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Anxiety or brain tumor?

Asked by missjena (910points) May 25th, 2009

My father was diagnosed with a brain tumor and so was my grandmother.The tumors are benign; however, I am a little worried about myself. Lately, I feel out of it, i have a hard time concentrating, listening to people when they speak to me, I get distracted very easily, and like confusion. I just turned 24 years old. I also notice I have to remember to breath or remember to blink. Isnt that my autonomic nervous system? I am worried I have something serious. I also checked out and it explains these can all be anxiety as well. I am on vitamins for anxiety though so I dont know if it anxiety. Is it common to have a brain tumor at such a young age? I know its possible but is it common? Any statistics

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nikipedia's avatar

Primary brain tumors are relatively uncommon at any age. Your symptoms can be explained by a variety of different illnesses. The only way to determine what’s going on is to go to a doctor who can run the necessary tests to diagnose you. If your suspicions are correct and this does turn out to be a brain tumor, waiting could cost you your life. If I were you, I’d make an appointment with your GP immediately.

Kayak8's avatar

I don’t know about vitamins for anxiety, but if you have a family history of any condition and you feel your are having symptoms of that condition, it would be smart to get it checked out. As nikipedia indicated, it could just as easily be something else, but you will only increase your anxiety by wondering rather than knowing.

missjena's avatar

Has anyone felt this way and had anxiety?

PandoraBoxx's avatar

I can identify with feeling like you need to concentrate to breathe, and when I’m overwhelmed at work, and am doing too much, I have a very hard time concentrating on conversations, reading, etc. It’s as if I’m on overload.

Kayak8's avatar

Go to the doctor

Garebo's avatar

I am no doctor, but it sounds like you are suffering from anxiety or panic attacks. You can always get one of those scans from your doctor for possible brain tumor and when and if he tells you your fine, my guess your symptoms will go away significantly. Psychosomatic disorders can do crazy stuff to the physical organism, or
stress can impose enormous damage to the body.
Definitely, you should speak to a professional, so you know what is causing your anxiety. Unfortunately, they more and likely, will prescribe a SSRI.
Vitamins and proper diet should help if the right dose and type, you can see experts for that as well.
Hatha Yoga, TM, Tai Chi, weight training, aerobics, etc. are some great ways to reduce anxiety.

iAmLuca's avatar

I have had similar feelings and is usually down to high stress levels and anxiety. What do you do for a profession and is the feeling ongoing or in certain situations?

Try breathing techniques such as taking a deep breath for 5 seconds and breathing out through your nose for 7 seconds. This will calm your heart rate down and send more oxygen to your brain.

It may be that the anxiety is causing you to hyperventilate thus increasing the need to monitor your breathing.

bpeoples's avatar

FWIW, I was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder about a year ago with almost exactly the same symptoms (except for the family history)—it took about 6 months for me to work through it, but professional help was key in that.

I’d talk to your general practitioner and see what s/he thinks.

Darwin's avatar

I agree with all of the above. If it is anxiety then obviously the vitamins are not treating it adequately. If it is a brain tumor (and there are certain ones that are genetic) then a doctor can find it and treat it. Either way you are better off if you go to a doctor.

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