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lalala16
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   Posted 7/7/2008 1:50 PM (GMT -7)   
I had posted the other day that I was having problems with my speech and rearranging words in sentences and now I'm having short term memory loss and my brain is convinced that I have a brain tumor. I went to the doctor I work for today and he just thinks I'm run down, getting sick, and my anxiety is coming back.
 
If I had a brain tumor wouldn't I be experiencing horrible headaches? Can anxiety really cause the short term memory loss? I'm so scared!

Georgie Girl
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   Posted 7/7/2008 2:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Absolutely anxiety can cause short term memory loss. I've had it happen to me.  When my parents were dying and I was suffering grief and also an anxiety attack on top of that, I couldn't even remember which of my keys opened my front door. 

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   Posted 7/7/2008 5:21 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey lalala,

It is so good to see you here.  I am sorry I missed your post the other day.

Both depression and anxiety can cause a kind of “brain fog” that makes it difficult to concentrate and pay attention to things. As a result, it is harder for depressed or anxious people to store information in short term memory.

Yes your anxiety can cause the short term memory loss.  The garbled speech also can be anxiety or as in my daughter's case after doing EEGs etc, it was decided she had an atypical migraine  as she was at a wedding and had a headache and then her speech become garbled.  She was aware of the speech as you are.
 
I would really work with your physician if you have fears of a tumor and let him know your concerns. 
 
I am here for you so please keep posting as you are family here.
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lalala16
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   Posted 7/8/2008 10:30 AM (GMT -7)   
I completely have a brain fog. I was just on the phone with my insurance company listening to their automated message on what to do and I had to call back 4 times before I figured out what I had to do. I am an intelligent person that's why this is so scary. I have an appointment with my primary care doctor next week I'm scared he's going to want to run tests on me that I can't afford. Insurance is horrible.

nervymeg
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   Posted 7/8/2008 12:42 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Lala,

When I am really anxious my brain alternates between a leaky sieve and thudercloud. I can actually forget my phone number, pin number and sometimes even my street adress when I am anxious. It makes me feel like a wally!! I'm sorry you are going through this anxiety right now. I hope your doc appt goes well with no expensive tests. Try and stay in positive thinking (hard I know!)

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lalala16
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   Posted 7/9/2008 8:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Another symptom I have is feeling pressure in my head, I was driving and all of a sudden I felt faint, like I could pass out. The best way I can describe this feeling is that my eyes feel like they are in a constant day dream. Has anyone else had this?!?!

I hardly can imagine I have a brain tumor considering my problems just started a few days ago, but I'm still scared.

peacesoul
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   Posted 7/9/2008 8:10 AM (GMT -7)   
LaLa, I feel exactly like you do.
I get horrible brain fog and this weird pressure in my head. I'm also on meds for lyme so that doesn't make it better.

I'm not sure it's all anxiety causing this. I have a pressure in my head, sinus and ears. I feel mine may be caused by some sort of sinus pressure/allergy. I also get the faint feeling. It's horrible.

Do you get these symptoms when you're just hanging out in a comfy spot or only when you're in an anxiety situation?

By the way, it's so rare that one actually has a brain tumor.
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lalala16
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   Posted 7/9/2008 8:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Well when I get my anxiety it's not like a panic attack, it's pretty constant. I do notice that if I'm doing something and keeping myself busy I don't seem to notice it as much. When I'm sitting down and watching television and relaxing I notice it.

I live in Florida and I think the pollen has been kind of bad here lately, maybe that is a contributing factor? It just feels like my brain is swelling through my skull. I know that sounds ridiculous, it is just the only way I can think of how to describe it.

Junebug05
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   Posted 7/9/2008 9:16 AM (GMT -7)   
I have the memory loss, scattered mind as I like to call it and the brain fog.  It can be constant for me too, not just when I'm anxious or having a panic attack.  Somedays are wose than others and not getting enough sleep really makes it bad.  I have alot of trouble with vision too, I seem to be in a day dream state alot.  I would guess that pollen could be a factor, it does affect your sinuses which can affect your vision, balance, headaches, etc.  I just chock mine up to anxiety and know that eventually it will pass.  You'll be okay and hopefully this will pass quickly for you! 

lalala16
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   Posted 7/9/2008 5:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok now I'm really scared! I just ate dinner and drank a lot of water with it. I didn't feel well after and I know this is gross but as I was brushing my teeth I threw up. When I stood up straight after I almost passed out. I feel so much pressure in my head. I'm so scared. What is going on? Can a brain tumor have symptoms that come on this quickly? Can you feel inflammation in your brain? I don't know what to do. My doctors appointment isn't until Monday and I can't go to the emergency room. I'm so scared.

Can somebody help? please?!?!?!

nervymeg
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   Posted 7/9/2008 11:29 PM (GMT -7)   

lalala..breathe...

Your doctor is most likely right that you are run down, and throwing up could mean you have a tummy bug, or a flu, or something really simple.  Try not to hit the panic button until you are checked out.  Don't let it get into a cycle in your head, imagine the best..and take it easy this weekend. I would never wish a bug on anyone, but lets imagine that that is all it is. Virtual soup on the way for you, I hope you feel better soon. I really mean that.

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shell67
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   Posted 7/10/2008 6:48 AM (GMT -7)   
lalala,
i so feel for you, and i do know its very scarey. I have had p/a for over 10 years now, and it rears its head in so many various ways. I do know how easy it is to work yourself into quite a bad panic thinking such things. there is much to say for a "good" attitude, the more i feel scared, the worse it gets. Soooo try to think good things, i think meg is soooooo right about the cycle in your head, it can be vicious. Think positive! I am sure you have heard that many times, but its just so easy to get yourself into that cycle and so hard to get out of it. I know, ive done this many times...lol. such as right now. But there are some great ppl here and they will help you more than you know. Take care and please keep in touch here. I wish you the best of luck.
hugs to you, shell
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   Posted 7/10/2008 6:57 AM (GMT -7)   
I have all the same going on and I know it is definitely A/P for me as well as Fibro
NO I do not believe you have a brain tumor.........
I believe it is the darn anxiety once again
Sneaky lil beggar it is ..........
Take care and keep us posted

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lalala16
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   Posted 7/10/2008 4:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm sorry I feel like I am bugging everybody and I feel like such a child. Thank you all for your kind words. I have felt a little better today. I went almost all day without a headache, until now. I can't wait to go to the doctor on monday and get on a new medication. I can't think all of you enough!

nyliz
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   Posted 7/11/2008 4:51 PM (GMT -7)   
lalala
 
Hiya,
 
I will pick a catastrophic illness ie: brain tumor and run with it.  I develop every possible symptom associated with it and make myself absolutely nuts worrying about it... unfortunately I've been doing this on and off for approx. 10 years.   Guess what, nothing has EVER been seriously wrong with me.  It's amazing what we can cause to happen phsically by worrying about it.  It is SO HARD to stop yourself from thinking about what could be wrong when you feel so crappy - I totally get that, but please know that when anxiety rears it's head we become more aware of and more sensitive to every twinge and sound our body makes.  I think you will be very pleasantly surprised after you see your Doc and can relax a bit -I'm betting you will also notice a huge reduction in all symptoms :)
 
God bless you
 
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