Scared I have a tumor!!!

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Mom2sophia
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   Posted 2/14/2008 8:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello...I frequent other boards, but I thought I would come over here and ask someone about my headaches.  Long story short I have thyroid problems...recently I have started to get headaches.  I have had a constant headache for about two weeks.  I haven't had my period for 2 months. 
 
The headaches are mainly in the front...I feel like I have pressure on my eyes.  The weirdest/scariest part is I feel like someone is trickling water on my scalp!!!  The doctor is ordering an MRI of the brain...he thinks I might have a tumor!!
 
Anyone have any experience like this?  I have no appetite, but am still gaining weight. I am so scared!

Annuk
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   Posted 2/14/2008 11:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi,

I am sorry to hear that you are suffering with this headache. Quite frankly I am amazed that your Doc has speculated about a tumour at this stage!! You do not need that sort of fright.

Migraine can manifest itself as strong pressure on the eyes and the trickling can be part of that too. Your weight gain is probably part of your thyroid problem.

Usually headache is the last symptom that you get with a tumour, you have usually had many more symptoms and been diagnosed with a tumour before the headache kicks in. But I am no Doc this is just my two cents!

Please try not to worry and let us know how you get on.

take care

Ann
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Mom2sophia
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   Posted 2/14/2008 7:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you so much for getting back to me.  In his defense, I think the reason he has resorted to the tumor...was b/c he knew the endocrinologists had suspected a pituitary or hypothalamic tumor in the past.  According to my doc, I have the symptoms of those 2 types of tumors.
 
So, the water trickling feeling in my head/scalp is a normal symptom of migraines?  It occurs on different areas of my scalp.  Today, I got nauseated and just dizzy...felt kind of drugged today....are these normal syptoms of migraines?

Annuk
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   Posted 2/15/2008 12:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi,

Is the Doc you are seeing a Neurologist? What you really need is a Neurologist who is a Headache Specialist. I have a small pituitary adenoma (tumour) myself! These sort of tumours are usually benign and are only removed if they grow particularly large. Tumours in the hypothalmus I have not yet come across!

The MRI that your Doc is gonna do will show up quite clearly any problems you may have. I am really hoping that you get a good result from the this.

As for the trickling feeling, some sufferers can get some funny feelings I cannot be sure of what causes this. Nausea is typical of migraine and some sufferers can be dizzy too, and what I call 'the yuk factor' can be quite intense aswell!

Pleas let me know how you get on?

take care

Ann
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Mom2sophia
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   Posted 2/16/2008 11:06 AM (GMT -7)   

Long story short...I went to the ER yesterday.  My family doc (haven't seen a neurologist yet, as this headache and sensation are new) and my chiropractor told me to go.  A brief about the chiro (used a tool on my neck and adjusted me once...thought this might be the reason for my headaches).  The ER said they didn't think it was anything serious (suspected a verterbal arterial dissection) and they did an x-ray of my neck...showed no misalignment.  They noted that my neck (the left side) was spasming and really tight and the muscle was larger on the left side than the right.  Don't know why this is.

My doc also ran a thyroid test on thursday...TSH was .94, T3 and T4 were .662 and .60 respectively.  Not sure if this a concern or not, but the doc will be comparing these results with my previous blood work (I had postpartum thyroiditis-hyperthyroid stage and lost A LOT of weight..now I am starting to gain, even though I am not eating much).

In a nut shell, what I am experiencing is paresthesia...weird feeling in my scalp, dizziness, headaches, loss of appetite, general feeling of being drugged up....concentration is just not all there.  All this comes and goes.  I woke up feeling this way this morning. 

I am scheduled to have a total colectomy to  have my colon removed on March 18th...have colonic inertia.

Trying to think of some other things to note, but not coming up with anything except that my diet is not the greatest...still take a vitamin everyday though.

3 weeks ago I was in the ER with intestinal spasms and they took blood...noted that my lymphocytes were slightly elevated, everything else was normal.

Any ideas what this could be?  My headaches are not constant...and I have only had one migraine in my entire life (I am 26). 

I am trying not to stress about this, but I can't help it...I am not feeling like myself!


Annuk
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   Posted 2/17/2008 4:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi,

I am so sorry to hear what you are going through, so many health issues to deal with at once is awful, I really hope you can get some relief soon. The headaches could just be a side effect of all the other medical stuff going on, but equally they could be Migraine.

I am not is the least bit surprised you are stressed, have you got anyone supporting you at all?

Your weight gain is almost certainly connected with the thyroid, I hope your Doc will be able to help there. You can always have a rant here, and we will do our best to support you.

take care

Ann
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