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

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Dr. David Kwon
Surgery - Oncology
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Jefferson Chen
Neurosurgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Check symptoms

Anxiety itself is not necessarily a symptom of a brain tumor.
You need to see if there are other symptoms such as unilateral(one-sided) weakness or numbness. Other symptoms include vision problems(blurred or double), nausea/vomiting, headache or seizures. In other cases, there are specific tumors that can cause memory/speech problems or hearing problems. An MRI is ultimately the definitive test.

In brief: Check symptoms

Anxiety itself is not necessarily a symptom of a brain tumor.
You need to see if there are other symptoms such as unilateral(one-sided) weakness or numbness. Other symptoms include vision problems(blurred or double), nausea/vomiting, headache or seizures. In other cases, there are specific tumors that can cause memory/speech problems or hearing problems. An MRI is ultimately the definitive test.
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Dr. Chad Levitt
A thorough visit with your primary doctor to discuss your specific concerns is a good idea
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