: You can look for a Functional Medicine Physician who does Neurotransmitter testing to see if Effexor is the right choice of medication or if you have some other neurotransmitter deficiency. You can also request to have a Genome or PGX testing to see if Effexor is actually a medication your body does benefit from. ...Read more

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People get paranoid about brain tumors. Because of tingling sensations on face but if u have bad anxiety is normal to have tingling in the same spot?

People get paranoid about brain tumors. Because of tingling sensations on face but if u have bad anxiety is normal to have tingling in the same spot?

Multiple answers: Several physicians have recently answered similar questions from you about this. We do understand that you are anxious. We've also suggested that you see your primary care physician, since you''re very concerned about your health. Specific treatment for anxiety will be important for you also, along with any examinations or tests to rule out other possible causes of your symptoms. ...Read more

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The anxiety attack I just had made my brain and head feel numb. Is that normal? Plus I've been pretty dizzy almost daily with anxiety and panic.. help

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The anxiety attack I just had made my brain and head feel numb. Is that normal? Plus I've been pretty dizzy almost daily with anxiety and panic.. help

Anxiety: Feeling keyed up, restless, tense & can't relax, fearful, can't sleep, worry a lot, physical symptoms of hyper arousal such are fast heart, sweat, headache, stomach & bowel gases & distention, sense of urgency, tremors, ache/pains anywhere.
Wondering if u r on medications for anxiety? ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause random moments of feeling like the room is spinning and like you're going to pass out? Never passed out. Normal EKG brain mri.

Can anxiety cause random moments of feeling like the room is spinning and like you're going to pass out? Never passed out. Normal EKG brain mri.

Yes: But it is important to determine if this is an intermittent vertigo before attributing it to anxiety. BPPV can be triggered by sudden movement and go away as quickly. ...Read more

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I had an mri with/without contrast. It normal. Head feels like brain is squeezing/shaky. Feel dizzy some Have anxiety. Heart test good. Muscles tense?

I had an mri with/without contrast. It normal. Head feels like brain is squeezing/shaky. Feel dizzy some Have anxiety. Heart test good. Muscles tense?

Medical conditions: Ruled out. Stick w/your doc but see a mental health professional to learn stress management. You discomfort is real but treatable. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I normally have normal blood pressure readings at rest, but struggle with anxiety. Sometimes I even have panic attacks that last over an hour. Can regular blood pressure spikes from anxiety cause brain aneurysms to form?

I normally have normal blood pressure readings at rest, but struggle with anxiety. Sometimes I even have panic attacks that last over an hour. Can regular blood pressure spikes from anxiety cause brain aneurysms to form?

No: UNCONTROLLED SUSTAINED high blood pressure is the "killer" and only PROLONGED UNCONTROLLED high blood pressure has been implicated in aneurysm development. (Not to "worry" you but most cereebral aneurysms are CONGENITAL (you are born with them) and are aymptomatic in the vast majority of folks who have these rare "bubbles"!)
Hope this is helpful
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Can anxiety cause pressure in head? I'm a constant worrier/hypochondriac. Ecg normal, d dimer normal, normal bp. Dizzy spells... Worried... Brain?

Can lead to some: Feelings of head pressure, but always need to rule out anything else first. If you have had negative neuro work up and physical exam, then consider possible pressure from tension being held in your neck, often coexisting with anxiety, which can lead to mild tension headaches feeling like pressure. Try neck stretching and strengthening exercises, changing ergonomics, see pressure is relieved. ...Read more

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I have been experiencing brain fog, anxiety, and a feeling of impending doom since I stopped drinking 50 days ago. Normal? BP, CT, chest X-ray normal

I have been experiencing brain fog, anxiety, and a feeling of impending doom since I stopped drinking 50 days ago. Normal? BP, CT, chest X-ray normal

Therapy?: Have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as anxiety or depression is medication (which, on your best day, is supposed to take the edge off symptoms) but the real gruntwork takes place in psychotherapist's consulting room. Your symptoms are not uncommon for someone trying to live life sober. ...Read more

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Can an anxiety disorder mimic symptoms like ms? Muscle twitches, prickly sensation, numbness? Had normal brain, neck MRI and clean emg.

Can an anxiety disorder mimic symptoms like ms? Muscle twitches, prickly sensation, numbness? Had normal brain, neck MRI and clean emg.

Effects of anxiety: Symptoms of prickling, numbness and twitching can occur in anyone, and they can be more noticeable to someone feeling anxiety.

Your tests are ok. That is great! Means those nerves are healthy. Maybe just oversensitive. ...Read more

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Arms feel uncoordinated and muscles are tight. I have a history of anxiety and panic attacks. Could this be related? Had Brain MRI 1.5 yrs ago for nimbness which was normal

Arms feel uncoordinated and muscles are tight. I have a history of anxiety and panic attacks. Could this be related? Had Brain MRI 1.5 yrs ago for nimbness which was normal

Therapy?: Have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as anxiety or depression is medication (which, on your best day, is supposed to take the edge off symptoms) but the real gruntwork takes place in psychotherapist's consulting room. ...Read more

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What diseases cause hand paresthesia and swelling (in the MS mimic) catagory? I've been having a lot of symptoms that are classic MS symptoms but have not been diagnosed. My brain MRI without contrast was normal. One neurologist sd it was anxiety and to s

What diseases cause hand paresthesia and swelling (in the MS mimic) catagory? I've been having a lot of symptoms that are classic MS symptoms but have not been diagnosed. My brain MRI without contrast was normal. One neurologist sd it was anxiety and to s

Some of the options: Cervical radiculopathy, transverse myelopathy, ulnar / radial / median nerve impingement (incl carpal tunnel syndome), brachial plexopathy, peripheral neuropathy (there are many causes), and vascular disorders, such as calciphylaxis.

I agree that carpal tunnel syndrome is #1 - and should be a place to start. A normal brain MRI does help put MS aside. ...Read more

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Eye twitching and muscle twitches random. Had a normal brain MRI and emg. Is this concerning? Or anxiety related?

Eye twitching and muscle twitches random. Had a normal brain MRI and emg. Is this concerning? Or anxiety related?

Probably normal: If twitching is just momentary and occasional, wouldn't worry about it. If persistent and incapacitating, should see an Ophthalmologist or Neurologist. ...Read more

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Experiencing excess saliva recently. History of mild tingling/numbness/arm weakness/need for deep breath. Normal blood tests/ekg/brain mri. Anxiety?

Experiencing excess saliva recently. History of mild tingling/numbness/arm weakness/need for deep breath. Normal blood tests/ekg/brain mri. Anxiety?

It depends.: I do not think that a heart condition is likely, given your age and results under normal conditions. It depends on when you get these episodes, and under what circumstances. If they happen during a hectic period in your day, like at work, etc., I would say anxiety is likely. However, if they occur at random points during your day, or after exertion, I would say get a stress test, etc.. ...Read more

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Chronic nausea/vomiting for 1.5 yrs. No anxiety. Had an EGD, gastric empty study, upper GI & bowel followthru, brain MRI- all normal. Possible causes?

N/V: Sounds like most common causes have been ruled out. Do you have bouts related to your menstrual cycle? Catamenial N/V has been described. Chronic anxiety can also cause this. Medications can be similar. Finally despite normal GES you can have gastric dysmotility, and or gastropersis. GES is not always abnormal. ...Read more

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Headaches on rightside of head since March CT normal dr apt on Mon anxiety high hope its not brain cancer forehead hurts to cough. Yell. Sneez. Bendover?

Headaches on rightside of head since March CT normal dr apt on Mon anxiety high hope its not brain cancer forehead hurts to cough. Yell. Sneez. Bendover?

Question?: I'm not sure what your question is. While headaches are a symptom of a brain tumor, only a very small number of patients with headaches actually have brain tumors, since headaches are so common. Pain with coughing, sneezing or bending over could be caused by sinus disease. If you know that your brain CT was normal, I suggest you relax and see what your doctor says on Monday. ...Read more

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Need help, extreme fatigue, muscle weakness, brain fog, frequent urination, sleepyness, anxiety, stress, can't move, did blood work and test came back normal. What could this be??

Need help, extreme fatigue, muscle weakness, brain fog, frequent urination, sleepyness, anxiety, stress, can't move, did blood work and test came back normal. What could this be??

See a neurologist: There are many neurological illnesses that can present with the constellation of symptoms you describe. You may want to consult with a neurologist, who can do tests in addition to bloodwork. ...Read more