Brain Tumor Treatments

With medical technological advancements and the same being incorporated in India, sophisticated treatments across various surgical disciplines are now a reality. Neurosurgery in India has undergone marvelous changes; thanks to the emergence of qualified specialists and hospitals equipped with all modern treatment facilities facilitating the treatments. Whether it is treating the central nervous system or spinal column diseases or peripheral nervous systems - all related to neuro - these can now be diagnosed in time and Neurosurgery is recommended by doctors as per the intensity of the disease and the treatment. Minimally invasive neurosurgery has gained momentum is recent years.

This is possible with the use of advanced neuroanaesthesia, neuro-imaging system, surgical microscope, ultrasonic surgical aspirator and more. The risks involved with neurosurgery are many. But with the use of such sophisticated technology, the functions of the body are preserved well at the same time reducing pain and avoiding discomfort. A long hospital stay is not required after a minimally invasive neurosurgery.

Neuro specialists take longer time to get trained than other surgical courses. It takes several years to complete the neurosurgery training course, which may range from ten to fifteen years that includes pre-medical and medical education, surgical internship, neurosurgery residency, and training in the sub-specialties.

One cannot avoid the risks to neurosurgery. The common risks involved are paralysis, brain damage, infection, psychosis or death. Therefore, it is advisable that the surgery is done in a reputed hospital by trained neurosurgeons. As aforementioned, it is years of training that leads to the making of a neurosurgeon. Apollo Hospital and other similar renowned hospitals have trained and qualified neurosurgeons for a low-risk or no-risk neurosurgery. Proper and required neuro-imaging tests like CAT, MRI, PET and an all-inclusive physical and psychological examination should be done to reduce the risk factor.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Are there any alternative medicine treatments for someone diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor?
    ...my 56 year old brother had the majority of a malignant brain tumor removed by a neurosurgeon recently. He's now home recuperating and physically is feeling well for the time being. Being that the tumor is malignant, would alternative medicines help him at all? And if so, what alternative medicine treatments would be beneficial?

    • ANSWER:
      Phoenix Tears - http://www.phoenixtearsmovie.com/
      Graviola, Wolf Berries, Chaga, B15 & B17, Oleander soup, Kombu seaweed etc...etc...

      Simply anything which does have a healing properties and can go past the brain barrier.

      @ concerning the answer above me, I wouldn't rely on Artemisinin as it isn't helping for this type of cancer....studies are showing that Artemisinin is effective against a wide variety of cancers....the most effective is leukemia and colon cancer....activities were also shown against melanoma, breast, ovarian, prostate, CNS and renal cancer.

  2. QUESTION:
    What alternative treatments are there for a grade 4 glioblastoma brain tumor ?
    Hi, my father just decided that he does not want to go forth with radiotherapy as he has a grade 4 glioblastoma and this is an incurable tumor. Even if he goes forth with radiotherapy it will only give him a max. of 2 more months. He has decided that all the fatigue and possible side effects are not worth it. Does anyone know of any other alternative treatments that we could look into??? Any other cancer fighting tips are appreciated as welll!

    • ANSWER:
      Look into palliative care that will keep your father comfortable and pain free.

  3. QUESTION:
    Has anyone had a child with a cancerous brain tumor, any advise, on treatments and what to expect?
    I have a 19 month old cousin with a brain tumor, the doctor found it on Easter and removed it on the 18th. They are confident they removed the whole tumor, and now she has to have treaments for cancer. We are just heartbroken for her, if anyone has been thru this and would like to share their stories I would appriciate them, thank you God Bless

    • ANSWER:
      For more knowledge on cancer check the link below

  4. QUESTION:
    How long can someone live with a brain tumor without treatment?
    Is it possible to have a brain tumor over many years without realizing? and can falls/ bangs to the head cause or trigger brain tumors?

    • ANSWER:
      I am not sure if falls / injuries to the head can cause a brain tumor. I have personally never heard of that nor have I met anyone who had that happen to them (then again I only work in a doctors office.)

      Now living with it and not know about it, is possible. Depends on the location of the tumor and the tumors rate of growth. Depending on the location you could have shown signs and symptoms with out realizing it and just passed it off as something simple like being tired, a normal headache, light hitting your eyes causing a quick flash etc. Also depending on the size and location you could have gone sometime with out any signs and symptoms because it was not causing any pressure on the brain.

  5. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms and causes of brain tumors and are there treatments?
    I was wondering if someone could tell me what the symptoms and causes of brain tumors are and if there are any treatments. Someone had told me that they have a brain tumor that is terminal and it cannot be treated because it had gone unnoticed for about 5 years and since it has grown with their brain, it cannot be removed by a surgery and it cannot be treated. Is it really possible that there is no treatment at all?

    • ANSWER:
      A tumor is a pretty general thing. "A tumor...is the name for a swelling or lesion formed by an abnormal growth of cells"[wiki:tumor]. Such growths are especially serious in the brain, because they can do damage not only through their biological properties (how it will spread) but also through their physical properties (the force the exert on the brain). Benign tumors no longer spread, malign tumors are cancerous.

      Treatment for brain tumors includes surgical options (remove it) as well as radiation and chemotherapy. Surgery is not always possible, as the tumor may be buried to close to crucial parts of the brain. The more a tumor has spread the lower the chances of successful surgical removal.

      With all forms of cancer, early detection provides by far the most positive outcome.

  6. QUESTION:
    If you have to have radiation treatments from a brain tumor is it definite that you will lose your hair?
    Thank you for your answers

    • ANSWER:
      Hey,

      The good and bad thing about external beam radiation (I assume that's the kind you are asking about) is that it locally affects the area that the laser is focused on. So, If the laser is focused anywhere on your scalp, the odds are you will experience some hair loss in that area. The hair loss may be permanent too. Whether this is you undergoing the treatments or someone you know, it's a tough situation that will require a lot of support. I wish you the best of luck in your endeavors.

      JC

  7. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know about treatment for a brain tumor?
    A close loved one has a brain tumor. He has had part of it removed but they have to do other kinds of treatments to get the rest. Yet, he tells me that the tumor is non cancerous but he sees a oncologist and now has to do a 8weeks of some kind of treatments 5 days a week. I am not sure that he is telling me everything and he doesn't want me to worry. Does anyone have any insight to treatments and what to expect during and after such treatments?

    • ANSWER:
      Introduction
      A brain tumor is a mass or growth of abnormal cells in your brain. Many different types of brain tumors exist. Some brain tumors are noncancerous (benign), and some brain tumors are cancerous (malignant). Brain tumors can begin in your brain (primary brain tumors), or cancer can begin in other parts of your body and spread to your brain (secondary, or metastatic brain tumors).

      The number of brain tumors diagnosed each year is increasing. There's evidence the increase has been occurring for decades. But it's not clear why.

      Treatment
      Treatment for a brain tumor depends on the type, size and location of the tumor, as well as your overall health and your preferences. Your doctor can tailor treatment to fit your particular situation.

  8. QUESTION:
    How long would somebody expect to survive with a METASTATIC BRAIN TUMOR if no treatment was undertaken?
    Treatment is unlikely as the person has already been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, has already undergone chemo for this, which resulted in a reduction of the size of the tumour but was told before that it was incurable (the treatment was done to extend life expectancy not to cure the cancer) and no further chemo can be undertaken for at least another 4 months. It now appears (although as yet undiagnosed -but conditions indicate) that it has also infected the brain - so was wondering how long the end will be in coming if this cancer is untreated?

    • ANSWER:
      My thoughts and prayers are with you. My mother went through this and when we believed it got to the brain I think it was about a few weeks. She just went downhill and then all her pain and suffering was over. I wish nothing but the best outcome, however, to be completely honest it doesn't sound good. God Bless

  9. QUESTION:
    What is the best treatment for brain tumor?
    If the doctor says that the patient will be able to live for 3 years at the most, would there be any treatment would work?

    • ANSWER:
      Thats a really difficult question to answer as it all depends on the specific type of tumour, its spread and position. I would advise to seek another opinion from a neurologist/neurosurgeon. Only they, with access to medical files etc could properly answer your question.

  10. QUESTION:
    How much time does it take for the treatment brain tumor?

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  11. QUESTION:
    is brain surgery is effective for brain tumor?
    is there any alternative for brain tumor treatment other than brain surgery?

    • ANSWER:

  12. QUESTION:
    Brain tumor?
    A friend of mine was diagnosed with a brain tumor 3 years ago. He underwent surgery to de-bulk the tumor and 6 weeks of radiation treatment. He has had MRI's anually. What are the chances of the brain tumor returning and growing?

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on the type of tumor (meningioma, astrocytoma, glioma, etc.) the location in the brain, and the grade of the tumor. Your friend should have gotten a copy of the path lab report from the debulking surgery that will show the grade.

      The WHO (world health org) classifies the grades of tumors (grade I, II, III and IV). Grade I being non-malignant and grade IV the most agressive and invasive.

      If it has been 3 years since the debulking I would assume your friend's tumor was a benign, slow growing tumor and probably the radiation stopped the growth of the residual tumor.

      I had a golf ball sized grade I meningioma removed from the center of my head 3 years ago and have MRI's every 6 months. So far there is no re-growth. The statistical possibility of re-growth within 10 years after my surgery is 20%.

      The best way to find out is to ask your friend. I am not at all bothered if people ask me about my health. I have titanium plates and screws in my skull and currently I have a tiny screw that has backed out and can be felt as a bump under the skin on my forehead. My friends joke that I have a screw loose. Well I guess I do.

  13. QUESTION:
    how long can you live with a brain tumor without treatment please help?

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on its location in the brain, if it is cancerous and how fast growing it is.

  14. QUESTION:
    Brain tumor treatment.?
    Okay, so a girl of 15 had a cancerous brain tumor at the bottom of her skull. (or any kind that would need fractionation radiotherapy).
    How long would she need this? Will she need chemo as well? and would she have the radiotherapy before surgery or after?
    Please give me all the info on brain tumors you possibly can!
    Thank you so much. (by the way, this is for a book i'm writing:)

    • ANSWER:
      Wow, it's almost like everyone with questions is writing a book. She would have surgery to remove as much as possible. She would then go back to drs in about 2 weeks to have sutures removed and set up her treatment plan. About 2 weeks or so later, she would begin chemo and radiation for 6 weeks. Then she would get a month off, then she would begin a much higher dose of chemo for at least 6 months, following a 5 day on, 23 days off schedule. Chemo is in pill form btw and no, she wouldn't lose her hair from chemo, only some spots from the radiation.

  15. QUESTION:
    how brain tumor treatment by lasers work?
    tumor

    • ANSWER:
      They use lasers to excise the tumor. It's basically like a very precise scapple.

  16. QUESTION:
    how long can someone live with a brain tumor without treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      Depends on whether the brain tumor is benign (not harmful) or malignant (harmful). A person with a benign tumor can potentially live a long and productive life without medical intervention.

  17. QUESTION:
    Which is better for treating brain tumor, gamma knife, cyberknife, cytotron?
    Which treatment is best for reoccurred brain tumor of small size? And which country is offering best services related to above treatments?

    • ANSWER:
      If possible, they usually suggest repeat surgery aiming for clean margins. For radiation, this depends if the tumor is inside the brain or outside the brain and inside the skull, like meningioma and chondrosarcoma. It also depends if you have had previous radiation to your head.

      There is no-one here who can give you reliable medical information.

      I would suggest the USA too, because medicine there is set up as a business and customers are welcome.

      Edit: Cytotron seems to be a scam:

      http://nirmukta.com/2010/05/06/cancer-cure-scam-cytotron-therapy-ad-continues-to-run-in-newspapers/

  18. QUESTION:
    Maximum time a person can live with a brain tumor?
    I'm worried that i may have a brain tumor as im suffering from symptoms. I'm 17 and have had these symptoms for atleast a decade. Inner head pressure, heaviness, short term memory lost, problems understanding/communicating, etc. I get a little nervous when researching the subject but when I did some months ago, I found life expectancy to be 3-5 years max. So how long a person could've lived with a tumor and without treatment?

    • ANSWER:

  19. QUESTION:
    brain tumor?
    My son was diagnosed with a tectal plate tumor it the size of a quarter. It is not cancerous. The only treatment he has had is a shunt implant to control the incease fluid inside his brain, actually he`s had three shunts in 4 years . The tumor has cloed off his aqueduct so the csf fluid gets trapped in his head. The doctors just monitor him for the tumor growth. I was looking for someone with this type of tumor ,to see if chemo or radiation has helped.

    • ANSWER:
      Chemo and radiation are used for cancerous tumors, not benign ones.
      Since the neurosurgeons are monitoring the mass and staying on top of the hydrocephalus, there really isn't anything else they can do at the moment. Just continue the follow-up.

  20. QUESTION:
    How long can a person with a malignant brain tumor live without medical treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on the grade and the location.

  21. QUESTION:
    Chances of survival with a Cancerous Brain tumor in the front right hand side of the brain?
    Around 2 months ago my uncle found out he had a brain tumor. He had 90% of the aggressive tumor removed, but needs treatment for the last 10. He has now been through the hospitalized stage and receiving chemotherapy and radiation treatment daily. I just want to know what his chance of survival are... if any one has similar stories, please tell. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      What cancer was he diagnosed with? He probably has just had about a month or so to heal up and then started the chemo 7 days a week, temodar, hopefully with a good anti nausea like zofran. His radiation probably started at the same time, for 5 days a week, after getting several scans and molding his head mask and setting up the coordinates for the precise delivery of the radiation. When the radiation is over, he will probably get a month break with no treatment, then another scan. He will then start up the temodar again at a much higher dose, for 5 days a month. They will keep a check on his brain every other month. If it doesn't die off, they need to come up with another treatment option, such as avastin, which cuts of the blood supply to tumors, essentially killing it. Doctors can only give general life span averages when it comes to cancer. If he has a gbm, life span is usually around 2yrs or less, BUT many live much longer with all the new treatments being discovered and trialed. I had oligoastrocytoma grade 3, diagnosed aug of '08 and I'm still here and doing pretty good.

  22. QUESTION:
    how can be treat brain tumor stage4 ,i know is not exist treatment for this deseas but pls?
    how can be treat brain tumor stage4 ,i know is not exist treatment for this deseas but pls anyone ,anybody who know something abt this,who know remedy or anything else pls help am desperat,doct said have only 6month to live but situation seems to be more bad then ever pls anybody help
    i search for my friend ...he feel more and more worst ,pls anyone who know remedy help

    • ANSWER:
      If your friend is in India, there's very good cancer treatment hospitals there. Here's one: http://www.wockhardthospitals.net
      Here's another: http://www.indian-medical-center.com/Apollo_Cancer_Institute.html

      A different hospital with a different dr may give more optimism for your friend's grade 4 tumor.

  23. QUESTION:
    Does anybody know a type of brain tumor/cancer thats common in children-teens?
    I need help trying to figure out a type of brain tumor/cancer that is common in children that are hard to cure and can last through teen years. I don't want a completley harmless one i need one thats kinda bad but gets worse. A kind of disease that can be delayed with certain treatments but is unlikley to be totally rid of. Sorry thats really detailed but i would really appreciate any help i can get.:)

    • ANSWER:
      neuroblastoma

  24. QUESTION:
    How long does the treatment of the brain tumor goes? Plz tell the approx time?
    Plz ans as fast as u cn

    • ANSWER:
      No one can give you a time limit because brain tumors come in different sizes, different locations etc. My brother was on chemo for over a year and it only shrunk 90%. It was in a difficult area and inoperable. My sister was different. Her tumors were able to be removed and it followed up with chemo which only lasted 2 months. When she go another tumor, it too was removed and her Dr chose radiation this time. Not sure how long she went through that. So you're asking a difficult question and we can only give approximate times. The Oncologist is the one you should be asking and you'll get a more accurate answer. Hope this helps.

  25. QUESTION:
    After the treatment of brain tumor, how long does the person should b in hospital? Plz tel the approx time?
    Plz ans as fast as u cn

    • ANSWER:
      You don't stay in hospital for the treatment. If it's benign, it will be removed. You will go home about a week later, then back a couple weeks later to get sutures removed. You may have radiation, as I see you aren't in the united states. If it's cancer, it will be removed, if possible and you'll go home about a week later. 2 weeks for sutures removed. Then about a month to heal and you'll start chemo and radiation for 6 weeks together. Then another month and you'll start chemo for at least 6 months, possibly much longer on low dose. That is for america, so not sure what procedure is for you.

      @Vaughn, I take it you didn't make it out of elementary school.....

  26. QUESTION:
    What can I do for my old dog that has a brain tumor?
    My 13 yr yellow lab had a seizure 2 days ago, I took him to the vet. Come to find out he has a brain tumor. A ct scan was not done, but she said she was sure that was what it is. she said there will not be nothing I can do, but reading online I see people do have treatments done. I would like to help my dog "toby" he is my baby boy.

    • ANSWER:
      First thing I`m going to say is " Get a second opinion".
      Find a vet that will at least do an x-ray or ct scan before anything else.
      I don`t understand some vets just coming up with a prognosis without testing.
      I have seen this before with a vet making a call on one of my dogs just based on an x-ray saying that it had bone cancer.
      Well this dog lived to a ripe old age and did not die of bone cancer.
      Just because your buddy is having seizures does not necessarily mean he has a brain tumor.
      Good Luck and God Bless
      I`ll say a prayer for Toby and you

  27. QUESTION:
    What if you had a malignant brain tumor and didn't get a treatment? What would happen before you died?
    I mean the stages before you died. Would you get really tired and weak, fall into a coma for a week then die? What would happen?

    • ANSWER:
      A great deal depends on where it is located. If it is in the brain stem area which controls breathing, you would stop breathing and probably have slow heart rate as well. Other places would lead to seizures. Sometimes you lapse into a coma; other times you may be paralyzed but fully awake. I have seen many different presentations of death with a brain tumor depending on location. One common one is to start having greater sleepiness and difficulty concentrating, talking & recognizing people (memory problems); swelling in the brain leads to herniation of the brain--the brain gets pushed down the hole in the skull. This results in a strange posture, complete non-responsiveness and death shortly.

  28. QUESTION:
    Please let me know about the brain tumor?
    My sister has brain tumor is there a treatment please i need an answer.

    • ANSWER:
      you mean the doctors are letting you handle the case?

      that must make you feel important

  29. QUESTION:
    how long can someone live witha brain tumor without any treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      That depends on the severity of the tumor, it's growth rate, whether it's malignant or benign,it's Location, and it's size....and cause... Treatment would be the VERY BEST THING that one could do when diagnosed with any kind of tumor... you could live maybe a few months, maybe a few years, it really all depends on a lot of factors... but your chances of living longer increase with treatment USUALLY, (but not ALWAYS)....I have known people with brain tumors who have surgery, chemo, radiation and live 5-10 years longer then they would have WITHOUT treatment... and some who only made it a few months...but like I said--EVERYTHING depends on all the factors I first mentioned.....BUT, if someone told ME I had a brain tumor, I KNOW I would do ANYTHING I could, take ANY TREATMENT I COULD in order to live a longer life...

  30. QUESTION:
    how long can you live with a brain tumor without treatment i am a 17 year old male?
    if cancer or not

    • ANSWER:
      If the tumor is cancer, prognosis depends on what type it is and the size of the tumor at diagnosis. It's best to discuss these types of issues with a medical professional.

  31. QUESTION:
    How long can someone live with an inoperable brain tumor?
    A friend of mine has a brain tumor, located in the dead center of her brain..

    Not the center on top or bottom, but.. In the center center of her brain..

    She could get surgery, but the mortality rate is extremely high, and isnt worth the risk (at the moment) since the tumor is so small..

    The doc has her on medication to control constant migranes, and the growth of the tumor

    How long can one live in this situation without treatment?

    • ANSWER:

  32. QUESTION:
    My father has a Glioblastoma brain tumour. Can anybody recommend any alternative treatments?
    I was wondering if there are any herbal or homeopathic remedies anyone could suggest, or perhaps suggest some websites. Has anyone out there had any experience of this, or are there any Doctors out there who would like to unofficially suggest alternatives to radio/chemo, so that he has every possible chance of a longer prognosis?
    Serious answers only please, as this is very upsetting for me. Thankyou.

    • ANSWER:
      essiac tea. do web research. it is amazing at all the testimonies you will find! for some reason i do not understand why most doctors will not have anything to do with alternitive medicine. also if the tea is helpful take a look at glyconeutrients.i know first hand what a monster cancer can be. i have lost many friends and family to it. wish i had known about these then. i have faith they work. good luck and God bless you and your family

  33. QUESTION:
    how long would you live for if you had a brain tumor without any treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      I think that's fairly impossible to answer. It would depend upon the type of tumor, the size, location, rate of growth, etc. Some tumors are benign and don't undergo changes for years. Others can progress in a matter of weeks, malignant or not.

      HOWEVER, considering how toxic many treatments are, the patient may live longer without any treatment. There would certainly be a better quality of life. We've had too many friends who underwent every imaginable surgery or therapy for cancer, and in every situation they suffered more and typcially died sooner from the treatment than the disease itself.

      Hopefully this is a rhetorical question, and you're not asking because you or a family member is personally affected. Wishing you all the best!

  34. QUESTION:
    What is the treatment for Brain tumor?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there,
      Treatement is usually "surgery" , and depends upon the size of the tumour,
      type of the tumour, pathology of the tumour, position of the tumour, age of the patient, pressure on the adjacent structures , etc etc.
      It is for the "neuro surgeon" along with "oncologist" (if malignant) , to decide the time, type , and the schedule of treament.

      best wishes....

  35. QUESTION:
    My father has a Glioblastoma brain tumour. Can anyone recommend any alternative treatments?
    I was wondering if there are any herbal or homeopathic remedies anyone could suggest, or perhaps suggest some websites. Has anyone out there had any experience of this, or are there any Doctors out there who would like to unofficially suggest alternatives to radio/chemo, so that he has every possible chance of a longer prognosis?
    Serious answers only please, as this is very upsetting for me. Thankyou.

    • ANSWER:
      Glioblastoma Multiforme

      Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is the most aggressive form of the primary brain tumors known collectively as gliomas. These tumors arise from the supporting, glial cells of the brain during childhood and in adults. These growths do not spread throughout the body like other forms of cancer, but cause symptoms by invading the brain.

      Diagnosis

      Gliomas are graded by their microscopic appearance. As a rule their behavior can be predicted from this histology: grade I (pilocytic astrocytomas) and grade II (benign astrocytomas) tumors grow slowly over many years while grade IV (GBM) grows rapidly, invading and altering brain function. Untreated, GMB’s are rapidly lethal.

      Monotomous appearance of normal brain white matter under the microscope
      Gbm contains atypical cells, dividing cells, necrosis and clumps of cells around blood vessels

      The area of the brain first involved by the tumor influences the first symptoms of GMB. Progressive weakness, speech or visual loss occurs when "eloquent" brain regions are involved. More "silent" areas of the brain allow the tumors to become large before symptoms arise. In this case increased pressure in the head produces headache and rarely, visual loss from swelling of the optic nerves. The tumors also can irritate the brain, causing epileptic seizures. Rarely, spontaneous hemorrhage into the tumor yields a stroke syndrome, with the sudden development of a neurological deficit.

      GBM’s usually arise de novo or may develop from lower grade gliomas after many years. Distinct genetic alterations in primary and secondary GBM’s have been identified. As a rule they do not run in families.

      Once symptoms occur, the diagnosis of GBM is usually straight-forward. The tumor can be imaged by contrast-enhanced MRI scan. Progressive growth of the lesion on serial MR scans differentiates tumor from stroke. A PET scan showing increased uptake of glucose can also help separate a diagnosis of tumor from stroke. An open or needle biopsy provides tissue for microscopic diagnosis.

      GBM Treatment

      The treatment of GBM has evolved over the past 50 years. Controversy over the value of various treatment modalities arises because many factors significantly influence the survival of patients harboring grade IV gliomas. In 1993 Curran and co-workers developed six prognostic classes of grade III and grade IV gliomas based on a review of Radiation Therapy Oncology Group treatment protocols.
      Significant predictors of survival included:
      Grade III (anaplastic astrocytoma) v. grade IV (GBM) diagnosis
      · Patient’s age greater or less than 50 years
      · Abnormal mental status
      · Gross-total excision v. subtotal-excision
      · Karnofsky Performance Scale > 70 (patient capable of independent living)

      In summary, those who respond best to treatment are individuals under 40 yr.s age, with little or no symptoms of tumor, who have under gone gross-total removal of tumor and have a normal mental status. Median survival in this group was 18 months.

      Modern, effective treatment for GBM includes the following:

      · Surgery to remove the maximum volume of tumor
      · Radiation therapy
      · Chemotherapy

      Other treatment modalities, which show promise in selected patients, are:

      Radiosurgical boost to residual or recurrent tumor
      · Local chemotherapy for recurrent tumor (Gliadel wavers)
      · Gene therapy with herpes simplex thymidine kinase gene
      The diagnosis of GBM requires tissue obtained by surgical methods. Surgery varies from stereotactic needle biopsy of deep tumors to open surgical excision of surface tumors using computer image guidance (frameless stereotaxis). Additional imaging methods at our disposal in San Diego are PET scanning and MR spectroscopy.

      Much evidence now exists to support the notion that the safe removal of a maximum volume of tumor improves function and prolongs survival in our patients.Within a few days of surgery a MR scan is obtained to document any residual tumor. If significant, enhancing tumor is identified in post operative MR scans a boost of Gamma Knife radiosurgery is sometimes given before or after fractionated radiotherapy .

      At recurrence of the tumor there are several options which are individualized to the patient. A second resection of recurrent tumor may prolong survival in selected patients. At second operation, Gliadel wafers containing a chemotherapeutic agent (BCNU) can be applied to the tumor cavity. A second boost of Gamma Knife radiosurgery can also be administered.

      Finally patients may elect to undergo chemotherapy after consultation with local oncologists. Chemotherapy is the most controversial of treatments as many studies have failed to show prolonged median survival in treated patients, although the proportion of long term survivors may be somewhat greater.

  36. QUESTION:
    What treatments were used in the 1940s to treat brain tumors/brain cancer?
    Please name treatments and add websites with the information on it.

    • ANSWER:
      Most of the citations for science papers at the National Library of Medicine Web site list papers from the 1960's at the earliest. All I can ad to this is that some chemotherapy drugs were first developed from the chemistry of mustard gas, originally used in World War I to kill soldiers and later outlawed. Accidental exposure to mustard gas during World War II affected a group of people. They were found to have fewer white blood cells. Later the active chemicals from this gas were injected into people with leukemia, who briefly responded. This was the first chemotherapy agent used. But it was not for the brain initially.
      One site mentions use of this in the 1950's. I have listed it below.

  37. QUESTION:
    Who are the leading medical institutes in the research and treatment of Brain Tumours? (Worldwide)?
    I would just like to know who is leading the way in terms of clinical trials, research and treatments of Brain Tumours?

    • ANSWER:
      My brother was diagnosed with a brain tumor a few months ago. He lives in Stamford, CT and had the majority of the tumor in his brain removed by a neurosurgeon at Greenwich Hospital in CT. I don't live in CT but have talked to him on the phone and so far he is doing okay.

      Since he was diagnosed, I've done some research on the internet and receive some email newsletters from brain tumor websites. My brother has not needed the clinical trials because the meds he takes are sufficient so far, but where he lives in CT, nearby New Haven, at Yale University, does clinical trials. I get an email newsletter from www.virtualtrials.com if you want to try their website for present day clinical trials.

      The National Brain Tumor Society might be able to answer your question about leading medical institutes in the research and treatment of brain tumors. I receive email newsletters from them...www.braintumor.org...and they do have a contact page to ask questions.

  38. QUESTION:
    stage 4 cancer with tumor in brain why treatment?
    My husband (54 yrs) was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer with a 2 ½ tumor in the brain. His Dr's. insisted he go through 12 treatments of radiation when all Jim wanted to do was to come home. All I wanted was longer time with my husband at home and did as they said. Jim stayed in various hospitals for a month for treatment. He was sent home on a Thursday (more or less in a coma) and died on Sat. Night.
    My question: what advantage did the treatments give Jim other than making him sick. Reason I am asking - my best friend’s sister just found that she has the same level with a larger tumor in her brain. Her Dr's. are also insisting in treatment – WHY??
    My husband passed 3 years ago. Every single day I miss him and feel guilty in listening to the Dr.’s instead of listening to Jim’s pleading of just wanting only to go home.
    When Jim was first diagnosed they gave Jim 3-4 months. Instead of taking Jim home I traveled 3 ½ hrs to and from the hospital to be with him so he could have the treatments.
    I remember at one hospital they were giving him pain meds. They finally got the pain level to about 4-5 where he could tolerate the pain. He was able to sit up in bed and even feed himself. Then they reduced the meds so his pain was back up to 8-9. They said they didn’t want him “to be hooked”! What – he was dying!
    I don’t want Joanne (my best friend) to go through what I did with Jim. But need to know if there is a good enough reason for any treatments or if she should just take her sister home and enjoy the remaining days. I don’t want my experience to color any decision that Joanne has to help her family make.

    • ANSWER:
      A doctor can not "insist" on anything, unless the patient is unresponsive and no family is available. Patients have the right to refuse treatment especially in the situation you describe. There is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to fight with furry as long as it is what the patient wants, but when the doctor is exerting his will over the patient's, then they are over stepping their bounds. Patients are often not physically up to fighting for their rights at this point, and this is where living wills come into play and where family must stand up for the rights of the patient when they can't stand up for themselves.

      I hate to say it, but there can be a couple of reasons why a doctor would behave this way. A new oncologist has the desire to cure disease and sees "giving up" as defeat or betrayal by his patient in the fight. They forget the person. You also have to be careful of the doctors that get too caught up with new trial testing. Their testing of new drugs comes to a halt if the terminal patient refuses treatment. Having said that, I will quickly point out that I still hope these docs are few and far between. These are not the kind of doc that I would allow to treat any member of my family, and once you tell a doctor "NO. This is not what he/she wants and this is not what we are going to do" that is usually the end of it. Asking to be evaluated by Hospice care is also a great way to proceed.

      I am really sorry that you & your husband had to go thru this. Yes, it could have been much different for both of you, and probably much more meaningful.

  39. QUESTION:
    how long can you live after a radioligy treatment with a brain tumor?

    • ANSWER:
      Every tumor is different dependent upon location and stage and cells involved. That's a question no one can answer.

  40. QUESTION:
    How long after a brain tumor operations and radiotherapy will the side effect start?
    if a child of 11 years old has had a brain tumour operation 6 weeks of radiotherapy and 6 months of chemo, and if they took the treatment well, how long after that has all finished can side effects happen..

    • ANSWER:
      12 months

  41. QUESTION:
    Why isn't Ted Kennedy seeking treatment for his brain tumor in Cuber?
    I thought the Castro brothers had the finest health care system in the Western hemisphere.

    • ANSWER:
      All of the Kennedys are steering clear of Cuba for fear Fidel Castro still wants to settle the score over Jack and Bobby's assassination attempt on him.

  42. QUESTION:
    Experiences with brain cancer/ brain tumors?
    I'm just wondering how brain cancer and brain tumor treatments went for other people. We did surgery and now we're starting chemo and radiation...any helpful hints at staying sane during all of this?

    • ANSWER:
      Oh boy, do I know what you are going to go through. Is it you or someone in your family? What cells were involved and where was the location and grade? Mine was oligoastrocytoma grade 3, right temporal lobe. Right when I was supposed to start my chemo and radiation, I got an infection at the incision site, which is quite common. I had to go to the emergency room and be treated by iv for a few hours. After my 10 day course of antibiotics, I was good to go. Have you gone for your ct and mri and head mask fitting yet? After the first treatment, which took about 40 minutes to get everything all set up and make sure coordinates are correct, all the rest took all of 5 minutes. The last week, I was given the boost. Radiation more intense and more "zoomed" in. No pain, but icky metallic taste in my mouth all the time. They keep bowls of mints at the clinics for a reason. I started losing my hair in various areas that were hit by radiation about halfway through my course. Chemo is temodar every day for 42 days. I had to take a zofran about 30 minutes, because the one time I ran out and took compazine, I puked all night long...so hard I peed my pants! With the meds, the chemo had no ill effects on me whatsoever. I got a month off and started up my chemo again. Very high dose 5 days on, 23 days off. I get really tired a couple days after my dosing. Doesn't last but a day or so and I'm back to normal. I got absolutely fatigued after my rad/chemo was over for several days. I just drank plenty of juices...I was too tired to eat, layed on the couch and watched my dvr'd shows. It's still pretty swollen where the cut was made on my head, so hair won't grow there yet, but it is growing in everywhere else. It's been 6 months, I don't know why my swelling hasn't gone down more, maybe because of the prior infection. It's something I'll definitely bring up with my onco when I see him monday. I get an mri every month. If it stays all clear for a few more months, they'll get farther apart and with luck and good meds, one day I'll only be getting them once every 6 months to a year. Good luck!
      In between, during and after all this stuff, I've felt really normal. Everything will be fine. As soon as possible, go about doing the things you love and enjoy. It's been harder on my mom than anyone else. Her doc put her on ativan cause I tore her nerves up. My kids act pretty much like everything's the same now that I look a lot better. My husband, on the other hand, drives me crazy. Any little mispeak and he thinks I'm brain damaged. I've told him in no uncertain terms, my thinking is just fine and he better never think otherwise! I even told my onco while my husband was in the exam room with us and he gave me a series of tests, like asking simpleton questions and stand on one foot and follow his finger, etc. When we were done, he looked at my husband and said, she's fine. End of that!

  43. QUESTION:
    i have a brain tumour growing on my optic nerve , what are the treatments available ?
    this is a second tumour ,the first removed 5 years ago (size of an orange) therefore their is existing scar tissue present ,doctors in uk hesitant to operate again as dangerous to remove with normal surgery.
    what are my options .other countries use proton surgery etc .does anyone have any information for me ?

    • ANSWER:
      The UK funds proton beam in certain cirumstances.

      The second tumor may need debulking to be small enough to irradiate. Look for a skull base speciality surgeon.

  44. QUESTION:
    My aunt is in intensive care with a brain tumor?
    Hi, my aunt is in intensive care hooked up to a ventilator and her brain is bleeding (brain tumor I suppose?). The doctors gave a grim report saying that there was nothing else that they could do and that she has only a few days left.

    I don't know much about this disease, but is there any possible way that it could be cured? Maybe they could try some other treatment?
    Oh, and I forgot to add that she used to have seizures before she was placed into the hospital.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm sorry but it really doesn't sound good. If there's bleeding in the brain, and she's not breathing on her own, and they are unable to operate to fix it... that's not good.

      It's OK to hope for a miracle, because it can sometimes happen. I think you should enjoy your time with your aunt right now though, because she's very ill.

  45. QUESTION:
    will having two insurances be a problme when it comes time to bill for a brain tumor?
    i have a brain tumor and two insurances and want to know if there will be a problem when it comes time to bill, should i use my future ex husbands insurance or my parents which i am also covered on, i havent started treatment yet and dont want to financially ruin my 5 mth old daughters life!

    • ANSWER:
      Having duplicate coverage may sometimes complicate things since insurance companies tend to point fingers on who should pay for your treatment. But there are rules on Coordination of Benefits, and based on these rules, one of them will have to be considered your "primary carrier"; this means all bills for your medical care will initially be charged to them.

      I would suggest calling the customer service reps of both insurance carriers. Clarify which of the two is considered your primary. Make sure the plan you have with them covers your condition or the services you will obtain. You doctor/hospital should then know this is where they must send the bills. Also, (though this should probably go without saying) make sure to see a doctor who is in your primary carrier's network.

      (Warning: Billing reps at the hospitals might give you incorrect insurance info-- I have seen this happen. It is always better to call your insurance company directly--they have service standards that will guarantee you get the correct answers, since they hold all the records on your plan.)

      The secondary is just there for backup, plain and simple, in case for some reason the primary will not cover you.

      In closing, having duplicate coverage can be an asset since it provides a back up. It is highly advisable however, that you determine which is your primary, so the billing process will go smoothly and not wreck your credit standing.

  46. QUESTION:
    What happens if you are admitted to the hospital and they find you have a brain tumor?
    but you are currently unemploymed without health benefits and have no way to pay for treatments or surgery?

    • ANSWER:
      well they will rack up the bills. they WILL treat you without insurance HOWEVER, you may hav hard time finding doctor. & will have to take which ever one the hospital has avalibale.

      you will get the chemo, mri,ct scan, radiation, & all the other treatment you need HOWEVER, you will be billed for EVERYTHING.

      after you finish up treatment i would suggest starting a pay ment plan with the hospital. you can pay 100 dollar a month for the rest of your life basically or whatever amount of money you can spend each month to pay off the bills.

      there are alot of foundations out there. just google them for specific type tumor you have & they will provide you with gas money, food money, gift cards, letters, ballons & etc & some will even help you pay medical bills.

      hope this is just a WHAT IF situation & you are not it .

  47. QUESTION:
    Why does Senator Ted Kennedy have a brain tumor now? What do you think is the best treatment?
    I think chemo would just make him weak and die faster.. Maybe some alternative medicine?

    • ANSWER:
      He's lived a long and eventful life. While some people don't like him, he's done more than they will probably ever amount to. His condition being what it is, there is little that medicine can do, and he should probably retire and live out the rest of his days at Cape Cod or wherever his beach house is. He'll probably die in the next couple of years regardless of whatever medication he chooses, so he should be content with having lived as long as he did, and make the best use of what little time he has left. We all have to meet our fate someday.

  48. QUESTION:
    how long wouldyou live for if you had a brain tumor and had no treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      its varies, of course if you suspect even you might have a tumor you should go to the doctor.

      it all depends on how fast progressing (growing) the tumor is, which in the brain it is located, how long its been progressing (how old it is), any other pre-existing conditions, the size of your brain (yes believe it or not that matteres, ie if u have mental retardation your brain could be shaped different than a quote on quote normal person)

      Really no one person can honestly give you an HONEST answer without being A.. a licensed and high trained professional, ie a DOCTOR. B. having thoroughly examined you C. able to tell the future because even with a + b you sometimes can't tell

      sorry if that isn't what you wanted to hear

  49. QUESTION:
    My mom will enter a brain radiation treatment soon so they can remove her tumor?
    What are the risks, and are there other safer ways to remover her tumor?

    • ANSWER:
      Oh my heart goes out to you and your mother. May God bless your mom and your family. There may be safer ways but the chances of curing it in a safer way may not be as high as the radiation approach. Put it in God's hands, Pray, Pray , and Pray.
      Also, look up for a holistic doctor just from a nutritional stand point. That's important. God Bless.

  50. QUESTION:
    List any facts you know about a malignant brain tumor?
    Please list any facts ( physical changes, mental changes, treatment process, surgery, hospitalized experience, etc) or anything you know about a malignant brain tumor. Please no silly or mean answers, thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm afraid your going to have to get it amputated. Sorry


Brain Tumor Warning Signs

Despite significant advances in cancer research and treatment, one form of cancer - brain tumors - remain particularly feared, and for good reason. Because of their location, brain tumors can severely impact an individual's personality, memories and basic motor skills, robbing the patient of their very being. Gene therapy approaches involve the insertion of genes into growing brain tumors, rendering them more sensitive to some chemotherapeutic agents that are relatively non-toxic to the rest of the body. Some promising experiments have demonstrated that with insertion of genes into animal brain tumor cells and administration of chemotherapy, complete destruction of the tumor may be possible without spread of the tumor.

One area showing substantial promise in brain tumor treatment is based on an immunotherapeutic approach; that is, using a patient's immune system as an instrument for cancer therapy. This approach is premised on a body's immune response toward cells bearing tumor markers or antigens. There are many different types of brain tumors. Doctors use a method that is referred to as "Classification". This is nothing more than grouping the many different types of brain tumors according to the characteristics that they possess. Naturally, each of the tumors that affect the brain are issued a specific names. Acoustic Neuroma is a tumor that directly impacts the nerve that assists in hearing. Individuals that have immune systems that are in a state of malfunction may develop a CNS lymphoma brain tumor. However, individuals that have properly function immune systems have been found to suffer from these types of tumors as well. Typically, these tumors will invade the cerebral hemispheres.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What are the early warning signs/symptoms of a brain tumor?

    • ANSWER:
      As bubbles mentioned, it depends on the location of the tumor. Some people will have severe headaches (usually described as the "Worst headache they've ever had") which doesn't go away when treated with typical OTC remedies (ie: Tylonol, Aspirin, Ibuprofin, etc.). Other people will have issues with speech, memory, vision, motor function, etc.

      You' are unable to accurately diagnose a tumor without the aid of a CT or MRI scan, and if you have presented your symptoms to your family physician they would order up additional testing if they were concerned about the possibility of a brain tumor.

      If you are worried that there's something going on, go see your family MD and discuss your concerns.

  2. QUESTION:
    What are some signs of a brain tumor?
    Are there anythings that can be a big warning sign to get checked out? I 've heard head aches are a sign, but if you get them often couldn't it just be stress? Any help would be great. Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Brain tumors can cause varying symptoms depending on where they are located. I had a tumor on my pineal gland. Symptoms at first included migraines and intermittent equilibrium problems. As it grew, I started losing fine motor skills and then gross motor. My gait was off and I started developing muscle weakness on one side. When it progressed to visual disturbances and losing bilateral facial sensation, I was scheduled to have it removed.

      Many tumors can be removed shortly after detection, but mine, being on the pineal gland, was considered too risky to remove at the time until it became life-threatening.

      And to answer your question about stress, yes, it can cause chronic headaches.

  3. QUESTION:
    Question about brain tumors?
    Can someone please explain the following parts about brain tumors
    -warning signs
    -average cost of exam to check for tumors
    average cost of procedure to remove tumors

    • ANSWER:
      Hey hun!

      1) Warning signs:
      Intense headaches, blurred vision, hallucinations (auditory, visual, tactile), vomiting, seizures, memory issues. It all depends on where your tumor is located. I lost most sensation in my arms and sometimes my legs (until the tumor was removed).

      2) Average cost of exam:
      There are different medical exams to see if you do have a tumor. It starts with a trip to your doctor, where you should mention concern of a brain tumor so that your doctor doesn't send you to different doctors that perform a lot of different tests that can cost a lot of money when you can just go in for an MRI/CT scan and pay for that. You will however, be referred to a neurologist, which is better than 15 doctors and ending up with a huge bill.
      There are different prices on these (with or without contrast), so I'll to try guess/average it for you without insurance.
      MRI: 00
      CT: 00

      These are the two most common exams.

      3) Average cost of procedure to remove tumors:
      It depends if the tumor is malignant (cancerous) or benign (not). Benign tumors don't respond to chemotherapy (usually- it's rare when they do), which can shrink tumors. They can respond to radiation. If it's malignant, chemotherapy and radiation can significantly shrink the tumor. Surgery is usually in line for brain tumor patients.
      Chemotherapy cost: It's hard to say because it can vary. For traditional, common drugs, it costs from about 0 to 0 for an eight week treatment plan (a course). New drugs can cost a whole load more, like ,00 for a course of treatment.
      Radiation: A tough one. It goes from about ,000 to ,000 or possibly more, but it depends on the number of treatments.
      Surgery: I can't tell you exactly. It depends on a huge number of factors! Your best bet is to talk to a neurologist.

  4. QUESTION:
    Could I have a brain tumor or another brain injury..(See details)?
    I got the lowest possible score on a Standardized Test for graduate school admissions even though I prepared for many many months. Although I got a very high GPA as an undergrad and because of my strong preparation for this standardized test, it does not make sense to me (or anyone I've been speaking to) as to what the reason for the low score is. People who get this low score often have a learning disability, are english as a second language individuals, had inadequate preparation, had a poor GPA as an undergrad, BUT none of those things apply to me. Could it be possible I have some kind of brain condition that made me not understand a single thing on the exam???? Is there such a thing as a brain problem that clouds the part of your brain that would allow you to answer and do well on a standardized test? Do you think this exam was a warning sign that I should get a brain scan to make sure there's not something wrong or is my theory plain stupid?

    • ANSWER:
      Lots of things can impair your exam performance. Certain psychological problems, such as clinical depression, can interfere with cognitive function. Something as simple as a crash diet could have affected you; not eating enough is a key culprit. Other possibilities are lack of proper sleep and high stress levels. Is something troubling you at the moment?

      If you're experiencing a decline in cognitive function, talking to a doctor would be a good move. You could also see what kind of tests for learning problems your school offers. Maybe you've got an undiagnosed problem such as dyslexia. Your school could help you if this was true.

  5. QUESTION:
    could this be CANCER warning signs?
    hey ever since i was little (im only 15) every once in a while if i turned my head the wrong way or too fast i would get a sharp pin going up my scalp. that hasnt happened for a while.
    i also hear a ringing sound in my ear sometimes. (my one teacher said he had that and now has high freaquencyhearing loss)
    then within the past month i will random ly forget things. not too concerning but i'll go into a room and the orget what i was there for. or i'll open up a new internet and forget what website i was going to. i am also getting some of my friends names mixed up. the other day (my friend, Kathy, and i) were hosting a st. patty day party, and i kept getting her mixed up with antoher friend Jackie. only when i was talkingto Kathy though, they look nothing a like and it was while Kathy and i were setting up!
    then today my right ear (twice) felt like something was covering it and i could still hear, but just slightly felt hearing loss in a way.
    could this be a brain tumor?
    also- I've been having joint pain for 3 years now. (my mom has athritis & fibromyalgia..runs in family) and doc says i might have it when im older. ...but could a tumor be causing this?
    i have some cancer in my family. i think my great grandma did .. and my uncle currently does.

    • ANSWER:
      Please do not think that everything leads to cancer.
      These symptoms are not cancer. I often have that pain in my neck/scalp and I am always forgetting peoples names and forgetting things! I am just a bit scatter-brained! I would go to the docs about your ears, you may have tinnitus.

  6. QUESTION:
    Cancer: mood disorders?
    I'm 14, I am still a teen and I know I have hormones that misguide my thoughts and cloud my judgment just as much as the next girl in line, but there is one thing I really can't get off my mind.....cancer... I keep freaking my self out, probably from all those "house episodes" but as much as I'd like to think that, can someone please explain to me what early warning signs of brain tumors seem to be like, is mood change, head aches, loss of sleep, and low temperature a pre sighn of cancer, or just hormones?

    • ANSWER:
      Listen and please listen carefully. With brain cancer and all cancers, there are no early warning signs. That's what gives cancer one of it's most dangerous traits. My brother died of brain cancer. By the time he sought out help because of headaches, (yes, that's a sign, some times.) it was already too late. His tumor was inoperable which really means, no matter when he went to the Dr, it would have always been too late. Now my sister was different. Again, no early signs, in fact it took almost 5 yrs according to her Neurologist/Oncologist before it was detected. She beat it...twice.
      For 14, you write very intelligent so must know that watching things on TV like the fictional "House" is not a good source of medical information. Everything you wrote can be signs or symptoms and then again, none of them. It depends on where in the brain the tumor is located, it's grade, stage, rate of spread. Relax and if the TV show does that to you. don't watch. You're fine. Blessings.

  7. QUESTION:
    Would the doctor catch something?
    Ok so a week ago i got hit in the head..that day i didnt have any symptoms..they came the day after..i went to the doctors shortly after the symptoms showed. They did a physical exam and also looked into my eyes and tested my balance and strength. Because the symptoms didnt come right away concerns popped into my head. Like one of my worries is this might be a brain tumor. What i would like to know is would the doctor find something that would be a warning sign to a brain tumor during the exams? because she said everything checked out. and that i had a concussion. but didnt order a ct scan. Im close to having an anxiety attack and just wanted to curb my worries. Agian would the doctor see a warning sign of a brain tumor during the exam?

    • ANSWER:
      I've never met anyone that thought they had a brain tumor turn out to have a brain tumor. They also aren't instant and aren't caused by a knock on the head.

  8. QUESTION:
    Smelling things that aren't really there?
    Yesterday was the first time I'd found out that smelling burning rubber was a warning sign for a brain tumour yet today I smelt it. I'd never smelt it before and convinced it was just my mind playing tricks on me. Surely this can't mean there's anything wrong with me because I've only smelt it one instance and that was literally hours after being told it was the symptom?

    I'm a bit of a hypochondriac so it is a paranoid thought my brain wants to me feel and is therefore persuading me with that smell?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes you are imagining it, it is called Psycho somatic illness. The idea has been suggested to you, and therefore you have it.
      You need to relax, try some deep breathing techniques, you can find them on the net.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychosomatic_medicine

  9. QUESTION:
    Sudden onset of dizziness last weekend won't go away . . . What's going on?!?
    The Saturday after Thanksgiving, out of the blue, I woke up feeling very dizzy. It was not the kind of dizziness where the room was spinning; rather, it was the dizziness where nothing seemed steady. Ever since then, it has been an everyday problem. And, it's usually accompanied by a headache. If I take aspirin, I can usually keep the headache at bay. I went to see an ENT, & she said my inner ear is fine, so that rules out a lot. Both she and my PCP feel this is probably viral, and should pass after a week or so. But, today is the eighth day, and I still have this. The good thing is that I don't have blurred vision or change in mood, which would tend to be signs of a brain tumor, and I don't have numbness on one side, which is a warning of a stroke.

    Anyone have any ideas of what's going on? I'm thinking of skipping a follow-up to my PCP & going to the ER, as they can do a complete battery of tests, CT scan, etc., all right there . . . Thoughts? THANKS!!!

    • ANSWER:
      In the absence of any side effects coming from a new medication you may be taking I'd listen to my PCP because viral infections do take a week or longer to start clearing up, plus the fact I don't put a lot of faith in emergency room doctors simply because they usually just treat symptoms, add to that there may or may not be specialized radiologists or advanced lab technicians available when you go.

      I'd just take it easy until your appointment with your PCP since s/he is familiar with your medical history.

  10. QUESTION:
    I need your advice please!!! This is heavy though, this is your warning.?
    I am running a marathon soon and I have the option of running for a cause and my dad has a brain tumor that only my family knows about. I can't stand it, he has a 1/5 chance of dying this year and its tearing me up inside. It's on his brain stem and he can't make a fist anymore and it's slowly paralyzing him. It's supposed to be a secret but I want to help, is it weird for me to sign up to run for the cause and raise money when no one is supposed to know about it, and if he will be there and know I'm running for the cause??

    He had a really bad childhood and never wants to be seen as disabled so we've kept it a secret but him being there to watch me finish it is the main reason I'm running it now and not later. I need your help I've thought about it too much to know what to do. I want to run for a cause but I can't run for any other, it would just feel fake. It's either for this or not running for any cause at all. I don't know what to do.
    He knows he's dying and because of how bad things were when he was young he has told us he would rather be dead than paralyzed, he's so stubborn about things but he knows he is, he's a doctor and still in practice and the has known about it for years, and the only reason he told us was because one of my mom's gossiping friends told her daughters and we were going to find out soon. I just feel nervous with all the secrecy, I don't want to hurt him by doing it.
    It's just don't people usually do this after someone has died from the disease?? I just am scared after he'll say something like you know I'm not dead yet... which would be like something he says.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm sorry, but i'm a little confused. Does HE know he's dying? is that what's tormenting you? So the whole family knows EXCEPT him? It's a little hard to understand. If that's the case, first of all, he should know, but you aren't writing about that. I don't see why you have to explain yourself. I'm a runner too and i run all sorts of races--5K's, 10k's, some for charity and some just for the fun of it. Tell him and anyone else who asks that you're just having fun for a good cause. If seeing your dad makes you cry, you can always just say it felt so good to have his support, and being there to cheer you on.

      I say this as someone who usually has no fan club after my runs.

      Good luck and I'm proud of you.

  11. QUESTION:
    Do I have somekind of Mental condition or are there reasons why i or someone i know is going to die?
    I always think there is some unexplainable reason that i will die suddenly or something is going to happen and i am going to die. And i get so nervous everytime my 3 and 4 yearold children eat, i am so careful with cutting there food and monitering them when they eat because i am scared they will choke. Any little sound even when they are not eating, i freak out and think they are choking. my husband thinks i am nuts. And like when my husband goes to work, he is a welder and works up 100s of feet in the air and it is very dangerous. i am so scared everyday if he is a minute late, or when he leaves in the morning hoping he will be ok and come home at night safe.. Also, he speeds alot and is a terrible driver. If he is ok at work, i still freak out thinking he could get in a wreck. I am on the phone usually after he is like a minute late, trying to see if he is ok or he just had to work late. I also think that i will die at any moment of like a brain tumor or some weird thing that no one knows about. The thing is, my whole life i have worried like about my mother because she got into crack cocain and heroin and prostitution and people have tried to kill her and have threatned to kill her before, or i was scared she would overdose. the same with my dad, he does drugs and drinks ALOT and has high blood pressure. I remember when i was younger, he smoked so much crack, he was in the bathroom on the floor puking and passing out. I always was scarred he was going to die. Then when i was 16, i moved in with my boyfriend and lived with him for about a year. his mom was great and took care of me and was always there for me. The only thing is she drank sometimes and her and her husband would fight. well any way, one night her and her husband went out drinking one night and i felt like something was wrong or something bad is going to happen. well that night at about 4 in the morning there was lights flashing outside, and the cops and a detective were at the door, and said his mom was killed last night. She was drunk, jumped out of her husbands moving vehicle on the interstate, started walking and was hit and killed by a car. We were devistated. Then last year, i ended up getting pregnant with my 3rd child. Only something was wrong. I started bleeding. I told the doctor and they said everything is probably fine. Well, i read in a pregnancy book, that it could be a sign of an ectopic pregnancy. I showed all the sympoms and told the doctor. they said they did not think that was what was wrong. anyway, a few weeks later, i went to the hospital for certain signs, and they told me at the hospital i misscarried. at a follow up apt a few days later they said i did not miscarry, i was still pregnant and everything was fine. well a few weeks after that i went to the hospital where they did a sonogram and they said they found the baby, it did not have a heartbeat and it was stuck in my tube. they rushed me to the O R and found out i had major internal bleeding. If i would have waited a few more days, i would have died. The whole time, i told everyone i thought it was an ectopic pregnancy and no one, not even the doctors believed me. Anyway now even the littlest things, i think i or someone around me is going to have a terrible accident or something terrible is just going to happen with no warning. My grandmother laughs at me and my husband thinks i am nuts. Oh also, back when i was 16, i tried to commit suicide a few times which was unsuccessfull obviously, but i wanted to die. well i am happy now with my husband and children and am so scared of dying and leaving them. the only thing is i think of death all the time and am parranoid something will happen. Am i crazy or is it just because of things that have happened. Does anyone else think these things?

    • ANSWER:
      You have anxiety. Of all mental disorders, anxiety is probably the easiest one to cope with, identify, and take care of. You're in good shape, plenty of research tools to help you.

      I recommend the midwest center for anxiety/ panic attacks, but it costs about .

      Google away and find what works for you. Sounds like you're a good mother :-)

  12. QUESTION:
    why do people create such stupid mails?
    this is what i got
    is this true??

    On December 24, 2006 at 8 oclock in the morning,
    a young 14 year old boy by the name of Scott Jackson
    was found dead. Doctors couldnt come up with the
    cause of his death. His mother checked his emails
    to see if she could figure out what happened. Turns
    out he was still signed into his Yahoo email account.
    She found he had gone to sleep after he read
    and didnt send a chain letter about a little girl
    that kills you in your sleep with no natrual cause of death.
    This is the email she read: My name is ofelia Heras. Im 16
    years old. Im a murderer. I have no face. When i was young i was abused by
    my father, then, i killed him, I will do to you what he did to me. When you
    look
    at me youll die immediately.You have 900 seconds
    to send this to 24? people or I will visit you tonight. This is not a joke,
    If u dont send this then u will die, and u want to know how,

    I will slid your body in half and then i will stab u 1 million times until
    all of your blood is out of you body i will take off all of your clothes and
    leave you naked, but dont worry, there wont be any of your skin left, i will
    break all of your bones, and i? will eat everything that is left of you...
    enjoy
    Put subject as:
    11 year old pregnant girl or else.......

    ?
    this is what they sent to me after that ? ? ? ?
    This is not a joke!!!
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    This is 100% true!!!
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    TODAY, when you receive this mail...
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    You will be facing the decision of your*LIFE*...
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    *You must take this seriously*!
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    I never send mails like this!
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    But I really don't want to mess up *your life!*
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    IF YOU SEND THIS TO LESS THAN 5 PEOPLE!!!
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    Tonight... You will see the most horrifying thing... *EVER!*
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    And you will have bad luck for the*REST OF YOUR LIFE!!!*
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    Send this to 10 people...
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    And your crush will SLAP YOU ON THE FACE...
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    Send this to 20 people...
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    *Your mum* will give you the gift you wanted all the time...
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    IF you send this to everyone on your list...
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    Your wishes will come true and your crush will kiss you...
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    BUT! You only have 3 hours to do so!
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    So quick, pass this on...
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    *BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE...*
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    *I know, It's just a stupid chain right?*
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    *Well, I've warned you before...*
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    *Don't be as stubborn as Maria...*
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    *She received this mail just as you did, she didn't take it seriously... so
    she simply deleted it... That night, she was taking her shower when she saw
    this monstrous thing... She fell and had a brain tumor for the rest of her
    life...*
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    *Just be like Sam T. *
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    *He receive this mail just like Maria, He was smart and he sent it to all
    his contacts. The next day he got asked out by his crush and they were going
    out ever since...*
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    *I know who you wanted to be...*
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    *So be smart, pass this on*

    • ANSWER:
      don't believe them
      just delete it and don't forward it to anyone

  13. QUESTION:
    Genetic Condition A defect in ones Genes? Early Symptoms?
    My 12 yr old cousin has a genetic condition (a deffect in his genes) that causes tumors to grow in and on his body. He has a big tumor on his brain. It is pushing on his brain stem which controls all of your body functions including breathing and heart and everything. the one on his brain has to come out cause it's the biggest. He is going deaf in one ear because of it. & Im wondering What would have been some early signs & symptoms of his condition? That they could have caught sooner? what should they have looked for that would have warned about this sooner???

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds as if your cousin has either tuberous sclerosis or neurofibromatosis, more likely the latter. Some cases of either of these disorders arise from spontaneous mutations, but many are inherited from one parent or another. In the old days, we said that the defective genes that caused such conditions had a wide range of expressivity. That means, in the case of neurofibromatosis, one affected individual may have only a few café au lait spots on the skin, whereas another may have multiple tumors throughout the body.

      A family history of either disorder should alert the physician to examine offspring very carefully. Physical findings can be very subtle. I once had a transfer patient who was diagnosed with TS in Boston, and I said to the mother that I probably would have missed the skin changes. She said the doctors at Harvard missed them, too.

      If your family members are worried, I suggest they consult a clinical geneticist. Some genetics departments have separate NF (neurofibromatosis) clinics. A lot of new info has come out in the past 15 years that makes earlier diagnosis possible.


Brain Tumor Types

The bell has rung, and brain class has begun. Norman Doidge, MD, and Sharon Begley, authors of "The Brain That Changes Itself" and "Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain" respectively, have made the idea of brain fitness common knowledge, and the marketers are flooding the marketplace with verbiage that seduces and excites.

Lots of it is aimed at baby boomers, like me, who are worried that we will lose our faculties to Alzheimers.

Boomers have all had a close call or two with our ultimate fate and hold fewer illusions about mortality than we did when we were youngsters, yet we continue to expect to be vital right up to the bitter end.

There is a tremendous difference between Boomers though, and our predecessors, like my parents, who expected to reach retirement age with a pension and social security and have the time for pursuit of hobbies, for example, or see the grandkids, or sleep in the hammock.

Not that Boomers are not going to do those things, but Boomers are looking at things like volunteering for example, retirement re-careering, rather a life of leisure, and that expectation is pumping a lot of purchasing energy towards staying healthy, anti-aging, and brain fitness purchases, for example, which is what the marketers are fomenting and preying upon. To counteract the marketing, we need to do some research.

Any brain class needs to start with an examination of the research out there, like the ACTIVE and IMPACT studies. The products of the Posit Science Brain Fitness folks were involved in those studies, and the studies indicate that there is some real value to using the Brain Fitness Program for seniors. Neural circuits involved in processing sound were exercised and renewed their ability to fire together, which provides the older brain a cognitive reserve, or an ability to re-route signals around trouble spots in the brain, and to hear with more acuity too.

For an excellent primer on the field, check out Brainfit for Life, written by Simon Evans, Ph.D. and Paul Burghardt, Ph.D. at the University of Michigan.

Their book is just chock full of nuggets pulled and culled from research that say, in so many words, "There are all these neat things you can do for your brain's health!"

Their book gives me some sense that there is more to brain fitness than marketers hype. And I can do this too, I do not need to have a castle with many lightening rods and cadavers in order to enhance my brains fitness, so I thank Professors Evans and Burghardt for the relief that comes from that knowledge.

In their book, Brainfit for Life there is mention of research about the dual n back task, and fluid intelligence, and my reading of that research is very exciting, because the researchers are not involved in marketing any products related to their research.

Any brain class would have to include a mention of that work on the dual n back task.

And there are any number of knowledgeable web sites and brain class and brain fitness blogs and websites out there with information from any number of authorities.

Brain Class Synopsis

All of the blogs and websites deal in one way or another with what Evans and Burghardt call the Four Cornerstones of Life Long Brain Fitness, which are nutrition, sleep, physical exercise, and novel learning experience, and all of the blogs are going to speak of using these tools in to enhance neurogenesis and neuroplasticity, brain abilities that we did not know about even ten years ago.

Neurogenesis is the brain's ability to grow new brain cells daily. For a boomer, that is very exciting, because I have more hope that I will not slide into a long slow decline, especially since there were some excesses in the 1960's which were not good for my brain.

Neuroplasticity, as Begley, Evans, and Burghardt describe it, is the brain constantly reorganizing itself based on my thoughts and behaviors, literally thought by thought.

While the Merzenich protocol exercises all the neurons involved in the hearing process, plasticity is particular to individual thoughts and learnings, and is my brain is aching to do this. That is how it keeps itself sharp, and is also where the cornerstone of sleep fits in for Evans and Burghardt. When I am asleep, the brain double checks the days new connections and prunes some and reinforces some. Very important that the amount of sleep be long enough for that to happen.

Nutrition

There is a great deal of specific information available about vitamins, minerals, fiber, phytochemicals, glyconutrients, antioxidants, and omega 3 fatty acids, and why those things must be taken daily, for the brain to do its memory, sensory processing, and analysis work effectively.

Without going into a lot of detail about the molecular specifics, neurons need to be able to talk to one another constantly, billions of them, constantly connecting so that you remember your VIP clients name at the most important moment and if they do not have all the letters in their alphabet, the neuronal communication gets garbled, and you can appear incompetent.

A word to the wise, there is a tremendous connection between low blood sugar and violence that I see in my practice. And if you have a food allergy, the symptoms can mimic psychiatric conditions.

Who would have thought broccoli was so important? Well, it is, and one of its brethren, omega 3 fatty acid is vital as well.

We usually get omega 3 from ocean going cold water fish, but they are now full of mercury, which is no friend to your brain, so an option to get omega 3 fatty acid is a supplement.

Make sure it is refined appropriately because if not refined appropriately, then you will get mercury in your supplement.

Physical Exercise

No brain class will be complete without mention of the benefits of physical exercise for your brain.

The good news is that you do not have exercise like you were training for the Olympics.

The bad news is that you do need to be regular. In Brainfit for Life, Evans and Burghardt talk about starting off with increasing your physical activity and then moving to increasing your physical exercise.

Physical activity is what we normally do around the house, and I have worked up a sweat these days because my four year old daughter likes to come snuggle with me in the morning, and then wants me to carry her to her bath, across the basement, up a flight of stairs, and across the house to her bath, and she is getting heavy. That might be a cross between physical exercise and physical activity, but it counts toward brain fitness, and hopefully a loving memory for her.

Good models for physical exercise are Scott and Angie Tousignant who have put together a program for couples to use at home, needing no more in the way of equipment than an exercise ball. It is called More Love, Less Fat Novel Learning The last section of the brain class is the new learning or novel learning challenge, which can include the computerized programs now available.

The key in this part of the brain class is novel challenge. As a counselor, I cannot read another counseling book and expect to foment new dendrites and synapses.

But if I learn a new language, or take up a hobby like painting, which will always be a hobby for me, or start a new career, there will be lots of neurogenesis and neuroplasticity and fluid intelligence as a result. (I have enough crystallized intelligence).

While I am not going to re-career today, I can include regular use of computerized brain fitness programs as part of my work to keep my Boomer Brain alive and vital. I have tried four of them, and found them all helpful.

I think the most important tool I have though is my thinking, and maintaining an attitude of gratitude. It has been a great ride so far, and with kids who are changing by the second, there is plenty of amazement and wonder going on.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What are the types of bloodless brain surgery for brain tumor? Are they expensive?

    • ANSWER:

  2. QUESTION:
    Does anybody know a type of brain tumor/cancer thats common in children-teens?
    I need help trying to figure out a type of brain tumor/cancer that is common in children that are hard to cure and can last through teen years. I don't want a completley harmless one i need one thats kinda bad but gets worse. A kind of disease that can be delayed with certain treatments but is unlikley to be totally rid of. Sorry thats really detailed but i would really appreciate any help i can get.:)

    • ANSWER:
      neuroblastoma

  3. QUESTION:
    what types of rays do neurologists use to stop a tumor or cancer in someones brain?
    can you pleases say what types of rays nerologists use to stop a tumor or cancer in someones brain and how do the rays get rid of the tumors and the cancer in someones brain. And can you use the rays to get rid of other problems in the brain. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Gamma rays. Google Cyberknife or Cyber Knife

  4. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to get a brain tumor from a head injury?
    Is it possible to get a Meningioma (A type of brain tumor) From a head injury? The head injury ended with broken jaw and a concussion.

    My thought personally is no.
    Thanks, it was my grandpa, he got beat up and he thinks the guys gave him the brain tumor.

    • ANSWER:
      Meningiomas have occassionally been reported as occuring directly below the site of focal injury to the skull.
      Reference - Oxford Text Book of Medicine 2007 edition under Intracranial Tumours.
      I know two instances , of such occurence during my practice

      This book is the standard Text book for reference for the MRCP (UK)

  5. QUESTION:
    brain tumor?
    My son was diagnosed with a tectal plate tumor it the size of a quarter. It is not cancerous. The only treatment he has had is a shunt implant to control the incease fluid inside his brain, actually he`s had three shunts in 4 years . The tumor has cloed off his aqueduct so the csf fluid gets trapped in his head. The doctors just monitor him for the tumor growth. I was looking for someone with this type of tumor ,to see if chemo or radiation has helped.

    • ANSWER:
      Chemo and radiation are used for cancerous tumors, not benign ones.
      Since the neurosurgeons are monitoring the mass and staying on top of the hydrocephalus, there really isn't anything else they can do at the moment. Just continue the follow-up.

  6. QUESTION:
    what kind of brain tumor did michael have on prison break?
    Michael gets a brain tumor and i was wondering what the specific type of brain tumor was.

    • ANSWER:
      Michael was diagnosed with a hypothalamic hamartoma : )
      It say so in this link under season 4:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Scofield#Season_4

      Hope this helped ^___^

  7. QUESTION:
    Does anyone besides myself deal with a brain tumor called an anaplastic astrocytoma?
    Maybe you yourself have experienced first hand or know someone who has this type of brain tumor. Please let me know so I can have a better understanding of what my husband is dealing with. Thank you!!

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry about your husbands tumor diagnosis. I had a meningioma tumor and had brain surgery to remove it 3 years ago. I just read a great book called "Living with a brain tumor" by Dr. Peter Black. He is the chief of neurosurgical oncology at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. I checked it out at my local library (free), you can buy it at amazon.com (.56).
      I was very impressed with this book. It covers the different types of brain tumors, current treatment options, and what you can expect during and after treatment. For me, I wish it had been available 3 years ago. It is written in very clear english for patients, not for the medical community. I highly recommend it for you and your husband.
      Also, many hospitals offer brain tumor support groups that meet regularly. Check at your local hospitals to see what is available.
      For the best treatment check out US News and World Report list of best hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery in the US. Most of these are teaching hospitals and that is where you find the best surgeons. Many of these hospitals will give you a second opinion if you can send them your husbands medical information (MRI scans, etc.) Here is a link:
      http://health.usnews.com/usnews/health/best-hospitals/search.php?spec=ihqneur&
      Good luck.

  8. QUESTION:
    What type of brain tumor is it?
    A close family member was diagnosed with a brain tumor 6 years ago. He has had seizures, weight loss and slight loss of memory. The symptoms are all gone. What kind of tumor may this be. Was he born with this and can he continue to live a productive life as he is doing? Thank you.
    The tumor is unknown, b/c the doctors will have to operate to test it. The location is in a sensitive area, top and middle portion of the brain. Its the size of a small lemon.
    Periodic test have measured it the same size for years.

    • ANSWER:
      How was your family member diagnosed and did anyone explain why his symptoms disappeared? I was diagnosed with a low grade glioma 5 years ago and my symptoms have only increased since then. Is your family member having periodic MRI performed to measure the change in tumor?

  9. QUESTION:
    Types of Brain tumors and their survival rates?
    I am writing a story that revolves around a guy who finds out his dying of a brain tumor and I wanted to know what kind of tumor it should be. The idea is that its inoperable and I want to know what kinds of tumors in the brain would be considered inoperable and why. Also the Brain tumor cant be cancerous just in his brain in such a way it has almost no chance of being surgically removed

    • ANSWER:
      Yeah, really charming. Any tumor can be inoperable IF it's in an inoperable area, it doesn't matter what KIND it is. Stupid story line to ask in a serious forum such as this.

  10. QUESTION:
    What type of brain tumor can cause limited eye movement?
    The left eye cannot look up.

    • ANSWER:
      A brain tumor that compresses onto cranial nerves, especially the IIIrd or the IVth ones. You must have headaches as an early sign of a brain tumor! Age is another factor.

  11. QUESTION:
    What type of cancer is it when you have a brain tumor?
    My friend has a brain tumor and I don't know what type of cancer it came with. The tumor is the growing type if that helps at all.

    • ANSWER:
      Every brain tumor is not cancer and many are not.
      Just about any kind of cancer can be found in the brain. It can be a brain primary or spread to the brain form somewhere else in the body.

  12. QUESTION:
    is brain tumor and pituitary tumor the same?
    my friend has prolactinoma, it a pituitary tumor in the brain right? i would just like to ask if it is a type of brain tumor?

    • ANSWER:
      Technically no but it is contained within the dura (the white casing that surrounds the brain), requires neuro-surgery to get at if that is decided that is a treatment and they are tracked as benign brain tumors in a government database.

      They do have symptoms. Depending on the pituitary tumor, it can have different symptoms.

  13. QUESTION:
    Can doctors tell if a brain tumor is cancerous or not by an MRI?
    My sister's fiance was having horrible headaches I guess and she convinced him to go see a doctor. They ordered an MRI and I guess it came back that he has a very large, deep tumor in his brain. The way she described it though is that it probably isn't cancerous. However, he has to have surgery probably. What type of tumor could this be and how dangerous is it? Would they have to do the type of surgery where he has to be awake? Thanks for any info. on this subject. I feel bad because he is only in his 30's and they were planning on getting married soon.

    • ANSWER:
      Glioma is a cancerous tumor and it is usually not localized but sends out tentacles, making a very classic appearance on an MRI. So when they see a localaized tumor, they can guess that its not cancer but they cannot be 100% sure. A good neurosurgeon will be able to make an educated guess but nothing will be for sure until the biopsy comes back.

  14. QUESTION:
    What are some potential risks for brain tumor?
    I know it's not really well known what causes this type of tumor, but are there some things or some group of people(maybe born with something...) that have a higher risk of developing a brain tumor at some age (or even while someone is an adolescent)?

    • ANSWER:
      Neurofibromatosis, tuberous sclerosis, nevoid basal cell carcinoma syndrome, neurocutanous melanosis, von Hippel-Lindau disease, Turcot’s syndrome and Li-Fraumeni syndrome are all risk factors for brain tumors and cancers.

  15. QUESTION:
    Can Herceptin be used for other types of cancer such as brain tumors? since it shrinks breast tumors?
    My brother n law has a grade 2 astrocytoma brain tumor that is slow growing but still terminal can this drug be used to shrink the tumor since it is too deep to remove all of it.

    • ANSWER:
      Herceptin would only work on cancer cells that overexpress the Her2/neu protein.

      AFAIK there are no brain cancers that overexpress Her2/neu. I believe ovarian cancer does, and stomach cancer.

      There are pathology tests they do (ICH and FISH) to test for Her2/neu receptors. One of the distinguishing features of Her2/neu cancer is that it is viciously aggressive ... not slow growing.

      There are other treatments in clinical trials that have shown some promise for brain tumors.

  16. QUESTION:
    Brain Tumor malignant?
    My grandmother has a Malignant Brain tumor type 4, I need a doctors opinion on this. They cant do surgery because its to risky, they cant do chemo nor radiation is there another type of procedure out there that can help my grandmother.

    • ANSWER:
      Listen to Denise. I think you may have misunderstood her options or her decisions. And if my some freak of nature, you are correct, there is no hope, sorry.

  17. QUESTION:
    Has anyone ever had a brain tumor?
    I just received the news that I have what appears to be an apendymoma, a type of brain tumor.

    I'd like to know how you emotionally dealt with this. I'm a wreck, can't sleep at night, obsessed with dying.

    Any words from someone who has been in my shoes would be welcome.

    • ANSWER:
      OK, lets get a grip, just because you haven't thought of it before....you started dieing, the day you were born. It's just the natural progression of things. Now then there is no need to go beserk, many many brain tumors are curable without any bad effects. You need really bad to talk to your doctor and make a plan for your treatment and understand better what you are up against. If you are not comfortable with what he tells you get another opinion! It's the initial news that scares us silly, then we get a grip and keep on going, I know I've been there. 3 months after my surgery I was
      back to work and doing fine....that was 21 years ago....the medical dark ages! God Bless You!

  18. QUESTION:
    What are some symptoms that death is near whenever you have a frontal lobe brain tumor?
    I needed to find out what the symptoms are the last days or weeks before a person dies from a frontal lobe brain tumor. I cannot seem to find it anywhere on the internet and whenever I looked up the question on yahoo answers all I found was people saying "depends on what type of tumor it is" what are symptoms whenever someone gets a frontal lobe brain tumor and what are some symptoms that shows that death is near? thanks so much

    • ANSWER:
      Here's a question I found on the below website.

      On March 5th of this year, my father was diagnosed with an astrocytoma on the right frontal lobe of his brain. Before this, my wonderful 61 yr old father was a healthy, vibrant, hardworking man who never missed a day of work. I noticed that he was sleeping more frequently, forgetting to get up for or go to work, and forgetting most of his normal duties. (i.e. pay the bills, shower, etc). His medical doctor broke the news to he and my mom sending him to UAB for treatment. UAB confirmed and started planning his treatment. Surgeons went in to remove the tumor but were only able to obtain a portion for a biopsy to see what type/grade tumor they were dealing with. The grade 4 GBM, which we soon found out, was so deeply woven into his brain that there was no need to operate. Oncologists began what they call paliative treatment to try to try to give him the longest and best quality of life possible. The affects of the chemo, radiation, and steroids were heartbreaking. After 1 round of treatment my father refused anymore. (Accept for the steroids which my mom, an RN of at least 30 years, refused to stop giving him). Now, 7 months later, he is mostly immoble and is under hospice care. my mother cares for him and keeps vigil 24/7. He seems to be in a lot of pain but can't or won't say what's hurting, screaming out in agony. Dad still has a good (too good) appetite. (thanks to the steroids) But he is very weak, fatigued, confused, hallucinating, and often times having moments of vagal responses where he seems to be having a seizure but according to drs are not seizures. He is incontinent and needs to be fed. There are days when he sleeps a lot and others where he hardly sleeps at all. I miss my dad already. This horrible disease has taken away the onle man besides my 5 year old son who has ever truly loved me and whom I have ever truly loved. Even though he's still alive I feel that I lost him months ago. I too would like to know what to look for in the end. Its not that I want him to die, or that im waiting on death to come. But how much longer does his suffering last and how will my family and I know that the end is approaching?
      Daddy's Little Girl
      Brandi

      And yes, it does depend what type of tumor it is and which side of the frontal lobe it's located. GBM is the worst. Most others can be resected and may or may not grow back.

  19. QUESTION:
    what type of person assaults a person with a brain tumor.what type of personality do they have.?
    this was deliberate.

    • ANSWER:
      that person is an idiot. his personality is that of an idiot.

  20. QUESTION:
    aggressive type of brain tumor?
    I found out my great uncle has a brain tumor and it is the one of the most aggressive types, but i need to know the name of it. Also he is in his 70s or 80s and it is on his right temporal lobe, so if you could tell me his chances of survival i would love it. He is also throwing up pretty bad...

    • ANSWER:
      He probably has glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) It is the most aggressive type with a median survival of 1 year.

      April-
      There is something off about MOHAN. He appears to have enough knowledge to be a doctor or at the very least in some medical profession, but a doctor should not need to cut and paste their answers and there is something a little off about them. I think he may be a doctor in a third world country or something.

  21. QUESTION:
    can you give me all types of brain tumors?
    I want to know more about postenour fossa tumor

    • ANSWER:
      Posterior fossa tumor refer more specifically to the location of the brain lesion and not the type. These types of tumors grow in very limited space near the brainstem and are life threatening. There are many types of benign or malignant brain tumors that can grow here . . and all can be deadly due to that location. These types of tumors are more commonly found in children than in adults, but it can happen at any age. Some of the types found in this location include: Medulloblastoma, pineoblastoma, ependymomas, primitive neuroectodermal tumors (PNETs), astrocytomas, choroid plexus papilloma and carcinomaglial tumors, dermoid tumors, hemangioblastoma, brainstem gliomas, and metastatic tumors (originate elsewhere).

      American Brain Tumor Association
      http://www.abta.org/

      NCI: Brain Tumor
      http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/brain/

  22. QUESTION:
    Is this a possible type of brain tumor?
    I don't have much info. It causes headache, nausea, vomiting, mood change, vertigo, dizziness, fluid leaking into the spinal cord. Possible softening or damage to the skull. I am trying to find out more information...
    I don't have much info. It causes headache, nausea, vomiting, mood change, vertigo, dizziness, fluid leaking into the spinal cord. Possible softening or damage to the skull. I am trying to find out more information... This is not something I am suffering from... I have a friend who doesn't want to talk about it...
    This is not something I am suffering from... I have a friend who doesn't want to talk about it...

    • ANSWER:
      Neurological disorders all have similar symptoms, at least to nondoctors. The neurologists and neurosurgeons have very specific tests they run to pinpoint what it might be, and then run structual tests (such as an MRI) to pinpoint what the problem is and what can be done about it. Leave this question to the experts so you don't end up overstressing yourself about what it *might* be. Good Luck and God Bless...

      ps...There is a constant spinal fluid flow between your brain and spinal cord. Problems occur when this flow is restricted, which increases intracranial pressure. This pressure squeezes your brain and disrupts functions. This is where your headaches are coming from.

  23. QUESTION:
    What type of brain tumor did Anthony Edward's character die of on the show ER?

    • ANSWER:
      Mark begins having medical problems and is eventually diagnosed with a brain tumor that is thought to be inoperable. Given little time, Mark seeks a second opinion, which proves more positive. He is operated on in New York City, and things appear to be positive although it takes him a while to return to his old self. A year or so later, the tumor returns, and Mark finds out that the tumor is truly inoperable.
      -------
      It's jut a brain tumor.

  24. QUESTION:
    What type of cell does a brain tumor develop from, and why?
    Can anyone please help me find the specific cell? I keep getting results like "Cell phones cause cancer" -_-... I would greatly appreciate it! :]

    • ANSWER:
      It comes from the neuralgia cells, neurons can't divide, so they cant cause a cancerous tumor

      Neuralgia cells normally are neurons babysitters, neurons can't do anything on their own, so it's up to the neuralgia cells to support them, they can divide and cause cancer

  25. QUESTION:
    Can brain surgery of a tumor of the pituitary gland lead to problems in learning?
    My son had a brain tumor that was putting alot of pressure on his pituitary gland and was effecting his hormones. My question is that he has a hard time passing tests in school he knows the stuff but can't seem to pass the tests. Can this type of surgery lead to him unable to keep info? He never had a problem before the sugery. Please help he's getting so frustrated that he can't get is diploma. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Any brain surgery can cause issues. There may be some left over swelling You need to discuss it with his neurologist since he is the one who knows exactly what was done and any difficulties there might have been. He may just need to relax, it might be more of an emotional barrier than a physical one or a combination of both. Surely the school will understand and cut him some slack, talk to them. Good luck.

  26. QUESTION:
    What kind of doctor should I see concerning headaches, personality disorder, and possible brain tumor?
    I may sound a little paranoid, but I think I have a brain tumor. I've been acting a little differently and I've been having headaches for a long time. So what type of doctor should I talk to? A psychologist maybe?
    Please enlighten me.

    • ANSWER:
      a neurologist is an M.D. that could help you with the headaches and to rule out whether or not you may have a tumor.
      a psychologist usually deals with COUNSELING and could help you with day-to-day issues, especially if you have a personality disorder

  27. QUESTION:
    I have a brain tumor do anyone know of a low cost hospital that can help me?
    I have a brain tumor, I don't have insurance I need to have it removed. But I cant afford the hospital cost. Please if you know of any type of low cost hospital or assist that might help I would be grateful to hear from you.

    • ANSWER:
      I would apply for medicaid as quickly as possible.
      As far as assistance, I would search for some local support groups.

      This site lists a bunch of different resources. I hope it helps! Good Luck and stay Strong!

      http://www.tbts.org/itemDetail.asp?categoryID=157&itemID=16165

  28. QUESTION:
    why is glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) the most common and aggressive type of malignant brain tumor?

    • ANSWER:
      That is not exactly true.
      GBM is the most common and aggressive type of *primary* malignant brain tumor. Metastases are more common can be more aggressive.

      http://www.emedicine.com/NEURO/topic147.htm

      .

  29. QUESTION:
    How can lung cancer (tumor) spread to the brain?
    Mother in Law was told she had lung cancer and it had spread to the brain.
    4 tumors were located 2 deep two smaller ones located on the right side of brain. That orginated from the lung,
    We have gone over the types of cancer and the stages our question is how does the tumor break off or spread to the brain?

    • ANSWER:
      Lung cancer cells can metastasize to the brain through blood circulation. It's possible for small or microscopic cancer cells to travel throughout the body in this way. This is one reason that oncologist recommend systemic chemotherapy because it follows the same paths as the cancer does through the blood circulation.

      You can read more about metastatic secondary lung cancers:

      Brain, Metastases
      http://www.emedicine.com/Radio/topic101.htm

      Secondary Brain tumor
      http://www.cancerbackup.org.uk/Cancertype/Brainsecondary/Secondarybraintumours

      Lung cancer that has spred to the brain
      http://www.cancerhelp.org.uk/help/default.asp?page=3765

  30. QUESTION:
    HELP ! I THINK I HAVE A BRAIN TUMOR?
    can optictions pick up all types of brain tumors?
    i have seen a doctor about ten times in the past two weeks but he dosent think anything off it but no one knows how i feel - i feel so werid all the time ! so different from what i was !

    • ANSWER:
      If your doctor hasn't said anything, then you'll be ok

  31. QUESTION:
    How long can a person with brain cancer go without eating before death?
    My bestfriends grandfather has a brain tumor and 3 types of cancer he hasnt eaten in 12 day's how long can a person go without food in that sort of situation

    • ANSWER:
      There are no timelines to how long someone can go without eating before death. Usually, weight loss and no appetite is a precursor to death in some cancers, but not always. If he has 3 or 4 types of cancer, I am guessing that this is incurable and the best thing to do may be to make him comfortable so he can die peacefully, if this is what the family and doctor decide.
      As a health professional, I would say that a cancer patient who hasn't eaten in 12 days will probably die in a short period of time. If the family chooses to have him admitted to the hospital, they can give him medications that will make it easier for him to eat and perhaps a tube to eat through that will send nutrition into his body.

  32. QUESTION:
    How to Tell if you have a brain tumor?
    if you have a brain tumor what should i look for cause i been having headaches in my temple all in my head and blurred vision on my right eye so what should i look for any type of lump where at ? im 14 im just so worried. and scared it doesn't leave my mind i have my headaches all over my head.

    • ANSWER:

  33. QUESTION:
    10pts.Is Brain tumor a type of cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      Potentially.
      Some brain tumors are not cancerous - they are benign.
      Some brain tumors are cancerous -they are malignant.
      There are many different kinds of both benign, and malignant tumors.

      My 3-year-old son, Conrad, has a cancerous brain tumor called Medulloblastoma.

  34. QUESTION:
    My cat Jack has a forebrain brain tumor (PLEASE HELP!!!)?
    My cat Jack has a forebrain brain tumor that is pushing against his eyes causing him to spin frequently and also loss of appetite. Can this be treated or can it only be if it was a more hard-core type of brain tumor? If I can treat this what do you suggest? Right now we are concentrated on getting him to eat and drink and feel comfortable.

    • ANSWER:
      This is really a question for a veterinary neurologist or at the least a veterinarian- no one on Yahoo answers will really be able to tell you anything about such a complex problem.

      There ARE specialist centers that deal in such things- neurology and oncology- and that would be the place to start however cost is usually something to be concerned with as well.

      Surgery to remove the tumor is sometimes possible in some cases and chemotherapy is also possible in some casesbut this can cost thousands of dollars. Sometimes the time you get is quite short- weeks or months- so you really need to think about how far in terms of expense you want to go and how much pain you are going to put him through as far as how much time you will get.

      Whether it can be treated or not involves a veterinarian- preferably a veterinary neurologist or oncologist- and how it can be treated as well. Get your veterinarian to give you a referral to a specialist center near where you live- they will be able to give you the best idea of quality of life, financial commitment, and ways to keep your kitty comfortable throughout it all.

  35. QUESTION:
    My good friend says she may have a brain tumor. Could abnormal test results be something else?
    I don't know what type of test she had, but she says the results were abnormal. The doctors think it may be a brain tumor. Is there a possibility it may be something else? Can a brain tumor be removed? Does it always result in death? Anyone have any experience with this (family member, loved one, etc.)?

    • ANSWER:
      well, the doctors can't say they think that's not a doctors job, the have to know the accurate results. I'm an MRI technician and i suggest you tell her to get an MRI if she has the symptoms of headaches, nausea, vomiting, hearing loss, double vision, numbness and tingling, seizures etc., Also, a cat scan would be great. It also takes images of the brain ti see any abnormalities. An egg which i had electroencepalography which is they put a cap on you're head and connect these wires and they see if there are any tumors or abnormal cells. It could be other things like seizures, tremors depending on it's symptoms. It does result in death sometimes people are lucky to survive it. Yes it can be removed, she would have surgery and open up the head just a small incision and clean the tumor with water and they use these little tools that cut it out. If the doctors do something wrong during the surgery she dies. Or maybe the tumor is too big that doctors can't take it out. But it's not about surgery that can cure her (well it can but)....GOD jesus christ is the only one who can cure him, Pray for her i'll pray too. If you're not religious i will. She will live :D good luck you and you're friend take care xxxxxxxxxx :)

  36. QUESTION:
    Brain tumor but no insurance (have money)?
    My girlfriend, who is not a us citizen, does not have insurance but she has enough money for the surgery has a glioma type tumor on her brain. We are having problems finding somebody to do the surgery without insurance. I was hoping somebody would know or have any sugestions.

    • ANSWER:
      I have heard that Thailand has excellent medical facilities ... it would require travel, but it might well be worth looking into

  37. QUESTION:
    My mom told me she has a tumor on her brain?
    Yesterday I received a phone call from my mom telling me that she just got off her doctor's appointment and the doctor told her she has a tumor in her brain. The doctor told her she had to schedule an appointment to go to a specialist so they can tell her what type of tumor it is and if is cancerous. I am scared and nervous at this moment. Can anyone tell me if there is a cure for that?
    Also, what is the type of the specialist she has to go to?

    • ANSWER:
      There is no way of knowing if there is a "cure" until you know what kind of tumor it is - benign (causes no problems) or malignant (cancer), whether it is growing slowly or rapidly and whether it needs to be removed or they can just do the watch and wait and whether, if it needs to be removed, if it is in an accessible area. It would be nice if you were able to go to her appointment with her to the specialist so that someone else knows exactly what she is facing and the treatments recommended so that she can have an advocate in case she cannot do it herself in the future. It is normal to be concerned but you will have to wait until further testing and the visit with the specialist occurs and then decide the plan of action.

  38. QUESTION:
    What type of brain tumor should my book character have?
    My novel has a white 26-year-old male who has a brain tumor. His symptoms are seizures and headaches, maybe nausea or vomiting, but I don't want his symptoms to include anything major like paralysis, cognitive changes, or prominent physical problems. However, I need him to have only a month or two left to live. What kind of tumor is typical for a male of this age and race? His tumor is going to be cured (remember, it's fiction), so keep that in mind, too. Remember, he cannot have major impairments like inability to read, speak, think, talk, or personality changes, etc. What kind of tumor should he have? Sorry for such a weird question. I appreciate any feedback. P.S. I have done some research, but it's kind of overwhelming, so I hoped one of you would point me in the right direction. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      You might try:
      Germinoma, Medulloblastoma, Neuroblastoma, Glioblastoma multiforme, Mixed Gliomas, Oligoastrocytomas

      You can find out more about these on Wikipedia:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brain_tumor

      The most obvious problem you'll run into is turning a patient with a poor prognosis into a miracle case. If you don't want to go the miracle route, that's obviously going to present a problem.

      You always have the option not to reveal the type of cancer, but then you run into the problem of the ambiguous grim reaper, which can come off as a bit lame. If you take it from the character's perspective; not being able to pronounce the exact term, figuring the actual name doesn't matter, etc., you might solve that dilemma.

      Good luck.

  39. QUESTION:
    Could this be some type of brain tumor?
    Ok so Im 18 years old. I suffer from hypochondria and like last year I went to the hospital to get a cat scan of my brain because I was sure I had a anuersymn (Which I didnt). The doctor told me my brain ws perfectly fine and a normal 17 year old(the age i was at the time) brain. Ok so I have always had aching pains that come in go in my head in certain spots but for the last 2 days I have had the same dull ache come and go in the same spot in my head. I just had a physical in december and all my blood work and blood pressure was fine. I have astigmatism in my eyes and im suppose 2 wear glasses on the computer but i dont. So I was wondering could this be a tumor? should i get another cat scan? can tumors develop that fast?

    • ANSWER:
      Has it ever penetrated into your brain that there exists something like headaches or even migraine due to the fact that a patient with deficiencies in his/her eyesight works for hours on the computer without wearing the correct prescription glasses?
      In order to avoid loosing every body's time with a new cat scan, go to a disco and scan the available cats. I wish I had only patients like you.

  40. QUESTION:
    in 'Don't call me ishmael' what type of brain tumor does scobie have?
    i got no idea help!!!

    • ANSWER:
      The book is about a young boy in Year 9 who goes by the name of Ishmael Leaser. Ishmael is 14 and he believes he has Ishmael Leseurs syndrome. Ishmael Lesuers syndrome is something Ishmael made up. It is when you are constantly avoiding yourself and life. Something that Ishmael is doing in Year 9. Ishmael is being bullied by another boy in Year 9 who goes by the name Barry Basely. Barry is a tough kid who doesn’t takes crap from anybody. He constantly annoys and harasses Ishmael. Ishmael eventually goes into hiding and avoiding not only Barry but everyone at school. As the book continues someone else comes into the scene. His name is James Scobie. James meets Ishmael when he finds out he is in his classes and the two are paired up. James is almost the complete opposite of Ishmael. He is really out going and fears nothing. James hears about Ishmael’s problem and the two decide to beat the bullies at their own game. The two plan a whole lot of tricks and misfits to take down Barry Bagsley and his crew of bullies.

  41. QUESTION:
    All of the following are types of brain tumors EXCEPT:?
    A glioblastoma multiforme.
    B meningioma.
    C Schwannoma.
    D neurofibroma

    • ANSWER:
      C. & D. are usually benign nerve tumors.

  42. QUESTION:
    I have this milk coming out of my breast im not pregnant, doctor thinks it might be some type of brain tumor ?
    He tested it and said it was milk cells.. im real confused. im also on the Merina IUD . Can birth control confuse your body in anyway?

    • ANSWER:
      From what my Dr and mother in law (who is a Nurse Practitioner) have told me, yes, birth control can confuse your body and a side effect can be lactation.

      Since you've already had testing done and obviously your Prolactin (milk cells) counts were high, they'll probably order an MRI to check for a tumor. MOST pituitary tumors are not malignant (cancerous) and many times if it is small nothing is done (just watched so it doesn't get bigger).

      Apparently this is not TOO uncommon (as I am going through the same thing). I just had blood work done today, so I'm in the same boat as you.

      Good luck, hopefully all is well.

  43. QUESTION:
    Is there a type of brain tumour that you can survive for 10 years?
    I am writing a novel, and one of my characters gets a incurable brain tumour but I want them to survive for at least 7 years, 10 if possible, is there one like this?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes there is - but your character would have to have radiotherapy/chemotherapy to achieve this! Its called a "Low grade astrocytoma" grade 1 & 2 (higher grades are more aggressive and people tend to die sooner). Usually low grade astrocytomas mutate eventually to become a high grade tumour which then kills - 10 years is an optimistic time frame but possible. Check out this link for an accurate guide to the tumours to keep your story real.

  44. QUESTION:
    Do i have a Brain Tumor?
    hey guys, i get stressed out a lot, and i always have a feeling of tensed up chest muscles and everything. And i know that is stress/anxiety related. But i am getting a head pressure, like when i first get up and move around, or bend over, i get a throbbing feeling behind my nose, eyes and sometimes the forehead. I can feel it when im sitting down to, but just very very lightly, its like a suction cup or vaccumm. and my nose feels constricted further up, but i can breathe through it perfect. But the strange thing is, is that the throbbing really doesn't hurt really, its just like a pressure pumping feeling. I am really worried that im getting some type of brain tumor or something. Which is causing further stress. anyone know what this could be. this goes on pretty much everyday.

    • ANSWER:
      The only way to know for sure if you have a tumor is to have an CAT scan of your head - it will show anything that is abnormal.

  45. QUESTION:
    Do i have a brain tumor?
    hey guys, i get stressed out a lot, and i always have a feeling of tensed up chest muscles and everything. And i know that is stress/anxiety related. But i am getting a head pressure, like when i first get up and move around, or bend over, i get a throbbing feeling behind my nose and sometimes the forehead. I can feel is when im sitting down to, but just very very lightly, its like a suction cup or vaccumm. and my nose feels constricted further up, but i can breathe through it perfect. But the strange thing is, is that the throbbing really doesn't hurt really, its just like a pressure pumping feeling. I am really worried that im getting some type of brain tumor or something. Which is causing further stress. anyone know what this could be. this goes on pretty much everyday.

    • ANSWER:
      YOU NEED TO GO TO THE DOCTOR.

  46. QUESTION:
    Do I Have a Brain Tumor?
    hey guys, i get stressed out a lot, and i always have a feeling of tensed up chest muscles and everything. And i know that is stress/anxiety related. But i am getting a head pressure, like when i first get up and move around, or bend over, i get a throbbing feeling behind my nose, eyes and sometimes the forehead. I can feel it when im sitting down to, but just very very lightly, its like a suction cup or vaccumm. and my nose feels constricted further up, but i can breathe through it perfect. But the strange thing is, is that the throbbing really doesn't hurt really, its just like a pressure pumping feeling. I am really worried that im getting some type of brain tumor or something. Which is causing further stress. anyone know what this could be. this goes on pretty much everyday.

    • ANSWER:
      Brain tumors are not extremely common, odds are that you do not have one! The only true way to detirmine is to get an MRI. If you are honestly worried about this, seek medical assistance.

  47. QUESTION:
    what types of brain tumors are there?

    • ANSWER:

  48. QUESTION:
    Do you guys think i have a brain tumor?
    hey guys, i get stressed out a lot, and i always have a feeling of tensed up chest muscles and everything. And i know that is stress/anxiety related. But i am getting a head pressure, like when i first get up and move around, or bend over, i get a throbbing feeling behind my nose, eyes and sometimes the forehead. I can feel it when im sitting down to, but just very very lightly, its like a suction cup or vaccumm. and my nose feels constricted further up, but i can breathe through it perfect. But the strange thing is, is that the throbbing really doesn't hurt really, its just like a pressure pumping feeling. I am really worried that im getting some type of brain tumor or something. Which is causing further stress. anyone know what this could be. this goes on pretty much everyday.

    • ANSWER:
      first i would get my blood pressure checked to make sure my blood pressure isnt high. it sounds like to me it is sinus pressure. u dont have to have congestion to have sinus pressure. if u dont have high blood pressure u can take sudafed over the counter or u can get mucinex -d over the counter to help with this. u can get these at ur near by drug store. if u get the mucinex-d u dont need the sudafed. if u have high blood pressure the get only the sudafed-pe. it really sounds like sinus pressure. signs and symptoms of a brain tumor is headaches, dizzines, and seizures, vomiting, changes in mental activity and speech and sensory disturbances--and these depend on where the tumor is. if ur not better in 4 to 5 days i would see my doc. i hope this helps and good luck.

  49. QUESTION:
    What is more common, Type 1 Diabetes or a Brain Tumor/Brain Cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      Type 1 diabetes is a disease that starts when the pancreas stops making insulin.

      Type 1 diabetes can occur at any age, but it usually starts in children or young adults. That’s why it used to be called juvenile diabetes .All people with type 1 diabetes need to take insulin.

      Unlike people with type 1 diabetes, people with type 2 diabetes( also known as adult-onset diabetes) produce insulin. However, either their pancreas does not produce enough insulin or the body cannot use the insulin adequately. This is called insulin resistance.

      Brain cancer in children is rare

      A tidbit of info:

      Apparently, there is a study that calls into question the long-term effects of insulin therapy for diabetes. Too much insulin might be fine to keep glucose levels under control. But it's probably damaging your brain in the long run. Better treatments for diabetes, would concentrate on sensitizing the body's cells to low amounts of insulin.

  50. QUESTION:
    How to break the news that I might have a brain tumor to my sisters, boyfriend and [girl] cousin?
    Okay, so, I'm 16 years old and yesterday I went to my doctor because I was having some breast/nipple discharge [not pregnant, doctor put that one to rest] and it turns out that I might have a type of brain tumor that is sending out wrong hormones, or too many, to the rest of me. I had one blood test taken and I'm still waiting for the results [the only time I actually hate the weekend] and if the hormones are to high then I'll need to have another blood test taken two weeks later. After that, a brain scan. Problem is, no one knows that this is happening to me. I want to tell someone, but it;s kind of hard to explain it to my boyfriend why he can't touch my breasts [for the tests, they can't be messed around with] or tell my cousin or sisters about it. It might be nothing, but, I don't know, don't want to toss it on anyone, either. So, how do I break it to my boyfriend, sister and [girl] cousin? Thanks.
    Although it would be dormant and would be of too much trouble unless it evolved.

    • ANSWER:
      Honey, I admire your bravery in this. You sound so logical and strong. And you're right, it might be nothing (let's pray).

      I would start by simply explaining the symptoms to your friends and family. Leave the diagnosis part out until you have a better idea of what it might be. It's OK to say you don't know -- because right now you don't. Telling them what the problem might be could create panic, which won't help them or you. I would start with the symptoms and then let them ask the questions at their own speed. hand out the information in small pieces, only what they need to know at first.

      Hang in there, technology can do wonders these days. Best of luck to you.


Brain Tumor Treatment

Astrocytomas represent the most common type of glioma. They develop from the supporting cells of the brain, which are star-shaped glial cells called astrocytes. In children, most astrocytomas are considered low-grade, while in adults most are high-grade. They occur in most parts of the brain, including the brain stem.

Treatment

Radiation therapy is required to treat gliomas. Radiation therapy may also be beneficial in the short-term for tumors that have spread from other parts of the body. Chemotherapy also benefits some patients with such brain tumors.
Chemotherapy is only marginally effective in the treatment of Anaplastic astrocytoma and Glioblastoma multiforme. Typical chemotherapy agents include carmustine (BCNU) and lomustine (CCNU).

Craniopharyngiomas are tumors near the brain's pituitary gland and most commonly affect infants and children. Because the pituitary gland releases chemicals essential for growth and metabolism, a craniopharyngioma may result in a child's stunted growth. The patient's vision may also be affected. These tumors develop from cells left over from early fetal development.

Treatment

Surgery: Because of their location close to vital parts of the brain, surgical removal is often difficult. However, surgery is the usual treatment for these tumors. Radiation therapy may also be used.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How long can someone live with a brain tumor without treatment?
    Is it possible to have a brain tumor over many years without realizing? and can falls/ bangs to the head cause or trigger brain tumors?

    • ANSWER:
      I am not sure if falls / injuries to the head can cause a brain tumor. I have personally never heard of that nor have I met anyone who had that happen to them (then again I only work in a doctors office.)

      Now living with it and not know about it, is possible. Depends on the location of the tumor and the tumors rate of growth. Depending on the location you could have shown signs and symptoms with out realizing it and just passed it off as something simple like being tired, a normal headache, light hitting your eyes causing a quick flash etc. Also depending on the size and location you could have gone sometime with out any signs and symptoms because it was not causing any pressure on the brain.

  2. QUESTION:
    How long would somebody expect to survive with a METASTATIC BRAIN TUMOR if no treatment was undertaken?
    Treatment is unlikely as the person has already been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, has already undergone chemo for this, which resulted in a reduction of the size of the tumour but was told before that it was incurable (the treatment was done to extend life expectancy not to cure the cancer) and no further chemo can be undertaken for at least another 4 months. It now appears (although as yet undiagnosed -but conditions indicate) that it has also infected the brain - so was wondering how long the end will be in coming if this cancer is untreated?

    • ANSWER:
      My thoughts and prayers are with you. My mother went through this and when we believed it got to the brain I think it was about a few weeks. She just went downhill and then all her pain and suffering was over. I wish nothing but the best outcome, however, to be completely honest it doesn't sound good. God Bless

  3. QUESTION:
    What is the best treatment for brain tumor?
    If the doctor says that the patient will be able to live for 3 years at the most, would there be any treatment would work?

    • ANSWER:
      Thats a really difficult question to answer as it all depends on the specific type of tumour, its spread and position. I would advise to seek another opinion from a neurologist/neurosurgeon. Only they, with access to medical files etc could properly answer your question.

  4. QUESTION:
    How much time does it take for the treatment brain tumor?

    • ANSWER:

  5. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know about treatment for a brain tumor?
    A close loved one has a brain tumor. He has had part of it removed but they have to do other kinds of treatments to get the rest. Yet, he tells me that the tumor is non cancerous but he sees a oncologist and now has to do a 8weeks of some kind of treatments 5 days a week. I am not sure that he is telling me everything and he doesn't want me to worry. Does anyone have any insight to treatments and what to expect during and after such treatments?

    • ANSWER:
      Introduction
      A brain tumor is a mass or growth of abnormal cells in your brain. Many different types of brain tumors exist. Some brain tumors are noncancerous (benign), and some brain tumors are cancerous (malignant). Brain tumors can begin in your brain (primary brain tumors), or cancer can begin in other parts of your body and spread to your brain (secondary, or metastatic brain tumors).

      The number of brain tumors diagnosed each year is increasing. There's evidence the increase has been occurring for decades. But it's not clear why.

      Treatment
      Treatment for a brain tumor depends on the type, size and location of the tumor, as well as your overall health and your preferences. Your doctor can tailor treatment to fit your particular situation.

  6. QUESTION:
    how long can you live with a brain tumor without treatment please help?

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on its location in the brain, if it is cancerous and how fast growing it is.

  7. QUESTION:
    Brain tumor treatment.?
    Okay, so a girl of 15 had a cancerous brain tumor at the bottom of her skull. (or any kind that would need fractionation radiotherapy).
    How long would she need this? Will she need chemo as well? and would she have the radiotherapy before surgery or after?
    Please give me all the info on brain tumors you possibly can!
    Thank you so much. (by the way, this is for a book i'm writing:)

    • ANSWER:
      Wow, it's almost like everyone with questions is writing a book. She would have surgery to remove as much as possible. She would then go back to drs in about 2 weeks to have sutures removed and set up her treatment plan. About 2 weeks or so later, she would begin chemo and radiation for 6 weeks. Then she would get a month off, then she would begin a much higher dose of chemo for at least 6 months, following a 5 day on, 23 days off schedule. Chemo is in pill form btw and no, she wouldn't lose her hair from chemo, only some spots from the radiation.

  8. QUESTION:
    how brain tumor treatment by lasers work?
    tumor

    • ANSWER:
      They use lasers to excise the tumor. It's basically like a very precise scapple.

  9. QUESTION:
    how long can someone live with a brain tumor without treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      Depends on whether the brain tumor is benign (not harmful) or malignant (harmful). A person with a benign tumor can potentially live a long and productive life without medical intervention.

  10. QUESTION:
    How long can a person with a malignant brain tumor live without medical treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on the grade and the location.

  11. QUESTION:
    how can be treat brain tumor stage4 ,i know is not exist treatment for this deseas but pls?
    how can be treat brain tumor stage4 ,i know is not exist treatment for this deseas but pls anyone ,anybody who know something abt this,who know remedy or anything else pls help am desperat,doct said have only 6month to live but situation seems to be more bad then ever pls anybody help
    i search for my friend ...he feel more and more worst ,pls anyone who know remedy help

    • ANSWER:
      If your friend is in India, there's very good cancer treatment hospitals there. Here's one: http://www.wockhardthospitals.net
      Here's another: http://www.indian-medical-center.com/Apollo_Cancer_Institute.html

      A different hospital with a different dr may give more optimism for your friend's grade 4 tumor.

  12. QUESTION:
    How long does the treatment of the brain tumor goes? Plz tell the approx time?
    Plz ans as fast as u cn

    • ANSWER:
      No one can give you a time limit because brain tumors come in different sizes, different locations etc. My brother was on chemo for over a year and it only shrunk 90%. It was in a difficult area and inoperable. My sister was different. Her tumors were able to be removed and it followed up with chemo which only lasted 2 months. When she go another tumor, it too was removed and her Dr chose radiation this time. Not sure how long she went through that. So you're asking a difficult question and we can only give approximate times. The Oncologist is the one you should be asking and you'll get a more accurate answer. Hope this helps.

  13. QUESTION:
    After the treatment of brain tumor, how long does the person should b in hospital? Plz tel the approx time?
    Plz ans as fast as u cn

    • ANSWER:
      You don't stay in hospital for the treatment. If it's benign, it will be removed. You will go home about a week later, then back a couple weeks later to get sutures removed. You may have radiation, as I see you aren't in the united states. If it's cancer, it will be removed, if possible and you'll go home about a week later. 2 weeks for sutures removed. Then about a month to heal and you'll start chemo and radiation for 6 weeks together. Then another month and you'll start chemo for at least 6 months, possibly much longer on low dose. That is for america, so not sure what procedure is for you.

      @Vaughn, I take it you didn't make it out of elementary school.....

  14. QUESTION:
    What if you had a malignant brain tumor and didn't get a treatment? What would happen before you died?
    I mean the stages before you died. Would you get really tired and weak, fall into a coma for a week then die? What would happen?

    • ANSWER:
      A great deal depends on where it is located. If it is in the brain stem area which controls breathing, you would stop breathing and probably have slow heart rate as well. Other places would lead to seizures. Sometimes you lapse into a coma; other times you may be paralyzed but fully awake. I have seen many different presentations of death with a brain tumor depending on location. One common one is to start having greater sleepiness and difficulty concentrating, talking & recognizing people (memory problems); swelling in the brain leads to herniation of the brain--the brain gets pushed down the hole in the skull. This results in a strange posture, complete non-responsiveness and death shortly.

  15. QUESTION:
    how long can someone live witha brain tumor without any treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      That depends on the severity of the tumor, it's growth rate, whether it's malignant or benign,it's Location, and it's size....and cause... Treatment would be the VERY BEST THING that one could do when diagnosed with any kind of tumor... you could live maybe a few months, maybe a few years, it really all depends on a lot of factors... but your chances of living longer increase with treatment USUALLY, (but not ALWAYS)....I have known people with brain tumors who have surgery, chemo, radiation and live 5-10 years longer then they would have WITHOUT treatment... and some who only made it a few months...but like I said--EVERYTHING depends on all the factors I first mentioned.....BUT, if someone told ME I had a brain tumor, I KNOW I would do ANYTHING I could, take ANY TREATMENT I COULD in order to live a longer life...

  16. QUESTION:
    how long can you live with a brain tumor without treatment i am a 17 year old male?
    if cancer or not

    • ANSWER:
      If the tumor is cancer, prognosis depends on what type it is and the size of the tumor at diagnosis. It's best to discuss these types of issues with a medical professional.

  17. QUESTION:
    how long would you live for if you had a brain tumor without any treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      I think that's fairly impossible to answer. It would depend upon the type of tumor, the size, location, rate of growth, etc. Some tumors are benign and don't undergo changes for years. Others can progress in a matter of weeks, malignant or not.

      HOWEVER, considering how toxic many treatments are, the patient may live longer without any treatment. There would certainly be a better quality of life. We've had too many friends who underwent every imaginable surgery or therapy for cancer, and in every situation they suffered more and typcially died sooner from the treatment than the disease itself.

      Hopefully this is a rhetorical question, and you're not asking because you or a family member is personally affected. Wishing you all the best!

  18. QUESTION:
    What is the treatment for Brain tumor?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there,
      Treatement is usually "surgery" , and depends upon the size of the tumour,
      type of the tumour, pathology of the tumour, position of the tumour, age of the patient, pressure on the adjacent structures , etc etc.
      It is for the "neuro surgeon" along with "oncologist" (if malignant) , to decide the time, type , and the schedule of treament.

      best wishes....

  19. QUESTION:
    how long can you live after a radioligy treatment with a brain tumor?

    • ANSWER:
      Every tumor is different dependent upon location and stage and cells involved. That's a question no one can answer.

  20. QUESTION:
    Why isn't Ted Kennedy seeking treatment for his brain tumor in Cuber?
    I thought the Castro brothers had the finest health care system in the Western hemisphere.

    • ANSWER:
      All of the Kennedys are steering clear of Cuba for fear Fidel Castro still wants to settle the score over Jack and Bobby's assassination attempt on him.

  21. QUESTION:
    is brain surgery is effective for brain tumor?
    is there any alternative for brain tumor treatment other than brain surgery?

    • ANSWER:

  22. QUESTION:
    Why does Senator Ted Kennedy have a brain tumor now? What do you think is the best treatment?
    I think chemo would just make him weak and die faster.. Maybe some alternative medicine?

    • ANSWER:
      He's lived a long and eventful life. While some people don't like him, he's done more than they will probably ever amount to. His condition being what it is, there is little that medicine can do, and he should probably retire and live out the rest of his days at Cape Cod or wherever his beach house is. He'll probably die in the next couple of years regardless of whatever medication he chooses, so he should be content with having lived as long as he did, and make the best use of what little time he has left. We all have to meet our fate someday.

  23. QUESTION:
    how long wouldyou live for if you had a brain tumor and had no treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      its varies, of course if you suspect even you might have a tumor you should go to the doctor.

      it all depends on how fast progressing (growing) the tumor is, which in the brain it is located, how long its been progressing (how old it is), any other pre-existing conditions, the size of your brain (yes believe it or not that matteres, ie if u have mental retardation your brain could be shaped different than a quote on quote normal person)

      Really no one person can honestly give you an HONEST answer without being A.. a licensed and high trained professional, ie a DOCTOR. B. having thoroughly examined you C. able to tell the future because even with a + b you sometimes can't tell

      sorry if that isn't what you wanted to hear

  24. QUESTION:
    My mom will enter a brain radiation treatment soon so they can remove her tumor?
    What are the risks, and are there other safer ways to remover her tumor?

    • ANSWER:
      Oh my heart goes out to you and your mother. May God bless your mom and your family. There may be safer ways but the chances of curing it in a safer way may not be as high as the radiation approach. Put it in God's hands, Pray, Pray , and Pray.
      Also, look up for a holistic doctor just from a nutritional stand point. That's important. God Bless.

  25. QUESTION:
    how long can you live without treatment with a brain tumor please help i am a 17 year old male?

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on its location in the brain, if it is cancerous and how fast growing it is. Your age and gender are not really big factors.

  26. QUESTION:
    stage 4 cancer with tumor in brain why treatment?
    My husband (54 yrs) was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer with a 2 ½ tumor in the brain. His Dr's. insisted he go through 12 treatments of radiation when all Jim wanted to do was to come home. All I wanted was longer time with my husband at home and did as they said. Jim stayed in various hospitals for a month for treatment. He was sent home on a Thursday (more or less in a coma) and died on Sat. Night.
    My question: what advantage did the treatments give Jim other than making him sick. Reason I am asking - my best friend’s sister just found that she has the same level with a larger tumor in her brain. Her Dr's. are also insisting in treatment – WHY??
    My husband passed 3 years ago. Every single day I miss him and feel guilty in listening to the Dr.’s instead of listening to Jim’s pleading of just wanting only to go home.
    When Jim was first diagnosed they gave Jim 3-4 months. Instead of taking Jim home I traveled 3 ½ hrs to and from the hospital to be with him so he could have the treatments.
    I remember at one hospital they were giving him pain meds. They finally got the pain level to about 4-5 where he could tolerate the pain. He was able to sit up in bed and even feed himself. Then they reduced the meds so his pain was back up to 8-9. They said they didn’t want him “to be hooked”! What – he was dying!
    I don’t want Joanne (my best friend) to go through what I did with Jim. But need to know if there is a good enough reason for any treatments or if she should just take her sister home and enjoy the remaining days. I don’t want my experience to color any decision that Joanne has to help her family make.

    • ANSWER:
      A doctor can not "insist" on anything, unless the patient is unresponsive and no family is available. Patients have the right to refuse treatment especially in the situation you describe. There is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to fight with furry as long as it is what the patient wants, but when the doctor is exerting his will over the patient's, then they are over stepping their bounds. Patients are often not physically up to fighting for their rights at this point, and this is where living wills come into play and where family must stand up for the rights of the patient when they can't stand up for themselves.

      I hate to say it, but there can be a couple of reasons why a doctor would behave this way. A new oncologist has the desire to cure disease and sees "giving up" as defeat or betrayal by his patient in the fight. They forget the person. You also have to be careful of the doctors that get too caught up with new trial testing. Their testing of new drugs comes to a halt if the terminal patient refuses treatment. Having said that, I will quickly point out that I still hope these docs are few and far between. These are not the kind of doc that I would allow to treat any member of my family, and once you tell a doctor "NO. This is not what he/she wants and this is not what we are going to do" that is usually the end of it. Asking to be evaluated by Hospice care is also a great way to proceed.

      I am really sorry that you & your husband had to go thru this. Yes, it could have been much different for both of you, and probably much more meaningful.

  27. QUESTION:
    what is the best treatment of brain tumor after surgery, can it recovered 100% ?

    • ANSWER:
      Listen to April. If anyone knows she does, but I do have something to say. My sister had brain tumors twice and both times, they were malignant. The first time she had surgery, chemo was done after that and she was declared clean. Her MRI all came back clear. A year later, she got 2 more tumors in different places. One was inoperable and the other was taken out. This time she had radiation instead of chemo. Her last MRI showed the tumor to be completely gone. She has been cancer free now, for 3 yrs and counting. Lets hope it doesn't return.
      April, How are you feeling? I pray for you all the time. God bless, both of you.

  28. QUESTION:
    what is the treatment for brain tumor?

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic Treatment for Brain Tumor: -

      ARSENICUM ALBUM 200 1st night one dose
      PHOSPHORUS 200 2nd night one dose
      To be carried on exactly in the same sequence one night one dose of Arsenic Album the next Phosphorus and follow them up every four hourly with these Cell Salts
      1.KALI PHOS 6X
      2.CALC FLOUR 6X
      3.CALC PHOS 6X
      4,MAG PHOS 6X
      5.SILICEA 6X
      All of these five salts together 4 tablets each every four hours.This prescription will not interfere with the regular medication nor will they cause any side effects or complications of any sort.
      In homeopathy the best way to prescribe is by the exact symptoms the patient tells you. How and what the sick person exactly feels is how homeopathy goes about treating and curing him. So it would be lots better if the patient gives his or her details in their own words not the pathological diagnosis of the doctor.
      Keep me informed about the progress and conditions of the patient on regular basis if you decide to take this prescription.
      Avoid Chocolates, Coffee, Mints, Red Meat and Carbonated and Alcoholic drinks while taking Homeopathic Medicines and keep the medicines away from heat,sunlight,fragrances and scents and do not store in a fridge and keep the lids tightly on at all the times
      Take Care and God Bless you.

  29. QUESTION:
    My 14-year-old daughter was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Please, please give me advice on treatment.?
    I am going to see an oncologist in the morning. Apparently, it is a small tumor in an early stage. Still, I would like to have some questions answered now.

    Is there a way to have it cured without surgery? If so, how? How long will it take?

    For surgery, how long will recovery take,and what will day-to-day life be like? Also, will there be chemo following it?

    Thanks so much, and please recommend the best. (Cost does not matter, so please don't mention it as a downside).

    • ANSWER:
      Hello,

      And I am sorry to hear about your daughters situation. My heart goes out to you both.

      My husband was diagnosed with a very large malignant tumor last year. Despite the shock of the diagnoses I have to tell you, it's been a lot easier than I expected.

      My advice to you is this (and I'm not sure which country you are in - I'm assuming US), if the tumor is malignant and can be surgically removed - do that, my husband recovered with a fortnight and was back to his "normal self" within about a month. Then go with concurrent chemotherapy (temodal) and radiation for 6 weeks and then temodal for 5 days a month.

      I know it all seems overwhelming right now - but the place you are in now is the hardest part - digesting what is happening. But once you come through that initial shock the medical world (oncologists, neuro-surgeons etc) will help you through this.

      There is always hope, and where there is not hope, ask for a second opinion!

      Cheers
      Q&A

  30. QUESTION:
    Who are the leading medical institutes in the research and treatment of Brain Tumours? (Worldwide)?
    I would just like to know who is leading the way in terms of clinical trials, research and treatments of Brain Tumours?

    • ANSWER:
      My brother was diagnosed with a brain tumor a few months ago. He lives in Stamford, CT and had the majority of the tumor in his brain removed by a neurosurgeon at Greenwich Hospital in CT. I don't live in CT but have talked to him on the phone and so far he is doing okay.

      Since he was diagnosed, I've done some research on the internet and receive some email newsletters from brain tumor websites. My brother has not needed the clinical trials because the meds he takes are sufficient so far, but where he lives in CT, nearby New Haven, at Yale University, does clinical trials. I get an email newsletter from www.virtualtrials.com if you want to try their website for present day clinical trials.

      The National Brain Tumor Society might be able to answer your question about leading medical institutes in the research and treatment of brain tumors. I receive email newsletters from them...www.braintumor.org...and they do have a contact page to ask questions.

  31. QUESTION:
    is B5 possible treatment for brain tumor?

    • ANSWER:
      Anything is a possible treatment for anything. If you are asking if Vitamin B5 has shown any evidence of response in the laboratory or clinical trials, the answer is "no". There is no accepted cancer treatment regimen based on Vitamin B5.

  32. QUESTION:
    Has anyone heard of the Peptide treatment for brain tumors?
    I remember Whitaker Wellness Clinic in S. Calif. had something about it, and he mentioned a Dr. Byrzinski (sp?) in Texas, but I wanted to hear anyone who has been helped by such, or has more info. My husband has a tumor, most likely benign at the base of his skull.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not sure, but www.mayoclinic.com has info on treatments...might try there? I hope all turns out well.

  33. QUESTION:
    homeopathic treatment for brain tumor( malignant )to 71 yr old mother, no BP & no sugar?
    tumor size:4.4x4.2x4.0 mass is also infiltrating the adjecent left superior frontal lobe. is traced on 5th September 2006. Suffering from rt leg & rt arm weakness( increasing day by day) rest is normal till now.

    • ANSWER:
      Only after all avenues of treatment with traditional medicine have been exausted do you seek advice from someone not specializing in your Mothers kind of cancer. Dr's specializing in cancer treatment are so knowledgeable now, with all the advances made in medicine, that your Mom needs the best help you can get for her. Good luck and God bless.

  34. QUESTION:
    Brain tumor?
    A friend of mine was diagnosed with a brain tumor 3 years ago. He underwent surgery to de-bulk the tumor and 6 weeks of radiation treatment. He has had MRI's anually. What are the chances of the brain tumor returning and growing?

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on the type of tumor (meningioma, astrocytoma, glioma, etc.) the location in the brain, and the grade of the tumor. Your friend should have gotten a copy of the path lab report from the debulking surgery that will show the grade.

      The WHO (world health org) classifies the grades of tumors (grade I, II, III and IV). Grade I being non-malignant and grade IV the most agressive and invasive.

      If it has been 3 years since the debulking I would assume your friend's tumor was a benign, slow growing tumor and probably the radiation stopped the growth of the residual tumor.

      I had a golf ball sized grade I meningioma removed from the center of my head 3 years ago and have MRI's every 6 months. So far there is no re-growth. The statistical possibility of re-growth within 10 years after my surgery is 20%.

      The best way to find out is to ask your friend. I am not at all bothered if people ask me about my health. I have titanium plates and screws in my skull and currently I have a tiny screw that has backed out and can be felt as a bump under the skin on my forehead. My friends joke that I have a screw loose. Well I guess I do.

  35. QUESTION:
    facts, treatment, and symptoms of brain tumor?
    Im 14 and I think I may have a brain tumor. Ive been having bad headaches since I was 9. Now they've turned into really bad migraines. I often get these sharp pains on the right side of my head like right above my ear. It like thumps and hurts really bad and last like 5 seconds.And about a week ago i started getting small earaches. I've been pretty dizzy alot. And super tired. Ive also been having chest pains but Im not sure if that has anything to do with it. I just wanna get the facts, facts on treatment and the symptoms and stuff. Pleaswe help!

    • ANSWER:

  36. QUESTION:
    hi all: starting temodar rx for treatment of anaplastic astrocytoma brain tumor. strange side effects?
    anyone suffer from side effects? details on fighting those side effects. they sound pretty substantial. thanx mike in conn.

    • ANSWER:
      You asked this question a few days ago. If you are still having this problem please see a doctor. Good luck!

  37. QUESTION:
    Life expectancy after stopping brain cancer treatment?
    If treatment for malignant brain tumors is no longer effective & a patient is told by a doctor to stop treatment, about how long do they have to live?
    I realize that there are a lot of factors that come into play with cancer, but I'm just looking for an estimate?
    If it helps with an estimated answer, there are 20+ brain tumors currently.

    • ANSWER:
      I am guessing less than 2 years. The famous golfer Seve Ballesteros had fewer tumours and had them removed. He died 2 yrs later. Given the spread you describe, <2 yrs sound about right.

      Every person is different though and so are their tumours, of which there are several types. Ask the oncologist for the best estimate.

  38. QUESTION:
    is there any treatment available in homeopathy for brain tumor?

    • ANSWER:
      I have read it in newspaper and also hear that some person have reated but do not have a full proof advidense of it

  39. QUESTION:
    is brain tumour treatment covered by ontario health?
    does OHIP cover brain tumour treatments?

    please cite the information

    • ANSWER:
      if you have ohip, it will cover what is needed. This is the least of your problems. I hope you don't have one.

  40. QUESTION:
    Best Place For Treatment Of Brain Tumors?
    I just found out that a friend has a brain tumor, i would like to know if anyone knows the best place for treatment

    • ANSWER:
      Well I know this. My sister just started treatment at Cancer Treatment Centers of America. We've met numerous people there from all over. There was one lady who initially went to Duke for a brain tumor, and they didn't want to treat her. They basically told her that they couldn't operate and she needed to get her affairs in order. That was two years ago, and now she's a survivor and tumor free. I also met some people who had been to MD Andersen and were told the same thing. As a matter of fact, that's what they told my sister. So I'm not sure if CTCA is THE BEST place to go, but I do know that they do things differently there, and they treat you as a person instead of your cancer. So if you are given bad news, you may want to try there

  41. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between the treatment of brain tumors in the 1940's and today?
    Have the treatments changed much since then?

    • ANSWER:
      Sine the 1940's there has been a huge progress in the treatment of brain tumours. The development of chemotherapeutic agents for some brain tumours has increased survival as well as medications that allow for the management of symptoms meaning people have a better prognosis now than they would have done 60 years ago. The advancement of modern radiotherapy techniques means that tumours can be localised and treated, saving healthy tissue, offering more chance of a cure. We are currently in a brain tumour treatment revolution and constantly developing new techniques to prevent and cure brain tumours.

  42. QUESTION:
    Maximum time a person can live with a brain tumor?
    I'm worried that i may have a brain tumor as im suffering from symptoms. I'm 17 and have had these symptoms for atleast a decade. Inner head pressure, heaviness, short term memory lost, problems understanding/communicating, etc. I get a little nervous when researching the subject but when I did some months ago, I found life expectancy to be 3-5 years max. So how long a person could've lived with a tumor and without treatment?

    • ANSWER:

  43. QUESTION:
    What treatment is out there for small brain tumors that come from breast cancer?
    My daughter has tumors now in her brain from the breast cancer. The breast cancer tumors stopped growing and shrank slightly from treatment with ixempra and xeloda. What treatment works best for the brain tumors?

    • ANSWER:
      Here are some links to information and resources. You have to trust the oncologist and neurologist and pray for her...she could consider joining a clinical trial..

      Brain Tumor Information

      http://www.clinicaltrials.gov/ct/search?term=brain+tumors&submit=Search (brain tumor clinical trials…hit map tab for local trials and don’t forget to turn pages)
      http://www.braintumor.org/patient_info/links/clinical_trials/ (clinical trials)
      http://www.cancer.gov/clinicaltrials/results/brain (results of brain cancer clinical trials)
      http://www.braintumor.org/patient_info/ask_a_professional/ (click on “email a professional” to ask a question about brain tumors)
      http://www.braintumor.org/patient_info/links/physician_listings/ (neurologist link listings..to find a physician)
      http://www.braintumor.org/patient_info/surviving/ (diagnosis and treatment of brain tumors)
      http://www.braintumor.org/patient_info/surviving/brain_anatomy/index2.html (National Brain Tumor Foundation…brain anatomy…run the hand over the brain to view areas and a function box will appear underneath the illustration)
      http://www.braintumor.org/patient_info/surviving/treatment/index.html (common brain tumor treatments and side effects)
      http://www.braintumor.org/patient_info/surviving/treatment_center_database/index.html (treatment center database)
      http://www.braintumor.org/patient_info/surviving/survivor_stories/index.html (survivor stories)
      http://www.braintumor.org/patient_info/surviving/faq/index.html (frequently asked questions)
      http://www.braintumor.org/patient_info/links/brain_tumor_orgs/ (link list of brain tumor organizations)
      http://www.braintumor.org/patient_info/links/alternative_therapy/ (alternative therapy links)
      http://www.braintumor.org/patient_info/links/treatment_resources/ (treatment resources links)
      http://www.braintumor.org/patient_info/links/other_sites/ (related sites link list)
      http://www.braintumor.org/patient_info/connecting_and_coping/support_groups/find.asp (brain tumor support groups)
      http://www.braintumor.org/patient_info/connecting_and_coping/support_groups/online.html (brain tumor online support groups)
      http://www.braintumor.org/patient_info/connecting_and_coping/support_groups/pediatric.html (pediatric support groups…listed for other readers who might need…)
      http://www.braintumor.org/patient_info/connecting_and_coping/message_boards/ (brain tumor message boards)
      http://www.braintumor.org/patient_info/connecting_and_coping/caregivers_corner/ (caregivers corner)
      http://www.braintumor.org/patient_info/links/cancer_orgs/ (link list of cancer organizations)
      http://www.braintumor.org/patient_info/links/financial_assistance/ (financial assistance link list)

      Disability help
      http://www.new-horizons.org/ (organization to help the disabled..resource)
      http://www.new-horizons.org/faqcat.html (frequently asked questions about disability
      help)

      Medicine help
      http://www.pparx.org (partnership for prescription alliance…help with free or low cost medicines)
      http://www.copays.org/ (Patient Advocate Organization…copay assistance for malignant brain tumors)

      Nutrition and Support for cancer patients
      http://www.cancer.org/docroot/MBC/MBC_6.asp? (nutrition for cancer patients)
      http://www.cancer.org/docroot/MIT/mit_0.asp (supporting cancer patients)

      3 books on disease symptoms and treatments

      you could also get these books on ebay or amazon or a half price book store. (last two are very similar)..
      1.Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine
      2.Handbook of Diseases (Lippencott)
      3.Professional Guide to Diseases (Springhouse)

  44. QUESTION:
    brain tumor?
    My son was diagnosed with a tectal plate tumor it the size of a quarter. It is not cancerous. The only treatment he has had is a shunt implant to control the incease fluid inside his brain, actually he`s had three shunts in 4 years . The tumor has cloed off his aqueduct so the csf fluid gets trapped in his head. The doctors just monitor him for the tumor growth. I was looking for someone with this type of tumor ,to see if chemo or radiation has helped.

    • ANSWER:
      Chemo and radiation are used for cancerous tumors, not benign ones.
      Since the neurosurgeons are monitoring the mass and staying on top of the hydrocephalus, there really isn't anything else they can do at the moment. Just continue the follow-up.

  45. QUESTION:
    Chances of survival with a Cancerous Brain tumor in the front right hand side of the brain?
    Around 2 months ago my uncle found out he had a brain tumor. He had 90% of the aggressive tumor removed, but needs treatment for the last 10. He has now been through the hospitalized stage and receiving chemotherapy and radiation treatment daily. I just want to know what his chance of survival are... if any one has similar stories, please tell. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      What cancer was he diagnosed with? He probably has just had about a month or so to heal up and then started the chemo 7 days a week, temodar, hopefully with a good anti nausea like zofran. His radiation probably started at the same time, for 5 days a week, after getting several scans and molding his head mask and setting up the coordinates for the precise delivery of the radiation. When the radiation is over, he will probably get a month break with no treatment, then another scan. He will then start up the temodar again at a much higher dose, for 5 days a month. They will keep a check on his brain every other month. If it doesn't die off, they need to come up with another treatment option, such as avastin, which cuts of the blood supply to tumors, essentially killing it. Doctors can only give general life span averages when it comes to cancer. If he has a gbm, life span is usually around 2yrs or less, BUT many live much longer with all the new treatments being discovered and trialed. I had oligoastrocytoma grade 3, diagnosed aug of '08 and I'm still here and doing pretty good.

  46. QUESTION:
    I've had a brain tumor very dangerous but I'm fine now. As a result of all the treatment I have some problems?
    I act normal and they are not so obvious but hold me back in some ways. Like with jobs and education. People can't see them how can I tell them that I am not being lazy. There are some things that I just can't do. I wish I could but they are not an option.

    • ANSWER:
      Just tell them your story. Tell them, "Hey look, I've had a very serious medical condition and as a result I just simply can't do what you want me to do, end of discussion." They should understand.

  47. QUESTION:
    Do you know of any organization that financially helps medical treatment and travel to India for brain tumor?
    A 7 year old girl and residing in the Philippines has brain tumor known as Craniopharyngioma and referred for treatment in India. Previous surgery, radiation therapy and continuing medication already depleted the family's funds and treatment in India is already beyond their capabilities. Do you know of any foundation/organization that extends financial assistance for medical treatment and travel? Family is searching the internet but they cannot find the right organization. Craniopharyngioma is a benign tumor, but very rare because it affected the optic nerves, pituitary gland, thyroid gland and other vital functions. Thank you and may this lead to positive answer.
    Her survival depends upon the complete removal of the tumor. Besides, the vision of her left eye is much affected by the tumor. Thanks for any answer.
    The link given below by Mr. Villanueva is not useful, when it is opened, it leads to amazon.com. Still, I am thanking him.

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  48. QUESTION:
    I've heard a rumour that one possible treatment for a brain tumour is to rub a piece of bacon on your head?
    I'm not ill and don't have a brain tumour but my colleague, Eddie Bennett, is adament that this is the truth.
    He's just told me that this is not a cure for a brain tumour but is a method of removing tape worm.

    • ANSWER:
      Someone is telling porkies!

  49. QUESTION:
    Please let me know about the brain tumor?
    My sister has brain tumor is there a treatment please i need an answer.

    • ANSWER:
      you mean the doctors are letting you handle the case?

      that must make you feel important

  50. QUESTION:
    Which is better for treating brain tumor, gamma knife, cyberknife, cytotron?
    Which treatment is best for reoccurred brain tumor of small size? And which country is offering best services related to above treatments?

    • ANSWER:
      If possible, they usually suggest repeat surgery aiming for clean margins. For radiation, this depends if the tumor is inside the brain or outside the brain and inside the skull, like meningioma and chondrosarcoma. It also depends if you have had previous radiation to your head.

      There is no-one here who can give you reliable medical information.

      I would suggest the USA too, because medicine there is set up as a business and customers are welcome.

      Edit: Cytotron seems to be a scam:

      http://nirmukta.com/2010/05/06/cancer-cure-scam-cytotron-therapy-ad-continues-to-run-in-newspapers/


Brain Tumor Symptoms In Women

Despite significant advances in cancer research and treatment, one form of cancer - brain tumors - remain particularly feared, and for good reason. Because of their location, brain tumors can severely impact an individual's personality, memories and basic motor skills, robbing the patient of their very being. Gene therapy approaches involve the insertion of genes into growing br 00004000 ain tumors, rendering them more sensitive to some chemotherapeutic agents that are relatively non-toxic to the rest of the body. Some promising experiments have demonstrated that with insertion of genes into animal brain tumor cells and administration of chemotherapy, complete destruction of the tumor may be possible without spread of the tumor.

One area showing substantial promise in brain tumor treatment is based on an immunotherapeutic approach; that is, using a patient's immune system as an instrument for cancer therapy. This approach is premised on a body's immune response toward cells bearing tumor markers or antigens. There are many different types of brain tumors. Doctors use a method that is referred to as "Classification". This is nothing more than grouping the many different types of brain tumors according to the characteristics that they possess. Naturally, each of the tumors that affect the brain are issued a specific names. Acoustic Neuroma is a tumor that directly impacts the nerve that assists in hearing. Individuals that have immune systems that are in a state of malfunction may develop a CNS lymphoma brain tumor. However, individuals that have properly function immune systems have been found to suffer from these types of tumors as well. Typically, these tumors will invade the cerebral hemispheres.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Symptoms...what does this mean?brain tumor?
    my mum has had trouble in her right ear,
    on that side of her face, it has gone numb and doesn't feel that it moves the way that she wants it to.like its not so easily controlled.
    her eyesight she thinks, has gotten worse, but an eye checkup says its fine, so shes putting it down to tiredness.
    her ear is also blocked up?
    ive just been watching a tv show, and a woman had the same symptoms, her was a brain tumor?
    does anyone know anything about this?
    she has Lupus

    • ANSWER:

  2. QUESTION:
    brain tumor?
    yeah for the past few months i've been really really thirsty, and no matter how much water, gatorade etc i drink, it never goes away. and i get these really sharp pains in my temple sometimes and really bad migraines. i was watching a show with my mom one night and this woman had the same symptoms i did, and she was training to be a neurologist and she thought she had a brain tumor. i didn't watch the rest so i don't know if she actually did. also, i haven't been sick all winter, while everyone around me has had like mono and the flu and meningitis, which you'd think would be good, but to me that means my white blood cell count is high so anytime i contract something, my body just kills it off right away because there's so many white blood cells fighting off something bigger that the cold or flu or infection just gets swamped with white blood cells. do i have something wrong with me???
    my mom wont take me to the doctors because she thinks it's nothing serious

    • ANSWER:
      Polydypsia, the medical term for needing to drink a lot can be caused by diabetes. Since this is such a common cause, I would have this checked by a doctor before assuming that it is something much more rare, like a brain tumor.

  3. QUESTION:
    92 year old woman diagnosed witha brain tumor using ct and mri scans. slight weakness on the right side?
    woman diagnosed with a brain tumor in the emergency room for a minor accident. Brain tumor diagnosed with MRI & CT scans. Minor symptoms weakness on left side, which happened with a stroke 2 years ago. Due to age and location deep in brain no biopsy recommended. She is undergoing radiation and steroid therapy (which does seem to have side effects) She is now 1/2 way through with therapy and still no symptoms. They do not recommend surgery due to location and size. Has anyone else had any experience with something like this in an older person and what are her chances of recovery?

    • ANSWER:
      Biopsies are rarely recommended for brain tumors as they need to be removed and if it is cancer it would not change the surgical approach, so what would be the point? She obviously has not always had this as she would have had a scan 2 years ago. There is no way to tell how well she will do based on your statement. It depends on how well the tumor responds to treatment and fast it grows. You should go with her to one of her appointments and speak with the radiation oncologist who can answer your questions.

  4. QUESTION:
    Do I show symptoms of a brain tumour?
    I am 18 and the doctor says I'm healthy, but I often feel sick and I think there's something wrong with me. I used to think it was my blood, but I recently watched a movie in which the main character has a brain tumour, and I fear I might have one, too.

    I get slight headaches after long and painful days. They're never bad enough to make me stop doing whatever I'm doing, it's just a small ache that is bearable. I do get very dizzy sometimes, though. When I think about something upsetting, I get a warm feeling all over my body and sometimes, my legs stop working for a second and I fall. I also have begun to have problems with some people's names. For instance, if a woman is named Anne, I'll call her Anna. I just usually change people's names a bit like Taylor becomes Tyler, Mary becomes Maria, and so on.

    Do you think it might be a brain tumour? The lady in the movie was told she had a year to live, and I fear that year might have already begun for me and that I'm closer and closer to death, although I have been feeling rather lively and energetic lately.

    • ANSWER:
      You know your body best. If you are noticing marked changes in cognitive ability, balance and equilibrium, and other somatic symptoms which you've never had, you may want to talk to your physician and see if an MRI is in order.

      Granted, we tend to live in an age where people hear of symptoms and jump to the conclusion that they, too, are afflicted with Thompson's Systemic Retromyopthia Pathenogenesis (I made that up so don't Google it.) Point being: unless you have a really strong reason to believe that something is going on inside your body, you're probably OK. But if it would put your mind at ease, maybe having an MRI is not a bad idea.

  5. QUESTION:
    Women Health - Answer seriously please. (Brain tumors.)?
    i have been SO worried over the last couple months that i have a brain tumor, (im being tested for bipolar as that runs in my family, and i have every symptom. im also a hypocondriac) anyway yeah i worried SICK i even worried myself to tears, so i went the opticans today and he said my sights fine, and that im above average, just slightly short sighted in one eye than the other. he said i didnt need glasses. i thought i was fine then, all worry gone. but then i seen someone said on here, brain tumors arnt detected by eye tests :( my brother has an optical glioma, but his was picked up in his eye test at the age of 7 (even though he'd had it since he was 2!) he said i was ''past the danger zone'' so am i ok? will a blood test get me more answers, or shall i stop worrying?

    i suffer chronic fatigue atm cause i had glandular fever 2 years ago, and the fatigue can last up to 5 years, plus i have 3-4hours sleep each night.
    im 16. 6 stone 5. and 5 foot 4. i eat junk food, dont drink water, and yet im still skinny. im also suffering severe anxiety and panic attacks.

    • ANSWER:
      I think you answered your own question when you said you are a hypochondriac. This isn't about your physical health, it's about your psychological health. You seem to be very obsessive about your health. I would go see a psychiatrist. You can have as many tests and as much lab work done as you want but for hypochondriacs, results showing that you are healthy only reduce the anxiety for a very short period of time before the obsession shifts to another illness.

  6. QUESTION:
    Brain Tumor Question: All answers appreciated.?
    Most everyone in my family has vision problems. When my glasses broke we did not have the money to repair them, so I tried to make due. It was only supposed to be for about a month, but that month turned into over a year. I had such a hard time in school, and I had constant headaches. The pain was unbearable and often I would just stat crying in the middle of class. My mother said the headaches were because I was straining my eyes and she finally took me to the eye doctor. The woman who was checking my eyes said that there was something wrong and I needed to get it checked out immediately. I'll save you the long horrific story, but basically I went from doctor to doctor to doctor...doing nothing but tests and having them stick things in my eyes. The the doctors said based on the MRI and countless tests that they believed I may have a small brain tumor. However, they still wanted to do more tests to make sure. Eventually over the next month they said I seemed to be progressing so they were not going to worry about it. I still don't know whats wrong with me, and I still have all the symptoms. Could everyone please give me their input?

    Some of my symptoms are:
    -Constant headaches (Mostly on the left side of my head)
    -Nausea every single morning (no im not pregnant)
    -Difficulty concentrating
    -Difficulty remembering simple things
    -Some days I wont be able to pronounce anything right

    Any answer is much appreciated!(:

    • ANSWER:
      Well you have several signs of a brain tumor. I would say to you "Go get an MRI " BUT you already did that and they told you that you DO have a small brain tumor?? so obvoiusly thats it?? I thought i had one, and got an MRI and htey said my result was normal. i dont think theyd tell you there was a brain tumor if there wasn't. maybe they just dont want to biopsy it cause it too dangerous. maybe if it doesnt grow then it wont affect you. do reading up on brain tumors. If your not satisifed with what the doctor had said you should question himj again. just be like "look im still worried . you said i have a brain tumor. i dont get why your letting it go. can you explain it to me, because im confused as to why nothings been done"

  7. QUESTION:
    Help needed: Neurological symptoms?
    Can you please help me to try to figure out what is going on based on these symptoms?

    History...
    Age ~20 years old
    Female
    Athletic w/ no previous health issues whatsoever.

    Last year, out of the blue she experienced strange right side weakness- trouble walking, tiredness, headache- slight slurred speech, slight right eye droop and some numbness in right foot. Over several days, she was "thoroughly" tested at a renowned teaching hospital. They did CBC's- tested for all the usual suspects e.g., Lyme Disease; Meningitis; Stroke (did an MRI); MS and more and still found absolutely NOTHING. Perhaps out of their own frustration, at one point, one of her doctors (they work as a team) suggested "it might" even be in her head or at least there could be a psychological component- this was mentioned only because they could not find anything. She did not present any other behaviors to make the Dr. suggest that, nor did he insist it was all in her head. She is actually a very balanced and happy person- slightly more than average since she is an athlete and very extroverted- zero history of seeking attention- that's just not her.

    After about a week, last year, ALL the symptoms went away and all was good (100% asymptomatic)...

    Fast forward to very recently- she was in her room trying to put the cap back on a bottle and could not line things up- she quickly became disoriented and instantly passed out (or blacked out or something!)...she crashed to the floor- woke almost instantly with little recall of the event.

    The day before the most recent event (where she passed out or blacked out), she had reported having slight difficulty hearing out of her right ear. Since the ear is near the brain, could it be a brain aneurysm or a brain tumor or a blood clot? What would cause the loss of hearing? Could it be a bacterial infection or inflammation that resolves as quickly as it comes on leaving little to no trace- almost like a bolt of lightening?

    She went to the Dr. and they said since it happened in the morning they are not so concerned as woman can pass out occasionally- the Dr. also removed some ear wax. This sounds like a very superficial exam by a general doctor and it doesn't seem like an accurate diagnosis, especially considering the problems she had last year- right around this time (could it be seasonal?) The symptoms were similar last year but she has never passed out before.

    Given she was asymptomatic for a year, could it be viral- like something going into a remission near the spinal cord. That would seem to explain the neurological symptoms. Will it just take this thing going to the next level before the Dr.'s will be able to identify what is wrong? It seems as if she has a lot of symptoms already but I realize they cannot always come up with a definitive diagnosis and that is the frustrating part.

    Also, her room, where she sleeps is on the ground floor (garage level) in her house- not exactly the basement but could it be mold? It was tested once a few years ago but nothing was detected. No one else in the house has any of these symptoms.

    ANY SUGGESTIONS OR YOUR THOUGHTS ON WHAT THIS COULD BE WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED- suggestions on types of specialists she should seek, etc.
    ***Vision in her right eye was also slightly impaired around this time- leading up to and through her fainting spell***

    THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR VALUABLE OPINIONS- much appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like Lyme Disease. I know you said they ruled it out, but what test did they use? Was it the ELISA? If so, you should know that test is very unreliable and misses most cases. The only reliable Lyme test is from Igenex and even then should only be used to confirm the clinical diagnosis of Lyme. Find a LLMD (lyme literate medical doctor) and have them evaluate your symptoms. Lyme gets harder to treat the longer you have it so please don't waste time.

      I was misdiagnosed for over a decade and have had many neurological problems including seizures, nerve death, part of my spinal cord eaten away, and paralysis. I don't say that to scare you but to encourage you to at least look into Lyme a bit more to be sure nothing is being missed.

  8. QUESTION:
    should i keep my ob or get a new one???(urgent)(long sorry guys)?
    ok so i went to see my obgyn two days ago...and i went in to get a pap and to get comfirmation on wether or not im pregnant..now im not sure how good she is..but i took from the fact that its almost inpossible to get in to see her that she must be a good doctor...well i went in and they did a urine preg test on me..and it came back BFN...so when she came in she told me and i told her i kept getting negative on the hpt's and that i still havnt had my period in like 3 months...and i named off all the various symptoms that ive been having related to pregnancy..including the ever present fluttering in my tummy..and she said that the urine test they did on me was fool proof and it was never wrong and that i probably have a brain tumor and thats whats causeing all the symptoms...so i told her about my aunts issue with not being able to suffeciently produce that hormone that is detected by the urine tests...and that she didnt actually test a posative pregnancy test untill she was actually in labor..and she told me that that was not at all possible and my aunt must have been lying and there is no way possible that i am pregnant right now..well the thing is i was there through my aunts whole pregnancy i saw all the negative testa as she got bigger and bigger...and then went into labor..and when she was done and my cousin was born..the doctor told her she finally tested a posative test while in labor...cuz they do that drug test and whatnot...and yea..i was there forthat to so i know it happens maybe not very often bt it does happen and all the women in my family are like super firtle...and its not like im trying to hang onto the possible pregnancy..but the fact remains the same when you press on my tummy it feels like there a baby in there and is im laying in my back for a while and really still and press in it i somtimes can feel somthing in there moving...or i think i can..it may be gas..but still i wanna know if she is basically a crackpot and a bad docter for telling me these things..or is she telling me the truth and im i just imagining things..and to sum things up she insisted that i go onto birth control right away to prevent future pregnancys and she gave me a tetnace shot..so im not sure what she was doing..

    • ANSWER:
      Go to a different doctor and demand a blood test those things are fool proof a urine test can give you false negatives. I got a million negatives and still had something like a period so i thought i was fine, everyone told me i'm crazy then i finally missed a period and tested positive. So you're not crazy anything is possible with pregnancy and i mean anything. Get a different doctor she's a nut job.

  9. QUESTION:
    What's the best way to cope with my current anger?
    I'm not going to lie, I'm an angry person, but I've learned to control it very well, but tonight something set me off...my fiances parents won't get her an MRI even though she's showing symptoms of a possible brain tumor in the posterior fossa, I'm not a doctor but I've studied medicine, I'm extremely interested in the human brain, mind, and psyche, and thus I've studied those the most, but her parents won't listen, they say that it's just headaches, and her weakness, being tired, and inability to focus is simply her being lazy. When she said she thought she needed an MRI they said it's probably nothing and no because an MRI is a thousand dollar procedure...I don't know, but I'm pretty damn sure that that's saying "you're not worth a thousand dollars to possibly save your life", we're talking about my future wife, and their daughter for Christ sake! I'm more than pissed at them...and at the same time I'm scared for the life of the woman I love...she's the only reason I'm still alive, and if I lose her I lose myself to...please if you have any advice on controling my anger, or convicing her parents, or even info on brain tumors, please share it with me.

    • ANSWER:
      That, my friend, would be called righteous anger.

      I hope you find a solution to your issues, and I hope your soon-to-be-wife's issues aren't severe. Good luck, mate

  10. QUESTION:
    I think my cousin has Aids. We aren't sure but many of us believe so. Why does he refuse to say what's wrong ?
    My cousin who is 38 years/old is very sick. A lot of us in the family think so but every time he goes to the doctor, he tell us a different story. He had Tuberculosis, he had longs problems, he lost a lot of weight... But he also had brain tumor which was removed but he keep collapsing and having these long problems all the time. he's on a lot of pills. I worked at a health center before and I used to translate for people who has Aids that get treatment at the clinic; so I know a lot from that job about symptoms and pills that those patients have and take. My cousin has similar symptoms and take some similar pills. But I have to say that he keeps have fluid in his brain all the time that has to be drained (3 times so far since after the surgery). The problem is he keeps putting everything on the brain tumor but I don't believe him, we don't believe him. He had some relationships with weird people after being a priest. He was practicing abstinence as a priest but after years being a priest he left because he couldn't stand the corruption going on between priests (he say priests were having sex with each other and he was disgusted) Then, he started dating some women and he also had sex, we believe unprotected sex with women that are very promiscuous. He told me he doesn't have Aids but his brother's wife says that he does. She says the doctor said so when he first collapsed. I'm not scared or have any problem with a Aids victim. I consider it as a normal desease just like cancer for example. Why some people still think someone with Aids is like the devil? And why my cousin wouldn't tell us what's wrong with him? Should we wait when he collapses again and go to the doctor and ask?
    I'm there for him and we are a very close family. We don't hide things from each other. We are not the typical Americans who don't give an danm about other family members. We want to know so we can ensure that he's taken care of. He's sometime careless and does like he wants to die. That's why it would be better if we know what he suffers from.

    • ANSWER:
      From what you have said, I totally understand why he doesn't say anything. There is still a stigma if you are HIV+ (and he could be HIV+ and not have AIDS, so when he says he doesn't have AIDS he is not lying) Being a priest he could feel that he has let others down, but more importantly himself. As other questions on here have stated people still think of HIV/AIDS as a gay disease. So with all of these thoughts, a former priest, an illness linked to being gay and felling he has let people down, his self esteem is more than likely very low. Even if you and your family are accepting of everything, he may not be and it is very hard to face your own mortality when you have not met your own personal standard.

      What I would suggest, is just be the loving. caring, nurturing person you sound to be and stop asking, you won't become infected by him so love him, give him his space, and maybe when he reaches a level of comfort he might be willing to share.comfort level with himself he then may be willing to share

  11. QUESTION:
    Possibly pregnant, is it worth going to the hospital?
    My friend suspects she may be pregnant - in all honesty i doubt whether she is or not. We went o the clinic and i didnt go in the room with her but she came out saying that the woman said "it is impossible to have all them symptoms at once and not be pregnant theres no other illness which gives the same symptoms, you're definitely pregnant but we can't do a test for 3 weeks" now i don't really believe this because I had a brain tumour scare and had pregnancy symptoms.. and she has already missed 2 periods so why would they wait 3 weeks? What do you think? ANYWAY.. back to the main point... she's saying she keeps being sick and feels really faint, can't keep anything do etc. She's asked me to go hospital with her but we are wondering if there is any point? Considering the pregnancy hasn't been confirmed and what can they really do? Is it worth going? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      If she is sick and keeps feeling faint, take her to the hospital. Don't go "because she is pregnant", go because she feels faint and can't keep anything down. She is probably dehydrated.

      As far as the first visit...if she already missed two periods there would be no reason to wait to test. They may have wanted to wait to do an ultrasound until they were sure they could see a heartbeat...but at 8 weeks pregnant (2 missed periods) they should have been able to hear the heartbeat with a stethoscope.

  12. QUESTION:
    What do you think causes early puberty?
    After asking a question about this, i'm curious about it.. I've came up with these things so far that "may" cause it! I've heard of all of these possible causes except for the "media factor"...I've never actually "heard" of soy based formula causing it, but I do know that soy has a type of estrogen in it, and that some women use it to off set symptoms of menopause.. I also had a friend who was taking it because she was diabetic, and it make her endometriosis worse because of the estrogen in it..

    What are your thoughts on this?

    Possible Causes of Early Puberty
    Note to parents: because early puberty can be caused by some serious conditions, including certain types of brain tumors and thyroid diseases, it is important to consult a doctor if you are concerned about your daughter's development, especially if you have no family history of early puberty.

    Genetic factors. If a girl's mother, sisters, and other female relatives experienced early puberty, the chances are very strong she will too.
    Obesity. As the rate of childhood obesity has exploded, so has the rate of precocious puberty. This is one of the most widely accepted theories about the rise in early puberty rates. Estrogen and leptin, two important hormones in puberty, are produced by fat cells, and many researchers believe puberty in girls is triggered when the body reaches a certain percentage of fat, in combination with other factors. This is one reason many competitive youth athletes experience later puberty than their peers.

    Xenoestrogens. Xenoestrogens are man-made compounds that mimic the behavior of natural estrogen in the body. They occur in everything from plastic baby bottles and food storage containers to shampoo, cosmetics, and sunscreen to pesticides and insecticides used in residential and agricultural pest control to growth hormones fed to the animals that produce our meat, milk and eggs to the water we bathe in. Some shampoos targeted at the African-American community even advertise their estrogen content. Many scientists believe xenoestrogens are a major contributing factor to the epidemic of precocious puberty; others believe they are only minor contributors.

    Soy-based infant formula. Soy has one of the highest concentrations of phytoestrogens, which are naturally occurring plant estrogens. In adults, phytoestrogens are generally considered neutral or even beneficial, especially from dietary sources. However, some researchers feel that the concentration of phytoestrogen in soy infant formulas may reach dangerous levels because these formulas are the only or primary source of nourishment for so long. These researchers claim that infants fed soy formula receive the estrogen equivalent of five birth control pills per day (based on body weight). About 25% of infants in the United States are fed soy-based formulas.

    Sexualized television and media. In one controversial theory, some researchers claim that exposure to sexualized media may be contributing to the increase in cases of early puberty. It is clear that visual stimuli affect the brain and body chemistry. For example, a photograph of a delicious looking meal causes people to salivate. However, the degree to which media depictions of sex could affect brain and body chemistry is still extremely uncertain and highly controversial.
    Get me out... that would include the Xenoestrogens in case you did not read what was put down!

    • ANSWER:
      I am not sure about this...

      In my early years I spent several months in and Africa country called Eritrea, and the girls there still started puberty at the same age, between 10 -13. They hardly ever see a TV and the meat and milk is mostly from their own home grown goats. The reason why I knew about their early age is because once a girl has her period that means she can be married off. Pregnant 13 year old brides was common.

      Very interesting read tho....

  13. QUESTION:
    Question about Possible Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis?
    A very good friend of mine has recently been going thru serious health issues. He was admitted to the ER almost four weeks ago. They did very little, he was dismissed. He went in to the ER as his arm had gone numb and tingly, barely able to use it, confusion, disorientation, not walking straight, clearly a neurolgical issue of some sort. The next day it worsened so he went to his regular MD. An MRI of the brain was ordered, but he had to wait a week - despite these serious symptoms he still had to wait a week (sounds bizarre to me as this sounds like a serious emergency). He got the MRI and his MD told him that it did come back abnormal, but that he was not a specialist and he would have to refer him to a Neurologist. He said the white matter on the MRI suggested a possible stroke, MS or a brain tumor. I think the doctor feels most strongly that it is MS. However, it seems that most people get MS under the age of 30. He is 45 years old and has never had any type of attack before this one. The neurologist appt was scheduled three weeks out. Again, this seems crazy to me that they are waiting this long to treat this man.

    Iin the meantime since that first ER visit he has gone way downhill. The numbness has progressed to his leg, so he can barely use his left arm or his left leg. He can no longer work or drive. He can feel tingling in his face which makes him fear that might be next. He has confusion and disorientation. He has basically went from a healthy 45 year old male to almost an invalid. I feel so horrible for him because he has fallen several times and he even thinks right now he has broken his shoulder, but the medical profession seems to act like they simply don't care. I even called his neurologist myself to ensure they knew how serious this was, and the woman on the phone said 'i'm sorry, we don't have any openings for 3 weeks, he can try going to emergency, but they won't know how to read his MRI".

    Is this normal to be treated this way? And if anyone has knowledge of MS, does that sound like this is what is going on? Or brain tumor? Stroke? I initially thought maybe he had a stroke since his age seems old for a new MS diagnosis, but I clearly am not an expert at all.

    If anyone has anything to share on this please comment. Am I crazy for thinking that a brain issue should be handled immediately in case there is swelling that needs to be addressed to avoid permanent damage? I kow someone recently who had a brain injury and he was treated very stealthy and swiftly so as to try to avoid permanenet damage.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Sara, First off, I am sorry that your friend is ill. I also sympathize with the anguish that you are feeling.

      I have had MS for 20 years now. MS is a very difficult disease to diagnose. There is absolutely no test that can definitively diagnose it. Doctors must first rule out no less than 35 other diseases and conditions ranging from something as simple as a vitamin B12 deficiency to something as deadly as ALS (Lou Gerigs Disease). The MRI is used to look for the lesions that are indicative of multiple sclerosis. These lesions frequently do not appear at the onset of the disease. Instead they appear months and months later. They can be so small that they do not even show up on the MRI. Some doctors will then resort to doing a lumbar puncture but this method is even less reliable than the MRI. In conjunction with the MRI, doctors must observe two flare-ups of MS symptoms and administer a neurological exam.

      Further complicating a diagnosis of MS is the fact that there as many types of lesions as there are stars in the sky. If a neurologist is not a specialist in MS, there is a good chance that they will not be able to identify the lesions. For this reason, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society keeps a list of neurologists across the country which is available upon request to anyone anywhere. There number is 1-800-344-4867. Keep in mind that it takes up to three months to get into the office of a top notch MS neurologist.

      I had a very similar experience to your friend. I awakened one morning to find I had gone blind in one. eye. As the day progressed, I became more and more unsteady. By sundown I could barely walk and my speech was so slurred that no one could understand me. Over time things just got progressively worse. My IQ dropped drastically and my short term memory was just about nonexistant. For all intensive purposes, one could watch me and seriously consider institutionalizing me. I was helpless. Six months later I was back to normal. I applied to a university and was .accepted into a their masters program.

      The point here is that if your friend has MS, the chanes are that the type he has is relapsing/remitting. This means that he will have a flare up of symptoms for a unspecified period of time. After that his body will begin to repair itself and symptoms will slowly abate. About 15% of us who get MS, will get the progressive type, which will cause disability. These people do not repair.

      I assure you that the hospital would never have released your friend if his brain were swollen. I can also tell you that if emergency rooms had specialists on hand to treat every medical specialty, the cost of medical care would escalate to the very end of the universe. Emergency rooms are not staffed to treat cancers, birth defects, bone malformations, microvascular disorders, lyme disease and the list goes on and on and on. And no, there is no way anyone in any emergency room anywhere would be able to find the 10 millimeter lesions typical of MS.

      You might want to go to the site of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society at http://www.nmss.org
      It has the most reliable and exhaustive information on MS.

      Please feel free to email me.

  14. QUESTION:
    Question about possible MS Diagnosis?
    A very good friend of mine has recently been going thru serious health issues. He was admitted to the ER almost four weeks ago. They did very little, he was dismissed. He went in to the ER as his arm had gone numb and tingly, barely able to use it, confusion, disorientation, not walking straight, clearly a neurolgical issue of some sort. The next day it worsened so he went to his regular MD. An MRI of the brain was ordered, but he had to wait a week - despite these serious symptoms he still had to wait a week (sounds bizarre to me as this sounds like a serious emergency). He got the MRI and his MD told him that it did come back abnormal, but that he was not a specialist and he would have to refer him to a Neurologist. He said the white matter on the MRI suggested a possible stroke, MS or a brain tumor. I think the doctor feels most strongly that it is MS. However, it seems that most people get MS under the age of 30. He is 45 years old and has never had any type of attack before this one. The neurologist appt was scheduled three weeks out. Again, this seems crazy to me that they are waiting this long to treat this man.

    Iin the meantime since that first ER visit he has gone way downhill. The numbness has progressed to his leg, so he can barely use his left arm or his left leg. He can no longer work or drive. He can feel tingling in his face which makes him fear that might be next. He has confusion and disorientation. He has basically went from a healthy 45 year old male to almost an invalid. I feel so horrible for him because he has fallen several times and he even thinks right now he has broken his shoulder, but the medical profession seems to act like they simply don't care. I even called his neurologist myself to ensure they knew how serious this was, and the woman on the phone said 'i'm sorry, we don't have any openings for 3 weeks, he can try going to emergency, but they won't know how to read his MRI".

    Is this normal to be treated this way? And if anyone has knowledge of MS, does that sound like this is what is going on? Or brain tumor? Stroke? I initially thought maybe he had a stroke since his age seems old for a new MS diagnosis, but I clearly am not an expert at all.

    If anyone has anything to share on this please comment. Am I crazy for thinking that a brain issue should be handled immediately in case there is swelling that needs to be addressed to avoid permanent damage? I kow someone recently who had a brain injury and he was treated very stealthy and swiftly so as to try to avoid permanenet damage.

    • ANSWER:
      You are correct that this should be handled more expeditiously unless the initial findings on the MRI signify a non imminent threat to his life or permanent damage left untreated. However, the medical system is far from perfect and who gets proper treatment and especially in a timely manner is not relegated by what is 'proper'.

      I would be looking for another neurologist who could see this case sooner if possible.

      Based on your thoughts and report this is atypical of MS. It can present this late in life, and has likely existed for some years if it does turn out to be the cause. However, while MS is typical of having patterns of flares and then remissions.. it does not typically progress this rapidly from a non symptomatic patient. It seems like your friend was fine one day and then in a matter of less than a month he has this level of neurological difficulty. This would be more inline with a tumor or possibly a stroke. A stroke would generally be an immediate fine one moment not the next. A tumor can start to show signs like this as it finally reaches a level of excessively increasing cranial pressure, or placing pressure on a particularly crucial area of the brain which would exhibit the various symptoms.

      If MS, there is no real urgency.. however this is far from confirmed. Further, a tumor of any significant size should be fairly evident even to a general practitioner. A stroke not so much.

      As for the brain injury -- these are always considered emergencies and thankfully treated as such with immediate imaging , and even neurosurgery if necessary.

      I wish your friend the best,

  15. QUESTION:
    Question about a possible MS Diagnosis?
    A very good friend of mine has recently been going thru serious health issues. He was admitted to the ER almost four weeks ago. They did very little, he was dismissed. He went in to the ER as his arm had gone numb and tingly, barely able to use it, confusion, disorientation, not walking straight, clearly a neurolgical issue of some sort. The next day it worsened so he went to his regular MD. An MRI of the brain was ordered, but he had to wait a week - despite these serious symptoms he still had to wait a week (sounds bizarre to me as this sounds like a serious emergency). He got the MRI and his MD told him that it did come back abnormal, but that he was not a specialist and he would have to refer him to a Neurologist. He said the white matter on the MRI suggested a possible stroke, MS or a brain tumor. I think the doctor feels most strongly that it is MS. However, it seems that most people get MS under the age of 30. He is 45 years old and has never had any type of attack before this one. The neurologist appt was scheduled three weeks out. Again, this seems crazy to me that they are waiting this long to treat this man.

    Iin the meantime since that first ER visit he has gone way downhill. The numbness has progressed to his leg, so he can barely use his left arm or his left leg. He can no longer work or drive. He can feel tingling in his face which makes him fear that might be next. He has confusion and disorientation. He has basically went from a healthy 45 year old male to almost an invalid. I feel so horrible for him because he has fallen several times and he even thinks right now he has broken his shoulder, but the medical profession seems to act like they simply don't care. I even called his neurologist myself to ensure they knew how serious this was, and the woman on the phone said 'i'm sorry, we don't have any openings for 3 weeks, he can try going to emergency, but they won't know how to read his MRI".

    Is this normal to be treated this way? And if anyone has knowledge of MS, does that sound like this is what is going on? Or brain tumor? Stroke? I initially thought maybe he had a stroke since his age seems old for a new MS diagnosis, but I clearly am not an expert at all.

    If anyone has anything to share on this please comment. Am I crazy for thinking that a brain issue should be handled immediately in case there is swelling that needs to be addressed to avoid permanent damage? I kow someone recently who had a brain injury and he was treated very stealthy and swiftly so as to try to avoid permanenet damage.

    • ANSWER:

  16. QUESTION:
    Anatomy Questions, please help?
    Question 1.
    Intermuscluar injections are often given in the gluteal region but not just anywhere in the gluteal region. In order to avoid the sciatic nerve and larger gluteal blood vessels, the nurse will put the needle about 2 inches below the iliac crest in the upper outer quadrant of the gluteal region. Which muscle is the needle most likely to hit?
    a piriformis
    b hamstring group
    c quadricep group
    d gluteus medius
    e gluteus maximus

    Question 2.
    If someone had a new genetic disease that prevented the formation of ependymal cells specifically, which of the following would be true of someone who has this disease?
    a no myelination in the PNS
    b no myelination in the CNS
    c chronic infections in the brain
    d less than normal levels of CSF
    e lack of a blood - brain barrier

    Question 3.
    When someone gets lumbar epidural anesthesia, where does the physician put the needle?
    a deep to the pia mater
    b deep to the arachnoid mater
    c deep to the dura mater
    d in the subarachnoid space
    e superficial to the dura mater

    Question 4.
    If someone fractured their L5 vertebae, does that mean they also damaged their spinal cord?
    a yes
    b no

    Question 5.
    If someone had food poisoning from botulism toxin, what type of symptoms might they exhibit?
    a muscle spasms
    b "lockjaw"
    c difficulty breathing due to spasms in the respiratory muscles
    d droopy eyelid
    e spasming facial muscles

    Question 6.
    Which of the following is innervated by a somatic efferent neuron?
    a smooth muscle around the stomach
    b cardiac muscle
    c pain receptor in skin
    d touch receptor in skin
    e hamstring muscle

    Question 7.
    All dendrites and axons in the PNS are myelinated.
    a True
    b False

    Question 8.
    In the brain, white matter is composed of nerve fibers that are myelinated by oligodendrocytes. In the spinal cord, white matter is composed of nerve fibers that are myelinated by Schwann cells.
    a True
    b False

    Question 9.
    A woman was stabbed in her back and the knife damaged one of her posterior (dorsal) rami on the right side of her body. Which of the following is a result of her injury?
    a flaccid paralysis of some of her back muscles
    b numbness in a small area of her back
    c spastic paralysis of some of her back muscles
    d flaccid paralysis of some of her back muscles and numbness in a small area of her back
    e spastic paralysis of some of her back muscles and numbness in a small area of her back

    Question 10.
    A man has a brain tumor in his right primary motor cortex which specifically damages the upper motor neurons of the lateral corticospinal tract. Which of the following is TRUE?
    a he will have spastic paralysis on the right side of his body
    b he will have flaccid paralysis on the right side of his body
    c he will have spastic paralysis on the left side of his body
    d he will have flaccid paralysis on the left side of his body
    e he will have no pain sensation from the left side of his body

    • ANSWER:
      Do your own homework - you may even pass your final.

  17. QUESTION:
    MATURE ANSWERS marriage and sex im confused...?
    I am civil partnered. I have been going through a lot of stress lately finding out my father may have a brain tumor or MS other people in my family have MS and i have been having symptoms and will need to be tested. I have come to the end of my year at university all at the same time and have been drowning in all the panic and stress on my shoulders. I suffer from panic attacks also and find sex a very important role in calming that situation. This is the subject that i need to talk about. I was a zombie for a week after finding out the bad news of my father and suddenly my emotions poured out in anger. I needed to release i got angry very very angry but my wife argued back with me and got very abusive. I am aware i must have been a nightmare to live with and my mood swings were very un-predictable but my wife was in my eyes awful to me. I tried to explain to her the situaion that i needed to release and i needed her to be there for me. For the three days that i was bad she hardly stuck around for me and made situations a lot worse by telling me i was pathetic and throwing her civil partner ring at me. She was calm for some parts of my 3 days of hell but for very very short times. I have had to deal with her past her problems her troubles for a long time and this is the first time i have recieved bad news within our relationship and her answer was she is not super woman she can not cope wich in my eyes was rediculous as all i was asking her to do was be there for me. She dissapointed me greatly. Anyway back to the sex my wife and i have spoken before and she has owned up to controlling our sex life before as her mother took control away from her and she didnt know how to gain it back for herself and when we would anrgue for days/weeks after that she would controll our sex life just because she could and it made her feel better about herself. Well as i said i suffer from panic attacks and my head was going a mile a minute and i needed her to calm me down i needed her to just take control of me and calm me in a beautiful intimate way. I know we were arguing but we love each other and this would have been a major supportive step for her to help me with. She said no she wouldnt at proceeded to argue with me about it. I tried to explain that i was not pressuring her in the slightest i was being loving a kind we cuddling and kissing and she just said no i told her i wouldnt have to touch her if she'd like and she continued say NO! she went back to our other house and masturbated....without me. This hurt me so badly. She has full control over what happens to her body and i respect that so much but to turn me down in such a nasty way and then to do this? i don't understand. It was so hurtful because it was the only thing at the time that could have calmed my heart and my panic down. I feel supressed and terrified to express myself sexually with her because she always takes it away. I'm in a real big rut here im used to expressing myself sexually and enjoying sex as a part of my life. I love her and find her so attractive i just hate having sex with her now because she can control it and use it against me so easily

    • ANSWER:

  18. QUESTION:
    Dull, consistent headache in forehead and top of head?
    I'm a 22 year old woman, and have never had any previous problems with headaches. I have terrible vision, and live in Thailand, where they actually don't make contact lenses with the power necessary for my eyes. I wear the closest ones they make though. I'm saying this, trying to reassure myself really that my dull, consistent headache for the past 4 days is just a simple vision problem. The aches started about 4 days, as a dull, aching feeling in my forehead, nose, and cheekbones. For the past couple of days, it has traveled to the sides of my head, and the top of my head, especially. It doesn't wake me from sleep, but when I'm awake, it's pretty consistent, and seems to always be there, if only just slightly. I have no other symptoms accompanying the headaches. I have a 6 week old baby, and think that I'm probably more of a hypochondriac because of him, but just want to know if this sounds familiar to anyone. Or, does this sound like a big problem? I'm pretty terrified that it could be a brain tumor or something, although I know it's not common. I don't know much about headaches, since I've never much had them before. Any advice or information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Could be eyestrain due to not having your eyes sufficiently corrected with the contacts. Reducing looking at things very close to you might help a bit. It also kinda sounds like it might be sinus pressure or a sinus infection. If it's a sinus issue, tipping your head down toward the floor will likely make the pain worse. If not, it's probably just eye strain. Consider seeing a doctor. And as far as the contacts go, is there any way you could get glasses made with the proper prescription? Or proper lenses mailed to you from an online supplier? All you would need is a valid prescription from an optometrist to use a website such as http://www.1800contacts.com/ to order contacts of the correct prescription.

  19. QUESTION:
    Cardiovascular disease in a 30 year old woman?
    Hello,

    I just saw a doctor, well a Physician's Assistant, about some symptoms I have been expreriencing. I would like to know what you think.

    First of all, I have a twenty year history of anorexia nervosa...but maybe you can ignore that when answering my question.

    I went in complining of mild chest pains, headaches behind my eyes (mainly the left), nausea and pain in my upper left arm. I have also had problems with balance, often falling against walls.

    She first said something about a brain tumor, but supposedly ruled that out. Then she mentioned cardiovascular disease, but said I was too young.

    1) Does this sound like cardiovascular disease at all?
    2) If not, what else do you think it could be?

    Thanks!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Cardiovascular disease is a progressive disease that is generated by inflammation. Inflammation in the body is very common in America today. Any inflammation depletes the body of minerals and this can greatly affect your ability to fight disease. The lack of fat is very common also in America today and this is generating a huge number of diseases. The dizzy feelings are most likely due to exhausted Adrenal Glands, but also could be attributed to dehydration due to not drinking enough water. You also could be very deficient in good salt and that would contribute heavily to the adrenal problem.

      I suggest you go see a good Certified Nutritional Therapist that understands the body and how nutrition can make you healthy. Doctors are not trained in nutrition and for them to give advice on the subject is like going to see your mechanic and asking him to give you advice on your hair style.

      The CNT can test you and tell you exactly what nutrients you are deficient in and what you will need to do to correct those deficiencies in terms of a good diet and possibly supplements you should take.

      good luck to you

  20. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know what this could be?
    Hi, I am 26 year old woman with 2 kids. And i am miffed as to what my symptoms are, i am in the uk and we can not self refer ourselves to a neorologist (sp) which is where i want to go, we are also registered with a certain doctors clinic where their are numerous doctors (gp's), i have seeked 4 different opinions within my clinic and have been told different things..

    This has been going on for about 5 years, i had an mri of the head and i have had 2 ecg's (electrodes on my head) and they were all negative.. my blood pressure is on the low side of normal 105/60, But this past few months have gotton worse.. here are my symptoms:
    pain in my right ear. (no sign of infections, just a scar from infections as being a kid).
    ear feels as if theres wind blowing in it sometimes.
    pain all around the ear. (skull area)
    pain in my right temple following onto my right cheek.
    pain just above my right temple.
    pain above my right eye following from above my right temple.
    pain down my right hand side of my neck as if its follows on from my ear.
    my neck clicks when i move it sometimes grinds.
    on a flare up i call it my right eye waters a little, and the areas with pain are tender to touch, tender when i cough, tender when i sneeze and tender when i move my head. (lasts few hours).
    tingling down right side of my face.

    I have been told, migrane (but i have had migrane and thats throbbing?), Trigeminal Neuralgia? tmj? ( i dont have an overbite nor do i grind, no sign in my teeth of that but my jaw does click when i open it). i was worried about it being a brain tumour but have been reasured that the pain would get worse, i would have high blood pressure, and other symptoms, and have been told that the sympoms i am experiencing wouldnt be seen as having one of these. so i am reasured of this, but i really want some answers and am not getting any.

    I have been to the dentist ordered a mouthguard just incase, and i been refered to a dental consultant at the hospital, (can they do a ct scan?) been to the opticians, all is ok he took a pic of behind my eyes no shadows or anything..

    does anyone know what this could be?

    If your in the uk and see a neuro could you ask them for me? i am so desperate..

    thankyou xx

    • ANSWER:
      That doesn't sound like very much fun. I'm sorry I don't know what the problem might be, but have you seen a physiotherapist or a chiropractor? Maybe something is out of alignment. Other than that, have you tried any alternative therapies such as reiki? If you have had pain for that long it might be worth a try if you can't find answers elsewhere.

  21. QUESTION:
    Is there a disease she could possibly have? (SERIOUS! please help!!)?
    My good friend from high school has been quite ill for a few months now. (she's 26) I asked this question somewhere else, and although got no good answers found out that a woman's daughter has basically EVERY SINGLE symptom listed. Her daughter started getting them when she was 11, she's now 14 and things are getting worse.

    They're fairly usual symptoms, but they're causing the destruction of their lives. Enough chit chat, they are:

    -TERRIBLE insomnia, up until past 4 every night, no medications or lifestyle changes help.
    -Frequent spells of tremors. It's almost a hyperactive thing, except it mostly happens when they have no energy.
    -Terrible nausea very often. Results in shaking and crying.
    -Acid reflex.
    -Often very lightheaded, frequent headaches/migraines
    -Shortness of breath, difficulty breathing although there are no signs of any lung problems.
    -If they don't eat they get bloated, then gassy but not gross just basically air. This is a very painful thing.
    -Changes in ability of vision.
    -Extreme mood fluxes, (almost like a manic depressive)
    -Become very impulsive and apathetic.
    -Suicidal tendencies or thoughts.

    These girls are not acting out for attention. It took a lot of effort to find out these details in both cases.
    I'm very very worried is there any disease they could have that we can cure for them?? I hate seeing my friend's life unravel. She can't do ANYTHING anymore, not even eat!
    I know depression etc is psychological but I've heard that things like brain tumors can make you depressed.

    JUST PLEASE HELP!!
    Doctors say they're fine
    because they hide their symptoms

    but I see the pain my friend suffers. So much pain. How do I stop this??
    Oh and one very big one I forgot

    -Difficulty moving. No energy. Body just *Wont* move, as if you were dehydrated, although it happens when they're fully hydrated. She becomes very weak and also dilusional. This happens about 2 times a week.

    • ANSWER:
      OMG. I have been having the same thing, although not so severe. It's hard to eat,and I always get "dehydrated" even though I'm not. I went to the stomach doctor guy. But he said it was psychological. And I am around that age. So I would recommend going to the doctor. I've had it for around 6-7 months now. It's almost gone, but it's still affecting my life. Please, tell your friend to go to the doctor.

  22. QUESTION:
    Sick of worrying about cancer and other serious illnesses.?
    Hey guys, I'm really new to this so please be nice (lol!)

    Basically, around 2 years ago I went through a tough time, I was only 15. I became really over-anxious about things and started thinking I had a brain tumour when I began getting tension headaches all the time. The headaches carried on and as time went on I became more and more convinced I was dying...I went and saw two doctors, the second of which was particularly helpful. He examined me, did some co-ordination/balance tests and looked into my eyes, then told me I definately didn't have a brain tumour. I felt so happy! But..within a couple of weeks I was anxious again. It wasn't just brain tumours though, at one time I was extremely scared thinking I had meningitis, and I even thought I had HIV or something..I was just a wreck. Things got better, but now recently I've started thinking I have penis cancer even though it's like..the most rare type of cancer and extremely rare in men under 60 (I'm 17 myself). Yet I'm still convinced, because I have one symptom. It just feels like everything's getting on top of me. I tried counselling at one point, but it was hopeless (it was a 0-16 programme and the woman didn't take me seriously).

    I'm pretty sure my headaches are due to stress of it all, because the back of my neck and shoulders/back is all tensed up. Any suggestions? Thanks for listening (if you got this far..).

    • ANSWER:
      You are posting in the wrong area . . this is the cancer section, for people who have questions about cancer. You admit you don't have any of these diseases and your just worried about it . . that's not a problem for the cancer section.

      You can try the mental health section of Yahoo Answers:
      http://answers.yahoo.com/dir/index;_ylt=AjPXJdglScUHh92o.UqTH2st53NG;_ylv=3?sid=396546043

  23. QUESTION:
    My Health Questions... Please help me haha?
    1. What is a typical reason that a two-year-old should see a health care provider?

    to be assessed for cancer
    to receive an immunization
    to have a Pap smear
    to have blood work for cholesterol done

    2. While visiting your grandmother, you notice she loses her balance easily, has slurred speech, and is confused. Why should you get professional help from her health care provider?

    She may be having a stroke and needs immediate care.
    She may be bleeding and require an immediate transfusion.
    She may have need for the influenza vaccination to prevent further symptoms.
    She may require a shot of insulin to regulate her blood sugar.

    3. An injection of which of the following can help to the body improve one's own immunity and life-long resistance to specific types of infectious diseases?

    hormones
    vaccinations
    chemotherapy drugs
    antibiotics

    4. Which of the following diseases is best described by chronic pain and swelling in the joints?

    osteoporosis
    Paget’s disease
    arthritis
    Down’s syndrome

    5. Which health care professional would be responsible for providing an ultrasound to a pregnant woman to visualize the fetus and its development?

    phlebotomist
    registered nurse
    dietitian
    radiologic technician

    6. What is hypertension?

    high blood pressure
    plaque buildup inside arteries
    ruptured arteries in the brain
    death of heart muscle

    7. Which birth defects occurs when the roof of the mouth does not fuse together?

    Muscular Dystrophy
    Spina Bifida
    Down's Syndrome
    Cleft Palate

    8. The loss of which hormone contributes to osteoporosis?

    insulin
    oxytocin
    estrogen
    thyroxine

    9. Which of the following behaviors will not help reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease?

    using sunscreen
    maintaining a healthy weight
    exercising regularly
    eating a low-fat diet

    10. Which of the following might best describe how people with asthma feel during an asthma attack?

    they have a migraine headache
    they have increased sinus pressure
    they are having problems with their bowels
    they are trying to breathe through what feels like a small straw

    11. When the body doesn't produce insulin, what is the effect?

    cells absorb too much glucose and the blood sugar is low
    cells don't absorb enough glucose and the blood sugar is high
    cells produce too much glucose and the body uses fat for energy
    cells don't produce enough glucose and the body stores fat

    12. What can people do to reduce their risk of developing type 2, or adult-onset, diabetes?

    reduce salt intake
    wear sunscreen or protective clothing when outside
    take insulin regularly
    eat a healthy diet and maintain a proper body weight

    13. What can people do to reduce their risk of developing skin cancer?

    reduce salt intake
    wear sunscreen or protective clothing when outside
    take insulin regularly
    eat a healthy diet and maintain a proper body weight

    14. What is the most prominent and preventable risk factor contributing to lung cancer?

    air pollution
    no insulin produced
    lack of exercise
    smoking

    15. What is the single, most effective means of breaking the chain of infection?

    wearing gloves when in direct contact with people
    using disposable tissues for the cold or flu
    washing hands frequently throughout the day
    cooking and storing foods at their proper temperature

    16. Which condition best describes atherosclerosis?

    cancerous tumor growths on the hands
    scar tissue developing after surgery
    fatty plaque and cholesterol buildup inside arteries
    high blood pressure

    17. How is brain tissue destroyed by a stroke?

    A blocked artery deprives part of the brain of oxygen.
    The heart stops beating and therefore blood circulation to the brain stops.
    Trauma to the skull causes swelling and pressure on the brain.
    The lungs are filled with fluid, causing abdominal swelling.

    18. A fifty-two-year-old woman feels a squeezing, crushing pain in her chest. The pain also extends to her left arm, neck, and shoulder. She is short of breath. What is she suffering from?

    diabetes mellitus
    a stroke
    a heart attack
    breast cancer

    19. What is metastasis?

    swelling because of fluid retention in the abdomen
    cancer cells leaving a tumor and invading other parts of the body
    breathing into an inhaler to open up the airways
    using a b

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry, nice try, but you have to do your own homework. :)

  24. QUESTION:
    MATURE ANSWERS marriage and sex im confused...?
    I am civil partnered. I have been going through a lot of stress lately finding out my father may have a brain tumor or MS other people in my family have MS and i have been having symptoms and will need to be tested. I have come to the end of my year at university all at the same time and have been drowning in all the panic and stress on my shoulders. I suffer from panic attacks also and find sex a very important role in calming that situation. This is the subject that i need to talk about. I was a zombie for a week after finding out the bad news of my father and suddenly my emotions poured out in anger. I needed to release i got angry very very angry but my wife argued back with me and got very abusive. I am aware i must have been a nightmare to live with and my mood swings were very un-predictable but my wife was in my eyes awful to me. I tried to explain to her the situaion that i needed to release and i needed her to be there for me. For the three days that i was bad she hardly stuck around for me and made situations a lot worse by telling me i was pathetic and throwing her civil partner ring at me. She was calm for some parts of my 3 days of hell but for very very short times. I have had to deal with her past her problems her troubles for a long time and this is the first time i have recieved bad news within our relationship and her answer was she is not super woman she can not cope wich in my eyes was rediculous as all i was asking her to do was be there for me. She dissapointed me greatly. Anyway back to the sex my wife and i have spoken before and she has owned up to controlling our sex life before as her mother took control away from her and she didnt know how to gain it back for herself and when we would anrgue for days/weeks after that she would controll our sex life just because she could and it made her feel better about herself. Well as i said i suffer from panic attacks and my head was going a mile a minute and i needed her to calm me down i needed her to just take control of me and calm me in a beautiful intimate way. I know we were arguing but we love each other and this would have been a major supportive step for her to help me with. She said no she wouldnt at proceeded to argue with me about it. I tried to explain that i was not pressuring her in the slightest i was being loving a kind we cuddling and kissing and she just said no i told her i wouldnt have to touch her if she'd like and she continued say NO! she went back to our other house and masturbated....without me. This hurt me so badly. She has full control over what happens to her body and i respect that so much but to turn me down in such a nasty way and then to do this? i don't understand. It was so hurtful because it was the only thing at the time that could have calmed my heart and my panic down. I feel supressed and terrified to express myself sexually with her because she always takes it away. I'm in a real big rut here im used to expressing myself sexually and enjoying sex as a part of my life. I love her and find her so attractive i just hate having sex with her now because she can control it and use it against me so easily

    • ANSWER:
      There's not really a question in your question, but I hope it felt better to vent. Yes, women are cruel. They use sex as a weapon and as leverage. They don't understand that men are simple creatures with simple needs that will work for them until their hearts burst - so long as those simple needs are met.

      I was with your wife through most of your story. It doesn't matter that sex calms you down - when you argue with your partner you can't expect them to immediately turn off their anger so YOU can have sex and feel better. I do wish she'd been more understanding of your situation. But she lost me when she went away and masturbated without you. That was simply cruel. You are "civil partnered" with a cruel woman, and it's obvious that she will never have a normal concept of a sexual relationship. I can't imagine staying with this woman and if you are able to, I would leave her.

      By the way, what story are you other people reading??? He said his wife got abusive to HIM.

  25. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know what this could be?
    Hi, I am 26 year old woman with 2 kids. And i am miffed as to what my symptoms are, i am in the uk and we can not self refer ourselves to a neorologist (sp) which is where i want to go, we are also registered with a certain doctors clinic where their are numerous doctors (gp's), i have seeked 4 different opinions within my clinic and have been told different things..

    This has been going on for about 5 years, i had an mri of the head and i have had 2 ecg's (electrodes on my head) and they were all negative.. my blood pressure is on the low side of normal 105/60, But this past few months have gotton worse.. here are my symptoms:
    pain in my right ear. (no sign of infections, just a scar from infections as being a kid).
    ear feels as if theres wind blowing in it sometimes.
    pain all around the ear. (skull area)
    pain in my right temple following onto my right cheek.
    pain just above my right temple.
    pain above my right eye following from above my right temple.
    pain down my right hand side of my neck as if its follows on from my ear.
    my neck clicks when i move it sometimes grinds.
    on a flare up i call it my right eye waters a little, and the areas with pain are tender to touch, tender when i cough, tender when i sneeze and tender when i move my head. (lasts few hours).
    tingling down right side of my face.

    I have been told, migrane (but i have had migrane and thats throbbing?), Trigeminal Neuralgia? tmj? ( i dont have an overbite nor do i grind, no sign in my teeth of that but my jaw does click when i open it). i was worried about it being a brain tumour but have been reasured that the pain would get worse, i would have high blood pressure, and other symptoms, and have been told that the sympoms i am experiencing wouldnt be seen as having one of these. so i am reasured of this, but i really want some answers and am not getting any.

    I have been to the dentist ordered a mouthguard just incase, and i been refered to a dental consultant at the hospital, (can they do a ct scan?) been to the opticians, all is ok he took a pic of behind my eyes no shadows or anything..

    does anyone know what this could be?

    If your in the uk and see a neuro could you ask them for me? i am so desperate..

    thankyou xx

    • ANSWER:
      I suggest you see a chiropractor. The description you give about the location of the pain and the noises in your neck sound like mine, when my neck needs adjustment.


Brain Tumor Symptoms In Men

Brain Tumor
What is this condition?
A malignant brain tumor is a cancer of the brain. It's relatively common - slightly more so in men than in women - and may occur at any age. In adults, it most often strikes between ages 40 and 60. In children, the incidence of malignant brain tumors is generally highest before age 1 and then again between ages 2 and 12.
Malignant brain tumors are classified by the type of cancer cell. In adults, the most common tumors are gliomas and meningiomas. Usually, these tumors are located above the covering of the cerebellum - the area in the back of the brain that coordinates voluntary muscle movements.
What causes it?
The cause of a malignant brain tumor is unknown.
What are its symptoms?
A malignant brain tumor causes changes in the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) by invading and destroying tissues and causing compression of the brain, cranial nerves, and cerebral blood vessels; brain swelling; and increased intracranial pressure (pressure within the skull). Increased intracranial pressure causes many of this cancer's symptoms, although they vary with the tumor type, its location, and the degree of invasion.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    mri... possible benign brain tumor, lesion? WHAT?
    I had an MRI on monday morning. they called me yesterday to have some additional images taken.... Went in today and did that. After watching (thru my mirrors on my head thingy) 4 men stare at my brain discussing, they let me out and the radiologist called me over to show me what they had been looking at. There is a bright white spot on the left side of my brain. He said he wanted the addtl images to make sure it was real, and indeed it is real. BUT he admits he doesn't really know what it is. he says he thinks it is a kind of benign tumor. it is pretty small, but from across the room I saw this bright white spot.

    anyway, he says that I should follow up with another MRI in 6 months. this sounds a bit long for me considering my symptoms.... dizziness, short term memory loss, slight confusion (when people are speaking to me it takes me awhile to comprhend) difficulty finding words I want to say, numbness and tingles in my feet and legs(how this all started) somtimes on the tops of my hands and pinky and for 2 days tingling left cheek.

    I will get the MRI report ASAP, and see what all he actually says in the report. but what should I think of all this???? I can't say that I am relieved.... He doesn't even know what it is..... I am going to talk to my neurologist and see what he says but I am thinking I should go somewhere for a second opinion.... this radiologist is supposed to be the best around here, and the machines he uses are the best.

    ALSO, does a lesion and tumor look the same on an MRI? how can you tell the difference? thanks
    ohalso, I did notice that the left saide of my brain appeared to be lighter, or highlighted.... than the rest of my brain. is that maybe because how they zoomed in on that side of my brain or what??? Im so confused!!!!
    WOW. I am really offended. I have not lied or copied any info from anywhere. what i am saying is the TRUTH. when they laid me down in the MRI machine, they put a device over my head that had a few mirrors on it so i could see out of the machine (I am guessing to help with claustrobia) across from the machine is another room (but windows in between the rooms) in which the tech was looking at the computer. I could not see what was on the computer screen.) after the machine was done, another tech came in, then the radiologist (YES THE RADIOLOGIST) then another guy stood there and all looked at my brain on the computer. THEN when they finally (after like 15 min of looking at it) came and got me out, I had already expressed that I wanted to know what was going on and that I wanted to talk to to the radiologist, they said they would try. whe nI was done i was walking out and the radiologist pulled me in to that other room and SHOWED me the image and the dot
    and also, if you wanted to be smart about it... you could have answered my question, how can you tell a lesion from a tumor on an MRI? since you hand MRI experience.
    and he explained to me that he didnt really know what it was but that he THOUGHT it was a benign tumor. I have to admit, I didnt think he would talk to me about it either or show me the screen. but he did. OK? you should really take a minute and think before you go off accusing people of lying and/or taking info off the internet. you should be ashamed of yourself. I am just looking for some help. GEEZ!

    • ANSWER:

  2. QUESTION:
    Mri detect the start of brain tumor?
    Last year I got a mri with contrast to follow-up a brain biopsy I had back in June. Ever since then I have had a lot of pressure in the back of my eyes and head. I asked my neurologist and he said that there due to cluster headaches. Also lately my vision has been worse from one eye than the other.

    I have a hard time seeing out of my right eye, it bothers me and I get black spots that prevent me from seeing correctly. I went to an ophmatalogist and he said everything was normal, he didn't know why.

    Anyways my question is this... If it were a brain tumor would it have shown up on the mri? I didn't have the problem with my vision when I had it done.
    My neighbor said that he knew this man who had similar symptoms and ended up having a tumor.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm wondering why you had a brain biopsy if you didn't have a mass detected through mri... What was being biopsied?? If your neighbor's friend and you had the exact same tumor in the exact same place, then yeah, the symptoms would be the same. A brain tumor starts with one malfunctioning cell, so no, nothing would detect the start of a brain tumor. It would show up when a tumor was actually formed.

  3. QUESTION:
    Brain Tumor Behind the Eye: A 30 yr. old man was recently diagnosed with a small, 3 cm.tumor behind his eye?
    and appears to have infiltrated the dura mater. The alert was a saggy eye and difficult eye movement. These symptoms appeared about 2 weeks ago. A MRI revealed the tumor but the Dr. didn't think it looked typical for meningioma as it was a little too 'puffy' looking. A CT scan has also been done and shows nothing abnormal.The biopsy will be done in 2 days. Any ideas on what this could be? He's a healthy man with no other health issues other than recently having a cold with some stuffiness in the nose and plugged ears. Right now it's a wait and see situation but I was just looking for any helpful information. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Remind the doctor that there are certain skull base tumors that can seed with biopsy.

  4. QUESTION:
    Fears and Symptoms I have experienced since age 14 onwards?
    Fears and Symptoms I have experienced since age 14 onwards.

    Ok im a 16 year old male going 17

    WHAT WOULD YOU SAY THIS IS, WHAT WOULD YOU DIAGNOSE ME WITH?
    I am going to the doctors on thursday but just to get an example of what the doctor might say please could you tell me what you think it is by reading the symtoms i had?

    SORRY THIS IS SOO LONG!

    HIV/AIDS/STD/ CHLAMYDIA/HARPIES
    Paedophilia / Gay / Bisexual / Incest / Rape - Unwanted Perverted sexual thoughts
    Schizophrenia Thoughts/ Fear of hearing voices / Hallucinating – fear of seeing and communicating with imaginary human
    Bi Polar Disorder
    Anal Cancer – because of Blood in stool
    Scared about getting stomach ulcer
    Breast Cancer – because of being fat and having man boobs.
    Brain Tumour - because of headaches on the top, back and temple of my head.
    I forget UN important things during the day.
    Hernia
    Hypochondria – health fear
    Obsessive/Repeated Thinking or fear of my own thoughts – 2009 onwards
    Repeated Checking and counting
    Washing hands for at least 5 minutes or over. - Germs
    Intrusive and Evil Thoughts
    Anorexia - Obsessive about gaining more weight – Fear of eating too much – look bigger when looking in mirror – obsess about what I ate during the day, and have repeated thoughts on counting how many things I ate during the day. Often do this every day and think this like 6 times in 2 hours and the thought stays with me for 3 minutes at least. I stand in front of the mirror for about 6 minutes at least because I’m not sure if I look smaller. Even though that my clothes are now bigger because of exercise and diet.
    Fear of losing my mind - getting mentally ill or losing control – going insane
    Shaking, Trembling and facial twitching/ finger fiddling
    Feeling hot then cold
    Shortness and difficulty of breathing / Feeling restless/ panic makes me sweat lots and hot feeling around body.
    Fear of watching scary videos incase of triggering schizophrenia.
    Fear of keeping my eyes open in the dark. – My Room
    Obsessive about my family’s welfare
    Fear of not having children
    Fear of my testicles not working
    Fear and obsessing about having blood in my semen
    Fear of blood clot in leg
    Fear about low sperm amount
    Fear of testicular problems – cancer- Tangled
    Fear of Bladder Problems and kidney stones – because of Cloudy/Foamy Urination
    Fear of going to sleep at night – because of hearing things just before drifting off to sleep and just before waking up. Random Mind Chatter – hypnagogia auditory (hypnagogic) hallucinations
    Numb in areas of my body
    Fear of being mentally immature – mental age of 10
    Worrying about health and hygiene
    'Electric shock' feelings (anywhere in the body)
    Distorted vision
    Suicidal feelings
    Eye or brain tricks - Seeing Spots/Light Flashes/Black Things and seeing unknown things from the corner of my eyes.
    Movements from the corner of my eyes
    Optical Illusion – movements
    Fear of being in a mental home – Fear of going to the doctors
    Hard to concentrate on something when having anxiety
    Sometimes it is hard to get hold of my thoughts. – I can’t think well when I am constantly worrying over and over about the same thing.
    I can’t trust what I see because I don’t know if it’s real or not.
    I need a lot of reassurance to get me through the worries
    Fear and obsess about sleep eating disorder
    Fear of torturing people
    Fear of becoming a child abuser
    Difficulty swallowing
    Change in appetite
    Startled very easily
    Tired all the time
    I Google my symptoms online which triggers even more worrying. I spend most times researching symptoms online/books and dictionaries
    I joined loads of online forums and found that other people’s experiences help me get rid of the fears and phobias for a while. And often need reassurance
    I am very aware of all my symptoms and I think there is something wrong with me. And I am not normal.
    When in a panic mode, I often reassure myself I am normal in my head, I also sometimes whisper the word, “I’m Normal” Or tell myself not to worry e.g. “Don’t Worry” which sometimes helps.
    Fear of puberty going wrong or fear of something abnormal stopping it.
    Wet dreams - I used to have wet dreams and obsessed about it until i was told it was normal for teenagers. Before i knew it was normal for them to stop I used to go through some rituals.
    Numbers – on the TV volume, I like even numbers and I usually like numbers from multiples of 5
    Sensation – that i am falling of the bed or somone is pulling me backwords when i am asleep.

    Thank You in advance

    • ANSWER:
      Eating disorder
      Anxiety disorder
      Hypochondria

  5. QUESTION:
    Step Father - forgetful and shaking with loss of balance think it is a brain problem HELP!?
    Hello
    My name is Talina Walker and i would like to know if you have any ideas of what could be affecting my step father sorry if it gets drawn out but i am recently married and will be moving out of state leaving my mother and i think it would be easier if she knew what to do may put my mind at ease leaving her. We have already looked into Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease to vitamin deficiency and low blood sugar. Please help.

    Background:
    Military 20 yrs. deployed many times (few places Russia Finland: Utah) He was a tank mechanic and in Utah was around some poisons He has been around gun shots and lost some hearing ( i think it isnt just from that he has lost a significant amount of hearing when he retires he started working in Pest control he does have bad knees from football and i believe he has a caffeine addiction and he chain smokes. his mother is showing signs of forgetfulness as well and his sister has a brain tumor and i know another female on this mothers side has died of a brain tumor but im not sure who i think grandma.

    Symptoms:

    Forgetfulness- long term and short term even simple facts
    sometimes when i ask him his age or birthday he cant tell me or his anniversary or what he ate or wore the day before has been getting worse every month it seems for 5 years or more

    Loss of concentration-
    In mid conversation he will forget he is talking to you or

    Loss of awareness-
    we can be yelling at the top of our lungs from the screen door right nest to his head
    ( him awake) and banging on the screen for him to open it and him not even know we are there

    Zones out -
    he will be talking to you and completely stop glaze over and look at you like you are crazy when you are like hello?! he also does this at random times while driving and watching tv while driving he just concentrates on driving any other time he is like a zombie glazed over and gone for long periods of time.
    Stuttering- while speaking this is new to the last 5 months

    Shaking and loss of balance- shaking is mostly in his hands and in the last 2 weeks has been all the time loss of balance seems to be random and he is a 6' 3 240lb man a fall could do some damage.

    Sleepiness- he falls asleep in his chair all day when he isnt working he may get up to make coffee or switch the channel then when my mom gets home he gets up talks for about 15 min falls asleep until dinner then falls asleep until he goes to bed this is new prob the last year had a gotten a lot worse in the last 2 months
    Severe Night Terrors-
    He will have then bad enough he runs through the house completely asleep yelling for everyone to get out the house is burning down or fight battles or invaders and he sometimes hurts himself by cracking his neck or kick or punching himself and once my mom and he remembers the dream when he wakes up.

    Hearing Loss-
    significant amount in the last year cannot hear someone in the same room as him my
    mother has to get a surround sound system because he couldn't hear the tv well

    Blurred Vision & loss-
    about 7 yrs ago he had better then 20/20 vision now he cannot see his paperwork also when he is reading he will have moments when his vision is completely gone like blurs out and im afraid it is happening when he is driving he has been drifting into opposite lanes and other things like that.

    Loss of patience-
    when someone is talking or my sister 4 year old is over any little think will set him off he will be so upset he will grit his teeth and just not know what to do he will be so nerve racked

    Odd Thing:
    He seems to remember his job (pest control) everything all bugs and techniques and measurement.Also his customers what they give him or facts they tell him or $ and conversations from now to years ago it is really weird.

    Please help me im afraid to leave my mom and he forget who she and get scared and hurt her or her just being alone help me find some answers please!!!!!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      This could be from a number of problems and toxicty of heavy metals or chemicals could be a possibility considering his jobs. Vitamin B12 deficiency mimics Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Disease and can be misdiagnosed. Two tests to request B12 serum (over 800pg/ml or 600pmol/l is healthy) and a urinary methylmalonic acid test (most accurate) to aid in diagnosis. >>>http://bvitamins.wordpress.com/2008/03/29/vitamin-b12-deficiency-symptoms/

      Zoning out is also known as brain fog and includes symptoms of memory loss/forgetfulness, concentration problems, lack of awareness. Great link about possible causes of brainfog >>>http://www.jigsawhealth.com/resources/brain-fog-causes

      A few tests to try for your stepfather to try out to see if the nervous system is affected -

      The romberg's test/pronator drift>>>
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hOSkmDYAR4

      Babsinski reflex>>>
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOq5Np0eZ6A

      This link goes thorugh the conditions can be misdiagnosed as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Disease>>>
      http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/a/alzheimers_disease/misdiag.htm
      http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/p/parkinsons_disease/misdiag.htm

  6. QUESTION:
    Can cardiac skippings and flutters in a 25 male caused by those?
    1- Adrenal glands malfunction
    2- brain tumors
    3- hormonal imbalance ( like having man breasts/and no hair on back)
    4- psychological issues
    5- pulmonary damage

    what might be other causes. Cause there are also other symptoms such as:
    1- excessive sleeping
    2- happens more during conversations and when stressed out.
    3- I feel stressed out all the time
    4- When jumping, running, moving fast or when bending over sometimes
    5- During sex, and excitment

    • ANSWER:
      See a doctor. You might have a heart issue. It could be minor or major.

  7. QUESTION:
    Anatomy Questions, please help?
    Question 1.
    Intermuscluar injections are often given in the gluteal region but not just anywhere in the gluteal region. In order to avoid the sciatic nerve and larger gluteal blood vessels, the nurse will put the needle about 2 inches below the iliac crest in the upper outer quadrant of the gluteal region. Which muscle is the needle most likely to hit?
    a piriformis
    b hamstring group
    c quadricep group
    d gluteus medius
    e gluteus maximus

    Question 2.
    If someone had a new genetic disease that prevented the formation of ependymal cells specifically, which of the following would be true of someone who has this disease?
    a no myelination in the PNS
    b no myelination in the CNS
    c chronic infections in the brain
    d less than normal levels of CSF
    e lack of a blood - brain barrier

    Question 3.
    When someone gets lumbar epidural anesthesia, where does the physician put the needle?
    a deep to the pia mater
    b deep to the arachnoid mater
    c deep to the dura mater
    d in the subarachnoid space
    e superficial to the dura mater

    Question 4.
    If someone fractured their L5 vertebae, does that mean they also damaged their spinal cord?
    a yes
    b no

    Question 5.
    If someone had food poisoning from botulism toxin, what type of symptoms might they exhibit?
    a muscle spasms
    b "lockjaw"
    c difficulty breathing due to spasms in the respiratory muscles
    d droopy eyelid
    e spasming facial muscles

    Question 6.
    Which of the following is innervated by a somatic efferent neuron?
    a smooth muscle around the stomach
    b cardiac muscle
    c pain receptor in skin
    d touch receptor in skin
    e hamstring muscle

    Question 7.
    All dendrites and axons in the PNS are myelinated.
    a True
    b False

    Question 8.
    In the brain, white matter is composed of nerve fibers that are myelinated by oligodendrocytes. In the spinal cord, white matter is composed of nerve fibers that are myelinated by Schwann cells.
    a True
    b False

    Question 9.
    A woman was stabbed in her back and the knife damaged one of her posterior (dorsal) rami on the right side of her body. Which of the following is a result of her injury?
    a flaccid paralysis of some of her back muscles
    b numbness in a small area of her back
    c spastic paralysis of some of her back muscles
    d flaccid paralysis of some of her back muscles and numbness in a small area of her back
    e spastic paralysis of some of her back muscles and numbness in a small area of her back

    Question 10.
    A man has a brain tumor in his right primary motor cortex which specifically damages the upper motor neurons of the lateral corticospinal tract. Which of the following is TRUE?
    a he will have spastic paralysis on the right side of his body
    b he will have flaccid paralysis on the right side of his body
    c he will have spastic paralysis on the left side of his body
    d he will have flaccid paralysis on the left side of his body
    e he will have no pain sensation from the left side of his body

    • ANSWER:
      Do your own homework - you may even pass your final.

  8. QUESTION:
    is this a brain tumour?
    my sister has been getting headahces recently and we put it down to stress, she threw up this morning and had a herendous headache and then felt fine after it(symptoms) and then last night she went to a leaving due, and in one of the photos she has a white eye and a full black one,with a flash in one eye (also a symptom) and an eye specialist on facebook had seen the photo and told my sisters friend that theres something not right with her, and that she needs medical advice urgently. She has also been horrible,moody and nasty (another symptom) she has been punching me and hitting me and beating me up: I knew there wasnt something right with her, and told her it could be a tuma before she got advice from the man on facebook, but my family ignored it. My mum has just rang the GP out of hours, and we're awaiting a call. I just wanted a second opinion, as we arent too sure yet. ?

    • ANSWER:
      I suggest going to the hospital rather than gp if you are worried about the severity as more will be done sooner if you go to hospital

  9. QUESTION:
    What would you diagnos me as? Please look here?
    Fears and Symptoms I have experienced since age 14 onwards.

    Ok im a 16 year old male going 17

    WHAT WOULD YOU SAY THIS IS, WHAT WOULD YOU DIAGNOSE ME WITH?
    I am going to the doctors on thursday but just to get an example of what the doctor might say please could you tell me what you think it is by reading the symtoms i had?

    SORRY THIS IS SOO LONG!

    HIV/AIDS/STD/ CHLAMYDIA/HARPIES
    Paedophilia / Gay / Bisexual / Incest / Rape - Unwanted Perverted sexual thoughts
    Schizophrenia Thoughts/ Fear of hearing voices / Hallucinating – fear of seeing and communicating with imaginary human
    Bi Polar Disorder
    Anal Cancer – because of Blood in stool
    Scared about getting stomach ulcer
    Breast Cancer – because of being fat and having man boobs.
    Brain Tumour - because of headaches on the top, back and temple of my head.
    I forget UN important things during the day.
    Hernia
    Hypochondria – health fear
    Obsessive/Repeated Thinking or fear of my own thoughts – 2009 onwards
    Repeated Checking and counting
    Washing hands for at least 5 minutes or over. - Germs
    Intrusive and Evil Thoughts
    Anorexia - Obsessive about gaining more weight – Fear of eating too much – look bigger when looking in mirror – obsess about what I ate during the day, and have repeated thoughts on counting how many things I ate during the day. Often do this every day and think this like 6 times in 2 hours and the thought stays with me for 3 minutes at least. I stand in front of the mirror for about 6 minutes at least because I’m not sure if I look smaller. Even though that my clothes are now bigger because of exercise and diet.
    Fear of losing my mind - getting mentally ill or losing control – going insane
    Shaking, Trembling and facial twitching/ finger fiddling
    Feeling hot then cold
    Shortness and difficulty of breathing / Feeling restless/ panic makes me sweat lots and hot feeling around body.
    Fear of watching scary videos incase of triggering schizophrenia.
    Fear of keeping my eyes open in the dark. – My Room
    Obsessive about my family’s welfare
    Fear of not having children
    Fear of my testicles not working
    Fear and obsessing about having blood in my semen
    Fear of blood clot in leg
    Fear about low sperm amount
    Fear of testicular problems – cancer- Tangled
    Fear of Bladder Problems and kidney stones – because of Cloudy/Foamy Urination
    Fear of going to sleep at night – because of hearing things just before drifting off to sleep and just before waking up. Random Mind Chatter – hypnagogia auditory (hypnagogic) hallucinations
    Numb in areas of my body
    Fear of being mentally immature – mental age of 10
    Worrying about health and hygiene
    'Electric shock' feelings (anywhere in the body)
    Distorted vision
    Suicidal feelings
    Eye or brain tricks - Seeing Spots/Light Flashes/Black Things and seeing unknown things from the corner of my eyes.
    Movements from the corner of my eyes
    Optical Illusion – movements
    Fear of being in a mental home – Fear of going to the doctors
    Hard to concentrate on something when having anxiety
    Sometimes it is hard to get hold of my thoughts. – I can’t think well when I am constantly worrying over and over about the same thing.
    I can’t trust what I see because I don’t know if it’s real or not.
    I need a lot of reassurance to get me through the worries
    Fear and obsess about sleep eating disorder
    Fear of torturing people
    Fear of becoming a child abuser
    Difficulty swallowing
    Change in appetite
    Startled very easily
    Tired all the time
    I Google my symptoms online which triggers even more worrying. I spend most times researching symptoms online/books and dictionaries
    I joined loads of online forums and found that other people’s experiences help me get rid of the fears and phobias for a while. And often need reassurance
    I am very aware of all my symptoms and I think there is something wrong with me. And I am not normal.
    When in a panic mode, I often reassure myself I am normal in my head, I also sometimes whisper the word, “I’m Normal” Or tell myself not to worry e.g. “Don’t Worry” which sometimes helps.
    Fear of puberty going wrong or fear of something abnormal stopping it.
    Wet dreams - I used to have wet dreams and obsessed about it until i was told it was normal for teenagers. Before i knew it was normal for them to stop I used to go through some rituals.
    Numbers – on the TV volume, I like even numbers and I usually like numbers from multiples of 5
    Sensation – that i am falling of the bed or somone is pulling me backwords when i am asleep.

    Thank You in advance

    • ANSWER:
      you sound normal,
      but the Harpies are a worry, not to many people hear them sing

  10. QUESTION:
    Stabbing headache, random numbing pain?
    Hey I'm 17 y/o, when I get an ailment I just instantly think its something bad.

    About 4 weeks ago I started getting stabbing headaches and felt tired a lot (sometimes after sleeping) and woke up in the middle of the night occasionally with/without headaches. Then then after 2 weeks they stopped for a week. Then they came back. I contacted a doctor after the first week and had an appointment, but they decreased in severity so took away my appointment.

    When my parents booked the appointment the doctor phoned my house to talk to me and I told him whats up what the symptoms where and he told me to drink plenty water and have sugar (felt as if I was sick at the time) so he said if I couldn't keep something down just to have a biscuit or something. But he said I sounded fine, everyone gets headaches, if there still there after the weekend come in for a chat.

    Did what he said, after a week they went and now there back, worried, In the past (1/2 years old) I've had a little High Blood Pressure but I think it was White Coat had to take a BP monitor home and fill out a results sheet, they didn't contact me again (apart from the routine checkup).

    My current symptoms are;
    - Random stabbing headache, mild, only lasts a short while sometimes it wont happen for ages.
    - Sometimes wake up in the middle of the night no headaches through
    - Tired quite often
    - Recently, just couple minutes ago getting a numbness, like someone is pressing above my left ear

    Parents think I'm a hypochondriac and theirs nothing wrong with me, I hope so, maybe its just anxiety, going in for a check-up about my BP this week, I will bring up the headaches and see, but I'm terribly worried, I just think its a brain tumor or something worse when its probs not.

    When to the doctors, my blood pressure is perfect, I told them about my headaches and the nurse told me I'm growing up turning from a boy into a man, people get headaches all the time, sometimes it can be just eye strain after playing on games or being on computers for a long period of time, she told me to get an eye check to rule things out instead of ruling things in, if the headaches persist make an appointment and the doctor will tell you the same things I've told you now, she said it could be worrying, anxiety, dehydration it could be a many number of things and that when usually get headaches they instantly presume thats its something bad like a brain tumor when its not.

    Symptoms at present are;
    - Random mild stabbing headache
    - When it happens it feels like a tingling on the head where it is (well just at this moment)
    - Tired quite often
    - Recently, just couple minutes ago getting a numbness, like someone is pressing above my left ear.
    - No nausea
    - No seizures (had a like twitch in my leg an hour ago)
    - No blackouts

    Does anyone have any idea what it could be? I get very worried and stressed out about these things.

    Also I get like a pressing feeling, like someone is pressing there finger into my head and around it is numbness, last night it was above my ear, then it moved to the left of my eye, felt like someone was pushing there finger into the side of my head.

    Sometimes I spend up to 10 hours playing games or on my laptop, I often watch movies in the dark on my laptop with it close to me, I with my tv across the room from me. Could it be anything serious.

    Advice?

    • ANSWER:
      seriously dont worry... im 15 and i am a hypochindriac.
      since i was 12 i was scared of going blind because i felt pains in the corner of my eye... i seriously thought i was going blind... i went to the doctors and they said there was nothing wrong with me after they scaned it and everything. and after that it was gone becasue i didnt worry anymore... the more you think about the more you feel it.

  11. QUESTION:
    Stabbing head pain 17 y/o?
    Hey I'm 17 y/o, when I get an ailment I just instantly think its something bad.

    About 4 weeks ago I started getting stabbing headaches and felt tired a lot (sometimes after sleeping) and woke up in the middle of the night occasionally with/without headaches. Then then after 2 weeks they stopped for a week. Then they came back. I contacted a doctor after the first week and had an appointment, but they decreased in severity so took away my appointment.

    When my parents booked the appointment the doctor phoned my house to talk to me and I told him whats up what the symptoms where and he told me to drink plenty water and have sugar (felt as if I was sick at the time) so he said if I couldn't keep something down just to have a biscuit or something. But he said I sounded fine, everyone gets headaches, if there still there after the weekend come in for a chat.

    Did what he said, after a week they went and now there back, worried, In the past (1/2 years old) I've had a little High Blood Pressure but I think it was White Coat had to take a BP monitor home and fill out a results sheet, they didn't contact me again (apart from the routine checkup).

    My current symptoms are;
    - Random stabbing headache, mild, only lasts a short while sometimes it wont happen for ages.
    - Sometimes wake up in the middle of the night no headaches through
    - Tired quite often

    Parents think I'm a hypochondriac and theirs nothing wrong with me, I hope so, maybe its just anxiety, going in for a check-up about my BP this week, I will bring up the headaches and see, but I'm terribly worried, I just think its a brain tumor or something worse when its probs not.

    When to the doctors, my blood pressure is perfect, I told them about my headaches and the nurse told me I'm growing up turning from a boy into a man, people get headaches all the time, sometimes it can be just eye strain after playing on games or being on computers for a long period of time, she told me to get an eye check to rule things out instead of ruling things in, if the headaches persist make an appointment and the doctor will tell you the same things I've told you now, she said it could be worrying, anxiety, dehydration it could be a many number of things and that when usually get headaches they instantly presume thats its something bad like a brain tumor when its not.

    Symptoms at present are;
    - Random mild stabbing headache
    - When it happens it feels like a tingling on the head where it is (well just at this moment)
    - Tired quite often
    - No nausea
    - No seizures (had a like twitch in my leg an hour ago)
    - No blackouts

    Does anyone have any idea what it could be? I get very worried and stressed out about these things.
    Sometimes I spend up to 10 hours playing games or on my laptop, I often watch movies in the dark on my laptop with it close to me, I with my tv across the room from me.
    Thanks Emma,

    No I'm not on any medication, sometimes I take some paracetamol if I get sick of it, I usually play kick around football with mates but not lately (for a few weeks)

    • ANSWER:
      I'm 17 also and had the same weird random stabbing pain, though mine was just for the entire day. My doctor said it was probably a migraine..you should try some medicine. Also are you active? You should try a couple lifestyle changes and see if they go away. best of luck!

  12. QUESTION:
    'Chronic' Headaches 17 y/o?
    Hey I'm 17 y/o, when I get an ailment I just instantly think its something bad.

    About 4 weeks ago I started getting stabbing headaches and felt tired a lot (sometimes after sleeping) and woke up in the middle of the night occasionally with/without headaches. Then then after 2 weeks they stopped for a week. Then they came back. I contacted a doctor after the first week and had an appointment, but they decreased in severity so took away my appointment.

    My current symptoms are;
    - Random stabbing headache, mild, only lasts a short while sometimes it wont happen for ages.
    - Sometimes wake up in the middle of the night no headaches through
    - Tired quite often
    - Recently, just couple minutes ago getting a numbness, like someone is pressing above my left ear
    - Burning sensation in my head, weird

    Parents think I'm a hypochondriac and theirs nothing wrong with me, I hope so, maybe its just anxiety, going in for a check-up about my BP this week, I will bring up the headaches and see, but I'm terribly worried, I just think its a brain tumor or something worse when its probs not.

    Went to the doctors, my blood pressure is perfect, I told them about my headaches and the nurse told me I'm growing up turning from a boy into a man, people get headaches all the time, sometimes it can be just eye strain after playing on games or being on computers for a long period of time, she told me to get an eye check to rule things out instead of ruling things in, if the headaches persist make an appointment and the doctor will tell you the same things I've told you now, she said it could be worrying, anxiety, dehydration it could be a many number of things and that when usually get headaches they instantly presume thats its something bad like a brain tumor when its not.

    Symptoms at present are;
    - Random mild stabbing headache
    - When it happens it feels like a tingling on the head where it is (well just at this moment)
    - Tired quite often (sometimes)
    - Recently, just couple minutes ago getting a numbness, like someone is pressing above my left ear. or the side of my temple
    - Burning sensation in my head, like a blister on my head.
    - Runny nose sometimes, just randomly starts running

    Does anyone have any idea what it could be? I get very worried and stressed out about these things.

    Sometimes I spend up to 10 hours playing games or on my laptop, I often watch movies in the dark on my laptop with it close to me, I with my tv across the room from me.

    I also have my wisdom teeth coming in (my tops ones) could they be disturbing my sinuses or be infected causing these stabbing headaches? Some advice would be nice.
    I have been examined by a nurse who said I was fine and to get an eye test and if it continues make another appointment for them to tell you the same as I have just told you (possibly to stop worrying)

    • ANSWER:
      everything you are describing could be effecting or causing the headaches. but to answer your question- yes it is possible at 17 to get chronic migraine or chronic headache. try to stop stressing and wait to be properly examined by your doctor. but mostlikley nothing is wrong

  13. QUESTION:
    There's a possibility that patient's brain may have a blocked nerve, does it cause tiredness?what helps
    This man was injured at nape of neck, with fracture in skull, in coma several days. He has come out of coma and is in the recovery stage. The doctor says that there's tumour in his brain, and there may be a landen nerve in pituitary gland. I want to find the herbal nutrition to best support his recovery. The symptoms he has are, tiredness, lack of memory, no sense of taste. He is currently taking Fish Oil, Calcium, Protein.

    • ANSWER:
      The pituitary gland is the command central for hormones in the body. Decreased thyroid hormone, for example, may be causing fatigue. If the tumor is impinging on his olfactory nerve (nerve for smell) he may be experiencing decreased smell. If he had an operation to remove the tumor, nerves may have also been damaged by removal of the tumor. I've heard of an herbal supplement that helps with energy and focus--Tunguska Blast. It may help, but it should be cleared by his doctor before use.

  14. QUESTION:
    Do i got Perfusion CT or contrast head ct please people answer me?
    i wanna khnow which ct they gave me
    when they gave a ct due symptoms of dizziness numbness in one leg
    and smelling strange thing so theey was looking for brain tumor i thing
    1-they took a blood test from me
    2-and then they gave like a water in my vein before i enter the ct machine room
    3-when i was in the ct machine
    the man whos working on the ct machine
    connect my vein with something
    and then when the ct machine start
    i start to feel like water coming inside all of my body
    is that a
    1-regular contrast brain ct
    2-or a perfusion CT
    someone answer me
    The very first, and guaranteed sign of, a perfusion CT was the fact they set an IV line.
    Second: what the first thing they put into the IV was saline solution just to flush out any blood that was backed up into it during it's penetration of the skin
    i dodnt understand him what do you say

    all these symptoms dissapear
    after i got the head ct

    the reason of my question about
    Perfusion CT
    they said
    Perfusion CT can cause brain tumor
    and its very risky for a young man
    than the regular contrast ct
    in the papers i recived from the hospital
    i didnt find Perfusion CT
    only i read
    head ct with and without contrast and it was clear

    • ANSWER:

  15. QUESTION:
    Please help with hypochondria?
    I had a bout with hypochondria about 2 years. I thought I had every disease known to man, but my biggest was thinking I had a brain tumor. A little while after that I met this girl and fell in love with her and forgot all about my problems. Now the hypochondria has returned. It started about 2 months ago when I had the urge to urinate. I thought I had prostate cancer, but it turned out to be prostititis. I was put on medicine, but it didn't help because soon after I started to think I had diabetes. While thinking I had diabetes, I got a canker sore, which has caused mouth pain for the past 2 weeks and now I'm thinking oral cancer. Since having the mouth pain, I started having pain in my neck as well as headaches, and now I'm thinking brain tumor again. On Friday night I had my first ever panic attack. Long story short, I got shortness of breath, felt like I was dying, etc. My mom gave me a Xanex and in about 45 minutes I was back to normal. However, after taking the pill, I didn't think of any of my problems. I didn't have headaches or mouth pain and I didn't feel like I had to urinate. It's gotten to the point where all I do all day is Google symptoms of diseases (even at work). Every disease I see makes me think I have that symptom. I don't even want to go out with my friends anymore because I want to research diseases. And, I'm too afraid to go to the doctor because I fear I have a disease. Do you think my symptoms could be caused by stress, depression or anxiety? And, would you seek help for this cause I'm afraid to go to a therapist?

    • ANSWER:
      ya I'd definitely go see a therapist ... don't be afraid ... they're there to help, not judge. They may even perscribe medicine to help mellow you out. Seek professional help in some capacity anyway, It really doesn't seem like this is a self-solving problem, and by the sounds of things this is debilitating to the point that it is interfering with your daily life (researchin diseases at work). Hope I helped.

  16. QUESTION:
    I need help with hypochondria?
    I had a bout with hypochondria about 2 years. I thought I had every disease known to man, but my biggest was thinking I had a brain tumor. A little while after that I met this girl and fell in love with her and forgot all about my problems. Now the hypochondria has returned. It started about 2 months ago when I had the urge to urinate. I thought I had prostate cancer, but it turned out to be prostititis. I was put on medicine, but it didn't help because soon after I started to think I had diabetes. While thinking I had diabetes, I got a canker sore, which has caused mouth pain for the past 2 weeks and now I'm thinking oral cancer. Since having the mouth pain, I started having pain in my neck as well as headaches, and now I'm thinking brain tumor again. On Friday night I had my first ever panic attack. Long story short, I got shortness of breath, felt like I was dying, etc. My mom gave me a Xanex and in about 45 minutes I was back to normal. However, after taking the pill, I didn't think of any of my problems. I didn't have headaches or mouth pain and I didn't feel like I had to urinate. It's gotten to the point where all I do all day is Google symptoms of diseases (even at work). Every disease I see makes me think I have that symptom. I don't even want to go out with my friends anymore because I want to research diseases. And, I'm too afraid to go to the doctor because I fear I have a disease. Do you think my symptoms could be caused by stress, depression or anxiety? And, would you seek help for this cause I'm afraid to go to a therapist?

    • ANSWER:
      You can start by seeing your family doctor, who will probably give you an antidepressant to start out with. Alot of these scarey feelings can be traced back to an imbalance of brain chemistry and you don't need to see a therapist, at least not yet. It does sound alot like anxiety combined with depressive symptoms, which is very common. Since your mom's Xanex helped you, its more than likely a biological problem, and not psychological, in my opinion.

  17. QUESTION:
    Should I get help for my hypochondria?
    I had a bout with hypochondria about 2 years. I thought I had every disease known to man, but my biggest was thinking I had a brain tumor. A little while after that I met this girl and fell in love with her and forgot all about my problems. Now the hypochondria has returned. It started about 2 months ago when I had the urge to urinate. I thought I had prostate cancer, but it turned out to be prostititis. I was put on medicine, but it didn't help because soon after I started to think I had diabetes. While thinking I had diabetes, I got a canker sore, which has caused mouth pain for the past 2 weeks and now I'm thinking oral cancer. Since having the mouth pain, I started having pain in my neck as well as headaches, and now I'm thinking brain tumor again. On Friday night I had my first ever panic attack. Long story short, I got shortness of breath, felt like I was dying, etc. My mom gave me a Xanex and in about 45 minutes I was back to normal. However, after taking the pill, I didn't think of any of my problems. I didn't have headaches or mouth pain and I didn't feel like I had to urinate. It's gotten to the point where all I do all day is Google symptoms of diseases (even at work). Every disease I see makes me think I have that symptom. I don't even want to go out with my friends anymore because I want to research diseases. And, I'm too afraid to go to the doctor because I fear I have a disease. Do you think my symptoms could be caused by stress, depression or anxiety? And, would you seek help for this cause I'm afraid to go to a therapist?

    • ANSWER:
      I am not going to be mean, but probably as brutally honest as possible.
      -You got problems-
      Now, with that in mind, you should probably consider heading to a therapist, psychiatrist, or a general physician and tell them everything you just told me now.
      If you do this, they will either tell you that they think you should be on medicine, or that you just need to take a deep breath, calm down, and take a run outside.
      Either way, asking us on Yahoo! Answers is not going to solve much.
      You have to be proactive and take action yourself.

      I hope you solve these issues.
      They do not sound even mildly pleasant.

  18. QUESTION:
    Should I seek a therapist?
    I had a bout with hypochondria about 2 years. I thought I had every disease known to man, but my biggest was thinking I had a brain tumor. A little while after that I met this girl and fell in love with her and forgot all about my problems. Now the hypochondria has returned. It started about 2 months ago when I had the urge to urinate. I thought I had prostate cancer, but it turned out to be prostititis. I was put on medicine, but it didn't help because soon after I started to think I had diabetes. While thinking I had diabetes, I got a canker sore, which has caused mouth pain for the past 2 weeks and now I'm thinking oral cancer. Since having the mouth pain, I started having pain in my neck as well as headaches, and now I'm thinking brain tumor again. On Friday night I had my first ever panic attack. Long story short, I got shortness of breath, felt like I was dying, etc. My mom gave me a Xanex and in about 45 minutes I was back to normal. However, after taking the pill, I didn't think of any of my problems. I didn't have headaches or mouth pain and I didn't feel like I had to urinate. It's gotten to the point where all I do all day is Google symptoms of diseases (even at work). Every disease I see makes me think I have that symptom. I don't even want to go out with my friends anymore because I want to research diseases. And, I'm too afraid to go to the doctor because I fear I have a disease. Do you think my symptoms could be caused by stress, depression or anxiety? And, would you seek help for this cause I'm afraid to go to a therapist?

    • ANSWER:
      See a therapist AND a doctor.

  19. QUESTION:
    How do you think "They" dumb down the population?
    I think part of it has to do with fattening people up with cheap food full of saturated and nutrient depleted genetically modified junk food, and when they decide to go on a diet because of that they drink diet pops and teas with aspartame that causes brain tumors and vision or hearing loss among a list of 92 other symptoms. in 1983 six months after aspartame was introduced brain tumors jumped 10%. Most water in the us has been flouridated for you consumption(even though we only drink 3% of it.) heres some documentaries
    http://video.google.com/videosearch?hl=en&q=online%20past%20life%20regression&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wv#q=Sweet%20Misery%20-%20A%20Poisoned%20World&hl=en&sitesearch=

    This ones great- The Yes Men (google video)

    in pot we trust
    run from the cure
    just to be sure
    Yea theres too many different sources to go by to prove this point. Maybe studying the new world order, illuminati whatever you want to call it may answer a lot of questions on this issue.
    Interesting new perspective of ancient and advanced egyption culture
    google video
    magical egypt one (of eight)
    '' two (of eight)
    ect eight hours long but worth the info

    • ANSWER:
      Personally, I think the "dumbing down" of our culture has more to do with the shoddy spelling and grammar that are currently accepted -- even in institutions of higher learning -- these days. If standards are lowered long enough, doing "just enough to get by" becomes acceptable and excellence becomes rarer and rarer. Hearsay replaces research, and public opinion replaces truth. Yes, I agree with you that our culture is being seriously "dumbed down;" I disagree with you on its causes.

  20. QUESTION:
    Question about Possible Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis?
    A very good friend of mine has recently been going thru serious health issues. He was admitted to the ER almost four weeks ago. They did very little, he was dismissed. He went in to the ER as his arm had gone numb and tingly, barely able to use it, confusion, disorientation, not walking straight, clearly a neurolgical issue of some sort. The next day it worsened so he went to his regular MD. An MRI of the brain was ordered, but he had to wait a week - despite these serious symptoms he still had to wait a week (sounds bizarre to me as this sounds like a serious emergency). He got the MRI and his MD told him that it did come back abnormal, but that he was not a specialist and he would have to refer him to a Neurologist. He said the white matter on the MRI suggested a possible stroke, MS or a brain tumor. I think the doctor feels most strongly that it is MS. However, it seems that most people get MS under the age of 30. He is 45 years old and has never had any type of attack before this one. The neurologist appt was scheduled three weeks out. Again, this seems crazy to me that they are waiting this long to treat this man.

    Iin the meantime since that first ER visit he has gone way downhill. The numbness has progressed to his leg, so he can barely use his left arm or his left leg. He can no longer work or drive. He can feel tingling in his face which makes him fear that might be next. He has confusion and disorientation. He has basically went from a healthy 45 year old male to almost an invalid. I feel so horrible for him because he has fallen several times and he even thinks right now he has broken his shoulder, but the medical profession seems to act like they simply don't care. I even called his neurologist myself to ensure they knew how serious this was, and the woman on the phone said 'i'm sorry, we don't have any openings for 3 weeks, he can try going to emergency, but they won't know how to read his MRI".

    Is this normal to be treated this way? And if anyone has knowledge of MS, does that sound like this is what is going on? Or brain tumor? Stroke? I initially thought maybe he had a stroke since his age seems old for a new MS diagnosis, but I clearly am not an expert at all.

    If anyone has anything to share on this please comment. Am I crazy for thinking that a brain issue should be handled immediately in case there is swelling that needs to be addressed to avoid permanent damage? I kow someone recently who had a brain injury and he was treated very stealthy and swiftly so as to try to avoid permanenet damage.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Sara, First off, I am sorry that your friend is ill. I also sympathize with the anguish that you are feeling.

      I have had MS for 20 years now. MS is a very difficult disease to diagnose. There is absolutely no test that can definitively diagnose it. Doctors must first rule out no less than 35 other diseases and conditions ranging from something as simple as a vitamin B12 deficiency to something as deadly as ALS (Lou Gerigs Disease). The MRI is used to look for the lesions that are indicative of multiple sclerosis. These lesions frequently do not appear at the onset of the disease. Instead they appear months and months later. They can be so small that they do not even show up on the MRI. Some doctors will then resort to doing a lumbar puncture but this method is even less reliable than the MRI. In conjunction with the MRI, doctors must observe two flare-ups of MS symptoms and administer a neurological exam.

      Further complicating a diagnosis of MS is the fact that there as many types of lesions as there are stars in the sky. If a neurologist is not a specialist in MS, there is a good chance that they will not be able to identify the lesions. For this reason, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society keeps a list of neurologists across the country which is available upon request to anyone anywhere. There number is 1-800-344-4867. Keep in mind that it takes up to three months to get into the office of a top notch MS neurologist.

      I had a very similar experience to your friend. I awakened one morning to find I had gone blind in one. eye. As the day progressed, I became more and more unsteady. By sundown I could barely walk and my speech was so slurred that no one could understand me. Over time things just got progressively worse. My IQ dropped drastically and my short term memory was just about nonexistant. For all intensive purposes, one could watch me and seriously consider institutionalizing me. I was helpless. Six months later I was back to normal. I applied to a university and was .accepted into a their masters program.

      The point here is that if your friend has MS, the chanes are that the type he has is relapsing/remitting. This means that he will have a flare up of symptoms for a unspecified period of time. After that his body will begin to repair itself and symptoms will slowly abate. About 15% of us who get MS, will get the progressive type, which will cause disability. These people do not repair.

      I assure you that the hospital would never have released your friend if his brain were swollen. I can also tell you that if emergency rooms had specialists on hand to treat every medical specialty, the cost of medical care would escalate to the very end of the universe. Emergency rooms are not staffed to treat cancers, birth defects, bone malformations, microvascular disorders, lyme disease and the list goes on and on and on. And no, there is no way anyone in any emergency room anywhere would be able to find the 10 millimeter lesions typical of MS.

      You might want to go to the site of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society at http://www.nmss.org
      It has the most reliable and exhaustive information on MS.

      Please feel free to email me.

  21. QUESTION:
    Question about possible MS Diagnosis?
    A very good friend of mine has recently been going thru serious health issues. He was admitted to the ER almost four weeks ago. They did very little, he was dismissed. He went in to the ER as his arm had gone numb and tingly, barely able to use it, confusion, disorientation, not walking straight, clearly a neurolgical issue of some sort. The next day it worsened so he went to his regular MD. An MRI of the brain was ordered, but he had to wait a week - despite these serious symptoms he still had to wait a week (sounds bizarre to me as this sounds like a serious emergency). He got the MRI and his MD told him that it did come back abnormal, but that he was not a specialist and he would have to refer him to a Neurologist. He said the white matter on the MRI suggested a possible stroke, MS or a brain tumor. I think the doctor feels most strongly that it is MS. However, it seems that most people get MS under the age of 30. He is 45 years old and has never had any type of attack before this one. The neurologist appt was scheduled three weeks out. Again, this seems crazy to me that they are waiting this long to treat this man.

    Iin the meantime since that first ER visit he has gone way downhill. The numbness has progressed to his leg, so he can barely use his left arm or his left leg. He can no longer work or drive. He can feel tingling in his face which makes him fear that might be next. He has confusion and disorientation. He has basically went from a healthy 45 year old male to almost an invalid. I feel so horrible for him because he has fallen several times and he even thinks right now he has broken his shoulder, but the medical profession seems to act like they simply don't care. I even called his neurologist myself to ensure they knew how serious this was, and the woman on the phone said 'i'm sorry, we don't have any openings for 3 weeks, he can try going to emergency, but they won't know how to read his MRI".

    Is this normal to be treated this way? And if anyone has knowledge of MS, does that sound like this is what is going on? Or brain tumor? Stroke? I initially thought maybe he had a stroke since his age seems old for a new MS diagnosis, but I clearly am not an expert at all.

    If anyone has anything to share on this please comment. Am I crazy for thinking that a brain issue should be handled immediately in case there is swelling that needs to be addressed to avoid permanent damage? I kow someone recently who had a brain injury and he was treated very stealthy and swiftly so as to try to avoid permanenet damage.

    • ANSWER:
      You are correct that this should be handled more expeditiously unless the initial findings on the MRI signify a non imminent threat to his life or permanent damage left untreated. However, the medical system is far from perfect and who gets proper treatment and especially in a timely manner is not relegated by what is 'proper'.

      I would be looking for another neurologist who could see this case sooner if possible.

      Based on your thoughts and report this is atypical of MS. It can present this late in life, and has likely existed for some years if it does turn out to be the cause. However, while MS is typical of having patterns of flares and then remissions.. it does not typically progress this rapidly from a non symptomatic patient. It seems like your friend was fine one day and then in a matter of less than a month he has this level of neurological difficulty. This would be more inline with a tumor or possibly a stroke. A stroke would generally be an immediate fine one moment not the next. A tumor can start to show signs like this as it finally reaches a level of excessively increasing cranial pressure, or placing pressure on a particularly crucial area of the brain which would exhibit the various symptoms.

      If MS, there is no real urgency.. however this is far from confirmed. Further, a tumor of any significant size should be fairly evident even to a general practitioner. A stroke not so much.

      As for the brain injury -- these are always considered emergencies and thankfully treated as such with immediate imaging , and even neurosurgery if necessary.

      I wish your friend the best,

  22. QUESTION:
    Question about a possible MS Diagnosis?
    A very good friend of mine has recently been going thru serious health issues. He was admitted to the ER almost four weeks ago. They did very little, he was dismissed. He went in to the ER as his arm had gone numb and tingly, barely able to use it, confusion, disorientation, not walking straight, clearly a neurolgical issue of some sort. The next day it worsened so he went to his regular MD. An MRI of the brain was ordered, but he had to wait a week - despite these serious symptoms he still had to wait a week (sounds bizarre to me as this sounds like a serious emergency). He got the MRI and his MD told him that it did come back abnormal, but that he was not a specialist and he would have to refer him to a Neurologist. He said the white matter on the MRI suggested a possible stroke, MS or a brain tumor. I think the doctor feels most strongly that it is MS. However, it seems that most people get MS under the age of 30. He is 45 years old and has never had any type of attack before this one. The neurologist appt was scheduled three weeks out. Again, this seems crazy to me that they are waiting this long to treat this man.

    Iin the meantime since that first ER visit he has gone way downhill. The numbness has progressed to his leg, so he can barely use his left arm or his left leg. He can no longer work or drive. He can feel tingling in his face which makes him fear that might be next. He has confusion and disorientation. He has basically went from a healthy 45 year old male to almost an invalid. I feel so horrible for him because he has fallen several times and he even thinks right now he has broken his shoulder, but the medical profession seems to act like they simply don't care. I even called his neurologist myself to ensure they knew how serious this was, and the woman on the phone said 'i'm sorry, we don't have any openings for 3 weeks, he can try going to emergency, but they won't know how to read his MRI".

    Is this normal to be treated this way? And if anyone has knowledge of MS, does that sound like this is what is going on? Or brain tumor? Stroke? I initially thought maybe he had a stroke since his age seems old for a new MS diagnosis, but I clearly am not an expert at all.

    If anyone has anything to share on this please comment. Am I crazy for thinking that a brain issue should be handled immediately in case there is swelling that needs to be addressed to avoid permanent damage? I kow someone recently who had a brain injury and he was treated very stealthy and swiftly so as to try to avoid permanenet damage.

    • ANSWER:

  23. QUESTION:
    Oh man I need help...?
    So my doctor told my I suffer from anxiety..It's possible but the physical and mental symptoms just drive me insane..Maybe it's brain tumor..Of course, everyone thinks I'm crazy..I feel a little better when reassured but then I go back again to the same old thoughts..

    Here is what I have:
    Nonsense/racing thoughts
    weak hands/legs
    blurred vision
    headaches/aches in skull
    throbbing head
    muscle jerking/twitching esp when trying to rest
    nausea
    Sometimes I can't find the right word to say or I say a word that I don't mean
    I'm realllyy scared!!! Can someone tell me if this happens with anxiety?!?!

    • ANSWER:
      It happens, you shouldn't worry so much..I go through the same things..Cuz I went through soo much stress...Just be happy

  24. QUESTION:
    How can I get over this nightmare ???? please !?
    Ok I have always been hypochondriac and suffered from OCD and intrusive weird thoughts sicne I WAS young, for example i was like "if the telephone rings in 5 minutes something bad will happen" i would touch some thing several times to get over the idea etc etc, i also drink lots of alcohol and whisky cause it makes me calm, 2 months ago i had a sudden dizzy spell which i had also 2 years ago while staring the pc at work, from that time i started thinking the worse, ms ,brain tumor, i started being unbalance, feeling like faint, i was crying, i went to the orthopedist he said i have some slight problem with the neck spondylus due to computer posture, then i went to the ENT he said all ok, then i had full CBC everything normal, std all normal, liver function etc all normal just some slight hyperthyreoid problem, i was not assured though and every day i started checking about my lymph nodes if they are swollen, every day if i have fever, i think i have fever but i dont have, i dont sleep well i am interrupted every 1 hour, i have been depressed i dont want to go out ,i dont want to go to work, i have crying spells extreme stress that i am dying, everything seems hopeless, everybody thinks i am crazy, even doctors, i went to the psychiatrist he gave me pill i didnt take it, now i think i have pneumonia or lung canceer, i go in the internet and read the symptoms and then i have them,i check every 10 minutes my temperature i thinik i have fever but i dont have i feel so weak, my life is a misery, i dont want to go out , my friends have lost me, should i give an end? btw i am 29 yo man, please help ...... :( ((

    • ANSWER:

  25. QUESTION:
    How can I get over this ? Please its like a nightmare?
    Ok I have always been hypochondriac and suffered from OCD and intrusive weird thoughts sicne I WAS young, for example i was like "if the telephone rings in 5 minutes something bad will happen" i would touch some thing several times to get over the idea etc etc, i also drink lots of alcohol and whisky cause it makes me calm, 2 months ago i had a sudden dizzy spell which i had also 2 years ago while staring the pc at work, from that time i started thinking the worse, ms ,brain tumor, i started being unbalance, feeling like faint, i was crying, i went to the orthopedist he said i have some slight problem with the neck spondylus due to computer posture, then i went to the ENT he said all ok, then i had full CBC everything normal, std all normal, liver function etc all normal just some slight hyperthyreoid problem, i was not assured though and every day i started checking about my lymph nodes if they are swollen, every day if i have fever, i think i have fever but i dont have, i dont sleep well i am interrupted every 1 hour, i have been depressed i dont want to go out ,i dont want to go to work, i have crying spells extreme stress that i am dying, everything seems hopeless, everybody thinks i am crazy, even doctors, i went to the psychiatrist he gave me pill i didnt take it, now i think i have pneumonia or lung canceer, i go in the internet and read the symptoms and then i have them, i feel so weak, my life is a misery, should i give an end? btw i am 29 yo man, please help ...... :( ((

    • ANSWER:
      You have an anxiety disorder of some kind,either health anxiety or GAD (they do often cross each other in symptoms.) I'd go back to the dr about your thyroid though as this can cause anxiety/panic if it's not functioning correctly. You need to talk the pills the psychiatrist gave you, even if only for a while. I know a lot of people hate taking pills but they WILL help--you need to be able to calm down and to show signs of improvement.once you have seen (and felt) a positive change you will be able to rationalise what's happening to you more and start to heal.often those pills,depending on what they are, will help with sleep. You need sleep to heal too,and to drop the drink which only depresses the central nervous symptom anyway. And keep away from putting symptoms into Google!!

  26. QUESTION:
    Grade 2 Astrocytoma HELP?
    My husband is 25 years old, I am 23...on our one year wedding anniversary (last year) my husband was diagnosed with a grade 2 astrocytoma. He gets headaches on and off, he takes decadron for that and it helps him...but his main symptom is PERSONALITY CHANGE. He's not the same man that I use to know...he has trouble understanding why certain things have or haven't been done (everyday living type of things..$ for groceries, clean house..etc) and he gets so angry if the tiniest amount of money is spent. I'm talking 3 dollars... He's become mean, finds any way possible to hurt me...he has even become physically violent with me at times. He no longer can be as sociable with others like the way he use to be, people that don't know he's sick automatically think he's just a plain old ignorant jerk of a person. Here's where my question comes in...at his last annual checkup with the oncologist I brought up these issues and the doctor said it had nothing to do with his brain tumor and that theirs no change in his tumor in comparison to the previous MRI of his tumor 6 months before. I just can't seem to believe the doctor. I KNOW my husband is no where near the same person he was 4 1/2 years ago(dated a while before we were married). Sometimes he has the weird little moments where he will kind of snap out of it for a second and apologize to me and says he doesn't know why he's acting the way he is. My question: IS THE DR RIGHT??? IS IT REALLY NOT POSSIBLE FOR THIS TYPE OF MALIGNANT BRAIN TUMOR TO CAUSE PERSONALITY CHANGE??????

    I wan't to also add that I love my husband so much, If I could change things I would...sometimes i feel like I need to leave because I cant handle the verbal and physical abuse...or because of the fact that our 18 month old see's so much negative stuff going on. BUT...I just can't do that..I want to continue being by his side and help him through this, i love him. I understand the difficulty his body/soul is having. Does anyone with experience in this type of situation know some things I can do to help him be calmer and stress free?? What works?? What do i do??? I myself am sick too with cardiomyopathy..and im practically ready to lose it at this point. I need some advice on how to continue coping...how to continue helping him through this. Anyone??
    he's had surgery and removed a portion. Do you think its possible that the diagnoses itself in general (maybe not the actual tumor)could have changed his mental status?? I feel terrible and dont know how to help him.

    • ANSWER:

  27. QUESTION:
    What do you think of my story??
    Lucky Man

    As far as I can remember it all began when I started secondary school back in in 1999. I was a carefree 13 yr old but suddenly one day I began vomiting for no reason. This started the ball rolling for other symptoms such as massive headaches, extreme weight loss, forgetfulness, blurred vision and severe depression to name but a few. Over the following year my health and vision really deteriorated. They thought a strain on my eyes was causing the headaches and I was prescribed glasses. I weighed 6 stone, my head felt like it would explode etc and yet doctors could find nothing medically wrong with me. They thought it was psychological. In July 2001, I collapsed in my aunts in Ennis. The local GP diagnosed me as having depression but this was just a symptom of the illness. It was a very surreal time as I only remember a few minutes of the next couple of weeks. Family were afraid to leave me alone because of the depression. On the 18th August 2001 I collapsed again at home. It was only my mother and me at home and she was very scared and called my grandparents and Dad. One image that will stay with me forever is of my Granddad Peadar sitting beside me on a chair in my room crying his eyes out wailing “ why won’t you tell us what’s wrong with you ?” The worrying thing was that none of us knew…..

    My family couldn’t take any more and immediately drove me to Crumlin Hospital with a referral letter from my GP. The last thing I remember leaving my house was my nana Patsy helping me into the car (this will be important later). They did lots of tests and scans and rushed me to Beaumont Hospital at midnight by ambulance. After more tests and scans I was diagnosed as having a brain tumour in the pineal gland (over my right eye) I remember being told “brain tumour” but not knowing what it was. I especially didn’t know how serious it was or that it was cancer. I thought I would be back in school by at the latest late September. The Hospital quickly set about removing some of the brain fluid which was causing the headaches as it was being blocked by the tumour. I later found out off my Dad that I would have died over the next day or 2 had they not removed the excess. I had a 10 hr operation to remove the tumour. There were complications during surgery. I had a bleed on the right side of my brain which left the entire left side of my body weakened and left me in a coma for 14 weeks. After the coma I was in a vegetated state and was sent back to Crumlin for chemotherapy. I caught a bug which meant I had to return to Beaumont half way through the treatment. I had a total of 18 operations on my head, spent 9 months in a hospital bed as a vegetable (a parsnip as Jamie says, but was probably closer to a cabbage) I remember nothing of my time in Beaumont Hospital and only know this information from asking. I had my 16th birthday party in Beaumont Hospital.

    In may 2002 I was discharged from Beaumont and admitted to Dun Laoighre N.R.H As I couldn’t walk, talk or move etc. At this point although I was cancer free I was extremely soft in the head and was still being fed through a naso gastric tube in my nose. The feed always made me sick which brought the tube back up and it wasn’t very nice getting it replaced. I spent a long hard 10 months there in rehabilitation. I eventually went home for weekend visits every Friday afternoon and came back Sunday evenings. The ironic thing is my nan was the first person to help me out of the car As my physical injuries improved I was upgraded from a wheelchair to a walking frame. I remember taking my first unaided steps at home with the same aunt, Trisha in November 2002 (I took 8) I was discharged in march 2003 just before my 17th. I walked out those doors unaided that time.

    I was forced to leave school the summer before my Junior cert and my class had moved on in the system but I was slowly integrated back into it. I started it in September 2003 in third yr and did my junior at 18 in a class of 15 yr olds. I have to say that the entire school were very helpful and understanding with me. I stayed on at school after it.

    In the meantime I joined Canteen Ireland after spotting it while doing a random “cancer” search on the internet. But I didn’t go to any meetings because I was on a lot of medication at the time and wanted to forget my past. But when I went to my first meeting in “Carlingford” in 2005 I realised that this wasn’t just a club for “sick” people but a family. A family I was being welcomed into with open arms. It was 1 of the best things I ever did. I love all the meetings and weekends away and we are all a really close nit group/family (even if there is the odd joke about my horrible horrible accent and my Pidgin English nothing is meant by it.

    I stayed at school for the leaving cert in which I got one of the highest marks in the year. I graduated in May 2006 and won the “Student of the Year Award”. This brought my story to the attention of the Local Media and some National Newspapers. I postponed my Mechanical Engineering place in DKIT and did Engineering PLC. In the meantime I was nominated and subsequently won the “Co. Louth Person of the Year 2006”.

    I started college in 2007. Initially I enjoyed it and was top of my class but the stress of the 12 hour days of Honours Physics, Chemistry and Maths and other personal problems meant that my grades began to slip. I decided to leave in December 2007. At present I am doing Employer Based Training for Clerical work, it suits my skills and means I can work my way up. Life has never been better. I am off all medication have a clean bill of health, have a wonderful loving family and close circle of friends (who help me so much). I am at my optimum and going to America on a trip of a lifetime in August.

    I look upon my cancer experience as a positive one, although it caused family and friends great pain, personally I think it was good for me. Life not about the destination it’s the journey. I’m a lucky man and I see that now, although it has taken me 7 years and almost two years in hospital to realise and come to terms with this. It has made me appreciate and respect family, friends and the little things in life more.

    If we didn’t have the hard times we wouldn’t appreciate the good times as much. Surviving cancer is great once you have the right attitude. I don’t know hat life has in store for me but it will be fun finding out. I have really grown up and matured as a result. I’d like to say thank you to everyone who gave their help and support to both me and my family over the years.
    Life’s for a good time not a long time………..so enjoy it!

    Paudy.
    www.bebo.com/dalegendthatis

    • ANSWER:
      WOW...that is a truly amazing story and I really love your outlook on life...as a result of everything you've been through!!! You are very lucky indeed and extremely blessed!!! I wish you only the best as you continue your extraordinary journey!!! *Big Hugs 4 U* =)

  28. QUESTION:
    Euthanasia, I wish I could go back in time?
    I had a six month old kitten named Sully, and he recently came down with some type of illness. He was uncordinated, and had a hard time walking on his hind legs. He lost his appetite a bit and was very lethargic. So of course, we brought him to the vet. The vet was a very nice, friendly, experienced man...you could just tell...and he was actually kind of puzzled at his symptoms. He mentioned many possible causes and took an xray, and the only thing it revealed was that he was quite a bit constipated. He said it could be a possible neurological problem, that there's swelling in the brain (possible tumor causing his back muscles not to cooperate with him aka he couldnt push the poop out, had a hard time walking...etc.) The vet had no certain diagnosis at this point, but said a shot cortozone?> should help with any swelling, so we gave it a try. It didn't work. He got worse and worse, so we made another appointment. As days, even HOURS went by he got worse and worse. Two days before the appointment, we knew we couldnt wait. Sully was throwing up EVERYTHING (i forget to mention an antibiotic the vet gave him for possible infection? Well...he threw it up about three minutes after we gave it to him.) His back legs were cold and he was dragging, could walk maybe two or three steps and then his legs would give out. It was awful!!! He peed all over the floor and himself and had no control over it! My poor baby looked like he was slipping away, so we rushed him to the Animal ER clinic. They saw him right away and his head was bobbing around and he was just so ill, I can't describe it. When the vet saw him she almost shunned us like "Whats the emergency" kind of attitude. Then ten minutes later the vet assistant walks in and hands us a bill for 800 dollars and explains what they want to do. Keep him on an IV all night among other things, blood tests...etc. She could see how bad off he was and then she mentioned euthanizing him. My mom and I started crying, and asked how we could pay this...because we did not have 800 dollars, but they basically said even if, its not worth it. He probably won't recover (and at this point im wondering from WHAT??) The vet was very, very rude, but the assistant was nice and told us that he wouldnt make it until thursday and assured my mom that euthansia was probably the best option. She gave us maybe five minutes to talk it over, and wham my mom says okay, we get the papers and sign him over. I wanted to scream at the top of my lungs. We could have figured SOMETHING out for the money, and he still had a chance. I was just in such shock that I didnt say anything, I just held my kitty and cried. They didn't even let us fill out the care credit form to give the overnight thing a try. She told us we were making the right decision, but I never found out what was wrong. It could have been a persistant little virus that had gotten very bad, even if it was feline lukemia, he still had a fighting chance and there are organizations willing to help people with huge vet bills who just dont have the money!! They just took him from my arms and god knows what happened from there, i didnt even get to see it. Then we were just left to leave, not knowing what he had or if maybe it was treatable (possibly easily). And quite honestly i would have rathered him die at home, snuggled on my bed rather then on a medical table with a needle. And if he made it until...tomorrow actually....then maybe or vet could have helped OR said the same thing, which I'm sure he would have been much more sympathetic and sweet about it. He was also willing to work with us with money, he covered the money for his antibiotics, such a sweet, sweet man! He doesnt even know yet, and me and my family are left wondering what was going on? Did he really have cancer? Kidney disease? Infection??? I feel terrible, I should have stopped it from happening, but me being the kind of dumb person i am just let it happen. I layed there the whole ride to the vet and promised Sully that I wouldnt let him die! And now he's dead! ... Please help me, did my mom and I make the right decision?? Or did he have a heck of a chance?? What could this have been?? It just doesnt add up....and how do I get over it?

    • ANSWER:
      my advise to you cry, yes cry don't let the feeling inside, it may cause a mental breakdown, yes you did the right decision, at least your family took him to the vet, and let him die with no pain, we normal ppl don't know whats Euthanasia and we think its another word of cruelty, while its not..
      to make you feel better of yourself, last year i took my precious Leila to a vet to get medicine, she had a cat cold, and the doc gave her a dog medicine by mistake, it was an injection, and she was 4 months old, couldn't handle the big dose, so she start falling sick, the med damaged her liver, she start getting sicker and sicker, i took her to the another vet and they told me Euthanasia is the only solution, i had to look for another vet that will agree to fight for my baby, till i found, i put her there, "which i wish i didn't" the doc told me that i'm just buying time and wasting money, as she was eating throw tubes, to get fluids in her system, and my ignorant was telling me not to stop it, going there seeing her suffering, but i was stupid not to stop it, till one day she gave up, she just died after 1 week of all this drama, and here i am left full of guilt, went thru mental breakdown, i believe we both cant let go, cause we still have this question, WHY? but we shouldn't forget that we all gonna die, so you should let go, i know it must be hard for you, i feel the same, me too i wish that i left her pass away next to me, enjoying my cuddle, but its not our choice, its a destiny thing, we absolutely have no choice with, so cry and remember the lovely memories, you at least tried while others just give their cats for adoption just because they can't bother litter trained them??? my prayers and heart go for you ! RIP Leila

  29. QUESTION:
    If conspiracies don't exist, why did Rumsfeld force the FDA to drop their ban on Aspartame, a known toxin?
    Aspartame causes lesions in the brain and is a neuroexciter
    Major Complaints ascribed to Aspartame containing products by 551 apparent reactors.

    Symptom No. % Symptom No. %

    Eye Gastrointestinal

    Decreased vision or other eye problems Nausea 79 14

    (blurring, "bright flashes," tunnel vision) 140 25 Diarrhea 70 13

    Pain (one or both eyes) 51 9 Associated gross blood in the stools 12 2

    Decreased tears, trouble with contact Abdominal pain 70 13

    lens, or both 46 8 Pain on swallowing 28 5

    Blindness (one or both eyes) 14 3 Skin and allergies

    Ear Severe itching without a rash 44 8

    Tinnitus ("ringing," "buzzing") 73 13 Severe lip and mouth reactions 29 5

    Severe intolerance for noise 47 9 Urticaria (hives) 25 5

    Marked impairment of hearing 25 5 Other eruptions 48 9

    Neurologic Aggravation of respiratory allergies 10 2

    Headaches 249 45 Endocrine and metabolic

    Dizziness, unsteadiness, or both 217 39 Loss of diabetes control; precipitation

    Confusion, memory loss, or both 157 29 of clinical diabetes; aggravation or

    Severe drowsiness and sleepiness 93 17 simulation of diabetic complications 60 11

    Paresthesias ("pins and needles." "tin- Menstrual changes 45 8

    gling") or numbness or the limbs 82 15 Severe reduction or cessation or pe-

    Convulsions (grand mal epileptic at- riods 22 4

    tacks) 70 14 Paradoxic weight gain 34 6

    Petit mal attacks and "absences" 18 3 Marked weight loss 26 5

    Severe slurring of speech 64 12 Marked thinning or loss of the hair 32 6

    Severe tremors 51 9 Aggravated hypoglycemia (low blood

    Severe "hyperactivity" and "restless sugar attacks) 25 5

    legs" 43 8 Other

    Atypical facial pain 38 7 Frequency of voiding (day and night),

    Psychologic - Psychiatric burning on urination (dysuria), or

    Severe depression 139 25 both 69 13

    "Extreme irritability" 125 23 Excessive thirst 65 12

    "Severe anxiety attacks" 105 19 Severe joint pains 58 11

    "Marked personality changes" 88 16 "Bloat" 57 10

    Recent "severe insomnia" 76 14 Fluid retention and leg swelling 20 4

    "Severe aggravation of phobias" 41 7 Increased susceptibility to infection 7 1

    Chest ______________________________________________

    Palpitations, tachycardia (rapid heart Roberts, H.J.; Reactions Attributed to Aspartame-Containing

    action), or both 88 16 Products: 551 Cases. Journal of App. Nut. Vol 40, Nov 2,

    "Shortness or breath" 54 10 1988.

    Atypical chest pain 44 8

    Recent hypertension (high blood pres-

    sure) 34 6

    Aspartame is a synthesized Product:

    NutraSweet (food additive) : found in over 4,000 products!

    Equal (sugar substitute) , the "BLUE PACKAGE"

    Components of synthesized Aspartame:

    Methanol -10% Phenylalanine - 50% Aspartic Acid - 40%

    Breakdown Products of AspartameFormaldehyde DopamineFormic Acid NorepinephrineWood alcohol EpinephrineBeta aspartame PhenylethylamineAspartylphenylalanine PhenylpyruvateAspartylphenylalanine amide Phenylactic acidTyrosine Phenylacetic acidL-Dopa Diketopiperazine (DKP)

    Implicated in brain tumor.

    CONDITIONS CAUSED BY THE BREAKDOWN PRODUCTS

    I. Methanol (Wood Alcohol)

    -IS poisonous to man when it stands alone.

    -As a constituent of other foods in nature, it is in combination with ethyl alcohol,

    which counteracts/neutralizes the methanol as it is metabolized.

    -There is no ethyl alcohol (EtOH) in aspartame.

    -Methanol in not in "free form," unless Aspartame is heated over 80O F. (as in warehouse)

    -10% of the weight of Aspartame will be absorbed into the bloodstream as methanol within hours of consumption.-Methanol metabolizes into formaldehyde and formic acid in 12-18 hours after consumption. -Formaldehyde is known to cause cancer, accumulating slowly without detection in the body. - Methanol when heated above 85O F in food, liquid or in the body (98.6O F) is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream. (2 teaspoons is a lethal dose in humans!)-NutraSweet releases one molecule of Methanol for each molecule of Aspartame consumed.

    Signs of methanol poisoning include:

    Cerebral Edema Pulmonary Edema

    severe headache labored breathing

    impaired articulation

    fainting back pain

    lethargy abdominal pain (Pancreatic inflammation)

    visual loss Leg cramps

    confusion Enlargement of heart muscleParathesias (Numbing, prickling, and shooting pain.) *Visual signs are always asso. with acute toxicity and not chronic

    Reported symptoms of Aspartame poisoning:

    Neurological Other body Symptoms

    headaches skin lesions

    nausea rashes

    vertigo muscle cramping and joint pain

    insomnia loss of energy

    numbness of extremities PMS

    blurred vision menstrual cramps

    blindness and other eye problems irregularity or loss of menstrual cycle

    memory loss symptoms mimicking heart attacks

    slurred speech tachycardia

    mild to suicidal depression arrhythmias

    personality changes edema

    subtle mood ch

    • ANSWER:
      Aspertame is nothing but an amino acid. Some people are intolerant to it. To the vast majority, it is harmless.

  30. QUESTION:
    Sick of worrying about cancer and other serious illnesses.?
    Hey guys, I'm really new to this so please be nice (lol!)

    Basically, around 2 years ago I went through a tough time, I was only 15. I became really over-anxious about things and started thinking I had a brain tumour when I began getting tension headaches all the time. The headaches carried on and as time went on I became more and more convinced I was dying...I went and saw two doctors, the second of which was particularly helpful. He examined me, did some co-ordination/balance tests and looked into my eyes, then told me I definately didn't have a brain tumour. I felt so happy! But..within a couple of weeks I was anxious again. It wasn't just brain tumours though, at one time I was extremely scared thinking I had meningitis, and I even thought I had HIV or something..I was just a wreck. Things got better, but now recently I've started thinking I have penis cancer even though it's like..the most rare type of cancer and extremely rare in men under 60 (I'm 17 myself). Yet I'm still convinced, because I have one symptom. It just feels like everything's getting on top of me. I tried counselling at one point, but it was hopeless (it was a 0-16 programme and the woman didn't take me seriously).

    I'm pretty sure my headaches are due to stress of it all, because the back of my neck and shoulders/back is all tensed up. Any suggestions? Thanks for listening (if you got this far..).

    • ANSWER:
      You are posting in the wrong area . . this is the cancer section, for people who have questions about cancer. You admit you don't have any of these diseases and your just worried about it . . that's not a problem for the cancer section.

      You can try the mental health section of Yahoo Answers:
      http://answers.yahoo.com/dir/index;_ylt=AjPXJdglScUHh92o.UqTH2st53NG;_ylv=3?sid=396546043

  31. QUESTION:
    I think my friend's a hypocondriac, how can I help her and to help her deal with this?
    I have known my friend for 20 years. We're both 31, so were obviously 11 when we met (at the beginning of Secondary School), within the U.K.
    She's one of my best mates, we've been through a lot together.
    Around the time she had her first child, at the age of 18. I first noticed a change in the way she was behaving. She was diagnosed with post-natal depression when her first child (her son) was born. He was having 'epileptic fits' at the age of 6 months old. I used to help care for him when he was a baby whilst she went to work. These 'fits' turned out to be something a lot more sinister, he was diagnosed with a brain tumour. He had an operation to remove 3/4 of it but the surgeons couldn't remove the whole lot due to the fact it was the size of a golf ball and also it would've possibly killed him.

    He's now 12 and at secondary school, doing well but has special needs due to needing extra help because of the tumour that still remains in his brain. He goes to a special school for extra help.
    My friend now has 4 children in total, ranging from the ages of 12 to 2 years old. She also has a step-son. I don't need to go into mass detail but she left her previous partner and met another man and had 2 children with him. 2 with the previous, 2 with the present partner and 1 stepson which's his from a previous relationship.

    She has suffered with anxiety and panic attacks over the years and has been on prozac and god knows what medication. In fact, some of these actually made her really loopy!
    I work with children with special needs myself and I have studied in mental health, I have seen her through some really bad, ropey times. It hasn't been easy and i've stuck by her side all the way. I could've walked away like many of her friends did when they found out she was pregnant.

    Since the diagnosis of her eldest with the brain tumour (who's being steadily monitored over the years), she has turned into a real worrier of herself. Every sneeze, cough, hiccup, burp, headache etc. She thinks she has this type of flu or that type of flu or this illness or disease, etc.

    I used to give her lots of reassurance and then realised what was going on because it was constant illness after 'illness'. I know we all get ill from time to time but this felt like it was taking the mick.

    I stopped giving her the attention and then I noticed she tried it from different angles to seek it. If it wasn't an itch, it was an ache and so on and so forth.
    She has cancelled meeting up on several occasions. I now know this is down to a confidence thing and perhaps anxiety. I studied a bit of psychology, so I know a bit about how the mind works. I'm no expert though.
    Just last weekend she asked me to come out to help choose wedding dresses (she's getting married next June). I feel overjoyed she's asked me to be bridesmaid, i'm totally honoured. Then a few hours before, she text me saying she felt awful and had conjunctivis, the flu, ulcers and then a sorry, I can't make it. I was actually expecting this! I knew she would text me to cancel. This is how well I know her. I wouldn't relent to this though and I told her i'd bring flu stuff that would help her symptoms and something for her ulcers, then I joked I won't come near your eyes, so don't worry.
    She came to meet me and I offered her the flu medicine to which she declined and then said it was a dust allergy, as for her eyes it was hayfever and the ulcers had (miraculously) disappeared!

    I'm a great believer in ignoring people who seek attention but this has gone on for so long now, I feel she needs help but I don't know how to go about it without offending her. I seriously think she has a problem with all these illnesses she keeps thinking up, if it's not one it's another. I know I was wrong to give her the sympathy she needed before but I honestly didn't know this kind of thing existed properly. I have stopped asking her 'how are you?' now, because I know i'll be greeted with a whole list of 'I have this, that symptoms' and even though I don't ask how she is, she will still continue to tell me that she's been sneezing and is contagious. In fact, i've never known her to be 'well'.

    I know this is long and I could probably write a book on it but this is the short and long of it. Thanks for taking the time to read.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm very happy you took the time to explain. So often in life things happen to change people that we know and we never even take the time to try and figure out why. You truly are a good friend of hers and she doesn't realize it yet. A hypochondriac will always do this to their best and closest of friends. This is the reason that almost all but the best go on there way. Whenever you threaten to do the same her symptoms all disappear. You need to somehow talk her into going to therapy. This is the only way to help her is with a professional. This should play right into her hand actually if you manage it right. Maybe you can tell her that you met someone and this person thinks she can help her somehow. You're the only person she trusts right now and your knowledge of the way she thinks will go a long way. Good luck and God Bless

  32. QUESTION:
    What do you think causes early puberty?
    After asking a question about this, i'm curious about it.. I've came up with these things so far that "may" cause it! I've heard of all of these possible causes except for the "media factor"...I've never actually "heard" of soy based formula causing it, but I do know that soy has a type of estrogen in it, and that some women use it to off set symptoms of menopause.. I also had a friend who was taking it because she was diabetic, and it make her endometriosis worse because of the estrogen in it..

    What are your thoughts on this?

    Possible Causes of Early Puberty
    Note to parents: because early puberty can be caused by some serious conditions, including certain types of brain tumors and thyroid diseases, it is important to consult a doctor if you are concerned about your daughter's development, especially if you have no family history of early puberty.

    Genetic factors. If a girl's mother, sisters, and other female relatives experienced early puberty, the chances are very strong she will too.
    Obesity. As the rate of childhood obesity has exploded, so has the rate of precocious puberty. This is one of the most widely accepted theories about the rise in early puberty rates. Estrogen and leptin, two important hormones in puberty, are produced by fat cells, and many researchers believe puberty in girls is triggered when the body reaches a certain percentage of fat, in combination with other factors. This is one reason many competitive youth athletes experience later puberty than their peers.

    Xenoestrogens. Xenoestrogens are man-made compounds that mimic the behavior of natural estrogen in the body. They occur in everything from plastic baby bottles and food storage containers to shampoo, cosmetics, and sunscreen to pesticides and insecticides used in residential and agricultural pest control to growth hormones fed to the animals that produce our meat, milk and eggs to the water we bathe in. Some shampoos targeted at the African-American community even advertise their estrogen content. Many scientists believe xenoestrogens are a major contributing factor to the epidemic of precocious puberty; others believe they are only minor contributors.

    Soy-based infant formula. Soy has one of the highest concentrations of phytoestrogens, which are naturally occurring plant estrogens. In adults, phytoestrogens are generally considered neutral or even beneficial, especially from dietary sources. However, some researchers feel that the concentration of phytoestrogen in soy infant formulas may reach dangerous levels because these formulas are the only or primary source of nourishment for so long. These researchers claim that infants fed soy formula receive the estrogen equivalent of five birth control pills per day (based on body weight). About 25% of infants in the United States are fed soy-based formulas.

    Sexualized television and media. In one controversial theory, some researchers claim that exposure to sexualized media may be contributing to the increase in cases of early puberty. It is clear that visual stimuli affect the brain and body chemistry. For example, a photograph of a delicious looking meal causes people to salivate. However, the degree to which media depictions of sex could affect brain and body chemistry is still extremely uncertain and highly controversial.
    Get me out... that would include the Xenoestrogens in case you did not read what was put down!

    • ANSWER:
      I am not sure about this...

      In my early years I spent several months in and Africa country called Eritrea, and the girls there still started puberty at the same age, between 10 -13. They hardly ever see a TV and the meat and milk is mostly from their own home grown goats. The reason why I knew about their early age is because once a girl has her period that means she can be married off. Pregnant 13 year old brides was common.

      Very interesting read tho....

  33. QUESTION:
    Creative Writing homework: Is this medically correct?
    I'm having to come up with the plot for episode of an existing TV show (in this case, Scrubs) for a small piece of Creative Writing homework. If you wouldn't mind just reading through this and inform me of anything that needs correcting, I would really appreciate it. It's only about 300 words :)

    This is the plot:

    A seventeen-year-old boy, Michael Sullivan, is admitted to Sacred Heart Hospital after collapsing for apparently no reason during class. His father, Jeff, arrives with him and informs the staff that his son had been complaining of a headache that morning. He is a very controlling, hot-headed man and also deputy head/vice-principal of the school his son attends. Many of the doctors, including Dr Cox and J.D., find him interfering and unpleasant to deal with. At first glance, Michael’s symptoms suggest that his collapse was down to a previously undiagnosed stress- or anxiety-related disorder, but Dr Cox fears it may be something more sinister.

    Meanwhile, Denise (Dr Mahoney/“Jo”) and Drew’s relationship takes an unexpected turn when Denise believes she might be pregnant. She takes a test which proves positive and she and Drew have a heated discussion about their future, not only as a couple, but as parents also. Uncharacteristically, Drew “steps up” and vows to stay with Denise and care for their child.

    Back on the medical side of things, Michael is taken down to the radiology department for a CT scan. Dr Cox tries to explain to a sceptical Jeff that his son’s collapse might be down to a possible brain tumour, most likely brought on by the stress of coming to the end of his education and having an overly strict father working in the same school. The results of the scan confirm Dr Cox’s fears. Fortunately, however, the tumour is caught early and Michael is scheduled for an emergency operation to have it removed.

    A second test reveals that Denise is in fact not pregnant, and the original was a false positive. Relieved, she and Drew are able to get their relationship back on track, but find that the extreme situation has brought them closer together.

    Michael’s operation is a success and Jeff promises to be more of a father and less of an authority figure. J.D. finishes with a monologue discussing “close calls” and how people react when pushed to the extreme.

    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      It's very good, but if your handing it in like that you might want to explain the characters first, but I don't know what you've been told, are these characters already in scrubs, I wouldn't know?

  34. QUESTION:
    Help with health anxiety?
    Since I was little, I have been a terrible hypochondriac. I have diagnosed myself with just about everything under the sun, from heart problems to brain tumors and just about everything in between.
    Generally I diagnose myself with these after reading about them on the internet, I even start to experience symptoms of these diseases. I've been to therapy, numerous doctors, had every medical test known to man, but I just can't stop stressing. By now I'm sure my physician is tired of me as well as my family and boyfriend, I desperately want to stop, but I seriously can't.
    Anyone have any advice on what to do? I'm so tired of this.
    Ten points for best answer, I am desperate.

    • ANSWER:
      Have you tried a psychiatrist? They are the right doctors to treat anxiety disorders and hypochondria is actually quite common. They can help teach you relaxation techniques and use them in conjunction with medications to help ease your anxiety. I hope this helps and that you get better mentally since doctors have confirmed your physical health.

      P.S.---stay off the internet sites that you know trigger your problems. Good Luck!!

  35. QUESTION:
    Anyone got any ideas on what could have been wrong?
    This question is just for anyone that's got a bit of time on their hands who wants to have a bit of a ponder.
    Well I was talking to a lady today about a horse she used to own, who one day developed a strange and sudden fear of the rain.
    Apparently the first time she noticed it was in a hail storm, he was acting funny in it - and then it got progressively worse. He started to hate the rain on his head, no other part of his body but his head. In the next time she rode in the rain, he was head shaking loads and then it got worse and worse until eventually one day she was out in the rain and he full out paniced, she actually had to get off and let him loose into a field off the road because she couldn't hold him. She spent 6 months trying to sort him, during which time any time it rained he would go nuts and got worse and worse. One day he was out in the field and it started to spot with rain, he tried to jump the fence but couldn't get over properly so he ended up completely tearing up his sheath area climbing over. She spoke to vets, horse whisperers, top trainers the works - no one could come up with much that worked.
    So in the end she sold him to a man who's pretty good with horses, broken in loads dealt with anything and everything. He thought he'd be able to sort him with a bit more of a pushy attitude. A week later, he said he'd tried it all but he'd never seen anything like it and had no more ideas. He was sent to one more other place, where they turned him out in a bare field and said they'd leave him there for 6 months, it rained and he tried to stick his head under his field companion during the rain - and then again tried to jump the fences. So he was sent back. We don't really know what happened after that, as the man wouldn't tell the lady - but I think he was put down.
    Now, I've been pondering it all day and here's some ideas I've had so far.
    She said she noticed it first in a hail storm, so possibly he had sunburn and the hail hurt him? Or just the hail was strong and hurt him. But that would not really explain why it got progressively worse instead of him panicing every single time it rained after that. As apparently he was alright for a while, at least pretty easy to control for about a month or two after the symptoms came up.
    She said the vets said there was a chance of a tumour in the brain, but she said she could quite happily hose his head and do all sorts. It was just the rain that upset him. She also mentioned the drop of pressure before a rainfall possibly being it, but surely that would have bothered him even if he was in the stable at the time and it didn't. And also, if rain upset him that much - then why wasn't it the case for bridles, head collars and fly rugs pushing in the head?

    Well I'm just interested to hear any other theories about why he could have reacted so violently to rain and why he became so uncurable? Obviously there's nothing that could be done now, but I'm sure he can't have been the only horse in the world that's had this sudden onset of a fear of rain - but surely there must have been something that was over looked that could have helped him?
    So, anyone got any ideas?
    Other than the rain, this horse was a saint - worth his weight in gold, never put a foot wrong until it rained.
    Julie, apparently he was completely fine with hosing on the head, spongeing etc - it was simply rain.
    Yeah, I'm still pretty sure about the hail idea. But it's just odd that he became progressively worse. He wasn't too bad in the hail storm itself, only a bit funny, and for about a month or 2 after there was only that slight difference but he just kept getting worse and worse until he became impossible. Surely if it was the hail storm, his instinct would be for a panic every rain storm after - and not just a gradual process of getting worse, and also if he went out in a rain storm for a few months after that and was ok, then wouldn't the fact he should be realising that the rain wasn't hurting being helping him not making him worse?
    Julie - she'd had him for 6 years before he suddenly started to act up. Acid rain usually isn't a problem where we are, and no other horses I know, even ones with very sensitive skin, seem to have any issue with the rain around us what so ever.

    Jeff - that was tried, the lady said he just got worse and worse.

    • ANSWER:
      Have you ever been hit by a hail stone. A big one hurts like h***. In fact in very rare instances people have been killed by them. A few years ago a storm went through here and broke windshields and lights out of cars and left behinds many thougsands of dollars worth of damage in little dents in the cars. YES the hail hurt him. To get over it he may need to by tied in a rainstorm. In fact he may need to be tied or cross tied in several rains so that he gets over his fear. It is important to get him over it so that if a sudden shower crops up he will not freak and throw his rider.

      Then the problem has become that the rain has become punishment the horse feels it can not predict or interpret. In other words the rain has become abuse by the owner. He needs to continued to be tied in it BUT, he needs to be brought in as soon as he begins standing calm in the rain. At first do so the moment he calms. Then gradually not until he stays calm for several minutes.

      I am beginning to think this horse is an arab by its behavior.

  36. QUESTION:
    What should the doctor do?
    The Case of Mary Jane
    Mary Jane(not her real name) is a 22 year old female who originally presented to neurology department at Mt. Sinai Hospital in NYC with symptoms that included hearing loss, problems with equilibrium, and general acoustic disturbances. She was given a c.a.t. scan (Computed Tomography scan) which uncovered a number of what turned out to be benign tumors which gave her a diagnosis of Neurofibromatosis, also know as the ‘elephant man’s disease’ ( a genetic condition that cause benign tumors to develop on each nerve ending (usually the teleodendrite)). While the illness is not itself life threatening, since the tumors continue to grow if left alone they will eventually impinge on the brain itself and cause a slow and painful death.
    After consulting with the department of Neurosurgery she agreed to have the tumors removed from her auditory pathway. This meant however that she would loose hearing in both ears. The operation was a success and she was discharged with an Rx to follow up with the department every six months to monitor her condition.
    On her third visit she complained about visual field disturbances in her vision. She was experiencing bright flashes and loss of peripheral vision in both eyes. She was admitted to the hospital and given a series of evoke potential exams (low level electrical currents are monitored via an E.E.G. (electroencephalogram) and was found to have additional begin tumors on her visual pathway. The obvious course of treatment would be to ‘harvest’ these tumors as well and this was the course of treatment presented to her.
    Upon questioning the neurosurgeon Mary Jane found out that in fact her illness would continue unabated since there is no treatment for Neurofibromatosis and that she would continue to loose functionality as the disease progressed. Mary Jane was fully aware what this meant: she would eventually die from a tumor that was lodged in an inoperable area.
    I was consulted by the chief of neurosurgery and asked to help him make a decision about what to do. Mary Jane was originally opposed to any more operations on the grounds that since she would die anyway she would like to keep her vision until that time. With no treatment and no hope for the surgery to eventually remove all her tumors she felt strongly that she would like to die with as many of her senses as possible.
    The surgeon knew that he had some influence over her and that if he pushed hard enough, with both Mary Jane and her family, he could probably get permission to ‘harvest’ these tumors.

    The question is should he apply pressure to convince Mary Jane to accept the operation or should he stand by and watch her die when the operation would save her life at least this time.

    • ANSWER:
      Personally, I'd let her live and die as she pleased. It's almost like keeping her in a semi-vegetative state against her will to try and force her to get the operations. Not cool. Or, you could say just as you can't take a person's life against their will, you can't save it either(but that's getting into muddy waters when you think about all the perfectly healthy people who loose the will to live.)

      Plus, I don't blame her for that decision; I'd want the same if it were me or one of my loved ones.

  37. QUESTION:
    Stabbing headache, random numbing pain?
    Hey I'm 17 y/o, when I get an ailment I just instantly think its something bad.

    About 4 weeks ago I started getting stabbing headaches and felt tired a lot (sometimes after sleeping) and woke up in the middle of the night occasionally with/without headaches. Then then after 2 weeks they stopped for a week. Then they came back. I contacted a doctor after the first week and had an appointment, but they decreased in severity so took away my appointment.

    When my parents booked the appointment the doctor phoned my house to talk to me and I told him whats up what the symptoms where and he told me to drink plenty water and have sugar (felt as if I was sick at the time) so he said if I couldn't keep something down just to have a biscuit or something. But he said I sounded fine, everyone gets headaches, if there still there after the weekend come in for a chat.

    Did what he said, after a week they went and now there back, worried, In the past (1/2 years old) I've had a little High Blood Pressure but I think it was White Coat had to take a BP monitor home and fill out a results sheet, they didn't contact me again (apart from the routine checkup).

    My current symptoms are;
    - Random stabbing headache, mild, only lasts a short while sometimes it wont happen for ages.
    - Sometimes wake up in the middle of the night no headaches through
    - Tired quite often
    - Recently, just couple minutes ago getting a numbness, like someone is pressing above my left ear

    Parents think I'm a hypochondriac and theirs nothing wrong with me, I hope so, maybe its just anxiety, going in for a check-up about my BP this week, I will bring up the headaches and see, but I'm terribly worried, I just think its a brain tumor or something worse when its probs not.

    When to the doctors, my blood pressure is perfect, I told them about my headaches and the nurse told me I'm growing up turning from a boy into a man, people get headaches all the time, sometimes it can be just eye strain after playing on games or being on computers for a long period of time, she told me to get an eye check to rule things out instead of ruling things in, if the headaches persist make an appointment and the doctor will tell you the same things I've told you now, she said it could be worrying, anxiety, dehydration it could be a many number of things and that when usually get headaches they instantly presume thats its something bad like a brain tumor when its not.

    Symptoms at present are;
    - Random mild stabbing headache
    - When it happens it feels like a tingling on the head where it is (well just at this moment)
    - Tired quite often
    - Recently, just couple minutes ago getting a numbness, like someone is pressing above my left ear.
    - No nausea
    - No seizures (had a like twitch in my leg an hour ago)
    - No blackouts

    Does anyone have any idea what it could be? I get very worried and stressed out about these things.

    Also I get like a pressing feeling, like someone is pressing there finger into my head and around it is numbness, last night it was above my ear, then it moved to the left of my eye, felt like someone was pushing there finger into the side of my head.

    Sometimes I spend up to 10 hours playing games or on my laptop, I often watch movies in the dark on my laptop with it close to me, I with my tv across the room from me.

    • ANSWER:
      You may want to check your settings on all your digital items that you are using. Each device you use has a warning that MANY COMPLETELY IGNORE. Go under your settings for your screen settings on your computer, laptops, televisions, monitors, digital games, etc. AND LOWER THE BRIGHTNESS ON THE SCREEN.

      Also, don't forget that all these items are a heat source and depending on how close you are to the item you are using, you are affecting your personal body sources. (ie. flickering lights affect the eyes, laptops on laps affect fluids. etc.)

      You may be completely dehydrated if you aren't drinking adequates amounts of water daily. Here's a guide to help you figure out how much water you require daily for your weight.

      ? Your Weight Times (.5) Equals Divided By 8oz (or 1 Cup) Equals # Cups of Water/Day

      • 150lbs x .5 = 75/8 = 9 Cups of Water/day
      • 175lbs x .5 = /8 = 11 Cups of Water/day
      • 200lbs x .5 = 100/8 = 12.5 Cups Water/day

      I find taking my medication (excederin tension headache works better than excederin migraine) with a Monster drink or red bull with the extra caffeine, but NOT the whole can...just enough to swallow the pill and wash it down with a few extra gulps only. It works fast (20 minutes).

      For some reasons, when the medication says TENSION HEADACHE it helps more. Others take ROBAXACET which is acetominophen with methocarbonal also comes with Codeine when asked.
      If you use feverfew daily at bedtime. I also find it helpful to use something that I haven't used before or for a long time in a different family of medications.

      1. I used to use a combination of medications which included 400mg Ibuprofen 4x a day with food. This takes the swelling and inflammation down. DO NOT exceed1600mg in one day and you may need prilosec for stomach protection as ALL ANTI INFLAMMATORIES are difficult on the stomach. ***You can use Tylenol with Ibuprofen and Aspirin watch for daily maximums & don't exceed.

      2. Robaxacet is Tylenol (acetominophen) combined with methocarbonal (muscle relaxant)...this also comes with codeine on request from the pharmacist. This only relaxes any tight muscles around the pain and helps reduce some pain. You can use Robaxacet with Ibuprofen and Aspirin, BUT NOT Tylenol as it's already an ingredient in this pill.

      3. Robaxacyl is Aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) combines with methocarbonal (muscle relaxant)...this has a blood thinning active ingredient and isn't ideal for anyone under age 16 years or complications with blood pressure, ailments, etc. This both takes down the inflammation as well as treats the pain.You can use Robaxacyl with Ibuprofen and Tylenol, BUT NOT Aspirin as it's already an ingredient in this pill.
      ------------------------------...
      4. Aleve is a Nonsteroidal Anti Inflammatory (Naproxen) which will helps reduce the inflammation, and as the inflammation decreases so does the pain; BUT you CANNOT mix this drug with any of the above mentioned safely.

      5. Dynamint has been used on horses legs for years, but it does an amazing job on sore neck muscles. It's ingredients are Peppermint Oil, Eucalyptus Oil , Tea Tree Oil and Calendula Oil.

      6. Deep Cold Gold is an alternative rub that works very well on tight aching tendons on your upper shoulders, neck and TMJ joints.

      It sounds more like it would be a MIGRAINE or AURAS (flickering lights or spots in eyes) associated with MIGRAINES or TENSION HEADACHE. Many things can trigger a HEADACHES/MIGRAINES: using your arm in an awkward way (bowling) when you don't normally do that, lack of food (skipping meals), head resting in a hairdressers sink, going to a concert with light show, video game screen with fast movements & flashing lights, staring in the light (sun) constantly on your eyes...etc.

      If you experience a headache with ANY LOSS OF WEAKNESS, SLURRING, IMBALANCE or FEVER, then you need to seek medical attention immediately for a consult to make sure there isn't something more serious going on.

      The ears are either tension from stress or tension stress from your TM joint in your jaw. It can make you sickly with migraines if out of place even a smidge.

      When I was 16 years old I had severe tension headaches that made the ligament behind my ear pop out like a big ole bump. The doctor prescribed a low dose of Elavil (amitryptaline) & it was gone within days. The Elavil in high doses is used for depression but they use it for car accidents because it relaxes the muscles from whiplash.


Brain Tumor Survivor

Interviews with families and patients show that a cancer diagnosis and treatment is unbelievably stressful and draining, and it feels as though a child who survives surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and any other issues and complications that come their way has certainly dealt with enough. Unfortunately, survivors of childhood brain tumors frequently develop problems after the initial battle is won, in the areas of intellectual ability, academic achievement, memory, and attention. Cognitive changes are not uncommon among brain tumor survivors, however, the extent to which any one change will take effect depends on many different factors, including tumor location and surgery, age at diagnosis and treatment with radiation therapy.

Neurological problems such as seizures and muscle coordination problems are relatively common among childhood brain tumor survivors. These sorts of disabilities often develop around the time of diagnosis or after initial surgery, but sometimes they may first appear months to years after diagnosis. Radiation injury to the brain may, on rare occasions, cause delayed neurological problems that may become not become apparent until 10 or more years after treatment.

Neurosensory problems such as impaired vision and hearing may also develop, both early in the course of diagnosis and treatment and years after treatments are finished. Radiation can cause delayed visual problems through several different mechanisms. Direct damage to the eye nerves (optic nerves) can infrequently result in visual changes years after treatment. In rare instances, previous radiation can produce cataracts in the eyes that can interfere with normal vision. If your child has had surgery near the eye or eye nerves or has had radiation to the head, regular visits to an eye specialist (ophthalmologist) are highly recommended. Hearing difficulties are also common after treatment for brain tumors and, in general, remain stable or even decrease in severity over time. Under certain circumstances, though, hearing problems have been shown to get worse or appear for the first time months to years after treatment ends. Children who receive treatment with the combination of the drug cisplatin and radiation to the brain appear to be at the greatest risk for developing delayed hearing problems. Periodic hearing tests should be performed for all children at risk for hearing problems as well as for any child who is experiencing academic or learning difficulties.

Learning disabilities are particularly common among brain tumor survivors and are difficult and frustrating. Many children with learning disabilities require special education services at school. Moreover, one may observe deterioration in function over time, particularly in children who were treated with radiation to the brain at a young age. Like any other problematic issue, early detection of a problem is the best way to combat it, and this assessment is best accomplished by working closely with a pediatric neuropsychologist who has experience working with children with brain tumors. As symptoms may develop over time, it is extremely important to reassess cognitive functioning periodically in all survivors who are at high risk, as well as in survivors who are experiencing academic difficulties. This is done by administering a battery of tests known as psychometric or neuropsychological tests. Most major medical centers will have trained neuropsychologists on staff, as will many schools, who can administer these exams

. It is critical at the time of testing that you have available to you a detailed history of your child's previous therapy. This should include the exact diagnosis and date of diagnosis, the names, modalities and total doses of all chemotherapy drugs, the doses and sites of all previous radiation therapy, the sites of all surgeries, and the start and stop dates for each treatment. This information can usually be obtained from the team supervising your child's cancer therapy. At the end of treatment, it's a good idea for you to ask your child's neuro-oncology team to review with you the treatments your child received as well as any late effects that might occur as a result of these therapies. If appropriate, this may be the time to begin to make arrangements for follow-up treatment with specific specialists (for example, a neuropsychologist or pediatric endocrinologist), as preparing for your child's follow-up care early, at the end of planned therapy, helps ensure a smooth transition from treatment to life after treatment.

"We created a medical data sheet to hand over to all new medical professionals we came into contact with. It was helpful that we maintained our journal even after treatment ended, for over the years, it is a quick and easy resource to rely on."

-Parent of Brain Tumor Survivor

If problems are identified, then the school must provide your child with appropriate services. Although this is now mandated by federal law, you and the members of the medical team may need to advocate for your child to get all the services to which he or she is entitled.

Late effects are new problems that can occur months to years after therapy has ended. Whether or not a child will develop a late effect depends on a number of factors. The most important of these factors include the type and amount of treatment an individual received (for example, radiation therapy, specific chemotherapy drugs) and the child's age at the time of treatment. Other factors include the type of tumor and its location within the brain. In general, children who are treated at a young age (younger than 7 years) and those who receive the most intensive therapy (for example, high doses of radiation combined with high doses of several chemotherapy drugs) are more likely to develop late effects.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Why are the Liberals attacking the Canadian Brain Tumor Survivor?
    This woman has been on television warning the American people about Universal Health Care and she is being attacked on liberal blocs

    • ANSWER:
      Heaven forbid anyone go against the beliefs of a liberal. They remind me of a spoiled child in a full temper tantrum......on the floor, flailing and kicking.

      When they grow up, they do it with words.

  2. QUESTION:
    If you have had a brain tumor could you tell me what your long term side effects are?
    I am a brain tumor survivor and want to know from other survivors what they still suffer with. I am interested in knowing if my ailments are the same as anybody else's out there. I had Medullablastoma

    • ANSWER:
      I don't have any long term side effects yet. My surgery was only 6 months ago. I've been through the initial chemo and radiation for 6 weeks and now am on the 5 days chemo a month for at least 6 months. My bald patches are filling in nicely except the surgery site above and behind my right ear. It's still swollen and bald. I'm more tired than usual from the chemo and I have annoying aches on that side of my head and my eyesight on the right side is a little wonky. I'm a little more forgetful than I used to be. I had oligoastrocytoma grade 3.

  3. QUESTION:
    country singer in ga, brain tumor survivor?

    • ANSWER:

  4. QUESTION:
    Scholarships for brain tumor survivors?
    I am a highschool senior that reaaly needs money for school. My brain surgury has put a huge financial strain on my mom.

    • ANSWER:
      Talk to the college, high school counselors, you may have benefits waiting for you because of your surgery to help out.

  5. QUESTION:
    Brain Tumor Survivors? Or anyone that may know someone who has survived one?
    I was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor in my right ventricle (sp?) My surgery is probably next week. They're implanting a shunt, and they're getting tissue to do a biopsy. I was wondering if there is anyone out there who has survived one, or knows someone who has. What kind of tumor was it? Where was it? Was it cancerous? What treatments did you get and what were the effects of them? Thanks for the information

    • ANSWER:
      In February of 2001 I had a seizure while at work. I had been having extremely bad headaches for a while mainly at night but I thought they were from my neck muscles. I was taken to the local Hosp. and x-rays were taken and a mass was found in my left frontal lobe. I was then taken to Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. There, I got MRI's and was admitted to the hosp.on the 18th-21st for tests. Then I was scheduled for surgery on April 3rd. I was released on the 5th. It was cancer. Oligodendrogliomia was the name of my tumor. Grade 3. Grade 4 is the highest. 23 days after surgery I started Radiation treatments. 5 days a week for 6 weeks. The last week for radiation was June 4th. On July 11, I started Chemotherapy. Every 28 days, I took pills for 5 days, for 2 years.
      The radiation made me tired mostly. The chemotherapy at times didn't bother me too much, but at other times I was throwing up, tired and at times very depressed.
      It's been 7 years now and so far it hasn't come back. I do take dilantin now every day to avoid having any more seizures. I hope you have a long life, Lots of love and understanding from everyone around you. May God Bless You!

  6. QUESTION:
    Is there a brain surgery survivor who had a meningioma excised?
    I've just had a cystic meningioma cut and scraped off of my brain
    and dura membrane. The Doc says he got 98% of brain tumor
    out. Thus there is 2% of tumor brain cells still hiding somewhere.
    Approximately 2 billion. They are not visible to the eye. Doc says
    tumor can grow back and this time be malignant. Has this been
    the curse for anybody out there. Please reply in detail.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm sorry I do not know of anyone who's had this.
      My suggestion is go to WebMD.com. Do some
      searches there or contact them directly for help.
      Will keep you in my daily prayers. God Bless.

  7. QUESTION:
    job that deals with brain tumor patients?
    i was wondering what types of careers tohelp with people with brain tumors im 19 and was diagnosed last yr i would love to live the rest of my life helping brain tumor survivors i dont really care about the mny as long as it pays rent and food lol i can actually relate to wha there going through
    nothing in the medical fiel the site of blood freaks me out lol weird huh and i cant stand what doctors have to go through

    • ANSWER:
      I am sorry to hear about your diagnosis - i had one when i was 24 - i am now 28 and doing very well. I'm assuming you aren't looking to go into the medical field - maybe you could take psychology classes and become a grief counselor? For right now, you could volunteer at a hospital, just to get some exposure. Good luck to you.

  8. QUESTION:
    What is the average settlement for a child being hit by a car?
    My 15 yr old daughter was walking for exercise in our neighborhood, was crossing the street at the crosswalk, when a "brain-tumor survivor with special driving classes" made a left-hand turn and hit her. The medical bills amounted to K. She has a small scar on her face and on her scalp. She has an understandable fear of walking and cars. The insurance company wants to settle for K. Should we accept this offer or take it to a personal injury attorney for trial?

    • ANSWER:

  9. QUESTION:
    What is the percentage of survivors from malignant brain tumors?

    • ANSWER:
      "Tania's 2nd mom" has a good answer.

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/brain-tumor/DS00281/DSECTION=treatments-and-drugs
      I always like Mayo Clinic reviews since I spent some time there as a med student.

      This is good too. http://www.medicinenet.com/brain_tumor/page10.htm

      Prognosis depends on histologic type and grade as well as resectability - location and extent of primary tumor mass.

      To give you some idea, ACS data from 2008 shows 21,810 malignancies of the brain and nervous system diagnosed in the U.S. with 13,070 deaths.

  10. QUESTION:
    20 yo son had abnor EKG-short PR interval. Echo showed no infarction. What would cause this? No info from MD.
    He is on Thyroid hormone replacement, Metadate and is a pediatric brain tumor survivor. I wonder if radiation to the spine at age 7 could've caused some problem. I would like a little more info but the cardiologist just simply said no structural problems w/ the heart, take a copy of the EKG for future reference. Also, does this indicate any future problems we need to be aware of.

    • ANSWER:
      Sometimes the way we are positioned, or the way we move can throw the EKG machines off and the doctor can usually tell by looking at it, or comparing.

      If he said dont worry, i wouldnt. My EKG once said I had long QT waves, and I was scared because of what it is, and read up on it, had a panic atttack went to the hospital and NOTHING. And QT waves dont go away.. the EKG machine was off..

      Nothing is 100% accurate. But if you're unsure, take ihm to another doctor and see what they say.

  11. QUESTION:
    How many adult survivors of childhood cancerous brain tumors are there alive today?

    • ANSWER:
      You can check with websites available for surviors of childhood cancers:

      Beyond the Cure
      http://www.beyondthecure.org/

      NCI: Childhood Cancer Survivor Study
      http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/coping/ccss

      Children's Brain tumor foundation
      http://www.cbtf.org/
      http://www.childhoodbraintumor.org/

  12. QUESTION:
    are Leukaemia & Brain Tumour survivors more prone to strokes?

    • ANSWER:
      some are

  13. QUESTION:
    What are the chances that a 27 year old cancer survivor would get a brain aneurysm?
    I had cancer, but I'm better now. I keep getting these headaches. I have for years, even before the cancer. I had a scan about 2 years ago and they said it was nothing but migraines. But I keep having the headaches. My boyfriend wants me to get checked out again, but I think it's pointless. I also think that it's fairly impossible for me to have an aneurysm or brain tumor since I already had cancer. The percentage of 27 year olds who had both cancer and an aneuyysm must be amazingly small. I want to confront him with the stats. ;)

    • ANSWER:
      See a neurologist and request an mri again. Always trust your gut. At 20 I didn't think I could have brain cancer let alone grade 4 and it happened. Better safe than sorry. I went on for a year blaming an iud and hormoans for my migraines until I seized at work and had an mri.

      There is a man that works in the office next to me that had a brain aneruysm at age 24.

  14. QUESTION:
    Know of any survivors of grade 4 brain tumours in brain stem?

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry but,survival is low. In my twenty years of treating brain stem tumors that are stage 4,the overall survival is very low. 3 to 6 months at best.

  15. QUESTION:
    Brain Tumor - Will he survive..?
    I have a friend.
    and he told me that he has a brain tumor
    and his doctor told him that he won't pass until this june
    does it mean that he has no chance to live?
    will there be any chance of him being one of the survivors..?

    how can i help?
    thank you.
    please answer me.. please..

    • ANSWER:
      hunny i'm telling you do not stress it!!! i am not sure if you are catholic or not but prayer does work ALOT! i will promise you i will pray! now this is why i tell you not to worry! my cousin was 3 years old when they found a brain tumor. the doctor told my aunt that he would only make it for 3 extra months! Unfortunatly my cousin did pass away 25 years later! and not becuase of the tumor but becuase he was extremly over weight and it was a respatory issue that he had! also i have another cousin who the doctor found one in her about 3 years ago! and she is up and running! the doctor gave her 1 mont! and look at her now! KEEP YOUR HEAD UP!! good luck!!!

  16. QUESTION:
    where can i find help for a cancer survivor poor boy who wants to complete his MCA?
    Narhari is a very poor brain tumour cancer survivor, has undergone brain surgeries, chemo and radiotherpy. Was a topper in his 12th std. When i met him 3ys back, doctors hd given up hope and said that he would not live fr more than 10days.He has no father, mother a farm labourer struggled to educate her son. I felt i could help him fight his cancer and start studies again. I used to visit him often, talk to him and always gave him the courage to regain his health.I helped him to join college and was in constant touch with him all thru these years. Last month he graduated in 1st class and has got thru his ICET entrance. Narhari workd as a farm labour and with some help frm me finished his graduation. He is very interested in doing MCA but is facing financial problem. I have asked him to go ahead and said would try my best to help. His 1st semester fee is Rs.38000/- this is a big amt fr me too. Please advise whr i can ask fr help as i want this child to accomplish his dream. thanks

    • ANSWER:
      what about the make a wish foundation or
      how about scholarship are have to be some available just type he profile and you'll hit something, i hope this helps

  17. QUESTION:
    Where can i find help for a cancer survivor poor boy who wants to complete his MCA ?
    Narhari is a very poor brain tumour cancer survivor, has undergone brain surgeries, chemo and radiotherpy. Was a topper in his 12th std. When i met him 3ys back, doctors hd given up hope and said that he would not live fr more than 10days.He has no father, mother a farm labourer struggled to educate her son. I felt i could help him fight his cancer and start studies again. I used to visit him often, talk to him and always gave him the courage to regain his health.I helped him to join college and was in constant touch with him all thru these years. Last month he graduated in 1st class and has got thru his ICET entrance. Narhari workd as a farm labour and with some help frm me finished his graduation. He is very interested in doing MCA but is facing financial problem. I have asked him to go ahead and said would try my best to help. His 1st semester fee of Rs.38000/- is a big amt fr me too. Pls advise who n whr to contact fr help, as i want to see this child accomplish his dream. thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Narhari can get scholarships if he is very much interested in studies. There are also groups which fund people for education. You can try out the United Nations. They have launched a campaign to end poverty by 2015. Universal education is one of the 8 major goals. I am sure they will help you out. (You can't speak about providing education to poor and not help the needy people). It also has a community http://www.orkut.co.in/Community.aspx?cm... Check it out for details. There are also many enthusiastic people. you never know you might be helped by someone.

  18. QUESTION:
    What color tie and pocket square should I wear?
    I have a friend's wedding this month, I like to dress nice. My suit is black, with light grey pinstripes, which means they pretty much accentuate any color. I'm wearing a grey shirt, in honor of May being Brain Cancer awareness month and my baby niece being a 1 yr survivor of her brain tumor. I'm hoping to find a nice french cuff shirt, what color of tie and pocket square should I go with? I initially think red, blue!? Help me haha

    • ANSWER:
      pink would work really well with grey and the dark suit.

  19. QUESTION:
    BRAIN LESION.......?
    I will make a long story short... or try to at least. Last year on August 19, I fainted in my husband's Aunt's front yard... He gave me CPR to revive me. I did not go to the hospital, as I chalked it up to a hot Texas summer day... The following week I was hit with a massive Migraine (which I have had sporatically before, began during my first pregnancy 4 years ago) I went to the E.R. and was given a shot of Demerol to ease the migraine pain. I have the classic migraine, or commonly known as Scintillating Scotoma, or visual and speech defects during migraine. The ER Doc asked me if I'd had a CT Scan in the past...my answer was no. So he ordered one. He came back in 15 minutes with results of a 4mm Lesion in the left frontal lobe. He ordered an MRI and MRA to be done in Sept. of 07. The lesion proved to be "non-enhancing" with contrast material, but was still labeled as "questionable"... MY QUESTION IS::: This is the ONLY info I have ever received about my "condition", and if in fact it is not a condition, no one ever explained anything to me. I never went for a follow up in November as I was ordered to because my husband lost his job and lost our insurance, and I am JUST NOW getting insurance back, effective 11-1-08... Has anyone ever heard of a "frontal lobe lesion" or anything related? All I find online is horror stories about brain cancer, and tumor survivors and severe personality disorders, none of which I feel I have. Help someone, please shed light on this issue for me!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Lesions are often associated with White Matter Disease. White matter disease is associated with adult neurological disorders such as Alzheimers, Dimentia, Multiple Sclerosis, and Huntingtons Disease. I would recommend you try to make an appointment for the nearest date after your insurance picks up. Write down all of your symptoms and take them with you to the appt.
      I know exactly how you feel with the waiting. I have a melanoma on my neck and have been experiencing bad neuro imparement. I have to wait until October until I can see a doc. Good luck and my prayers are with you.

  20. QUESTION:
    how to tell my story on the web and make some money doing it.?
    I am a four year brain tumor survivor. I have always wanted to tell my story on the web for other people, I would like to give them hope and encouragement. When I was diagnosed I could find very little about people who were survivors. It was very depressing and if there is one thing people with brain tumors don't need is more things to depress them. My husband was laid off from his job so he will have time to help me with this, but we will need to make some money off it because the bills never stop. We don't want charity, we just want someone to help us with this plan.
    I need a little more help than start a blog. Like how to start a blog and how a blog would help us make xtra money, how many people would we reach with a blog.

    • ANSWER:
      There are several different ways that you can make money online.

      You can start a blog and put information and tips on your blog. You can add the google ads to the side and top of your blog to make money. When you use google ads, if someone visits your blog and clicks on one of the ads, you make money off of it. Check out: https://www.blogger.com/start. Don't worry they have instructions and a tutorial.

      You can also offer advice to people that are going through the same situation that you went through. In this case, you can open up a website and offer free advice and articles. You can also use the google ads on your website to make money. You can get a free website here: http://www.weebly.com

      Another option would be to write ebooks with information and try to sell them. You can either sell them on your own website or try to sell them on an ebook website. Also, there are websites that look for people to write articles for them. Try doing a search and see if you can find some websites that would pay for you to submit articles for them.

  21. QUESTION:
    Father Daughter Dance Auction - for charity?
    So,
    My father wont be at my wedding. We have no relationship and this is how it is. it's ok..... it's been a long while.

    anyway, so, i was thinking about auctioning off my father-daughter dance to the best bidder on ebay. i would take the $ that they bid and donate to a Brain Tumor Organization.

    (my mother is a brain tumor survivor and we were going to make a donation as part of our favors anyway)

    any thoughts on this? is this a totally silly idea?

    does anyone think it would be creepy?

    ps. i got this idea bc i saw that people put things on ebay like, "be a bridesmaid in my wedding," or "buy an invitation to my wedding" etc etc etc. different ways to raise $ for their big days.

    • ANSWER:
      I think you should do what you please-- it is YOUR wedding. I always find it interesting to see how brides incorporate a little bit of personality into their weddings as that personality makes the wedding even more special.

      About traditions: traditions got started because someone tried them out a long time ago (even with others thinking they were being silly) and they 'stuck'. Don't let others' opinions upset you.

      Good luck and congrats on your wedding----and having a healthy mom!
      :)

  22. QUESTION:
    How would you deal with this in-law situation? I don't know what to do/say anymore...?
    My husband's mom is sick, as is he. He's done a lot for her, but he's not met with a lot of cooperation. She was diagnosed in April w/ ALS and stage 3 colon cancer in May. My husband's illnesses are still mysteries to doctors. He's also a brain tumor survivor, having had that surgery about 4 yrs ago. We also have one car and it breaks down a lot. His mom knows that, but she also knows that whenever we can - and have - we've been at her house cleaning; when she was at a facility closer to us, we were there visiting, helping to do things from hair & hygiene and feedings, body adjustments etc. but, no family member knows all of that. He's painted as a bad son for 'not being there' for his mom. I encourage him and tell him that we and God know the truth, even his mom, to keep doing what he can do. It's a broken record as we've been thru this since January. She recently decided to go home (1 1/2 wks ago) and get home care. He feels defeated, used, and wants to wash his hands. I tell him Scriptures for encouragment and not feed into the lies to make them true. With her back up at a higher elevation, and the car not good for distance and neither is he, it makes it harder to see her with her being 50 mi, 1 hr, away. His mom has text him saying that she didn't care what was going on in her children's lives, she needs to be a priority. When you don't do what she says, she gets mad and an attitude. Once, when he had passed out, his license was suspended (he's gotten it back), she was demanding he come even w/o a license. If he had drove and gotten pulled over, he could've went to jail and the car impounded.She told family he won't help her, but failed to say why. His older brother called him with an attitude til he had to say he had no license. Another time, his tire blew and he had a spin out on the freeway. Luckily he walked away, his mom told him THAT DAY to come. He said he couldn't, and she told him he'd find a way. She knew when these situations happened, but after they happen then she'll call for his help, knowing he's not in the position to. She'll text and call and have other people do the same when he's at work. He's left early so many times that it shorted his checks and he was threatened with job loss. All his mom wanted was for him to adjust her feet when nurses could have done it or just someone to talk to. I've offered to go, but she declined. He told her he could come off work for true emergencies, which she's had none, not basic needs attendies could do. She told him that if he looses his job, we couldn't live with her, though the job loss would be due to her. He stopped leaving after that. She's mad at how recently I didn't wake up my husband when she called, mind you he had just! came home from the hospital sick. He was no good to no one, not even himself. That set off a firestorm. I asked how could I help., after all, he was almost in a coma due to low blood sugar. There's been times when he was sent home, sick, or just discharged from the hospital and went to go see his mom... staggering from dizziness. She knows her son is sickly, yet she doesn't care or shares that info w/ the family who calls w/ attitudes to tell him he needs to see his mom. They're biased and are shocked when we tell them how much he and I have done and what we're dealing with, yet they cater to her still texting and calling him stressing him out although we've told them the deal. Sadly, he's alienated from his family due to his mom's manipulation. It hurts him that this is going on. They tell him limited information, if anything at all. He offered for her to come live with us. She didn't want that. She doesn't want anything he suggests re: help. He calls and texts everyday, but his calls & msgs/texts are barely returned. If someone answers, they quickly rush off the phone. He can hear his mom saying stuff in the background. This is a time for family to rally around one another not make one feel bad or say foul stuff or fault someone. He's emotionally numb and therefore, that affects our relationship. What would you do/say?
    The mistreatment of my husband is not new. Before she got ill, she said foul things to him and about him. She's always felt that her household should be above our's, ex: every weekend he should be at her house finding things to do (mind you, she had 1 minor male child still in the home, who was 18 at the time). We think she doesn't like him cause of who his father is. He's always been treated as the black sheep. He's been out of her house since he was 14/15 living w/ neighbors then at 16/17 on his own (a boss got him an apt). He's been responsible. No drugs, drinking or arrests. She chose a bf (they weren't even married) over him, his younger siblings' father. This man was abusive to his mom, he defended her, but she still chose this man. He's been since passed away, but when he was alive, he abused my husband as a young boy and teen. His mom did nothing, allowed it really. So, he left. She thinks he fakes his illness, even his tumor wasn't real...to her.

    • ANSWER:
      I am not an expert by any means, however I went through some of the same things with my ex-husbands family. In my case my husband even thou having major medical problems himself was expected to be at his mothers beck-en call. In our case she was not near as ill as he was. In fact we found out that a lot of her problems were due to drug seeking.

      Sometimes you can only do what you can do. I know how hard it is for the family of a cancer victim. Even in the best of family's their can be hurt feelings. Too many times the family is torn apart by this. I know this because my sweet mother passed away from cancer two years ago.

      I believe if you and your husband feels you are doing all you can do in your hearts and in Gods eyes you are doing a great job. The others will have to answer for the way they treat you and your husband. Please help him not give into the guilt his mother and others are trying to place on him. This will really be hard to deal with after her death. Just do what you can do and know in your heart that the things you did for her were out of love and not guilt.

      I do have one question you might want to think about. Has his mother always acted this way about other things or is this new. Could the cancer have moved to her brain? Just something to think about. I wish you all the luck in the world!

  23. QUESTION:
    Side Effects of Oxcarbazephine?
    I wonder if anybody that is taking oxcarbazepine feels the side effects of drowsiness, lost, feeling like vomiting and constipation. I know that these effects are the side effects but the thing is that I have been taking this medication for more than 6 months. I am a brain tumor survivor, just did my MRI 2 months ago and of course came out all clean and my next one will be one year from now. All I am feeling like somehow matches with the side effect of the medication, but the question is: "Can the side effects come out so late"??? Anyone knows or has experience with this???

    • ANSWER:
      I have worked with lots of patients on this medication. This medication is used to treat seizure disorders (epilepsy). It may be used with other seizure medications as determined by your doctor.

      Please take doses at evenly spaced intervals. Do not skip doses. Do not suddenly stop taking this drug without your doctor's approval since seizures may reoccur. Notify your doctor if seizure control worsens.

      IMPORTANT SIDE EFFECTS: Dizziness, drowsiness, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, rash, headache, trouble sleeping, acne, dry mouth, or constipation may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, contact your doctor or pharmacist promptly. Tell your doctor immediately if you develop any of these serious side effects: double vision, change in vision, involuntary eye movements, difficulty speaking, loss of coordination, trouble walking (abnormal gait), uncontrolled muscle movements (tremor), dulled sense of touch, stomach pain. Tell your doctor immediately if you develop any of these unlikely but serious side effects: chest pain, mental/mood changes, bloody stool. A serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

      If you follow your doctors advice then there will be minimal side effects.

      Good luck.

  24. QUESTION:
    Has any one ever had Brain Tumors (Cancerous) removed surgically? see below?
    I've gone through the classes and seen the movies and have my surgery in less than 2 weeks. I am aware I'll be "awake" but be under general anesthesia. I am a Cancer Survivor already but never "Brain Tumors". My main question is...does it hurt and do you feel them removing them? How bad is the pain after the surgery? They said it's a 60% survival rate...do you find that accurate for what you went through? Any information would be helpful. I have my surgery on the 24th. Thank you in advance. One tumor is in the top frontal lobe the other in the back center lobe.

    • ANSWER:
      My Dad had a brain tumor removed. It wasn't cancer, and about the size of a tangerine. When he woke up he said he had a massive headache....but then slipped into a coma and 10 days later never woke up.
      That won't happen to you though Lorie, you are a fighter and all will be well. You have lots of prayers and loving friends and family working for you. The best cancer hospital is Sloan Kettering Memorial in Manhattan. If you need someone to "hook you up" with the best of the best there...let me know. If it werent' for them, my mom never would have survived her 4 bouts with breast cancer.

  25. QUESTION:
    Did you know Sept is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month?
    Happy Hour Benefit
    for
    Pediatric Brain Tumor Research
    Sunday Sept 20
    4-7pm
    Marie Reds
    3420 E. Abrams Rd
    Arlington TX

    donation gets
    2 drink tickets and one food ticket
    Raffle & 50/50 tickets sold separately.

    Contact: Tina
    Fetch 817.366.3270

    September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

    Wear a Gold Ribbon to raise awareness that every day
    42 children are diagnosed with cancer,
    the number 1 cause of death by disease for children .
    20% of children diagnosed with cancer will not survive.
    All who survive the disease & treatment will have life long life altering issues.
    The 12 classifications of Childrens Cancers receive less than
    4% of the National Cancer Research budget.
    For more info
    www.RallyRoundTheGoldRibbon.org
    www.JohnathonsRainbowRoad.org
    www. firstgiving.com/RiderForKids2009
    www.Meetup.com/PediatricBrainTumorResearch

    Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation Volunteer meeting is Sept 1 at Spring Creek BBQ, on hwy 114 in Grapevine
    at 7pm. Come early to eat, then join us in the banquet room to hear what we are doing to find the cause & cure of childrens brain tumors.
    817.366.3270 for more infoThe

    The Dallas/Fort Worth Ride for Kids will be held on October 4, 2009 in Grapevine, Texas (TX)
    The Ride for Kids® program supports the efforts of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF) to find the cause of and cure for childhood brain tumors. Come join thousands of your motorcyclist friends at events around the country to make a difference in children's lives! For more information: http://www.pbtfus.org...
    EMAIL pbtfus@pbtfus.org PHONE 828-665-6891 or 800-253-6530

    Sunday Oct 4, 2009, 8am DFW Ride For Kids to benefit Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation US, Grapevine Mills Mall, Grapevine TX

    Join hundreds of other motorcyclists for a scenic ride through the countryside. You’ll have a great time while raising funds for the PBTF's medical research and family support programs! Riders on all makes and models are welcome.

    Registration opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 9:45. The police-escorted ride starts at 10 a.m. sharp, rain or shine! ( Coffee & Donuts provided)
    After a light lunch, participants will enjoy a Celebration of Life program that features interviews with local young brain tumor survivors—the Ride for Kids® "stars" of the day. Award presentations to top fundraisers and distribution of premiums will follow.

    minimum donation to ride is , but the more money you raise, the more premiums you earn. For each 0 you raise, your name will be entered into a drawing for a brand-new Honda motorcycle! For more information, call 800-253-6530.
    If you're unable to attend, send your registration form and donations to PBTF, 302 Ridgefield Ct., Asheville, NC 28806. Mark your form "Not Attending" to credit your event and receive your premiums by mail. Or donate online at www.firstgiving.com/RiderForKids2009

    Every day 9 children are diagnosed with a brain tumor,
    4 of whom will die within 5 years of diagnosis.
    The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation donates
    85% of the donation to research and
    family support,
    7% for fundraising and
    8% to administration.
    It is our goal
    to find the cause and cure;
    aide in early detection of tumors;

    • ANSWER:
      Thanks for the info

  26. QUESTION:
    Dad been diagnosed with possible brain tumour, requesting advice from possible neurosurgeons/survivors?
    Hi all. My dad was diagnosed with a possible brain tumour of the Parietal lobe on the right hemisphere. This was just over a week ago. He initially started off with a paralysed/weak upper left lip and since the diagnosis began to lose balance to the left, weak left limbs and confusion/cognitive difficulty. He has been taking dexamethasone (4mg) 4 times a day (2 tabs) since Saturday.

    On the original MRI, it came up as an inflammation present (I nor my family have seen this yet, we are discussing this with the neurosurgeon tomorrow). The parietal lobe concerns vision and speech and what I would like to know is if the co-ordination is affected, I would expect the cerebellum is under pressure from the mass/inflammation. Does this make the tumour inaccessible for biopsy/removal? Also without a pathology, is it possible to know if the mass is malignant or benign?

    Please if any neurosurgeons are present on this site could they provide me with a method of contact via my email address. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Well its understandable, he has a brain tumor on the right side, and its affecting all of the functions of the left side of the body, its the tumor that is causing it, and its most likely growing at a rapid pace. The dexamethasone is for the inflammation it has a very strong potency compared to the normal prednisone about 30x. However, its also an immunosuppressant. Most likely, its suppressing the immune system which targets those cancer cells. Either way it could be beneficial, it could be detrimental. He would have to do a biopsy in order to determine the staging of the tumor, and to see if it is malignant. They might not be able to remove all of it depending on how vascularized it is. How old is your father, it could make the physician chose a less risky procedure, especially if he has any other health problems. They need to get some sample tissue to determine the staging as well as other characteristics of the tumor, and that will help with determining the treatment modalities.

  27. QUESTION:
    Since when does having cancer make you a hero?
    I am sick of cancer survivors being treated like heroes. I survived a brain tumor. I am no hero, I'm just an asshole who got cancer! Heroes do something extrordinary and help people. Thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      Getting cancer doesn't make you a hero, some ppl think "oh, they went through so much pain and treatment and hair loss, they are so brave" Dude, it's either this or death... what would you choose? Others? They just feeling sorry for you man... especially if you went through chemotherapy...for the hair loss part...

  28. QUESTION:
    Cancer Survivor Stories?
    My sister was recently diagnosed with a Stage IV glioblastoma (brain tumor). She had surgery to remove the 1/2 pound tumor, but the doctor was unable to remove it all (he said he got approximately 90 percent). She is also 8 months pregnant. We are all heartbroken and would like to hear some encouraging stories, if you have any. They are going to deliver the baby within the next couple of weeks, so she can begin radiation and chemotherapy. We have all been inundated with negative news and would really like to hear some encouraging stories.

    Thanks so much.

    • ANSWER:
      http://hope.abta.org/site/PageServer?pagename=sharinghopestories

      Check out the link. It is the American Brain Tumor Association (abta) website. There is a list of stories from brain tumor survivors and from people who have lost loved ones.

      I am a brain tumor survivor (meningioma). I had surgery 3-1/2 years ago and I was lucky because they were able to remove all the tumor. I didn't need rehab after surgery, and I was able to return to work.

      I hope for the very best for your sister, her baby and your family.

  29. QUESTION:
    Brain Cancer Question!?
    I have a friend who just found out that she had a brain tumor on Sunday and we found out today that it was cancer. I am very deeply stressed and was wondering if it is curable? The doctor said she only have about 2 years to live and that they cannot perform surgery on her because of the size and how its grown onto the brain. I was thinking maybe she should get a second opinion. Please if anyone know anything or survivors let me know. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      There is never any harm in getting a second, and even a third opinion.

      It would be best to research for the right doctor first. It might be helpful to see both a neurosurgeon and an oncologist who specializes in brain tumors for opinions. Also, if possible, to go to a hospital that specializes in cancer for the opinions.

      The problem with brain tumors is that surgery may damage brain cells, and the brain for the most part doesn't make new cells. So depending on the position of the tumor, it may be too risky to access it.

      If they could at least cut out some of it, that would ease pressure on her brain and perhaps ease any symptoms she's having as well. (Unless it's very small - I don't know why size would be an issue if it were big, though as I say, position could be the problem.

      If it's intertwined with crucial brain cells, they probably can't get all of it with surgery, but of course there are chemotherpaies and radiation therapy. But these work better for some kinds of tumors than others. It's no good to undergo a therapy that will make you very sick unless there's a reasonable chance of it getting the cancer, Sometimes it's better to stay as well as possible for as long as possible and enjoy what's left of life.

      But a second opinion is a good idea, and health insurance usually covers the cost in full.

  30. QUESTION:
    School: Cancer survivor turned out to be a jerk.?
    Im really speaking my mind here so it may be long to some people.

    Dont take this the wrong way im not bagging on anyone who has cancer or anything but this kid in my school many months ago was on tv for cancer he survived a brain tumor and got his large intestine removed. I wanted to be friends with this dude so i talked to him alot because he used to be the quiet guy because if he been through all that and i wanted to get to know him and make him forget about the past.

    Well it turns out hes a real jerk no offense or anything but he is really mean.

    He says shut up alot to me whenever i talk to him or ask him a question, if i ask a question to the teacher he often will call me out, if my opinion is different then his he will call me the r word incase it offends anyone.

    He also is full of himself he hangs with 2 people who smoke and drank all the time all the 3 of them just talk about how there going to get drunk or do drugs.

    Now today after that long ago of the video we got into a discussion on a book we are reading a kid on the book is doing marijuana.

    Now my teacher said he smoked pot and i forgot that pot is marijuana i thought it was cocaine. So i ask "I thought he smoked marijuana" Well of course the cool kids who do drugs...or so they think call me out bagging on me cuz i said that.

    Especially that kid he starts insulting me nonstop and said talking about me "Man we are making fun of this kid so much he will one day bring a gun to school" Now i know why he said that he wants me to say something like oh i have one or i will, pfft i know people he wants me introuble.

    Now i want to say something not sounding to harsh but making him think about what he has been through and how he is acting about it.

    I want to say to him on monday when he actss mean again "Man on tv you sure fooled everyone into thinking you are a nice guy"

    If he asks huh ill say "If i survived cancer any kind of cancer i would be wanting to live my life to the fullest and be everyones friend because i could have been dead. Not being a jerk who smokes and drinks nonstop and brings others down to get my self esteem up"

    What do you think? If you read all this kudos because i really wanted to speak my mind.

    How would you say it? I cant do the "speak to him like a human" because i did i said hey man why are you like this he said "i dont like you" i said "Why" he just laughed and ignored my question.

    • ANSWER:
      Life is cruel and unfair. Beautiful people die young, nice people get crippled.

      But sometimes assholes get cancer.

      Leave him to get on with his life how he wants, you worry about yours.

  31. QUESTION:
    a close friend was involved in an accident that he was the only survivor.how can i try to begin to help him?
    his vehicle was tboned by a motorcycle.the biker died instantly and had bought his first bike 3 weeks prior.my friend is an avid biker for 30yrs plus and is cleared that it was an accident and not his fault.
    he has lost a brother to a brain tumor, going through a brother that has had a stroke and in need of a heart transplant and now this memory.
    i can only relate to him on a past history of my best girlfriend committing suicide 3 hrs after we were out on the town many years ago.i still think and come up with the what ifs but it has been 27 yrs past.
    i know only time will heal and ease his pain of the memory but what can i do now. he is a very very personal man and never shows his pain. any suggestions without further details would be nice.

    • ANSWER:

  32. QUESTION:
    how do i handle the death of my grandpa which i am very close to?
    im 14 and my grandpa is a survivor of a glioblasthoma brain tumor. his journey is just about at the end and i was wondering if i should visit him alot in his last couple of days or not(he is on morphine and non responsive) i was also wondering how i should handle his death and his battle. any help is welcomed. thanks and have a blessed day!
    thanks for all of yall help.

    • ANSWER:
      Dealing with death from a young age is extremely hard to deal with. I know from personal experience after losing my father at 12 (passed at home,) I've still never quite dealt with it. By the time I turned 14, the very few close members of my family were gone and it's just been my mother and I since then.
      I know you're feeling apprehensive about visiting your grandfather; seeing him in a hospital and not being able to do anything makes you feel sorta helpless. I understand all that comes with it, but you really should visit him as much as you can. Although he's on a morphine drip and probably in a comatose state, speak to him as though he were awake. Tell him about your day or talk to him about something he once enjoyed; speak about happy things. Rest assured that your grandfather knows you're there--he's listening and loves you--and soon he'll be watching over you.

      Be strong kiddo! God Bless

  33. QUESTION:
    Disabled 37 year old male in need of medical.?
    Well first of all, I am a survivor of a brain tumor. In the year 2000 I was diagnosed with a grade 2 glioma (tumor of the brain). I sought treatment at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. I couldn’t have been happier knowing I was on my way to a speedy recovery. My troubles got worse when my employer cancelled my medical coverage in 2003. I understood that three years was the maximum coverage they would allow. Around that time I first signed up for assistance at the public aid offices in Joliet, Illinois, to no avail. And after each application was submitted, I was mailed paperwork asking for additional information. A couple years passed when I asked why it was taking so long. I was told they need this information in order to get it process further. This was several years ago and nothing has changed. At this time I have new tumor progression in another part of the brain and am without medical and prescription coverage and feel that I have been given the runaround all this time. I'd like to take action against the state but haven't given much thought about seeking an attorney. I wanted to hear your opinions before taking any steps further. Thanks so much.

    • ANSWER:
      I would look into an attorney. The insurance companies do seem to drag people around until they just quit fighting them.

      Look into medicaid or something for now so you can be treated.

      Wishing you the best!

  34. QUESTION:
    Is surviving cancer sexy?
    I am a cancer survivor. I had a brain tumor removed and came out of surgery paralyzed on one side. I was in the hospital for six months undergoing physical therapy to learn to walk again. Today I am healthier and happier than ever. I got a rather large tattoo on my arm celebrating my victory. I am a single man and my question is when I meet women, is this story and description of my tattoo attractive and strong, or dose it convey sickness and mortality? Should I flaunt it, or keep it on the down low?

    • ANSWER:

  35. QUESTION:
    I am having surgery in 2 weeks to remove 2 brain tumors. What can I do to help convince my Husband and my?
    family that I am strong enough to make it through this without all their fussing over me. I am a Cancer survivor and know that staying grounded, having faith and keeping peaceful is the best thing you can do for yourself. How can I explain to them without hurting their feelings that they are scaring me and stressing me more than helping me?
    I appreciate everything they do but they are scaring me more than either of the other times I've ever had Cancer. I need to be able to tell them I need "space' without hurting them.

    • ANSWER:
      The best way to do it is to show that you are not afraid of the surgery. If they see that you don't have any fear it should resonate with them. Have they met with the surgeon? If not that may be good reassurance. I'm under the impression these tumors aren't cancerous, am I correct? The bottom line is you are a survivor and staying optimistic is the most important thing. When you get down to it the most important thing is what you think. We survive through our own hearts and minds first and foremost. I remember when my dad got sick with ulcerative colitis in the late 80's. At that time it was a relatively new phenomenon and there weren't alot of advances in that field. My mom and my sister were scared to death (as was I) because he had lost so much weight. But my dad showed so much strength that we couldn't help but feel better that he would fully recover. Its nice to have help and support but survivors survive from within.

      latj you are a wonderful person and with faith you will overcome once again. I will be praying for you, God Bless!

  36. QUESTION:
    FRONTAL LOBE LESION...HELP!!!!?
    BRAIN LESION.......?
    I will make a long story short... or try to at least. Last year on August 19, I fainted in my husband's Aunt's front yard... He gave me CPR to revive me. I did not go to the hospital, as I chalked it up to a hot Texas summer day... The following week I was hit with a massive Migraine (which I have had sporatically before, began during my first pregnancy 4 years ago) I went to the E.R. and was given a shot of Demerol to ease the migraine pain. I have the classic migraine, or commonly known as Scintillating Scotoma, or visual and speech defects during migraine. The ER Doc asked me if I'd had a CT Scan in the past...my answer was no. So he ordered one. He came back in 15 minutes with results of a 4mm Lesion in the left frontal lobe. He ordered an MRI and MRA to be done in Sept. of 07. The lesion proved to be "non-enhancing" with contrast material, but was still labeled as "questionable"... MY QUESTION IS::: This is the ONLY info I have ever received about my "condition", and if in fact it is not a condition, no one ever explained anything to me. I never went for a follow up in November as I was ordered to because my husband lost his job and lost our insurance, and I am JUST NOW getting insurance back, effective 11-1-08... Has anyone ever heard of a "frontal lobe lesion" or anything related? All I find online is horror stories about brain cancer, and tumor survivors and severe personality disorders, none of which I feel I have. Help someone, please shed light on this issue for me!!!

    • ANSWER:
      A lesion is a very broad term. In your case, it merely means there's something there in your brain that doesn't belong there. That something could be anything. It doesn't have to be cancer, other things can cause a lesion too. That's why the followups were ordered, so they can figure out what it is. Since you didn't go, right now, no one knows what it is, all we know right now is that you have an unidentified 4mm object. So, instead of getting a panic attack. Calm down. Take a breather. When your insurance kicks back in, go back to the doctors and have it checked out.

  37. QUESTION:
    The swine flu/what is it/full detail/tell me?
    I am 12 yrs old And I live in shreveport louisiana it's very nice city and very peaceful hardly has any robberies at all it's been actually 20 yrs since then...anyways i am 12 and i have heard of a recent disease called the swine flu Hell no im not scared im 12 a survivor of cancer and a brain tumor...so tell me i've heard it comes from texas and mehico...AKA mexico...anyways...Ishrevport is at the edge and or western side of louisiana right exactly touching Texas should i be worried about the swine flu inlfuenza
    i've read your answers and I have one ditail to add canit spread through the air and ortouching stuff with an open cut/woulnd

    • ANSWER:

  38. QUESTION:
    A true story for Christians...?
    I work with this guy had a brain tumor that they thought was inoperable. I was talking to him the other day about his faith and his cancer that he is now free of. He is the first survivor of this type of brain cancer surgery. One woman before him had had surgery on the exact same type of tumor and died on the table. The doctors wanted to try and save his life so they did the surgery. Bud (his name) died on the table three times.
    In those times he had an out of body experience where he saw himself in the hospital bed with Mary and God by his side. He could not see God, but God explained to him that he was not done with his life on earth yet and that he was going back. God showed him what hell looked like. Hell for Bud was people living underwater and drowning, but still surviving. He told me that the people were absolutely miserable, but alive. God also showed him Heaven.
    My coworker, Bud believed in God as his savior but now has not a doubt in his mind the truth! Amazing !
    All Mary said was she asked if he knew who she was. She led him to God and then God talked to Bud. Bud never saw God and does not remember what he looked like.
    He had already been declared dead on the table...it was past trauma and cardiac arrest.

    • ANSWER:
      Amazing. God is good - and always with us. God bless.

  39. QUESTION:
    Should I write a book about my experience beating brain cancer?
    I was diagnosed with a rare and deadly tumor in the fourth ventricle of my brain called an Ependymoma at the age of 19. After two surgeries the tumor was removed. Three years later the tumor came back and I had surgery followed by 6 weeks of daily radiation therapy. I am now cancer free and I have no major deficits unlike the majority of ependymoma survivors. I feel very strongly about sharing my story but am wondering if it's worth it. I haven't found very many books on cancer survivors, and none with the type of tumor I had. Would this be a good avenue to pursue? Thanks for your time.

    • ANSWER:
      You should write a book about your experience and your victory of cancer. Imagine when you were diagnosed with cancer and nobody had written about what kind of cancer you had.

      You could make it about beating cancer in general, and as you develop the book add your cancer to the equation.

      I have read many books on cancer that are uplifting. Not just breast cancer but all cancers in general. You know sometimes a good uplifting book is just what you need.

      So, begin and see where it takes you, no harm done and who knows you could make somebody's day.

      Be sure to mention us in the introduction of the book thanking Yahoo Answerers.

      Dave

  40. QUESTION:
    Is this a justifiable excuse?
    My husband was diagnosed with a brain tumor over two years ago. He has since been under surgery and treatment. He is a very fortunate survivor. Yet, he is very degrading and negligent in meeting my need. However, he always has been. He continues to use his brain tumor as his crutch in why he is not respectful and unwilling to fulfill my needs. I have been nothing less than supportive throughout this ordeal. Is it fair for me to go without a loving relationship because of his misfortunate ordeal?

    • ANSWER:
      You feel like a victim. After two years of playing nurse, it's hard to get back to normal.

      I think it may be time have a wake up call for you both. Try a marriage counselor. You CAN make this work.

      By saying "is it FAIR for me to go without a loving relationship because of his misfortunate ordeal" tells me a few things:

      1) You used the word FAIR: you feel like you've just been caring for him and caring for him, and now it's your turn. Your feel like a victim here.

      2) "Without a loving relationship: shows me that you don't think he's loving you enough. You didn't give enough to details on how HE acts towards you.

      Talk to him. Explain to him that you have needs to. If you can, try to get out with some girl friends for a weekend cruise.

  41. QUESTION:
    Father wants special needs child in group home so he won't pay support?
    So my brother had cancer (brain cancer) when he was 6 years old. My parent's have recently separated and my brother is now 17. He has many problems, he can walk and talk, but has bladder control issues (must wear pull ups), trouble breathing while sleeping (he uses a machine at night), he has a mickey button (a tube inserted into his belly stomach from the outside for formula), he used to have a trach but it was taken out, he has scoliosis and has to wear a brace, as well as braces on his feet. The brain tumor also stunted his growth. I also have another (adotped) brother who is mentally retarded and has ADHD and ODD (oppositional defiant disorder) however my father is still his legal guardian too.

    My father argues that although my first brother has all these issues one day, he will live in a group home and therefore the state will pay for him. He is refusing to pay child support after my brother (who's a junior in high school) turns 18. He wants to just throw his son in a group home, as well as my other brother (he's mildly retarded), and not pay for them.

    What do you think? Do you think he'll win and the judge will look at my mother (the boys live with my mother and I) and tell her to throw her sons in group homes so the cheap father can get off without paying support? What do you think about a father that would do that to his son?

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/46149998@N0…
    there's my brother's, the shorter one is actually the older one, the cancer survivor.
    The one in the orange is 15 and is the mildly retarded one.

    http://www.divorcesource.com/OH/ARTICLES…
    I also found this link about child support in my state (Ohio). And I was wondering under question #2 it says the support will continue until the child is emancipated or cannot support themselves, what determines if they can't take care of themselves? Do they use doctor's testimonies? anything else?

    Sorry so long and full of questions. :)

    • ANSWER:
      This is just my opinion but I think Daddy will have to pay even if brother's are in group home or there will be a group home for him it's called the DOC.

  42. QUESTION:
    Any doctors out there?
    I am a 15 year old Neuroblastoma survivor. I was diagnosed at nine months, but now I am perfectly healthy except for the tiny bit of scoliosis from where the tumor pressed on my spine. I am terrified that I will get cancer again. I know that anyone can - but I really don't think I could handle that. There are so many things in my life that I want to do. I want to help so many people. I want to see so many places. I don't want to be sick again. I asked my doctor about it and he said that breast cancer is unlikely because it is more of a hereditary cancer, and no woman in my family has ever had it. He also said that brain tumors are uncommon anyway and my risk for that is not high at all because I did not have radiation chemotherapy. He also told me that Leukemia is highly unlikely for me because usually people who develop that have never had cancer before. That reassured me for a while, but now it's coming back to me again. I think about how I know I couldn't bear getting sick again. It would ruin everything. Do you think I'm worrying for nothing?

    • ANSWER:
      Perhaps your worrying is a waste of energy, but it doesn't have to be for nothing. First of all, I'm not a doctor, but I am a researcher in the Hematology and Oncology group in a medical school.

      If you are very concerned about this perhaps you can use that energy in a better way by looking up things that prevent cancer and applying them to your life. Certain diets can be very healthy for you and reduce your risk of getting cancer. Wear sunscreen. Find out what foods are rich in antioxidants.

      At least you can do everything you can to prevent yourself from getting cancer, and perhaps you can learn a lot and put your energy to good use doing so. There has been a lot of work published about things that can reduce your risk of getting cancer, but most doctors are trained to react to disease, and don't work so actively at prevention--that's up to you.

      Good luck.

  43. QUESTION:
    Father refuses to support handicapped son? What do you think?
    So my brother had cancer (brain cancer) when he was 6 years old. My parent's have recently separated and my brother is now 17. He has many problems, he can walk and talk, but has bladder control issues (must wear pull ups), trouble breathing while sleeping (he uses a machine at night), he has a mickey button (a tube inserted into his belly stomach from the outside for formula), he used to have a trach but it was taken out, he has scoliosis and has to wear a brace, as well as braces on his feet. The brain tumor also stunted his growth. I also have another (adotped) brother who is mentally retarded and has ADHD and ODD (oppositional defiant disorder) however my father is still his legal guardian too.

    My father argues that although my first brother has all these issues one day, he will live in a group home and therefore the state will pay for him. He is refusing to pay child support after my brother (who's a junior in high school) turns 18. He wants to just throw his son in a group home, as well as my other brother (he's mildly retarded), and not pay for them.

    What do you think? Do you think he'll win and the judge will look at my mother (the boys live with my mother and I) and tell her to throw her sons in group homes so the cheap father can get off without paying support? What do you think about a father that would do that to his son?

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/46149998@N08/4276720283/
    there's my brother's, the shorter one is actually the older one, the cancer survivor.
    The one in the orange is 15 and is the mildly retarded one.

    http://www.divorcesource.com/OH/ARTICLES/levin3.html
    I also found this link about child support in my state (Ohio). And I was wondering under question #2 it says the support will continue until the child is emancipated or cannot support themselves, what determines if they can't take care of themselves? Do they use doctor's testimonies? anything else?

    Sorry so long and full of questions. :)
    my retarded brother's mental age is around 9 or 10 and my other brother can barely move and can not lift things or run at all.

    • ANSWER:
      i'm sorry to say this and i'm not supposed to swear so i'll try to be polite what the hell is wrong with
      him he is there father for god's sake . there is kids to ,he needs to help you with your brothers , what
      a dead beat. you know i hope and pray that the judge will see what great care you and your mom
      are doing with your brothers and go in your favor and let them stay with you. as for your father i hope
      they tell him that he is to help with your brothers and help pay,i mean what kind of father is that
      willing to throw his son's away like that, it's very wrong and he needs to be ashamed of him ,they
      are his son's. by the way you have adorable brother's and sure hope every thing works out for you
      and something about your father he has to pay i don't care . how would he like it if he was in their
      shoes. good luck and i'll keeping my fingers crossed.

  44. QUESTION:
    Does chemotherapy affect your brain?
    ok im proud to say I'm a cancer survivor and i have been cancer free thank God for 2years now. and i dont take anymore medicine or chemo anymore! and i have long hair now!! yay!!! i visit my dr. every 3 months. here's the thing though before chemo i had such a good memory i remembered everything but now i cant remember anything!! like if i forget something i totally just forget about it for like ever! is it because of the chemo or my busy life now with college and school?

    i had a cancerous tumor btw.
    i got four months also! and i didnt think it was too bad God gave me strength... and i had a loving boyfriend and a loving family that made it all better! =)
    lmao i meant college and work.

    • ANSWER:
      Chemo brain is definatly real. I know there are those that say its not, but yeah, it is.. The first time around I had 6 chemo rounds over 9 months and the second 3 chemo rounds and massive radiation. I cant prove it because I have no brain scans from before the first treatment (atleast none recent anyways) to compare to the scans now. However, I constantly forget everything. I have post its everywhere, send myself vmails and emails set alarms and everything else I can try to do to remind of stuff. Its like I completly forget about small things like switching the clothes or an appointment, even when I have spent much time deliberatly thinking about it.
      I used to be great at math in my head, to the point of solving long division and complicated algebra without paper. Now I have a hard time doing simple addition without a calculater even on paper much less in my head.
      I have extensive vocabulary knowledge and though I have never been fluent in any other langs I used to know enough french and spanish to get basic meanings across. Now I constantly have trouble thinking of the right word in english, much less a foreign lang.
      I used to have near perfect typing skills, now I constantly hit the wrong keys or stuff like that.
      And I even have some hand/eye coordination issues now. Never was very graceful, but was never this clumsy before.

      I just re enrolled in school. Ofcourse, I ended up having to drop the entire semester too because I jumped ahead of myself medically and ended up hospitalized and missed to many classes, but I definatly was finding it much difficult than I remember (the last time I was in school was 4 years ago, my last treatment was this past july, but the treatment was a stem cell (bone marrow) transplant which is incredibly traumatic on the body)

  45. QUESTION:
    Christian Theology question?
    I have a strong testimony of faith in Christ. In a nutshell, I am th survivor of 33 brain surgeries due to a tumor that was supposed to kill me 13 years ago. I recovered from paralysis, and relearned to walk when I was told I would never walk again. I fathered two children when I was told it would not be possible, and the blessings continue from there. I was blind, told I would never regain any use of peripheral vission in my eyes, yet I have regained 80+percent use. I have the call to minister through sharing my testimony. My wife wants no part, and has expressed that she does not want to be married to a preacher. She is a Christian woman, which is one of her strongest atributes, yet she does not wish to "dwell" on the "nightmare" that my troubled health has been. I love my wife, and I wish to honor her, yet I can no longer work in my career field, and I have no urge to sit back and let what God has done for me go unshared. I am asking for the input of true Christian people.

    • ANSWER:
      You are being tested. Put God first and pray incessantly for His guidance in this matter and read the Bible.

      In the book of Luke 14:26. There, Jesus says, "If you want to be my follower you must love me more than your own father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters -- yes, more than your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple."

      In Matthew 6:33"But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.".

      You should also encourage and pray for your wife to put Christ first in her life. In Amos 3:3 "Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?"

      (__/)
      (='.'=)
      (")-(")
      Sweetie

  46. QUESTION:
    Cancer survivors- How do you deal with guilt? ?
    Yesterday I was a wreck. I'm 17, I had cancer when I was little. I had a friend when I was in the hospital who had a brain tumor. He was always with me and kept me company through everything. 10 years ago on October 7th, he passed away. After he died my cancer progressed and the doctors said things weren't looking good. Long story short, I lived and now I'm healthy. But it's not fair. Why did he die at such a young age, when I lived? His parents are the most wonderful people, and they didn't deserve to have him taken away from them. I can't help but feel guilty. :(

    • ANSWER:
      Do not feel guilty for this.
      It was his time,he is at rest and in peace now and more than likely looking over you.
      hope u feel better soon..xx..

  47. QUESTION:
    Metastasis breast cancer, my mom's battle?
    I have recently lost my mom to breast cancer on 12/4/2010. My mom was first diagnosed with breast cancer summer of 2003. They took the tumor out and she was cancer free for 2 years. Unfortunately we did not do any research or know anything about cancer until it was to late. I spent hours and hours looking for a survivor. This was the end of my mom's 5 years... her cancer came back in 2005, but this time on her lungs. She did chemo and 2 tumors were almost gone and the third one was about the same. Her oncologist said my mom was going to be ok. That the tumors were not that bad... I ignored all the information i studied on line. Then June of this year, the tumors started growing, the clinical trials did not work and neither did the second round of chemo. Also a tumor came on her brain. She went to Reno to have to have the gamma knife to remove the tumor. We found a place in Mexico called Issels... they have hundreds of testimonials of curing terminal cancer patients. We gave it a shot, she left for 4 weeks in August. When she got home she started having major migraines... and the worst happened. In 2 1/2 months the cancer stole m mom from me. She had 13 tumors on her brain, one in her spine, sinus, kidney, and had 3 on the surface of her skin. Her new oncologist gave us hope, i truly think my mom knew it was the end. She did radiation everyday on her back and brain for 4 weeks, and started 2 types of chemo... she withered away.
    On thanksgiving we went to the ER because she was coughing so bad, they said she had an ammonia ... i was still in denial thinking she was going to be ok.
    I don't mean to go on and on... i'm just still trying to cope with this. So i was just wondering if there is anyone out there that is a survivor from metastasis breast cancer.... has anyone personally been treated at Issels??? I hate to believe that place is a scam.
    THANK YOU

    • ANSWER:
      I am so sorry for your loss. I've been imagining myself in your position for 12 years since my mom's original breast cancer diagnoses. She was in remission for about 5 years when they found it spread to her lungs. Since then it has also spread to her hip bone, liver and colon with a second breast cancer diagnoses inbetween. My mom's been on chemo and Herceptin every week for over 5 years. The most recent mets is in her colon and it doesn't look like the treatment is working after 4 months, per CT scan she just had done. But we still have hope.

      She's never been to any "outside" treatment centers or doctors, she's gone to the same one since day one. Either she has alot of faith in her doctors or doesn't want to go into debt traveling for a treatment that might not work any better than what she is on.

      It sounds like your mom was a fighter and that is very admirable. I'm sure she loved you VERY much but she is in a better place now. God bless.

  48. QUESTION:
    What plan does the USA have to remove the radiation from Fallujah,or is the plan to let the locals all die...?
    ...of cancer? The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, a leading medical journal, published a study, ‘Cancer, Infant Mortality and Birth Sex-Ratio in Fallujah, Iraq 2005–2009,’ by Chris Busby, Malak Hamdan and Entesar Ariabi. Their survey of 4,800 individuals in Fallujah showed a four-fold increase in all cancers and a 12-fold increase in childhood cancer in under-14s. It found a 10-fold increase in female breast cancer and significant increases in lymphoma and brain tumours in adults. Researchers found a 38-fold increase in leukaemia. By contrast, Hiroshima survivors showed a 17-fold increase in leukaemia. According to the study, the types of cancer are “similar to that in the Hiroshima survivors who were exposed to ionising radiation from the bomb and uranium in the fallout”.
    sister; What terrorists? The only terrorists in Iraq are wearing US uniforms
    shover ready; and I'm sure you said the same thing when the Twin Towers collapsed
    john; do something you have never done. Look in a book and find the words 'depleted uranium'
    mikegolf; DU produces EXACTLY the genetic mutations shown in the study; unless of course you are a Fox news watching halfwit who would believe Christmas was coming in November if it was reported by Fox. The US attack in 2004 was followed IMMEDIATELY by an increase in genetic mutation & stratospheric cancer increases. Those two are due to some contaminated drinking water are they? Leaving aside of course the obvious point that if the USA hadn't f#cked the place in the first place they would have had clean water. Go back to Fox news, and leave the grown-ups to talk.

    • ANSWER:
      You best guide on this matter would to see how the USA handled Agent Orange claims after the Vietnam War.


Brain Tumor Symptoms

Having h 00004000 eadache occasionally is quite common to all, and there is nothing to worry. If it is constant or recurring, it creates in many patients a stress. Instantly they rush to their family care doctor or to a special clinic with a fear that it may be one of the brain tumor symptoms. If the doctor suspects symptoms of brain tumor, the patient feels highly afraid of his pathetic condition with each and everything. Sometimes, stress causes tension headache symptoms which are identified as 'secondary' since stress is the organism's total response to environmental pressures.

The headache with brain tumor symptoms is entirely different from one due to stress. Sometimes, the patient experiences severe headache symptoms and complaints known as "red flags" connected with coughing, sneezing or bending over. All such symptoms are serious to any patient as they can consequently cause other complications. Many patients can also have some other attacks with neurological symptoms like partial memory loss and affected personality. The symptoms can also include dizziness, tinnitus and incontinence. When the diagnosis gives abnormal results and the patient has visual defects or weakness then either a CT or MRI of the brain is needed. So, headache of any nature is serious and needs immediate treatment from a neurological specialist.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    I have some questions about brain tumor symptoms?
    When you have a tumor headache, does it hurt in one specific spot or in many different spots at different times?

    When you feel tumor numbness, is the whole body part numb (eg: whole leg) or a specific part (eg: toe)

    Is it easy to get brain tumors from radiography radiations?

    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, the symptoms of a brain tumor can vary widely due to location and size, so there cannot be totally hard and fast rules clinically.
      Physicians are taught that 90% of headaches are self limiting, which means that then end even without treatment or serious result. The headaches which should receive immediate physician attention are those which are of unusual severity, are accompanied by vomiting, visual disturbances, or changes in movement or posture, etc. Even then, these may well be migraine headaches.
      The headaches that physicians have the most concern being "space occupying lesion" related, is a frequent morning headache in the frontal region of the cranium.
      Although it is possible to have a slightly higher chance of benign or malignant lesions from excessive radiograph exposure, the radiographs of today deliver a relatively small dose, even when repeated.
      If you have concerns about this, why not speak to your doctor about headaches, have a neurological exam, and if he/she feels its indicated, have a CT scan or MRI ?
      Very best wishes.

  2. QUESTION:
    is it possible for brain tumor symptoms to subside for 3 to 5 days or are they almost all ways persistent?
    19 male uk,dizziness sensation in head , nausea ,headaches in back of head , doctors can't find the cause after loads of blood tests and they refuse to give me a ct scan for many months as they don't consider my symptoms as urgent, even though they make me bed bound most days,although i can have 4 -5 days of being symptomless and then they re occur

    • ANSWER:
      Leebe,
      The brief answer to your question is yes. However, your statement that you have had blood tests appears to indicate that they are the only tests that have been carried out. You do not indicate where the diagnosis of Brain Tumour Symptoms was obtained from. Brain tumours, like all tumours, fall into two broad categories, benign and malignant. A benign tumour is usually contained and does not spread, but that doesn't mean it isn't dangerous. The process of diagnosing a brain tumour can be a very difficult journey for both the patient and the family. In addition to a total physical examination, there will be extensive neurological examinations. Further testing by CT or MRI scanning will be performed if indicated by the physical and neurological findings. You do not indicate that you have had any neurological examinations, which must be done to arrive at the decision to do CT or MRI scanning. Your family medical history, your own medical history, together with a full medical examination will be carried out as a preliminary to the neurological examinations if there is even a consideration that there may be a possibility of a brain tumour. There are many tests and examinations that are done to eliminate the possibility of a brain tumour. Brain tumours may have a variety of symptoms ranging from headache to stroke. Different parts of the brain control different functions, so symptoms will vary depending on the tumour's location. Brain tumours are great mimics of other neurological disorders, and many of the common symptoms could indicate other medical conditions, and vice versa.

      ALL ANSWERS SHOULD BE THOROUGHLY RESEARCHED, IN ANY FORUM AND ESPECIALLY IN THIS ONE. - MANY ANSWERS ARE FLAWED.

      It is extremely important to obtain an accurate diagnosis before trying to find a cure. Many diseases and conditions share common symptoms.

      The information provided here should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions.

      Hope this helps
      matador 89

  3. QUESTION:
    What are brain tumor symptoms?
    What are the exact symptoms of a brain tumor? Is paranoia a symptom? Does worrying about having a brain tumor, but not have any noticeable symptoms mean you could have a brain tumor?

    • ANSWER:
      Paranoia about having a brain tumor does not mean you have a brain tumor.

      The actual symptoms depend on a variety of things...where the tumor is, how big it is, etc...but typical symptoms are a sudden onset of headaches, sudden vomiting when you haven't been sick, balance problems, speech problems, blurred vision...there are more than that, those are just the ones I know off the top of my head.

      A question...are you often paranoid about getting a serious illness like a brain tumor? Because that's called Hypochondriasis, lol.

      Don't worry about it. Chances are, you don't have a brain tumor.

  4. QUESTION:
    can brain tumor symptoms subside for weeks or months and then start again?

    • ANSWER:
      Lots of brain tumor symptoms are actually similar to some mental illnesses. Go to your doctor and ask about your symptoms but I think it is actually a mental illness. You should think about going to a psychologist.

  5. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of brain tumor?
    let's say someone has brain tumor...he gets the first symptoms which I think are nose bleeds and hallucinations but he doesn't go to the hospital so he doesn't know he is sick...what will be the next symptoms until he eventually dies?

    • ANSWER:
      Symptoms of solid neoplasms of the brain (primary brain tumors and secondary tumors alike) can be divided in 3 main categories:

      Consequences of intracranial hypertension.
      The symptoms that often occur first are those that are the consequences of increased intracranial pressure: Large tumors or tumors with extensive perifocal swelling (edema) inevitably lead to elevated intracranial pressure (intracranial hypertension), which translates clinically into headaches, vomiting (sometimes without nausea), altered state of consciousness (somnolence, coma), dilatation of the pupil on the side of the lesion (anisocoria), papilledema (prominent optic disc at the funduscopic eye examination). However, even small tumors obstructing the passage of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) may cause early signs of increased intracranial pressure. Increased intracranial pressure may result in herniation (i.e. displacement) of certain parts of the brain, such as the cerebellar tonsils or the temporal uncus, resulting in lethal brainstem compression. In very young children, elevated intracranial pressure may cause an increase in the diameter of the skull and bulging of the fontanelles.

      Dysfunction.
      Depending on the tumor location and the damage it may have caused to surrounding brain structures, either through compression or infiltration, any type of focal neurologic symptoms may occur, such as cognitive and behavioral impairment (including impaired judgment, memory loss, lack of recognition, spatial orientation disorders), personality or emotional changes, hemiparesis, hypoesthesia, aphasia, ataxia, visual field impairment, impaired sense of smell, impaired hearing, facial paralysis, double vision, but more severe symptoms might occur too such as: paralysis on one side of the body hemiplegia or impairment to swallow . These symptoms are not specific for brain tumors — they may be caused by a large variety of neurologic conditions (e.g. stroke, traumatic brain injury). What counts, however, is the location of the lesion and the functional systems (e.g. motor, sensory, visual, etc.) it affects. A bilateral temporal visual field defect (bitemporal hemianopia—due to compression of the optic chiasm), often associated with endocrine disfunction—either hypopituitarism or hyperproduction of pituitary hormones and hyperprolactinemia is suggestive of a pituitary tumor.

      Irritation.
      Signs abnormal fatigue, weariness, absences and tremors, but also epileptic seizures.

      The above symptoms are true for ALL types of Neoplasm of the brain (i.e. that includes secondary tumors). It is very likely that a person might carry a primary benign neoplasme for several years and have no visible symptoms at all, or suffer no effects. Many present some vague and intermittent symptoms like headaches and occasional vomiting, and weariness which is easily mistaken for gastritis or gastroenteritis. It might seem strange that despite having a mass in his skull exercising pressure on the brain the patient feels no pain, while headaches could cause an excruciating pain. If you ever suffered a concussion due to a fall you might remember that the bump on the outside of your skull was painful but there was no pain inside your head. The brain has no nerve sensors in the meninges (outer surface) to feel and transmit pain to the brain's pain center; it cannot signal pain without a sensory input. That is why secondary symptoms like those described above should alert doctors to the possible diagnosis of a neoplasm of the brain.

  6. QUESTION:
    Could my 3 year old have a Brain Tumor??? What are early sighs and symptoms?
    My 3 (almost 4) year old has been walking into things over and over again, she keeps getting hurt and has been very clumsy. I work with 3-4 year olds and I know this is not normal.
    I took her to an optomologist and she saw nothing wrong with her eyes. Then 3 days later she said she could not see me for about 10 seconds and I was only a few feet away from her.

    Would a brain tumor have symptoms that come and go like that???
    I have taken her to her doctor 3 times already, I have an appt. with a Neurologist but I am too stressed just waiting for her appt. to come.

    • ANSWER:
      There are many possible causes of visual distortions. While a brain tumor is remotely possible, it is far from the most likely cause. A routine and easily treated infection is the most likely cause. Has that been ruled out?

      Problems with her interocular pressure could cause vision field disturbances. Hypertension, traumatic injury, and certain neural conditions could also possibly cause it. The list goes on . . .

      Not knowing is the hardest part. Your daughter's pediatrician needs to rule out all possibilities through various testing methods. This may be an extended process. Try to be patient and hope for the best.

      Good luck.

  7. QUESTION:
    What are some symptoms of brain tumor if i am 19 years old?
    What are some symptoms of brain tumor if I am 19 years old?

    • ANSWER:
      headaches, blurry eyesight, virtigo (dizzyness), numbness on opposite side limbs, weakness on opposite side limbs, and siezures
      19 year olds are not likely to have a brain tumuor HOWEVER get checked out now just in case your symptons may be that or something elsze that could also be sorted out like migranes or high blood pressure
      age isn't actualy the main factor it is the size and type of brain tumour along with its location

  8. QUESTION:
    Are brain tumor symptoms ever misdiagnosed as depression symptoms?

    • ANSWER:

  9. QUESTION:
    How good a ct with contrast to detect brain tumor causing symptoms?
    with a modern scanncer
    if it said no tumor found
    does that mean there is no tumor

    • ANSWER:

  10. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of a brain tumor other than headaches?
    I'm 15. How often do symptoms accompany a brain tumor? I have been getting mild pinpointed headaches in various spots on the left side of my head lately, but I have no other symptoms (ie. nasea, vision problems, etc.) What part of my body does the top left side of my brain control? Any info would be helpful! Thanks!!

    I am going to the eye doctor in a few weeks, and my general care doctor in a few more weeks. Would the eye doctor be able to detect anything?

    • ANSWER:
      your symptoms just sound like migranes to me. brain tumor symptoms include dizziness, confusion, vision problems, throwing up when you wake up but then feeling better, feeling off balance, and ringing in the ears. i had the same problem, except i've been seeing double. the doctor told me that i was experiencing migranes, but i still haven't found an explanation for the vision problems. but i have had 2 head cts done (imaging of the brain) and they couldnt find anything wrong. if you arent having any other symptoms than a headache, its probably just migraines. but if you are concerned, you can talk to your doctor about it, and you can have a head ct done, its just like an x-ray.

  11. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of a dog brain tumor?
    Hi,
    i think my dog may possibly have a brain tumor. She is 10 years old. She has a white sheen to her eye, almost like a Cataract but when she is out in the sun, the sheen shrinks. She also has a history of fitting, although the cause is unknown. I would like to know, what are the symptoms of a brain tumor in a dog? Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Dog brain tumor symptoms

      behavior change
      lethargy
      irritability
      compulsive walking
      walk in circle
      loss of habits that have been trained before
      facial paralysis often cause by tumor in the lower part of the brain (brainstem)
      lower intelligence
      partial or fully blindness indicated that there is a tumor in optic nerve or hypothalamus
      low energy level
      decreased activities
      seizures often cause by tumor in the cerebral cortex
      confusion
      disorientation
      wobbliness and tremors indicated that there is a tumor in the cerebellum region of the brain that play an important role in the integration of sensory perception
      loss the sense of smell often cause by tumor in the sensory system used for olfaction (olfactory system)

  12. QUESTION:
    Are these symptoms of a brain tumor, and can it grow noticeably worse in three weeks?
    Ive had bad vision, bad headaches, my pupils are different sized, and had depression issues my whole life. Over the past three weeks Ive noticed my short term memory getting very bad, a brown spot appearing in my vision, and have had bad headaches coming back. I was told several years ago there may be a chance of a brain tumor because of uneven pressure in my eyes. If anyone knows these symptoms for sure, it would be great. No BS answers please!

    • ANSWER:
      Your symptoms could be due to a tumor, but you should get a MRI to be sure. If it is a tumor, you need treatment as soon as possible. God be with you.

  13. QUESTION:
    what are the differences between symptoms anxiety and brain tumor?
    I was diagnosed with anxiety about 2 years ago and recently i have been under lots of stress and been feeling weird symptoms. I have done blood work and everything is fine.
    I am worrying i might have a brain tumor even though there is no cancer in my family. I have been reading the symptoms are so identical.

    Can anyone tell me the differences?

    • ANSWER:
      Well...keep trying! Maybe you'll get lucky-after all what you "work at you usually get."

  14. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of a brain tumor?
    I've been having headaches a lot and I know that can be because of lots of things but I would like to know what the symptoms of a brain tumor are. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      The first answer is correct... Plus more (depending on where the tumor is located). I also had facial weakness, facial twitching, and severe back pain. Another brain tumor survivor friend of mine had (in addition to the headaches and vomiting) changes in her personality and loss of her sense of smell. You will need a MRI to confirm, but if you're "just curious" next time you go to the eye doctor get your eyes dilated (they should do this annually anyway) and they can tell you if anything looks suspicious.

  15. QUESTION:
    Apart from headaches, what are the symptoms of a brain tumor?
    I'm 15. How often do symptoms accompany a brain tumor? I have been getting mild pinpointed headaches in various spots on the left side of my head lately, but I have no other symptoms (ie. nasea, vision problems, etc.) What part of my body does the top left side of my brain control? Any info would be helpful! Thanks!!

    I am going to the eye doctor in a few weeks, and my general care doctor in a few more weeks. Would the eye doctor be able to detect anything?

    • ANSWER:

  16. QUESTION:
    What are some symptoms of a Brain tumor?
    My friend has a brain tumor and this is the second one who has had one.... they are too young [15] and i want to know to let people know what the symptoms are... thanxx.
    zoe -15, united states

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.webmd.com/cancer/brain-cancer/tc/brain-tumors-adult-treatment-patient-information-nci-pdq-description
      That has a lot of information about it.

      It's a good thing your doing! Knowledge is the first step to a cure.
      I'm praying for your friends!

      -me

  17. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for a brain tumor to grow and cause symptoms?
    Brain Tumor or something else?
    I have been experiencing buzzing and ringing in ears for about a week now! My ears also hurt and I also have headaches, nausea, tiredness, and am extremely dizzy. I had a MRI 6 months ago and everything came back negative, they found nothing. Previous to that I had a CT scan done 2 years ago and everything normal. I am a 29 year old female, with no family history of brain tumors, and was just wondering if a brain tumor could develop that fast (6 months) and cause those symptoms in that amount of time, please help?

    • ANSWER:
      Just because there isn't a brain tumor doesn't mean that everything is okay. If your symptoms are bothersome, take your MRI to a neurosurgeon.

      Many people go undiagnosed with a condition called chiari malformation. It causes all of the symptoms you mentioned, and several others. Just go to this website and see if it sounds like you. If it does, you'll want to be sure the neurosurgeon you see specializes in chiari.

      The following link is to an informational page from the chiari institute in New York:

      http://www.northshorelij.com/body.cfm?id=6409&oTopID=6458&PLinkID=6407

      Best of luck to you. This condition is treatable, but not curable. But much can be done to help you, if that's what you have. Most importantly, some doctors are still uninformed and will not diagnose chiari. You need to see a specialist.

  18. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of someone with a brain tumor?
    I'm working on a book and the main character is a woman who has a brain tumor, I was wondering if anyone could provide some information on the symptoms of having a brain tumor. Also if you have any links to websites that could be useful. Anything you can provide would be greatly appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      The typical symptom is a vague headache, difficult to localise, that doesn't seem to be affected by anything, except perhaps by lying down for a while, the headache will progressively get worse. This is due to "Raised Intercranial Pressure".As the tumour grows, it will tend to compress more nerves, this depends on where it is. A pituitary tumour, for example, compresses the optic nerves to produce a characteristic loss of vision of half the visual field. Other symptoms can include strange smells or odd tastes, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), neurological symptoms can include loss of motor functions or sensation around the head and neck, one sided facial paralysis is one example.persistent hiccuping has been reported as a result of a brain stem tumour.
      A quick test for raised intercranial pressure is to look in the eyes with an opthalmoscope to look for a bulging optic disc (papilloedema). Although this feature doesn't prove or disprove the presence of a tumour, it is a diagnostic pointer. MRI is the best means of detection.
      Can't help you with websites, I'm afraid. Book-wise, Merck's Manual of diagnosis and therapy, published by Merck, Sharpe and Dohme is an excellent starting point. Green's Manual of Pathology is an old text book- probably out of print now but worth tracking down if you can (Bailliare Tindal & Cox publishers, London) It is an old school descriptive pathology book.It would be useful, assuming you have not already done so and depending on how much detail you intend to use, to familiarise yourself with the anatomy and basic functions of the brain.
      Hope this helps Good luck

  19. QUESTION:
    Brain Tumor Symptoms?
    I Have 12 Lumps In My Head Mri Negative I Am Disoriented, Forgetting Dates And Days
    Confused. Nobody In My Family Believes Me. No Doctor Care They All This Its Mental Status
    I Have Cloudy Vision Double Vision Theses Are Brain Tumor Symptoms I Feel Like SLEEPING 24/7 Weakness No ER Wants To Help Changes Of Behaviors.

    • ANSWER:
      And where did these 12 lumps come from?

      I didn't have those symptoms.

  20. QUESTION:
    brain tumor symptoms?
    If someone has a brain tumor, and it's not caught by the doctor, what will happen? What are the symptoms before treatment? I'm writing a story, ad I need to know what they would be, before it's caught. You see, in the story, he has one. What would be of concern to his family? that would cause a trip to the doctors?

    • ANSWER:
      My Aunt Ann died of a malignant brain tumor. Because she was so old, everyone thought she was just senile. She would forget things, get angry and curse at people, just basically act a little crazy. No one knew what was wrong until she passed. I remember her throwing a fit because I brushed my teeth over the sink, and there was toothpaste in it! I'm not sure what the signs would be in a younger person, but that's what happened with her.

  21. QUESTION:
    Are these Brain Tumor Symptoms...URGENT!!?
    My 22 year old friend has the following symptoms:
    1. Nose bleeding from left nostril that lasts an hour.
    2. Blurry vision, dizzyness
    3. Convulsions
    4. Vomit, nausea
    5. Severe headaches

    Can she be having a brain tumor?

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:

  22. QUESTION:
    Brain tumor symptoms??
    Can a brain tumor cause faint like symptoms upon standing? Or a constant feeling of faintness, especially with exercise??
    I also have double vision and headaches that come in bursts about 3-5 times a day, if not more. They tend to last from 2-10 minutes.

    • ANSWER:
      The main cause of feeling faint upon standing is not a brain tumor. As arnold would say "its not a tumor" I believe that you are suffering from low blood pressure. If you stand up and your vision starts to go fuzzy then almost black or sometime black this is low bp your Brain is not getting enough blood so there for it is starved for oxygen sin the blood is staying in the lower portion of you body. This is also true with exercise same Principal. See a doctor and get you bp checked and monitored on a regular basis.

  23. QUESTION:
    What are signs of brain cancer or tumor symptoms?
    I am really scared. Idk i am a teen and I have been really paranoid of diseases lately and stuff. I am scared of like brain cancer and tumors. Sometimes I feel this wierd buzzing on the back of my head. I think I might be overthinking everythin, it happens to me, i make my body think i have a headache or something cuz it hasnt happened since i thought of it and my fears. please help i am scared.

    • ANSWER:
      My dad had brain cancer, and the symptoms are "all over the map".

      Generally, though, you might expect constant (and fairly intense) headaches (not temporary, and lasting for a week or longer).

      Read this source article for more help.

  24. QUESTION:
    Experiencing Brain tumor symptoms! Can't stop crying. Scared.?
    I've been having very blurry vision and painful pressure on the right side of my forehead much like a headache and have been very dizzy. These symptoms occurred 3 days ago. So I googled brain tumor symptoms and sure enough all my symptoms I have are on the list for possible tumor I'm so scared. I haven't stopped crying for hours. My mother thinks it's nothing so she won't take me to the doctors...what do I do? I'm only 14. Am I over reacting? Does it sound like I might have a tumor?

    • ANSWER:
      these symptoms can mean a lot of things. not necessarily a brain tumor. i would get checked out at the doctor asap cuz it could be serious but maybe not. get another family member to take u to the doctor. get better! xoxo

  25. QUESTION:
    Possible brain tumor symptoms?
    ok so ive been having weird symptoms that I usually dont get and heres what they include-
    -tiredness ( we just started scool bak from xmas break this week and i slept in everyday on the break )
    - weird seeing ( u know when u look at something bright like a camera flash and it stays in ur sight for a lil while after? im having that but im NOT looking at anything bright and there just little blobs that go away after a few seconds...this started about 2 weeks ago) ( also like little specs of light flashes almost like wen u see stars but these only last for about less than a second )
    - neck pains ( i get a little pain when i move my head fast sometimes in the bak right side of my neck )
    - little headaches ( these come and go through out the day and ive had them for about 3 days since scool started and also there not major pain. and these are all over my head NOT just in one spot. )
    -dizziness ( wen i get up to fast and sometimes when i move to fast and sometimes in the shower?)
    -hunger? i dont eat alot so yeaa this might be nothing lol
    im 11 years old and im going through puberty and the only other person ive know that has had a brain tumor was my dads brother (my uncle) and he got it wen he wuz about 5 i think and he passed wen he was almost 38
    im also stressed out a bit by all this and other things... and also i hav not told any1 about any of these things bcuz i dont like worrying my family.
    are these the signs of a brain tumor and how could i check?
    what else could be wrong with me insted of a brain tumor?
    also i have not had ANY fever that i kno of but i havent checked.
    and i do have my own cell phone that i take every where and use everyday
    and i go on the computer and watch tv every day
    i dont relly drink ALOT of water everyday and i dont eat vegetables that often and even when i do its usually just patatoes or corn.
    and i havent went to the eye doctor in a LONG time.
    and sometimes wen im sitting down or laying down not being very active parts of my body tingle or twitch.
    and the headaches are mainly in the back side of my head but i still get some in the front.

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  26. QUESTION:
    i have brain tumor symptoms...?
    I'm 15 and I've had headaches all my life (we went to the doctor's for it). They went away, but now they're back. My friend said I have a brain tumor as a joke, but I searched symptoms and I have them. I have a constant migraine, i feel nauseous constantly and I've thrown up (I'm lactose intolerant though), I'm having very bad trouble concentrating (It was never THIS bad), I can't remember things anymore, I get dizzy a lot and my mood changes. I don't know if I should tell my mum, because she might think I'm being stupid. Any help? Oh, and I know it's not all 'in my head' because I've had these issues for a while now.
    I'm still a virgin, so you can rule pregnancy out.

    • ANSWER:
      All of these symptoms can be caused by anxiety so your friend is not helping it get better. Of course you know that brain tumors are extremely rare in adults and even more rare in teenagers. I bet your doctor asked a few questions that helped the doctor attempt to rule out the possibility that you may have one. However, if you find a way to stop/decrease possible anxiety you may have and you still have those symptoms, I would try to bring it up again with your doctor.

  27. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of a brain tumor, except for headaches?
    I have the common cold right now and I went to the beach today and had fun and got knocked down by some waves and I was real tired when I came back home, but that night I am having pressure in my head and I am twelve years old. Does this sound like a brain tumor?

    • ANSWER:
      no. sounds like a concussion. tell your mom. you need to get checked out.

      btw, REALLY wrong category. go tell mommy now.

  28. QUESTION:
    What are all the symptoms of a brain tumor?
    I think I have a brain tumor. I have a hard time balancing, truble with speech and when I make a fast and/or sudden move I get a sharp pain in my head(on the top of my head on the right side).

    • ANSWER:
      general symtms r loss ofappatite,chronic headache,vomiting.symtms depend on area of brain got effected.

  29. QUESTION:
    Are these brain tumor symptoms?
    For the past few months my arms and legs have been getting like a tingling falling asleep feeling if i stay in the same place for like as little as 10 seconds. When i wake up in the morning my right arm is always completely asleep. When I stretch my arms or legs i get a shooting pain down them. I have also had some bad neck pain as well. Is this a brain tumor?

    • ANSWER:
      Not a brain tumor, definitely not.

      It sounds like more of a pinched nerve, accompanied with poor circulation (which would explain the "falling asleep" of your extremities).

      You should go to the doctor, and get your blood pressure checked. If it's not a pinched nerve, it quite possibly be a circulatory problem.

      Good luck!

  30. QUESTION:
    To doctors- what r the symptoms of a brain tumor?
    I just want to know all the possible symptoms of a brain tumor in a young adult

    • ANSWER:
      I do not claim this list is exhaustive, but these are the more common ones:

      seizures - tumours of the cerebrum

      symptoms of raised intracranial pressure - vomiting, headache (throbbing, worse on lying down), paralysis (hemiparesis) / coma / death at terminal stage

      focal neurological deficits - loss of function where the tumour is located e.g. loss of sense of smell, loss of vision (often incomplete and in patterns which can help diagnose the location of the tumour), double vision, loss of hearing in one ear (for vestibular schwannoma), loss of normal swallowing and coughing reflexes, impaired balance, loss of coordination, paralysis in arm or leg, impairment of higher functions (e.g. language, problem-solving) etc etc

      hormonal disturbances - tumours of the pituitary gland or hypothalamic region (e.g. acromegaly, Cushing's disease, craniopharyngioma, etc)

      externally apparent mass lesions - tumours which cause expansion of the skull and possibly erode the scalp, or cause protrusion of the eye (proptosis) e.g. meningioma

  31. QUESTION:
    What are some symptoms that death is near whenever you have a frontal lobe brain tumor?
    I needed to find out what the symptoms are the last days or weeks before a person dies from a frontal lobe brain tumor. I cannot seem to find it anywhere on the internet and whenever I looked up the question on yahoo answers all I found was people saying "depends on what type of tumor it is" what are symptoms whenever someone gets a frontal lobe brain tumor and what are some symptoms that shows that death is near? thanks so much

    • ANSWER:
      Here's a question I found on the below website.

      On March 5th of this year, my father was diagnosed with an astrocytoma on the right frontal lobe of his brain. Before this, my wonderful 61 yr old father was a healthy, vibrant, hardworking man who never missed a day of work. I noticed that he was sleeping more frequently, forgetting to get up for or go to work, and forgetting most of his normal duties. (i.e. pay the bills, shower, etc). His medical doctor broke the news to he and my mom sending him to UAB for treatment. UAB confirmed and started planning his treatment. Surgeons went in to remove the tumor but were only able to obtain a portion for a biopsy to see what type/grade tumor they were dealing with. The grade 4 GBM, which we soon found out, was so deeply woven into his brain that there was no need to operate. Oncologists began what they call paliative treatment to try to try to give him the longest and best quality of life possible. The affects of the chemo, radiation, and steroids were heartbreaking. After 1 round of treatment my father refused anymore. (Accept for the steroids which my mom, an RN of at least 30 years, refused to stop giving him). Now, 7 months later, he is mostly immoble and is under hospice care. my mother cares for him and keeps vigil 24/7. He seems to be in a lot of pain but can't or won't say what's hurting, screaming out in agony. Dad still has a good (too good) appetite. (thanks to the steroids) But he is very weak, fatigued, confused, hallucinating, and often times having moments of vagal responses where he seems to be having a seizure but according to drs are not seizures. He is incontinent and needs to be fed. There are days when he sleeps a lot and others where he hardly sleeps at all. I miss my dad already. This horrible disease has taken away the onle man besides my 5 year old son who has ever truly loved me and whom I have ever truly loved. Even though he's still alive I feel that I lost him months ago. I too would like to know what to look for in the end. Its not that I want him to die, or that im waiting on death to come. But how much longer does his suffering last and how will my family and I know that the end is approaching?
      Daddy's Little Girl
      Brandi

      And yes, it does depend what type of tumor it is and which side of the frontal lobe it's located. GBM is the worst. Most others can be resected and may or may not grow back.

  32. QUESTION:
    How worried should I be with a number of brain tumor symptoms?
    I recently acquired a beautiful headache. I wasn't worried about it until a day or two later when it seemed to worsen. Since, I have become obsessed with the idea that I have a brain tumor. Though the headache has gone away, my head still feels heavy, my eyes have become sensitive, the left side of my face will sporadically go semi-numb, my left hand shakes, my mouth seems to throb, and I have developed some absurd amount of earwax. It could be that my major change in schedule (w/ school starting), and the increased use of my lap top has contributed to my "illness" (or to my "paranoia"). Should I immediately go to the doctor, or wait to see if the symptoms leave (or worsen)?

    • ANSWER:
      Thinking you have a condition can sometimes cause these symptoms, it's hard to explain but it happens.

      If you are really scared that you might a brain tumor you shouldn't be asking people on Y! answers but you should explain these symptoms to your doctor and ask for a MRI scan.
      If diagnosed early there's still hope so it's better to do it sooner than later.

  33. QUESTION:
    what are all the symptoms for a brain tumor?
    i think i have a brain tumor!!im not sure though.i have the stiff neck and pressure on my cheeck bone but im not sure of the others ones!so what are they?

    • ANSWER:
      Brain tumors may have a variety of symptoms ranging from headache to stroke. They are great mimics of other neurological disorders. It is sometimes hard to know whether a CT scan or MRI should be done if someone you know has some of the symptoms and signs noted below, but it is important to know that these studies will usually establish whether a brain tumor is behind them. The following symptoms immediately raise the question of a brain tumor:

      A new seizure in an adult.
      Gradual loss of movement or sensation in an arm or leg.
      Unsteadiness or imbalance, especially if it is associated with headache.
      Loss of vision in one or both eyes, especially if it is more peripheral vision loss.
      An eating disorder as a child.
      Double vision, especially if it is associated with headache.
      Hearing loss with or without dizziness.
      Speech difficulty of gradual onset.
      The following symptoms are usually not the result of a brain tumor, but may sometimes be:

      Headache is probably the most common symptom of a brain tumor. Most people with headache, even persistent or severe headaches, do not have a tumor. However, some kinds of headache are particularly worrisome. A steady headache that is worse in the morning than the afternoon, a persistent headache that is associated with nausea or vomiting, or a headache accompanied by double vision, weakness, or numbness all suggest a possible tumor.
      A change in behavior may also be caused by a brain tumor. The development of an "I don't care" attitude, memory loss, loss of concentration, and general confusion may all be subtle signs: here, an evaluation by a neurologist may be an important step, but a CT or MRI will also help.
      Infertility or amenorrhea (abnormal cessation of menstruation).
      Some troubles which seem to be other diseases may in fact be a tumor: a stroke, even when it looks like one on a CT, may turn out to be the result of a tumor. Sometimes a fall can come from a seizure caused by a tumor. A pituitary tumor can present like a subarachnoid hemorrhage, a kind of stroke.
      As you can see, the ways a brain tumor can show up are varied. If you are concerned, call a doctor who is familiar with these tumors. Early detection and treatment may increase survival - if symptoms persist, sometimes gentle urging for an MRI is important to assure that everything is all right.

  34. QUESTION:
    Brain tumor symptoms? or nothing to worry about?
    My friend threw up 3 times today at 5:00 AM.
    She still continues feeling like she is about to throw up, she is experiencing sudden dizziness, and cold-like symptoms including throat pain and coughing.

    • ANSWER:
      No - probably not brain tumor - but fun guess anyway. Probably a cold.

  35. QUESTION:
    Are brain tumor and sinus symptoms the same?
    Recently , a friend of mine had head aches and all that. She got her MRI done. and got it checked from a couple of doctors. Most of them said that she has sinus so thats the reason. One Homeopathic doctor said that she had a cist in her brain when he looked at the report , and said that she has brain tumour. $ years back her mom even died of cancer, So it might be genetic.
    What is this?
    Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopaths aren't doctors.

  36. QUESTION:
    Help whats the chances of me having brain tumor?
    Im 12 and on the computer alot, and I hardly sleep with electronics on. I eat pretty healthy and I do cross country in the fall and track in the spring, my grandma has cancer but not brain cancer, and I have like 3 brain tumor symptoms. So whats the chances of me having brain cancer, thanks.

    • ANSWER:

  37. QUESTION:
    Anyone who has ever had a brain tumor-- what symptoms did you have?
    How long did the symptoms go on before you decided to seek treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      I am a doctor so I know it from real patients that they get headache, nausea & vomiting. While some cases present with epilepsy or weakness of a part. Eye signs are common with frontal brain tumours.
      Symptoms usually start early as cranium doesn't have much space so the pressure symptoms start soon and are severe enough to necessitate doctor's help.
      Hope it helps.
      Good luck!

  38. QUESTION:
    What are Brain tumor symptoms?
    yes?

    • ANSWER:
      No.

  39. QUESTION:
    What are some symptoms of a brain tumor?
    i'm getting an MRI wednesday to seen if i have one...so i was just wondering what the common symptoms are.

    • ANSWER:
      From: http://www.braintumor.org/GeneralMenu/

      The most common symptoms include headaches, which can be most severe in the morning; nausea or vomiting, which can be most severe in the morning; seizures or convulsions; difficulty thinking, speaking, or finding words; personality changes; weakness or paralysis in one part or one side of the body; loss of balance; vision changes; confusion and disorientation; and memory loss. Different parts of the brain control different functions, so symptoms will vary depending on the tumor’s location.

      While these are the most common symptoms of a brain tumor, they can also indicate other medical problems. If you are having any of these symptoms, it is important to see your doctor and get a definitive diagnosis.

      See also: http://www.braintumor.org/SymptomsDiagnosis/

  40. QUESTION:
    what are the signs & symptoms of a brain tumor in a one year old child?
    my son is 1. he communicates well, and seems healthy. but he has never crawled on his knees. He scoots around on his butt. He has recently begun tugging on his ear, as if he had an ear infection. A friend just told me that she heard that was a sign of a tumor or cancer in the brain. i've scheduled an appointment with his doctor, but its a week away and i need answers now!

    • ANSWER:
      oh god whos your friend...not a nice thing to scare you with...pulling on his ears...he might be tired..or have an ear infection..or teething....some dont ever crawl and begin walking as normal...dont take advice off this person as its just a horrible thing for her to say..im sure your son is fine

  41. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of a hamster brain tumor?
    My hamster has one RED eye and one BROWN eye, i posted the question asking if this means something is wrong. someone said maybe he has a brain tumor?! does anyone know if this differing eye colors has anything to do w/ a brain tumor?! now im scared =(

    • ANSWER:
      No, it means that he has partial albinism. There is nothing wrong with him, he just has no pigment in one eye. It's totally common and not harmful to them at all.

      The person who said the brain tumor thing was just trying to frighten you.

  42. QUESTION:
    What symptoms did you have before they found a brain tumor?
    My doctor suspects I have a brain tumor...I go for an MRI on Monday! Feels like forever to wait! However I am just wondering what symptoms you had before you were diagnosed with a brain tumor? I know everyone is different but its always nice to know if someone is going through the same thing.

    • ANSWER:
      My mother had terrible headaches and visual problems. I hope everything's okay, good luck.

  43. QUESTION:
    Brain Tumor?
    Hi. I am Worried That I Have a Brain Tumor. I am Diabetic, Which Means I already have a weak immune system. I Also Go Into Diabetic Ketoacidosis Every 6-8 Months. But Lately I Have Been Getting Some Symptoms of a Brain Tumor
    The Symptoms I Have Are
    * I Have a Headache All The Time (Paracetamol Dont Work)
    * I Have Always Had Trouble Hearing
    * I Have a Very Muggy Head
    * My Concentration Level Has Dropped Badly.
    * I am Very Tired, All of a Sudden.
    * I Have Suddenly Got a Feeling Of Feeling Sick By Eating Food, Smelling Food and Even Looking at Food.

    I know Some Of This are Not Exact Symptoms, But I thought i Better Put Them Just In case.

    I am Only 14 and I Need To Know If This Maybe a Tumor, Or Something Else. Please Help.

    Thankyou.
    Holly Ox

    • ANSWER:
      No one here can tell you what is happening. You will need to go to your doctor for a clinical examination. From your description, a brain tumor cannot be ruled out so you will need to see a doctor.

      Good luck.

  44. QUESTION:
    Brain Tumor symptoms?
    I am currently working on a Star Trek fanfiction in which one of the characters gets brain cancer. Can someone help me out with symptoms? Wikipedia uses doctor words, and I can't understand half of them. Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      headaches, nausea, loss of cordination, vision problems, numbness or tingling in the face, mental/mood changes, hearing or memory problems. try looking up neuroblastoma on webmd

  45. QUESTION:
    what are the symptoms of brain tumor?
    what is difference of tumor and cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      Headaches, pressure sensations in the head and seizures are common symptoms of a brain tumor. A tumor is a growth. A tumor can be either cancerous or benign(non cancerous.) All cancers are tumors though all tumors are not necessarily cancers....some tumors are benign.

  46. QUESTION:
    panic attacks, symptoms + brain tumor symptoms?
    hi there,
    i'm silghtly paranoid, i've had panic attacks since i can remember and recently i've been getting vertigo.... but i also get this weird rush of adrenalin through my brain, i can't describe it, but i suddenly get really dizzy, feel out of balance and then start freaking out then a rush of weird electricity surges through my body ending in my head .. it freaks me out ... i've had it for about 8 years.... only everynow and then - does anyone else get this ... is it a brain tumor, the doctors say anxiety but now i feel weird all hte time, is this me making myself freaky or something else!

    are there tests you can do yourself to see if you have something wrong with you brain .... ???

    x

    • ANSWER:

  47. QUESTION:
    What are the most common symptoms of a brain tumor?
    I have been smelling this strange scent everywhere, and tasting the same gross taste in my mouth. And sometimes I feel a strange pulsating sensation in my left ear (sometimes it is an ear ache). Also, sometimes I see floaters in my vision. It sometimes seems like I see a spark-like figure in the corner of my eye (both right and left), but when I look to my side there is nothing there. I get headaches sometimes, not too often. And they are never very painful. I have had some pain behind my left eye too.

    • ANSWER:
      Have you had really bad sinus infections?? Go and check it out with your family doc. MRI's and other scans are not necessary at this point. Figure out the obvious connections before you jump into anything else. Don't put your cart in front of the horse! Good luck!

  48. QUESTION:
    what could course brain tumor symptoms apart from a brain tumor?

    • ANSWER:
      In my case, reading the spelling errors that are littering this site tonight.

  49. QUESTION:
    What are early symptoms of a brain tumor?
    Can you put it in a simple manner? i worry alot, and ive been getting head aches, about 3 a week that are kinda bad. and the passed few nights when i start to relax, i almost hear what i guess could be described as like a sub conscious ringing. its really wierd. anyway, i just worry alot. haha.
    i have also have had trouble sleeping. i get scared, and before i was perfectly fine sleeping in the dark and my door closed.

    • ANSWER:

  50. QUESTION:
    Would symptoms from a brain tumor come and go?
    For instance pain when coughing sneezing or bending over, would it come and go or would the pain/pressure always be there? And as far as the headaches they wouldn't only last a minute or so would they? Wouldn't it be like a normal headache that lasts awhile, does anyone have any info on the signs and the ones I have asked about? And if someone did have a couple signs after 4 or 5 weeks would there be more by now?

    • ANSWER:
      I was diagnosed with a brain tumor in Feb 2010. my symptoms included daily headaches, usually started in the afternoon that always got better with Aleve and Sudafed and always came back the next day for several months before diagnosis, pain in my forehead when bending over, gait differences (that I was not even aware of), 10-20 second quick headaches on the right side of my head near my forehead (which is where my tumor is) sometimes coupled with a sharp pain at the back of my head, memory trouble and my personality had become flat.
      My internist did a quick neuro in the office (squeeze my finger, lift this leg, walk over there, reflexes, watch the light, etc) and all of that was normal just 2 weeks before I got to the emergency room.
      I had a glioblastoma the size of an apricot.
      I never have been one who rushes to the doc for a little pain here and there, but in this case, I should have gotten a CT sooner and they would have seen the huge swelling that was causing the trouble.
      So I would check with your doc. It's hard to say if there would be more signs 4-5 weeks later after symptoms first showed up. If it's a tumor, it may depend upon how quickly it's growing.
      Good luck!


Brain Tumor Symptoms In Children

Brain tumor symptoms can be quite similar to those of other benign conditions. While experiencing any of these symptoms is no cause for alarm, it's best to have them checked out by a doctor. Early detection gives you your best opportunity for recovery.

Headaches
A common initial symptom, tumor headaches start out their worse in the morning, gradually improving as the day progresses. The headaches can be excruciating, sometimes awakening the individual from a deep sleep. They are often followed by vomiting, after which you feel better. The headaches often worse with exercise, coughing or a change in position such as bending or kneeling. They don't respond to most headache remedies.

A headache doesn't mean cancer, but you should have persistent ones checked out by a doctor. In most cases, it's a result of stress, but the cause may be far more serious. Be safe and see a doctor. With medical advances like aesthetic neuroma radiosurgery, cancer patients have had more success with brain tumor treatments.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    what are the signs & symptoms of a brain tumor in a one year old child?
    my son is 1. he communicates well, and seems healthy. but he has never crawled on his knees. He scoots around on his butt. He has recently begun tugging on his ear, as if he had an ear infection. A friend just told me that she heard that was a sign of a tumor or cancer in the brain. i've scheduled an appointment with his doctor, but its a week away and i need answers now!

    • ANSWER:
      oh god whos your friend...not a nice thing to scare you with...pulling on his ears...he might be tired..or have an ear infection..or teething....some dont ever crawl and begin walking as normal...dont take advice off this person as its just a horrible thing for her to say..im sure your son is fine

  2. QUESTION:
    Could a doctor/nurse give me the name of a brain tumor found in a child and symptoms?
    I'm writing a short story about a doctor, and one of the patients in it is supposed to be a 7 year old girl with a inoperable/curable brain tumor. It doesn't really matter what exactly it is, just need someone familiar with medical terms to name one for me, including primary, malignant, grade, and type.

    Also, would love to know the symptoms, too. Thanks!
    I ask here because generally my results for childhood cancer > brain tumors give me broad overviews and not specific (case specific) types :/ and I don't know any to google with.
    @April: I'm sorry you had to go through the horrible ordeal of brain cancer. I cannot say that I feel your pain, but I do feel bad that you had to experience such a thing. However, my question is not so I may take delight in such a serious subject. I ask as research for a short story that I'm more than likely going to keep to myself and at best, shown to my family members.

    I was also not asking for a description of a real case that any nurse or doctor had, but rather for them to piece together terms for a plausible brain tumor that I could in turn research and write about. Something like, glioblastoma multiforme, stage x (the one I found eventually on Google).

    Honestly, getting offended over what I've asked is like saying that research and study on real cases of cancer is offensive and should not be done, and laypersons researching for personal knowledge on diseases is taboo. Sorry you feel that way, but it just isn't the case.

    @Everyone else, thanks for your response. I found an a

    • ANSWER:
      Hmmm the type of brain cancer found in kids that age that has the worst prognosis would be Atypical Teratoid Rhabdoid Tumor. It's a type of PNET, Primitive Neuroectodermal tumor. It is one of the only brain cancers that has the ability to cross the blood- brain barrier and travel to other organs of the body. It has a very very low survival rate, because of the malignancy and the resistance to current chemotherapy regimens used for Rhabdomyosarcoma. ATRT's generally originate in the cerebellum or the cerebral cortex.

      The symptoms are that of any brain tumor: Nausea and vomiting in the morning, dizziness with no trigger (as in random dizziness, not dizziness from a spinning motion) Head aches, confusion, lack of appetite.

      Very rarely, if an ATRT occurs in the Hypothalmic region, production of the body's hormones may cease or be hindered.

  3. QUESTION:
    Brain tumor? Please help!?
    What are the symptoms of a brain tumor in children from the age 12-13?

    • ANSWER:
      What are symptoms of brain tumors?

      The symptoms of brain tumors depend on tumor size, type, and location. Symptoms may be caused when a tumor presses on a nerve or damages a certain area of the brain. They also may be caused when the brain swells or fluid builds up within the skull.

      These are the most common symptoms of brain tumors:

      * Headaches (usually worse iin the morning)

      * Nausea or vomiting

      * Changes in speech, vision, or hearing

      * Problems balancing or walking

      * Changes in mood, personality, or ability to concentrate

      * Problems with memory

      * Muscle jerking or twitching (seiizures or convulsions)

      * Numbness or tingling in the arms or legs

      These symptoms are not sure signs of a brain tumor. Other conditions also could cause these problems. If you have similar these symptoms it is best to just go seee a doctor. Only a doctor can diagnose and treat the problem.

  4. QUESTION:
    OMG do I really have a brain tumor? HELP PLEASE?
    I checked the symptoms of brain tumor and OMG I'm 15 years old, after school I usually suffer head aches just like it's said in symptoms, but I actually noticed that the headache starts after chewing a gum WHILE BEING AT SCHOOL, oh right I live in Georgia and we don't usually have lunch inside the school we usually buy the food and most children don't buy it, neither do I. also, I sometimes suffer some weird thing like if I suddenly and quickly stand up I suddenly feel dizziness and then my Eyes go white and then it comes to normal, I'm so very scared... tell me what might it be. the important fact is that my headache starts after chewing a gum for 3 hours without stop while being hungry, is it a fault of just being hungry and chewing a gum or is it really a brain tumor? :( :( if it is, tell me, I'm an atheist and I will just accept my death, without any prayers to god. It's sad if it's true.

    • ANSWER:
      Honey, if you believe everything you read, you will end up half crazy.

      First, you can get headaches from chewing gum because you are working the jaw hard. Working the jaw continuously for three hours will cause jaw pain which will give you a whopper of a headache. STOP CHEWING GUM.

      Second, when standing up quickly your blood pressure will drop quickly and that will cause dizziness. If you aren't eating, your body is weak and that will also cause dizziness.

      Third, you are being a drama queen. Chill. No, you don't have a brain tumor, you have a dreadful disease called being an obsessive teenager. Relax, there's no need to accept your death now, it will be years before you need to drape yourself in funeral garb. But stop with the gum - you're going to end up with teeth and jaw problems. And, more advice - you are close to fainting you are so hungry, chewing gum will only make the hunger worse - and there's a remedy for that, it's called eating.

  5. QUESTION:
    Is a brain stem glioma a common tumor in 13 year old males (PLEASE READ I'M REALLY SCARED!)? (best ans 10 pts)?
    I'm 13 years old and a male and I would like to know if a brain stem glioma is common in children of this age, I'm scared that I have one, my symptoms are mild, haven't vomited once, headaches are mild, sometimes worse when bending over, occasional double vision (I think it's caused by eye strain because I use my laptop all day), blurry vision a fair bit (eye strain, I think), mental decline (mild) (I think it's because of severe anxiety), the mental decline is like me saying the wrong words, writing the wrong words and having less concentration.

    I also get ringing in my ears lasting about 1-3 seconds, but this happens very rarely.

    My headaches are strange and I think they are controlled by my moods, they are barely ever in the morning (if ever) and I barely ever feel sick in the morning, the sickness and headaches are just mild and on and off throughought the day and just recently I noticed that the headache is slightly worse (still mild) when bending over, coughing, sneezing and stuff like that.

    I mainly get the ringing in my ears when it's quite.

    I also get tingling in my legs, arms and other parts of my body, but no numbness.

    I recently started getting this tingling near the tip of my finger to the left of my pinkie on my left hand.

    Please don't say "See a doctor so he can do a scan on your brain" because I would mainly like to know if a brainstem glioma is common in 13 year olds, but could you maybe also tell me if my symptoms sound like a brain tumor please?

    I also have had recent memory problems and forgotten stuff and had trouble concentrating but my long term is still normal and perfect.

    I used to have Burkitts Non Hodgkins Lyphoma when I was 4 (I'm 13 now, as I said in the main part of the question) and my cousin died of a brain tumor when he was 14, I also have worried about 5 other different diseases in the past couple months.

    What do you think?

    • ANSWER:
      The most common brain tumour in children is a medulloblastoma but glioma are found in children and account for about 8% of childhood malignancies.

      The symptoms you mention are very general and not really indicative of glioma, which has symptoms such as Headaches
      Nausea
      Vomiting
      Drowsiness
      Seizures
      Changes in personality
      Memory loss
      Changes in speech
      Weakness or loss of feeling in limbs
      Walking difficulties
      Vision changes
      Abnormal eye movements.

      I doubt you have cancer of any kind from what you have said :)

  6. QUESTION:
    Help fast, I seriously think I might have a brain tumor?
    I am 39. This may or may not be important, but many years ago I had some TMJ symptoms, and 7 years ago I had an MRI for a pregnancy related stroke. The Dr. noticed two 'spots' on my brain but he wasn't concerned...he said they looked like they had been there for a long time. Ok....everything was fine after that. Three months ago, out of the blue, I woke up having trouble opening my jaw because it felt stiff (no popping or anything) The stiff, full headache feeling began to travel to my ears and my head. Antibiotics made the symptoms go away. Now, three months later, I am having similiar symptoms. For about 10 days atraight now my head has been 'stuffy' feeling...(antibiotics aren't helping) and ears are hurting a little, pains coming and going in all parts of my head. My tooth has hurting once or twice, but most of the time my teeth and jaw feel fine...,.while my head is hurting and almost dizzy with stuffiness. Today my neck is starting to get stiff, and feels like you would feel if you had swollen glands. It seems to feel a little better after I sleep for awhile but them comes back. I am seriously wondering if those spots are a brain tumor (no neurological type symptoms yet), or if I just might have TMJ (no jaw hurting though). I can't get into a dentist for 2 months, and can't get an MRI for almost a month. I have four little children and dont want to die waiting for an MRI. Does anyone have any opinion as to whether or not this sounds like a brain tumor?????? Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      You haven't described tumor symptoms and I really believe that TMJ is at fault.

  7. QUESTION:
    Do I have a brain Tumor?
    I know this may sound crazy and all... But I am 19 years old with a 5 month old child. When i was 13 i had seizures (6 or 7) and they told me it was because of a hormonal imbalance cause i hadnt started my period yet. they went away and i never had another seizure again. About two years later i started having extreme anxiety thinking i might have another.. i never did. They put me on Paxil. and ive been on it since i got pregnant.
    And because your not suppose to take paxil when pregnant, i winged myself off. i was fine the entire pregnancy.. About 2 months ago, my anxiety came back.. except it was a thousand times worse. Every day i have headaches all over my head, especially at the top. I get the feeling like im not all there in the head. Kind of like Im confused all the time. Im forgetful, dizzy, and so scared to leave my house. The doctor put me back on Paxil about 2 months ago, but it hasnt seemed to help. When i look up symptoms of a brain tumor,i have just about all of them.help
    i had an xray when i had the seizures when i was younger, and they didnt find anything.

    no, i havent had one recently.

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like you are just really, really nervous. You have a lot going on with a baby & all. Plus you already have suffered from anxiety in the past. There are fabulous new medications out there that seem to work more effectively than Paxil. Talk to your doctor about all of this and see what the best treatment would be.

  8. QUESTION:
    do i have a brain tumor?
    I know this may sound crazy and all... But I am 19 years old with a 5 month old child. When i was 13 i had seizures (6 or 7) and they told me it was because of a hormonal imbalance cause i hadnt started my period yet. they went away and i never had another seizure again. About two years later i started having extreme anxiety thinking i might have another.. i never did. They put me on Paxil. and ive been on it since i got pregnant.
    And because your not suppose to take paxil when pregnant, i winged myself off. i was fine the entire pregnancy.. About 2 months ago, my anxiety came back.. except it was a thousand times worse. Every day i have headaches all over my head, especially at the top. I get the feeling like im not all there in the head. Kind of like Im confused all the time. Im forgetful, dizzy, and so scared to leave my house. The doctor put me back on Paxil about 2 months ago, but it hasnt seemed to help. When i look up symptoms of a brain tumor,i have just about all of them.help

    • ANSWER:
      One of the nasty side effects of anxiety and panic disorder is the feeling of "impending doom", meaning that you think you are going to die any minute now, but have no specific reason to validate why you feel this way. If you've been taking the Paxil for 2 months now and it isn't helping, it is probably a good idea to switch to another medication or to increase the dosage. Talk to your doctor about it. You may also need to start taking an anti-anxiety drug, such as Xanax or Valium along with the Paxil. Please see your doctor as soon as you can. Meanwhile, look up signs and symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder as well as the signs and symptoms of Panic Disorder. You will find that your symptoms will probably match one or both of these conditions better than "brain tumors".

  9. QUESTION:
    FOR PEOPLE WITH EXPERIENCE IN BRAIN TUMORS: I'm worrying about brain stem gliomas and I'm a 13 year old male?
    Please read this, this is important!!

    Okay well I am worrying about a brain stem glioma, apparently dizziness is a symptom of it and I have been experiencing that, about 10 minutes ago I started getting this vertigo where when I closed my eyes, I felt like I was really spinning around and I felt like I was gonna lose my balance when I put my feet together to test my balance. As I write this, I am laying down on my bed and I don't feel like I have much vertigo right now, it seems like the vertigo gets a bit worse when I move.

    I have been worrying about dizziness and vertigo seriously 24/7, I never stop worrying and it seemed like the vertigo started a few days or a day after I started worrying about the vertigo symptom, I will use Google and type in mild dizziness with "s before the mild and after dizziness then I'll type in brain stem glioma with it and see if there are any parents saying stuff like "my child has a brain stem glioma. His symptoms were only mild dizziness bla bla", then I'll worry more.

    I just typed in what I explained before and I found some articles and read them, but I don't think they were what I expected which was good but there was this one article that you has to pay for to view and I think it was about this womans child who has a brain stem glioma and his symptoms were only "mild occasional dizziness" from the bit I read before clicking on the result.

    By the looks of it, I'm the only kid my age who has been worrying about this specific type of brain tumor, I use my computer basically all day, but that's not my concern right now, BRAIN STEM GLIOMAS ARE.

    Considering the prognosis of brain stem gliomas are bad, like less than a year in most cases, I worry more and there are no treatments and no one is FUNDING for research, so no research is being done to find a cure and all these children are DYING with deterioration of their motor skills and there is NOTHING they can do about it, people are donating for breast cancer while this brain tumor is the big concern, I've read stories about children with brain stem gliomas (all of them are dead), the longest living child in the WORLD with that type of tumor has been 5 years, I am so scared of having this brain tumor, people say "you would have more symptoms if you had a brain tumor like that", but from the articles I have read, there are some children who have had only mild vertigo and all they can do is pray for a miracle, but with this type of tumor there are no miracles, it kills all of its victims.

    People donate money to AIDS research when a lot of people can live normal lives with treatment but with brain stem gliomas, no one lives 0.1% of a normal life.

    Please tell me what you think about my dizziness/vertigo symptom, it seems to be worse when I think about it, I am just a 13 year old boy and don't know sh*t about the brain stem and what parts of it are affected by this tumor.

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR READING THIS, I REALLY APPRECIATE IT!!!!!!!!
    Note: I do not experience ear pain at all.

    • ANSWER:
      Take a deep breath. Relax. You're a 13 y/o boy self-diagnosing. Be honest, what are the odds that you're accurate? Doctors train for years and sometimes still make mistakes.

      Ask a parent to take you to the pediatrician. Talk to him/her about the dizzyness and the anxiety.

  10. QUESTION:
    Brain tumors ? (help hard to explain)?
    Symptoms
    By Mayo Clinic staff
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    The signs and symptoms of a brain tumor vary greatly and depend on the brain tumor's size, location and rate of growth.

    General signs and symptoms caused by brain tumors may include:

    New onset or change in pattern of headaches
    Headaches that gradually become more frequent and more severe
    Unexplained nausea or vomiting
    Vision problems, such as blurred vision, double vision or loss of peripheral vision
    Gradual loss of sensation or movement in an arm or a leg
    Difficulty with balance
    Speech difficulties
    Confusion in everyday matters
    Personality or behavior changes
    Seizures, especially in someone who doesn't have a history of seizures
    Hearing problems
    Hormonal (endocrine) disorders
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    I read that artical a couple of days ago and i don't about brain tumors that much because im just a middle schooler but all the syptoms.i agreed with most but i know if you have most syptoms then it doesnt mean you got it but like i said i don't know that much about brain tumors.
    (X)New onset or change in pattern of headaches
    (x)Headaches that gradually become more frequent and more severe
    (x)Unexplained (NAUSEA) or vomiting (im not vomiting)
    (x)Vision problems, such as blurred vision, double vision or loss of peripheral vision
    Gradual loss of sensation or movement in an arm or a leg
    (x)Difficulty with balance
    ()Speech difficulties
    (x)Confusion in everyday matters
    ()Personality or behavior changes
    ()Seizures, especially in someone who doesn't have a history of seizures
    (x)Hearing problems
    (?)Hormonal (endocrine) disorders
    sorry i dont know what the one above means.
    But please dont tease i don't know that much about health and stuff.

    • ANSWER:
      if you feel like something is wrong, you should go to your doctor to get checked out - just to be on the safe side. sorry i can't help more but im not very medical either!lol

  11. QUESTION:
    Possibly a brain tumor...? What else can this be?
    Within the past year, there have been too many new symptoms and conditions so this has been called to my attention.

    The new symptoms are: Sudden dizzy spells Headaches Nausea (Car & Motion Sickness) -- Never had this before... even as a child Muscle Tension (In various parts of the body... esp. around the eyes)

    Also, as a kid I apparently had an alarming number of nose bleeds.

    Someone told me this might be a brain tumor and I've been turning paranoid ever since. Is this possible?

    By the way, I'm seventeen years old. (Female)

    My MediCare just got cut off and my mother is too lazy to get it reactivated so I'm asking around and trying to avoid going to the doctor. Although if nothing gets better, I will eventually have to go there and pay the four grand

    Does anyone know where I might be able to check this out (a doctor, clinic) nearby the 90621 zip code area that would be relatively cheap?

    I am also not "sexually active" in any way. So this is not pregnancy or STDS. The only thing possible is mono... haha.

    • ANSWER:
      dear this is something you should have checked you may just have something minor but you will not know till you get it checked out i wouldn't worry yourself to death over it though that would make you sicker

  12. QUESTION:
    Could this be a brain tumor?
    I have problems with my joints. My shoulders hurt all the time as well as my knees. My knees hurt differently though. Sometimes my elbows hurt. This has been going on my whole life and have seen too many Dr.s to count. I have heard that it was growing pains when I was a child (I'm past the growing age), that it was r. arthritis twice (not it), osteoporosis, M.S., tendinitis, and hyper-mobility syndrome. I have had x rays on my knee and shoulder. Nothing showed up. They did an MRI on my left knee and nothing showed up. So when they thought I could have M.S. because my mother has it, I had an MRI on my brain. They were supposed to inject me with some kind of fluid but didn't. I knew before hand they should have but I was freaked out by being in that tube and that's all I was thinking about. So they just called me right now and said I showed no signs of M.S. but I have a bump on my brain. Of course I was stunned because well, I felt I didn't even have M.S. to begin so when they called and said I have a bump or lump on my brain I froze. Now my mother is always like you are Irish you know and we have all kinds of neurological diseases and what not. I don't know though. I have to get blood work done tomorrow but they said it could take weeks to find out the results. Of course that would happen! I have had head aches all the time since I could remember and just recently I had one for two weeks straight. I don't know if this may be the cause of any of my symptoms or not. I didn't ask where the lump was either because I really didn't know what to say. Even if its not cancer, I still want it removed. My grandmother had a "non cancerous" lump in her breast for two years and it turned into cancer and spread through her rapidly. She died a month after finding out it was cancer. It spread to her lungs and brain along with the breast. I can't let that happen. I have two small children and they need there mom you know. What do you think? And yes I worry all the time so please don't be like my mother and say don't worry. I have to expect the worst but hope for the best. Thank you so much! O and I have a thyroid problem if that adds to anything? It's hypo and I have been on med's for that for 8 years now. Thanks again!
    They also said it could be Fibromyalgia once before and ruled it out. They keep coming up with all these different things but nothing ever turns out. Basically they don't know. A week ago I went to a specialist and he said he has never seen this before. I have heard that from many of my doctors. In the past year alone I have seen 12 different Dr.'s. One said it was all in my head like I am making it up or something. I can't stand Dr.'s for that reason alone.
    In addition, yes it was called contrast that they were supposed to inject. After the MRI I stated to him I thought I was supposed to have contrast injected. He said hold on and went to my folder and said and I quote " oh well I was but if something is wrong it will show up and we will just do it again." I was like do it again! I have to take med's so I didn't freak out! I don't want to do it again! If this is the kind of people that I am relying on for my health then pray for me! What's the point of going to school if you can't even read!

    • ANSWER:
      You could have a brain tumor and depending on the location in the brain it could be causing nerve damage or creating the symptoms of a pinched nerve which could give you the pain you are having.

      However, it also mimics Fibromyalgia.

      As for the fluid they were going to inject you with, that is called contrast. If the prescription did not specify contrast most techies are hesitant to use it. Contrast simply "lights up" your brain and allows the doctor to see things that might not be visible without it.

      If you have not been to a neurologist, I would see one. Actually, I would see a couple of them. They may ask for another MRI scan with and without contrast. Then they can compare the scans. They will also ask for a complete blood work up. This will allow them to find out if there is anything else going on. Helps them rule stuff out.

      Good luck.

  13. QUESTION:
    BRAIN TUMORS, 13 YEARS OLD, MALE, SCARED TO DEATH PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?
    I am so scared, I have asked about 90 questions about brain tumors here and I thought that if I had a brain tumor it would be Medulloblastoma (I'm 13 years old), but it turns out that Medulloblastoma's are not common in 13 year olds, they are more common in younger kids (-5 years).

    The only tumor left is a brain stem glioma for my age and I am so scared that I have one and I will show you my symptoms below (copied and pasted from a previous questions, but I have something to add, I also had neck pain for a second when I moved my neck, but it's gone now.

    Here is the other info:

    "I'm 13 years old and a male and I would like to know if a brain stem glioma is common in children of this age, I'm scared that I have one, my symptoms are mild, haven't vomited once, headaches are mild, sometimes worse when bending over, occasional double vision (I think it's caused by eye strain because I use my laptop all day), blurry vision a fair bit (eye strain, I think), mental decline (mild) (I think it's because of severe anxiety), the mental decline is like me saying the wrong words, writing the wrong words and having less concentration.

    I also get ringing in my ears lasting about 1-3 seconds, but this happens very rarely.

    My headaches are strange and I think they are controlled by my moods, they are barely ever in the morning (if ever) and I barely ever feel sick in the morning, the sickness and headaches are just mild and on and off throughought the day and just recently I noticed that the headache is slightly worse (still mild) when bending over, coughing, sneezing and stuff like that.

    I mainly get the ringing in my ears when it's quite.

    I also get tingling in my legs, arms and other parts of my body, but no numbness.

    I recently started getting this tingling near the tip of my finger to the left of my pinkie on my left hand.

    Please don't say "See a doctor so he can do a scan on your brain" because I would mainly like to know if a brainstem glioma is common in 13 year olds, but could you maybe also tell me if my symptoms sound like a brain tumor please?

    I also have had recent memory problems and forgotten stuff and had trouble concentrating but my long term is still normal and perfect.

    I used to have Burkitts Non Hodgkins Lyphoma when I was 4 (I'm 13 now, as I said in the main part of the question) and my cousin died of a brain tumor when he was 14, I also have worried about 5 other different diseases in the past couple months.

    What do you think it is?"

    Sound like a brain tumor, I am so scared of dying.
    PLEASE JUST ANSWER MY QUESTION INSTEAD OF TELLING ME TO SEE A DOCTOR!

    THANKS!

    • ANSWER:
      You do not have symptoms of a brain tumor. To be honest I think most of your issues are from anxiety and you are causing most of these issues.
      You really should see a doctor not and say you have a BT but for anxiety medicines.
      The most common reason a BT is found is because of seizures.
      Why have you focused on a brain stem glioma? There are many other more common BTs.
      Again you have NO symptoms of a tumor.

  14. QUESTION:
    my depression and anxiety has madee hit rock bottom.?
    I have hit rock bottom, and I don't know what to do. I am a stay at home mom, so I have all day and most of the night to think of these negative thoughts. A few months ago, I was so sure I had lymphoma (a friend died of it), then a lump in my neck (which I had taken out, it was nothing) now, after two of my online friends (I don't know them personally) have been diagnosed with a brain tumor (one cancer, one is not), I am SO convinced that I have a tumor too. It's gotten so bad, I have every symptom that are on every google list of brain tumor symptoms - I have the "cancerous" symptoms, of course. I've had depression, anxiety and ocd most of my life, but after being diagnosed with PPD, it's sprung out of control, for fear of dying and leaving my children w/o a mother. It's gotten so out of control right now that my husband and I don't know what to do or how to handle this. I'm seeing a therapist and am on meds, but the thoughts are still there, I can't stay away from google searching for symptoms of everything I feel. I don't know if they're normal or abnormal. In the past week, I've been to the eye doctor and had a tooth extracted, and I'm still "feeling" pain that relate to a "brain tumor" that nobody says I have. I don't know how to live happy. I feel like I don't deserve to live happy. I want a happy life. I don't want to live like this anymore. I love my kids and husband more than anything in this world and I want them to have the old "me" back. HELP! Is there anything anyone can suggest? I have heard of Lucinda Basset's program really working, but we don't have the /mo for 8 monts to pay for it. I don't know how to fix myself.

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Awww, the million dollar work-up. I know I did and a lot of people spend a tremendous amount of money going to different Dr.'s not wanting but almost hoping that they will find just something so it can be cured and they will have an answer and everything can be back to normal. PLEASE do not waste your money on the Lucinda Basset program. I tried it years back and she gives you the same information you can get out of books but also you hear all these testimonials at the end and if you are not feeling better yet...well, I know it just made me more upset. I am still in therapy and have done much healing and work on my anxiety and I tend to say I want to be like the old "me". My therapist is great but at first when I would say that I would get so frustrated with her reply. You will never be your old self. Of course, I got confused, but I now know and realize that what she was/is saying is that you have to get to the root of what's causing your anxiety and while doing that you will make positive changes. Your anxiety was an underlying problem something just happened to set it off. Maybe you can talk to your Dr. about different meds. or even talk to your therapist about seeing her more often if possible. Does your therapist do EMDR or EFT (tapping) (you should be able to look under Gary Craig to get information on it). They work great for anxiety and you can google or yahoo them. Unfortunately, it takes time but you can and will get better. I wish you the best.

  15. QUESTION:
    I know this sounds stupid, but could this be a brain tumour?
    I've had a permanent headache for 4 months, mostly on my left temple but sometimes behind the eyes. It is never relieved completely with pain killers.
    I keep losing balance and becoming forgetful, things I've never done before. In fact, my short term and long term memory were both things I WAS proud of. I also get this thing sometimes where I'll be standing still and will just suddenly fall to the side :(
    I went for physio for my tight neck muscles to ease the headaches, it got rid of the sharpest stabbing pain ones and some of the numbness I was getting in my arms but the dull headahce is always there, especially in the morning when I wake up.
    Plus I get neck cramps which undo 3 weeks worth of physio in about 20 minutes.
    I've read that neck cramping and morning headahces can be symptoms of a brain tumour :s
    I've also had really weird mood swings lately, where I'll feel pefectly fine, then for half a day I'll feel like I want to kill myself, then I'll be fine again, even though I'm not depressed (I have been depressed and suffered from anxiety before a lon time ago, this feels different, as it's like there really is no reason at all.)
    I'm suffereing from nightmares when I have never had them in my life, even as a child, and sometimes I smell or taste things that aren't there, or that no one else can.
    I'm also a lot more tired than usual, I went for an 8 mile walk, and the next day I felt like I couldn't get up. I thought I was just unfit, so went for another one a few days later, and almost passed out half way through. I drink 2 litres of water a day so I know it's not dehydration.
    I'm going to go to an eye doctor to see if the headaches are because of my eyes, although I know my prescription is up to date, but if they can't explain it (or the random weeping that I get in my left eye) then I guess I have no choice but to go back to the doctors... does anyone know what may be causing these rather erratic symptoms?
    I'm getting worried the memory and concentration/headaches part will start to affect my work, which I think it already is :s

    • ANSWER:
      Definitely sounds like you have inter-cranial pressure.

      You are explaining some pretty worrying issues. Passing out, constant pain, memory loss.
      I'm not even close to being a doctor, but if I was going through that, I'd definitely schedule an appointment to see one.

  16. QUESTION:
    How bad are headaches with brain tumors?
    Over the past year or so, I've had pretty bad headaches. They'd start more in the morning (sometimes ripping me from a dead-sleep) and get a little better during the day. Except when I walk, stand, bend over / kneel, etc. I'm only 16, but over the years my family doctor has considered me a "sickly child" I guess, because I was always in to see him for something. I got medicine from a therapist for headaches / migraines because he thought that's what they might be.

    Well the past few days, they've been terrible. I've noticed my mood has completely changed and I really can't stand to be bothered with anybody. When I was laying in bed one night, out of nowhere I got this crippling pain in my head that sent me in the fetal position, holding my head with my arms / hands nearly screaming in pain. (which probably didn't help either..) After that, my head was throbbing incredibly bad. It didn't go completely away, but it wasn't as bothersome. But then about 25 minutes ago, the crippling pain came back but worse. I put a cold washcloth on my head, tried a warm one too, drank water, took my medication and it hasn't made a dent.

    I looked up on google symptoms of any type of brain injury, and the first one I came across with the symptoms I've been having was a brain tumor. Yes, I know it could very well be something else and I know that brain tumors are considered pretty uncommon.. But is there a chance that it might be what I'm dealing with?

    I mean, I don't know what else to do. I've relaxed, took a hot shower (which brought tears to my eyes, so I had to get out), wash cloths, I even tried asprin yesterday thinking I might have a clot, and nothing helped at all.

    Any information would be great. :)
    I've also been dealing with extreme nausea / throwing up.

    • ANSWER:
      Ok I have dealt with something like this.

      Rule number one. Don't self-diagnose yourself. The worst always comes up and then you get anxious about it and that doesn't help you at all.

      I suffer from migraines. They are crippling and severe. My mood changes because all I can think about is the pain and it makes me so irritable! I actually suffer from 'complex' migraines. These are migraines so bad they can be mistaken for a stroke. They nearly always come with nausea as well.

      While yes, you could have a tumor of some sort, it is unlikely and I would bet it on being a form of migraine. You may ask your doctor to refer you to neurologist.

      As for treating them, they can be very difficult to get rid of. Migraine meds, lots of water and sitting in a dark room helps me over time. The trick is to take something when you first start to feel them. See the article below for some info.

      Hope this helps!

  17. QUESTION:
    Does my son's symptoms sound like Asperger's Syndrome?
    My son is 6 years old. He's had 2 brain tumors removed within the past year. He has coordination issues along with some mental issues as well. We believed the issues stemmed from the tumor and PTSD from surgeries and all else that he had been through. Now, the more I'm looking into Asperger's, the more it seems like this is what he is suffering from. First, he is a very articulate 6 year old. He's been called "genius" and "wise beyond his years" for as long as I can remember. He's very very smart. He also gets hung up on certain things as well. Like right now, he is hung up on school. We play school every night. He has charts, tickets for good behavior, school work, etc. It's a big deal to him if we miss a night He prefers to sit and talk with adults vs. children. He can't catch a ball or throw a ball very well. When we go to a playground, he doesn't really play on the equipment. When we need to go to the store or church, he always puts up a big fight unless it's for something he wants to do. We always thought he was just being stubborn and never really thought it might be something more. He's very shy when around large groups and when he sees his "friends" from school in public, he tends to put his head down and not say anything. His coordination problems were thought to be from from the tumor (in cerebellum) but it just doesn't seem to be improving. His motor skills were delayed when he was an infant as well and there's no way to tell if the tumor affected him then or not. His occupational therapist told us that she thought he had some signs of Asperger's and so does his mental therapist. Now, I'm in sit and wait mode until I get a referral to the right doctors. I was just curious if anyone had experience with Asperger's and if my son's symptoms were enough to say he does have it and what can we do to help the issue. Thanks for your time.

    • ANSWER:
      No this would not be within the realm of Asperger's Syndrome, as brain damage/injury related cognitive and mental deviance is a major exclusion criterion factor. Asperger's Syndrome as it is now theorized is a congenital psychiatric illness that stems from multifactorial genetic and environmental precursors. You really need to take your son to a neurologist or neuropsychiatrist who specializes in mental deficit arising from brain damage(i.e. brain tumour removal) If you come across a psychiatrist or neurologist who tells you otherwise and that your son has Asperger's I would question the professional competence of such an individual. As well, in reality, occupational therapists do not have the professional training necessary to properly make neuropsychiatric diagnoses. So, in other words your occupational therapist is like a dentist trying to use blood obtained during a dental cleaning for examining their blood chemistries for systemic lupus erythematosus/Lupus and other systematic autoimmune diseases.

      I will tell you this about medicine and neurology and psychiatry. An individual's neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, and neuropathology/psychopathology may simultaneously match to 85 percent of the inclusion criterion for 12 diseases, but remain related to none of those diseases aetiologies and exact pathophysiologies. The result of this would be the individual has none of those 12 diseases and disorders.

      Your son's pathophysiologic traits seem to be from your description more varied and diverse in their origin than could be accounted for by Asperger's Syndrome or for that matter any other Autism Spectrum Disorder. I apologize if this comes as any kind of disappointment. However, I strongly suggest that you treat your son's deficits and dysfunctions as an "organic", neurological phenomenon as you have all the evidence and information in front of you from your son's medical history pointing to the likelihood of him having brain damage as a result of surgical intervention. Regardless of whether it had been an Autism Spectrum Disorder or a complex syndrome caused by a complex fracture to the neurocranium any child would end up with a lengthy list of psychiatric and behavioural symptoms that deviate from the norm seen in children without neurological insult or disease.

  18. QUESTION:
    i am worried my sister has some sort of brain disorder?
    my sister has had epilepsy since she was a child she is now 34 she had petit mal fits where she just blanked out back then, but lately she has started banking out again she lost her job cus she couldnt follow the instructions given simply because she couldnt remember what she had been asked her behaviour is now gettin worse if she goes to the local shop she has to phone me to see what she went for, her sleeping patterns have gone to the extent of getting up at 7am to take the kids to school going back to bed about 10am then not being able to wake up till 2pm then back in bed by 9 pm she has been known to change the clocks back an hour so her daughter goes to bed an hour early and she can go to bed at 830pm if somebody isnt behind her at all times she forgets everything she is always getting head aches and i found out she is taking 4 paracetamol at a time or she takes a co codamol and 2 paracetamol she is also sometimes so argumentative i am at my wits end with worry as there are people in my family who have had problems with brain illnesses 2 of our aunts have had brain tumors and our grandparents have alzhimers i personaly think she is showing the signs of alzhimers i worry wen she takes her daughter out on her own as recently she just suddenly stopped in the middle of a road whilst a car was heading towards her she had no idea that this was happening until she heard the car horn beep i realy am worried as she wont go to the doctors as she seems to feel either ashamed or stupid i have tried everything but like i say im now very worried i have even made the excuse i need help with my own children so she moved in and i can keep an eye on her i dont feel she or her daughter would be safe if they were living on there own i am about to ask her to give up her home and move in with me but i cant keep saying i cant cope with my own child i have told her i am worried about the way she is as she wants to look for another job wen i bring the subject up and say its not a good idea while she is going through this she just says shell learn to hide the symptoms as she did wen she was a child but these are longer blankouts please help like i say i am worried there may b something seriosly wrong with her

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  19. QUESTION:
    Fears and Symptoms I have experienced since age 14 onwards?
    Fears and Symptoms I have experienced since age 14 onwards.

    Ok im a 16 year old male going 17

    WHAT WOULD YOU SAY THIS IS, WHAT WOULD YOU DIAGNOSE ME WITH?
    I am going to the doctors on thursday but just to get an example of what the doctor might say please could you tell me what you think it is by reading the symtoms i had?

    SORRY THIS IS SOO LONG!

    HIV/AIDS/STD/ CHLAMYDIA/HARPIES
    Paedophilia / Gay / Bisexual / Incest / Rape - Unwanted Perverted sexual thoughts
    Schizophrenia Thoughts/ Fear of hearing voices / Hallucinating – fear of seeing and communicating with imaginary human
    Bi Polar Disorder
    Anal Cancer – because of Blood in stool
    Scared about getting stomach ulcer
    Breast Cancer – because of being fat and having man boobs.
    Brain Tumour - because of headaches on the top, back and temple of my head.
    I forget UN important things during the day.
    Hernia
    Hypochondria – health fear
    Obsessive/Repeated Thinking or fear of my own thoughts – 2009 onwards
    Repeated Checking and counting
    Washing hands for at least 5 minutes or over. - Germs
    Intrusive and Evil Thoughts
    Anorexia - Obsessive about gaining more weight – Fear of eating too much – look bigger when looking in mirror – obsess about what I ate during the day, and have repeated thoughts on counting how many things I ate during the day. Often do this every day and think this like 6 times in 2 hours and the thought stays with me for 3 minutes at least. I stand in front of the mirror for about 6 minutes at least because I’m not sure if I look smaller. Even though that my clothes are now bigger because of exercise and diet.
    Fear of losing my mind - getting mentally ill or losing control – going insane
    Shaking, Trembling and facial twitching/ finger fiddling
    Feeling hot then cold
    Shortness and difficulty of breathing / Feeling restless/ panic makes me sweat lots and hot feeling around body.
    Fear of watching scary videos incase of triggering schizophrenia.
    Fear of keeping my eyes open in the dark. – My Room
    Obsessive about my family’s welfare
    Fear of not having children
    Fear of my testicles not working
    Fear and obsessing about having blood in my semen
    Fear of blood clot in leg
    Fear about low sperm amount
    Fear of testicular problems – cancer- Tangled
    Fear of Bladder Problems and kidney stones – because of Cloudy/Foamy Urination
    Fear of going to sleep at night – because of hearing things just before drifting off to sleep and just before waking up. Random Mind Chatter – hypnagogia auditory (hypnagogic) hallucinations
    Numb in areas of my body
    Fear of being mentally immature – mental age of 10
    Worrying about health and hygiene
    'Electric shock' feelings (anywhere in the body)
    Distorted vision
    Suicidal feelings
    Eye or brain tricks - Seeing Spots/Light Flashes/Black Things and seeing unknown things from the corner of my eyes.
    Movements from the corner of my eyes
    Optical Illusion – movements
    Fear of being in a mental home – Fear of going to the doctors
    Hard to concentrate on something when having anxiety
    Sometimes it is hard to get hold of my thoughts. – I can’t think well when I am constantly worrying over and over about the same thing.
    I can’t trust what I see because I don’t know if it’s real or not.
    I need a lot of reassurance to get me through the worries
    Fear and obsess about sleep eating disorder
    Fear of torturing people
    Fear of becoming a child abuser
    Difficulty swallowing
    Change in appetite
    Startled very easily
    Tired all the time
    I Google my symptoms online which triggers even more worrying. I spend most times researching symptoms online/books and dictionaries
    I joined loads of online forums and found that other people’s experiences help me get rid of the fears and phobias for a while. And often need reassurance
    I am very aware of all my symptoms and I think there is something wrong with me. And I am not normal.
    When in a panic mode, I often reassure myself I am normal in my head, I also sometimes whisper the word, “I’m Normal” Or tell myself not to worry e.g. “Don’t Worry” which sometimes helps.
    Fear of puberty going wrong or fear of something abnormal stopping it.
    Wet dreams - I used to have wet dreams and obsessed about it until i was told it was normal for teenagers. Before i knew it was normal for them to stop I used to go through some rituals.
    Numbers – on the TV volume, I like even numbers and I usually like numbers from multiples of 5
    Sensation – that i am falling of the bed or somone is pulling me backwords when i am asleep.

    Thank You in advance

    • ANSWER:
      Eating disorder
      Anxiety disorder
      Hypochondria

  20. QUESTION:
    I am scared, 13 years old, male, please help!?!?!?
    I am so scared, I have asked about 90 questions about brain tumors here and I thought that if I had a brain tumor it would be Medulloblastoma (I'm 13 years old), but it turns out that Medulloblastoma's are not common in 13 year olds, they are more common in younger kids (-5 years).

    The only tumor left is a brain stem glioma for my age and I am so scared that I have one and I will show you my symptoms below (copied and pasted from a previous questions, but I have something to add, I also had neck pain for a second when I moved my neck, but it's gone now.

    Here is the other info:

    "I'm 13 years old and a male and I would like to know if a brain stem glioma is common in children of this age, I'm scared that I have one, my symptoms are mild, haven't vomited once, headaches are mild, sometimes worse when bending over, occasional double vision (I think it's caused by eye strain because I use my laptop all day), blurry vision a fair bit (eye strain, I think), mental decline (mild) (I think it's because of severe anxiety), the mental decline is like me saying the wrong words, writing the wrong words and having less concentration.

    I also get ringing in my ears lasting about 1-3 seconds, but this happens very rarely.

    My headaches are strange and I think they are controlled by my moods, they are barely ever in the morning (if ever) and I barely ever feel sick in the morning, the sickness and headaches are just mild and on and off throughought the day and just recently I noticed that the headache is slightly worse (still mild) when bending over, coughing, sneezing and stuff like that.

    I mainly get the ringing in my ears when it's quite.

    I also get tingling in my legs, arms and other parts of my body, but no numbness.

    I recently started getting this tingling near the tip of my finger to the left of my pinkie on my left hand.

    Please don't say "See a doctor so he can do a scan on your brain" because I would mainly like to know if a brainstem glioma is common in 13 year olds, but could you maybe also tell me if my symptoms sound like a brain tumor please?

    I also have had recent memory problems and forgotten stuff and had trouble concentrating but my long term is still normal and perfect.

    I used to have Burkitts Non Hodgkins Lyphoma when I was 4 (I'm 13 now, as I said in the main part of the question) and my cousin died of a brain tumor when he was 14, I also have worried about 5 other different diseases in the past couple months.

    What do you think it is?"

    Sound like a brain tumor, I am so scared of dying.

    I have worried about 4 other diseases before this in a period of like 2 months, I found "brain tumor"/"brain cancer" in a Wikipedia article one time and researched it and now I have started worrying.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not a medical professional, but I've known three people who've had brain tumors. Each had symptoms which could not be explained by anything other than their tumors.

      You're having tinnitus (ringing in the ears, especially noticeable when it's quiet), mild headaches which worsen when you bend over, cough, or sneeze (which cause a rise in blood pressure to the head), vision problems tied to long-time computer use, and tingling in the extremities, right?

      I'm pretty sure I know exactly what you have, and it's not a brain tumor, it's hypochondria.

      Virtually everybody gets tinnitus. It's closely linked to exposure to loud noise, consumption of caffeine and/or salt, and to certain drugs, includingi aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (Motrin and other brands of ibuprofen, Aleve, and Advil). Do you drink soft drinks or iced tea? Coffee? What are you taking for your headaches?

      Headaches, especially low-grade ones that worsen only with a blood pressure rise, are terribly common. They can be related to eye strain, allergies (what's in bloom where you live?), and chronic mild sinus infections, and to stress and worry.

      The visual disturbances sound so obviously eye-strain to me I'm surprised you continue to include them in the symptom list. For one full week, spend no more than ten minutes at a time on the computer. If you need to use it more than ten minutes, you *must* take a ten minute break before returning to it. If the visual disturbances disappear, there's your proof.

      Tingling in the extremities is most often the result of circulatory impairment, most often caused by inactivity. Does it go away if you go on a brisk walk for five minutes?

      Seriously, I think you're physically fine, but you should probably share your worries about your health with your parents. You may benefit from counseling or medications to help you deal with the anxiety you're feeling which is playing out as freaking out over your health and mortality.

  21. QUESTION:
    I have all the symptoms of leukemia?
    Tiredness-all the time and difficulty waking up.
    Shortness of breath when Im exercising.
    Pale skin
    Mild fever
    A lot of big nosebleeds
    Unexplained bruises
    Pinhead-size red spots under the skin
    A lump on my neck which I think is my lymph nodes or something.
    Dizzyness
    Nausea

    And I've fainted twice and had a seizure in the last few months, which my doctors couldn't explain.

    I also have a family history of cancer, both my grandparents and my great uncle died from it, and now my cousin has a brain tumour.
    I was exposed to chemotherapy as a child as I had arthritis and was on a high dose of methotrexate. I have read that this is a risk factor.
    I smoke and drink too.

    I dont know what to do. Im only 17 and dont want to seem like Im over reacting as I know these are symptoms of other less serious things. I just have a feeling something is wrong.

    • ANSWER:
      Honey. If you have leukemia, your doctors will discover it from blood tests etc and will have diagnosed it. If you are worried, just talk to them! Everything will be confidential, so don't worry.

      I recommend you DO talk to someone about your concerns, even if you dont want to worry family members. You have to do what is best for YOU. You might consider helplines where you can call, and where you can talk through your concerns, anger and fears, and get advice and help. - this is only ONE of them but i thought i might suit your situation:

      CARELINE
      Providing confidential crisis telephone counselling for children, young people and adults on all issues including illness, cancer, child abuse, eating disorders, bullying, HIV/AIDS, bereavement, drug & alcohol abuse, relationships, depression, mental health anxieties and phobias
      Website: www.carelineuk.org
      Email: careline@totalise.co.uk

      I am sure that you can work through your problems and get better. Stay strong, and well done for searching for help. I really respect your courage. :-)

  22. QUESTION:
    Frontal Lobe Tumor?
    I have a few questions about Brain Cancer (Frontal Lobe Tumor is particular).
    1. From the time the cells begin to develop, what is the average amount of time someone would have to live without treatment (in a child).
    2. Once the tumor begins to develop, after how long is the average time that symptoms may start to develop.

    • ANSWER:
      Different types of cancer grow at different rates. Some are very rapid and some are slow. Any type of brain cancer should be treated by an oncologist IMMEDIATELY.

  23. QUESTION:
    One leg is full of hair, the other is starting...?
    I was subbing in a special needs classroom and there is a child who has a brain tumor and melanoma. It is very sad. I can't ask too many questions because of confidentiality laws, but I am eager to learn more. He is 3 years old and has one leg that is FILLED with thick black hair from groin to ankle. He is getting a small spot on his other leg and his stomach. I was told this is a symptom of melanoma, but I can not find anything on the internet to educate me.

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  24. QUESTION:
    Calcium deposits on childs optic nerve?
    My 8 year old had a vision test yesterday. He’s a bit nearsighted but so are his mother and I so no surprise. However the optometrist detected that his optic nerves are bulging which he said could be simply calcium deposits but “to be safe” the office is referring us to a children's retinal specialist (an othomologist). They are even making the appointment to get us right in. If you google calcium deposits + optic nerves + kids the list of brain tumors is extensive. My question is how worried should I be? I’m a calm person but I’m starting to worry. He’s had no other symptoms of brain issues that I have detected.

    • ANSWER:
      your child's condition most probably is (Optic Nerve Drusen) which a hereditary condition, the condition is usu sally asymptomatic, but when so decreased visual acuity, and visual field defects, the problem of this condition that calcium deposition may progress and interfere with the blood supply to the optic nerve, there is no treatment of the condition
      another thing if the doctor thinks of brain tumor he should per from CT scan or MRI to detect it

  25. QUESTION:
    Need help finding Child Neurologist in Portland, Oregon? Urgent.?
    While in CA earlier this year, my 2 1/2 year old son was diagnosed with a possible Brain Tumor on his Cerebellum on February 2011.

    I say "Possible" because 1 Neurosurgeon say's it IS a brain tumor and another Neurosurgeon disagrees and say's it is brain "Swelling" caused by a virus. They both work together.

    My son has had 3 MRI in the course of 3 months and shows the mass is identical to the first, which is why they are leaning towards brain tumor, However, his symptoms have cleared up and he is back to being 100% who he was before he got sick (Vomitting, loss of ability to walk/coordinate,eating, headaches)

    We are now back in Portland, OR and am searching for a good Childrens Hospital/Neurosurgery clinic to take him to where they specialize in childrens tumors. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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  26. QUESTION:
    How fast do brain tumors develope - and show up on MRI?
    The last time I got an MRI was about a year ago. Since then my symptoms have been gradually getting worse. Than the past months, seemed like everything got extremely bad out of nowhere. Here are my symptoms and I'm 23. I see a neuro b/c I started having seizures after I had my first child...at age 16. I was perfectly healthy until after I gave birth.
    Memory problems.
    Slurred speach.[that come & go] Hard to find words/get stuck, which frustrates me.
    Lose concentration, distracted easily.
    Changes in vision, eye movements - twitches cross. blurry double.
    Disoriented.
    Stumbling, weak.
    Bad mood swings/personality.
    Numbness tingleing in arms/face/head/legs.
    Headaches.
    Nausea.
    Seizures.
    Twitches/shakes/tremors.
    Tired.
    Unintentional weight loss

    Was ANA positive. Last hospital visit couple months ago.
    I don't have anorexia and no one ever found a reason why I have seizures.

    Thanks for all the help and being so concerned and kind! :)
    They didn't diagnose me with anything. Rheuo said possibly Lupus but didn't really say anything was wrong with me, even though I had 'an abornally high titer' for someone my age. And ordered no further testing. I'm getting worse, and I'm scared. So I have a Neuro app the 18th, we'll see how that goes.

    • ANSWER:
      If you had symptoms that would indicate an mri is needed and nothing was found, then those symptoms are not from a brain tumor. It would have been growing a while before symptoms start coming on. So do the drs not think the seizures are anything to be concerned about?? All those things going on with you could be from your anorexia.

      Oh I see! Teens use the term ANA when they want an ana buddy...a friend that can share about having anorexia!

      So then, what were you diagnosed with after having a positive ana test??
      Lupus (SLE)

      Scleroderma

      Polymyositis / Dermatomyositis

      Rheumatoid arthritis

      Sjogren's syndrome

      Normal finding (with aging and being female)

      Some drugs (procainamide, hydrallazine, isoniazid, antibiotics)

      Infectious mononucleosis (mono) and other infections

      Chronic liver disease

      http://www.myalgia.com/ANA.htm

      are you on anti seizure meds? That can cause high ana also...

  27. QUESTION:
    to lawyers or those who work in the legal field?
    My sister was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2006, and ended up having 7 surgeries in a row. developed a infection of her skull plate after tumor removal and has a prostetic plate in its place. Ok now here is the situation, during this time her husband was planing on divorcing her while in surgery. I guess he did not believe in for better or for worse, he is six yrs yonger then her and they have a child togther. He cheated on her while she was laying in a hosp. bed. He made her sign a sepertation agreement a few mths after having brain surgery. When you have a brain injury, it changes who you are. Her husband is in the military, has found a new girl friend. He now has filed for a divorce using military benifits, and is filing for a no contest divorce. We belive he is trying to mary this other girl so that she can have the military insureance. He is trying to give my sister full custody of their child w/visitaion for him and that he has to pay child support. The thing is my sister can not keep a job, due to memory loss and irratic behavior, she had to give custody of her other child not by him to my parents. She has lived with several diffrent people, including my self. But due to her irratic thinking, she is very negitive and put strain on our family and her child, so I had to ask her to leave. I now have her daughter until the end of the school year, and then her dad will come and get her. My mom can no longer take it, so she may have no where to be. Due to a lack of funds we are unable as a family help her get the help she needs. We can not afford a lawyer, tried legal aid, try to see if we could get someone to do pro bono, but because he is in the military he was able to get a military lawyer. We have tried to get disability for her, but b/c she presents her self well, no one sees that she does not handle her finanses well, and other medical symptoms that she has stated above, my mom had to take out a tempory power of attorney over her. She has been denied disablity in which we are still fighting. They feel like her overwhelming Doctor visits and documentaion were not enough to have disabilty.Her husband filed in a diffrent state in which we were told that we would have to hire a lawyer there to move the case here. This has been going on for several mths trying to get the divorce to stop at this point. Because my sister is unable to raise her child (not that she does not want to), her husband will get custody, she will be left with out insurance, in which she really needs because she still has some swelling on her brain, and we belive that he should be paying her alimony, due to leaving her in a disablity state. And because my family feels like we have done all that we could, exausted all our revinews, and because we do not have the funds for a lawyer that we should just give up and let him have the no contest divorce. Which means that she will have nothing, b/c she does not have a lawyer. She has already lost her children. And will lose her insurance, and may not have a place to stay soon and become homeless (because we are unable to care for her, because of her irratic behavior and the negative affect it has had on the children in our homes) It is not that we want her on the streets, it is because we want the safty of our children. The systam and the military has really failed her. She needs care that we are unable to provide her. Sorry that this was so long. If anyone of you out there that is reading this and knows a way that you can help send us in the right direction. I plea with you please help before she is on the streets. The courts state that she needs to respond by the end of January or the Divorce is final as a no contest divorce. Meaning he pays nothing and gets everything. thank you for your time.
    Yes I belive her husband left b/c he wanted someone that was not ill. If you read the whole thing was is that we have tried everything,but if you don't have funds pay for a lawyer, how are you to get one. Again if she where able to do this her self, don't you think that we would have her to do so, so that we are not stressed. I am doing the homework and now have no where to turn, so I am asking for advise. please do not comment if you do not know the answer,or away that I can get the help she needs. I would not have gone through typing all this for someone to tell me to get a lawyer that is obvious, it is how to get one with out the funds.

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  28. QUESTION:
    please help if you, can direct me in the right direction?
    My sister was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2006, and ended up having 7 surgeries in a row. developed a infection of her skull plate after tumor removal and has a prostetic plate in its place. Ok now here is the situation, during this time her husband was planing on divorcing her while in surgery. I guess he did not believe in for better or for worse, he is six yrs yonger then her and they have a child togther. He cheated on her while she was laying in a hosp. bed. He made her sign a sepertation agreement a few mths after having brain surgery. When you have a brain injury, it changes who you are. Her husband is in the military, has found a new girl friend. He now has filed for a divorce using military benifits, and is filing for a no contest divorce. We belive he is trying to mary this other girl so that she can have the military insureance. He is trying to give my sister full custody of their child w/visitaion for him and that he has to pay child support. The thing is my sister can not keep a job, due to memory loss and irratic behavior, she had to give custody of her other child not by him to my parents. She has lived with several diffrent people, including my self. But due to her irratic thinking, she is very negitive and put strain on our family and her child, so I had to ask her to leave. I now have her daughter until the end of the school year, and then her dad will come and get her. My mom can no longer take it, so she may have no where to be. Due to a lack of funds we are unable as a family help her get the help she needs. We can not afford a lawyer, tried legal aid, try to see if we could get someone to do pro bono, but because he is in the military he was able to get a military lawyer. We have tried to get disability for her, but b/c she presents her self well, no one sees that she does not handle her finanses well, and other medical symptoms that she has stated above, my mom had to take out a tempory power of attorney over her. She has been denied disablity in which we are still fighting. They feel like her overwhelming Doctor visits and documentaion were not enough to have disabilty.Her husband filed in a diffrent state in which we were told that we would have to hire a lawyer there to move the case here. This has been going on for several mths trying to get the divorce to stop at this point. Because my sister is unable to raise her child (not that she does not want to), her husband will get custody, she will be left with out insurance, in which she really needs because she still has some swelling on her brain, and we belive that he should be paying her alimony, due to leaving her in a disablity state. And because my family feels like we have done all that we could, exausted all our revinews, and because we do not have the funds for a lawyer that we should just give up and let him have the no contest divorce. Which means that she will have nothing, b/c she does not have a lawyer. She has already lost her children. And will lose her insurance, and may not have a place to stay soon and become homeless (because we are unable to care for her, because of her irratic behavior and the negative affect it has had on the children in our homes) It is not that we want her on the streets, it is because we want the safty of our children. The systam and the military has really failed her. She needs care that we are unable to provide her. Sorry that this was so long. If anyone of you out there that is reading this and knows a way that you can help send us in the right direction. I plea with you please help before she is on the streets. The courts state that she needs to respond by the end of January or the Divorce is final as a no contest divorce. Meaning he pays nothing and gets everything. thank you for your time.

    • ANSWER:
      Lets see if I cn help here. First,respond by stating shes counter suing for divorce and she will send a list of her demands to his lawyer. She should have already received a copy of his suit with his demands which she can use by either agreeing or disagreeing with each demand seperately and stating what she wants. You dont necessarily need a lawyer here as you guys can figure out what she wants and communicate that to his lawyer. Learn to barter here as he wants the divorce so lets see what hes willing to give up to get the divorce. His demands are not etched in stone so they can be altered or changed as needed. Because of different states involved here this will take a little longer but just how bad does he really want this divorce? Time is on your side here. Yes if he can prove mental instability on her in court he will receive custody but she can go for visitations at his expense. Tell him she wants spoual support if she does or not get child custody and how much. You can also request he continue paying for her medical insurance. Like I said before you guys just need to find out just how bad he wants out and that his existing this marriage is going to cost him. If you guys have any more questions or concerns my email address is thunder_wright@yahoo.com and Im willing tio help you all as much as Im allowed to. Just dont agree nor sign anything from him or his attorney without first checking with me first or else the courts cant overturn any agreement agreed upon outside the courtroom. Good luck

  29. QUESTION:
    my hypochondria is starting to take over my life?
    I've had hypochondria for years, but ever since my miscarriage it's been alot worse. The miscarriage messed up my cycle badly and the stress from the hypochondria is making it worse.
    Feeling hot = Early menopause ( even though, in reality I have no symptoms except missed periods ( which is from the miscarriage anyways )

    Feeling a twinge = cervical cancer

    A head ache = a brain tumor from the other ''cancers'' I *think* I have

    What do I do? I'm driving myself up the wall and at times I feel suicidal because of the stress and sadness of me thinking I'm dying or having a illness that will make me unable to bear children becomes way too much for me. I've lost ten pounds in a period of two months because I can't even eat and this has also effected my sex life as well, because even during sex, I think about all of the illnesses I think I have. Is medication and thrapy the only option for me at this point? I don't want either of those, but i'm thinking that this stress is going to ACTUALLY make me sick.

    • ANSWER:
      a miscarriage is a tough thing to deal with and not everyone can handle a death. Not only did the miscarriage mess up your cycle,it messed with the hormones of pregnancy.
      I would see your doctor and discuss this with him. A 6 month series of a mild antidepressant may be all that you need to help you through this.
      If you don't seek therapy and medication, what else would you do? By your own admission you are not eating well so telling you to eat healthy is a waste of time.
      Actually, the stress may be already making you sick as in messed up cycle and headaches.
      You could try joining a yoga class which I have not tried but have heard that it really gets a body to relax and reconnect with themselves. And it looks so darn relaxing.
      When you feel particularly wound up, you may consider taking a walk. Concentrate on deep slow breathing and counting the flowers along the way. Both will get your mind off your troubles and can help to de-stress.
      God Bless you sweetie.

  30. QUESTION:
    I'm very afraid and paranoid. Is it normal? How can I stop it?
    I'm 17 and I've been really paranoid about cancer ever since I can remember. I'm very afraid of getting it, and sometimes I feel desperate about it. I usually feel just fine, but there are sometimes (like twice a year or so) when I get REALLY paranoid and I convince myself that I suffer from cancer. This usually lasts a few weeks, sometimes even a month or so. I'm very afraid to go to the doctor because I fear what I might say. Most of the times my parents get SO SICK of me being all depressed and worried that they force me into going to the doctor. I never got any exam done, but doctors always say that it's nothing and I'm just a paranoid child. Every time there's a new symptom, or a new type of cancer that concerns me. Once I thought I had skin cancer due to a little pimple in my harm. I also felt my skin burning when I touched it, and I felt tired...eventually those symptoms (and the pimple...) passed and I forgot about it. But every time something strange happens to me, or I feel a bit down or see something on the news about cancer, or hear about someone suffering from it, I get one of those episodes. Sometimes I convince myself I have brain cancer (that's the one that scares me the most) and eye cancer. Anyway, in my mind, I have had almost every type of cancer. And the worst part is that I actually feel the symptoms. It's not just paranoia and unreasoned fear of it. Like, I sometimes get these weird headaches in different parts of my head, I also feel a weird sensation in my vision and I get very obsessed about it. Spend my days just thinking about it, without a rest. I get REALLY sick of these thoughts, and I just cry, exhausted. Deep inside I know I'm just making up symptoms but I also fear that it ain't just my imagination...something might really be there. My father also suffers from this carcerophobia and he gets very depressed easily. Since he was a kid he was also convinced that he had a brain tumor until a few years, when he finally did several exams. And nothing was wrong. He got better since then, but sometimes he still gets paranoid and depressed. I think I got that from him. He also felt weird symptoms like his head was pumping out, awkward visions, dizziness, etc. Anyway, I'm really getting full of these thoughts and I'm going crazy. Now I'm terrified that I might have brain cancer. Because the boyfriend of a friend of mine discovered he has a stomach cancer and that made me remember my paranoia. I always know when I'm gonna get this way. But I can't avoid it anyway. I'm scared. I sometimes feel dizzy, I have headaches, difficulties concentrating, weird vision and I feel terribly tired. But the stupid thing is, when I forget it, or when I concentrate on something else, this symptoms go away. Even so, I still think I might have something and I keep having nightmares about it. I can't control myself and I feel miserable. I'm not afraid of dying. I just DON'T want it to be from cancer. I'm really terrified with that idea :( I've been to a shrink several times and I've also been on antidepressants, psychologists, tried everything and still can't fix it. I need help. Is there anyone who has this same problem as I do? Is there a chance I really have cancer? I'm so afraid :(

    • ANSWER:
      From what you said it looks like a family curse- which means its the same demons who tricked your dad. This can be stopped in Jesus name. Talk to me ASAP. This is common and curable. Click on my name.

      Looking into signs and or going thru a bad past/putdowns,rejection/father gone lets other things start. Bi polar, Anorexia, cutting, OCD, anxiety, panic attacks, hearing voices, psychic dreams can all come from a tramautic past. Its opens doors to the negative and they start to dwell closeby. They have problems not you.

      Demons are related to fallen angels, angels who rebelled against God. Demons are evil, deceptive, and destructive. According to 2 Corinthians 11:14-15, demons masquerade as “angels of light” and as “servants of righteousness.” Appearing as a “ghost” and impersonating a deceased human being definitely is a disguise that demons use. They also cause plain harassment and emotional torment such as so called schizophrenia.- BP depression and others.

      Turns out psychiatry is not based on science. Its like a theory and a guess. Doctors only practice this theory on the side of being docs. There is no medical background to it at all. Psychiatrists do not draw blood to determine the presence of a biochemical imbalance in patients. They merely observe and announce the existence of imbalances. They just desire to believe without science. --Quackery

      God helps anyone even if they dont know him.

      1. Play Christian music.
      2. Say get out in Jesus name in each room.
      3. Throw away Ouija boards in case you own one.
      4. Rid house of all unholy or sinful items books cd's
      5. For Abuse- Google "Emotional Abuse" Abuse brings demons.
      6. Google "Sinners prayers"
      7. Google "Deliverance and how to get one" or talk to me

      Contact me on Y mesgr to talk/ and pray.- Turn the other cheek is from a custom - does not mean to get abused.

      http://www.heartless-bitches.com/rants/manipulator/emotional_abuse.shtml -Best site to prove verbal abuse.
      http://www.no-more-bipolar-disorder.com/bipolar-hoax.html
      http://www.spiritualwarfaredeliverance.com/books/07-breaking-curses/html/overcoming-unforgiveness.html
      http://3rddimension.online.fr/psychiatry_hoax.htm
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b30iwhEw9ho See real docs explain it on camera
      Source- Life experience seeing healing from ministry. Anyone can share this above if needed.

      Source -seeing people healed without meds from this.

  31. QUESTION:
    I'm very afraid and paranoid, does anyone feel the same? (Help please)?
    I'm 17 and I've been really paranoid about cancer ever since I can remember. I'm very afraid of getting it, and sometimes I feel desperate about it. I usually feel just fine, but there are sometimes (like twice a year or so) when I get REALLY paranoid and I convince myself that I suffer from cancer. This usually lasts a few weeks, sometimes even a month or so. I'm very afraid to go to the doctor because I fear what I might say. Most of the times my parents get SO SICK of me being all depressed and worried that they force me into going to the doctor. I never got any exam done, but doctors always say that it's nothing and I'm just a paranoid child. Every time there's a new symptom, or a new type of cancer that concerns me. Once I thought I had skin cancer due to a little pimple in my harm. I also felt my skin burning when I touched it, and I felt tired...eventually those symptoms (and the pimple...) passed and I forgot about it. But every time something strange happens to me, or I feel a bit down or see something on the news about cancer, or hear about someone suffering from it, I get one of those episodes. Sometimes I convince myself I have brain cancer (that's the one that scares me the most) and eye cancer. Anyway, in my mind, I have had almost every type of cancer. And the worst part is that I actually feel the symptoms. It's not just paranoia and unreasoned fear of it. Like, I sometimes get these weird headaches in different parts of my head, I also feel a weird sensation in my vision and I get very obsessed about it. Spend my days just thinking about it, without a rest. I get REALLY sick of these thoughts, and I just cry, exhausted. Deep inside I know I'm just making up symptoms but I also fear that it ain't just my imagination...something might really be there. My father also suffers from this carcerophobia and he gets very depressed easily. Since he was a kid he was also convinced that he had a brain tumor until a few years, when he finally did several exams. And nothing was wrong. He got better since then, but sometimes he still gets paranoid and depressed. I think I got that from him. He also felt weird symptoms like his head was pumping out, awkward visions, dizziness, etc. Anyway, I'm really getting full of these thoughts and I'm going crazy. Now I'm terrified that I might have brain cancer. Because the boyfriend of a friend of mine discovered he has a stomach cancer and that made me remember my paranoia. I always know when I'm gonna get this way. But I can't avoid it anyway. I'm scared. I sometimes feel dizzy, I have headaches, difficulties concentrating, weird vision and I feel terribly tired. But the stupid thing is, when I forget it, or when I concentrate on something else, this symptoms go away. Even so, I still think I might have something and I keep having nightmares about it. I can't control myself and I feel miserable. I'm not afraid of dying. I just DON'T want it to be from cancer. I'm really terrified with that idea :( I've been to a shrink several times and I've also been on antidepressants, psychologists, tried everything and still can't fix it. I need help. Is there anyone who has this same problem as I do? Is there a chance I really have cancer? I'm so afraid :(

    • ANSWER:
      You know how hard it is to NOT think about something? well tell yourself its ok to think about it, its ok and even IF you ever get cancer you will deal with it maybe you could associate with some ppl who actually do have cancer or who have had cancer. I understand this is a real phobia and I have no qualifications to give u this advice. I know what its like to obsess over things till my head hurts I was told to imagine I was in a tower and when a bad thought came to me I was to throw it out the window over and over replacing it with happy thoughts. Its all about if buts n maybes and now a days cancer isn't even a death sentence. I hope this helps your stress.

  32. QUESTION:
    I have a red sometimes purple puffy face, tachycardia, polyuria, pelvic heaviness, intermittent fever/chills/?
    I have had the overnight facial swelling for a few weeks along with the frequent urination; then I had a fever of 102 and a pulse of 154 which was said to be a virus; it has been a little more than a week and I still have all the symptoms; bloodwork/thyroid/urinalysis/chest xray are all normal; they are waiting on halter monitor results; any ideas? THANKS! I forgot to add I am a 30 y/o female with a 5 year old child I had 16 weeks early-she has a brain tumor as well as immune system issues-don't know if that links anything but...I also have intermittent headaches with most of the worst ones being in the back of my head/neck...I have never used this so sorry if I'm babbling!! LOL!!
    Yes, infection was thought of but the CBC was normal; I am 5'7 and 235 pounds and had lost 15 then gained back 13 overnight along with the puffy face, etc...it's the only place I gained the weight...don't smoke, drink, and cannot excercise until the test results come back...THANKS!

    • ANSWER:

  33. QUESTION:
    What is happening to me?! AM I GOING CRAZY?!?
    I'm a 17 year old female.

    Okay so, I'm pretty much certain I have an extreme case of Generalized Anxiety Disorder and OCD.
    This all started about 7 months ago when I started experiencing health anxiety. I've always been a bit of a hypochondriac, but my fears of having an illness started taking of my life. I was convinced I had MS, a brain tumor, ALS ect. I would sit here and google my symptoms and work myself up into such a state that I felt extreme anxiety and was becoming depressed. I went to my GP and got blood test which were all clear, I went to a chiropractor, I then went to the ER and was submitted into hospital for 3 days. They did every test they could and diagnosed with Anxiety. I was not convinced AT ALL, because one week later I demanded to have a CT scan which was clear. Eventually my health anxiety has almost gone away, although I would have preferred to have that then what I'm feeling now.

    I had OCD and health anxiety as a small child. I had rituals, and would touch things ect and had panic attacks of a regular basis. My OCD has now returned, but scarier than ever. I get these thoughts of harming myself, animals, or the ones I love. I LOVE animals and people, and would never ever want to harm any living thing. Yet, I get this images where I am. I can't even hold a knife without fearing I might do something horrible with it. It's the most terrifying thing! After I have images or thoughts will say 'not' in my head 5 times.. I guess this is so that the thoughts don't become real? I can honestly say I feel as though I'm going crazy because of this! I fear I could wake up in a mental institution and be told that I've killed someone.. like what happens in horror movies.

    Along with this, I have a huge fear of Schizophrenia. I have to reassure myself that things I hear or see are real but asking something if they heard that, or look at that! I'm actually at a point right now where I question whether my life is real. I say things to myself like "What if this is a dream?" "What if my friends are just in my head" "What if my whole life is just a figment of my imagination". I just living my life in absolute fear now. I don't even enjoy being with my friends or going out because I'm constantly thinking these things! I mean, I know that my life is real.. I've been living it for 17 years. But then I think, Schizophrenic people are convinced that what they are seeing and hearing ect is real too!

    I have had constant anxiety for the last 3 days, I can't even stomach food because I have that constant dread feeling in my stomach. I feel as though I'm loosing it. I'm seeing a psychologist on Tuesday.. but I don't know what to do till then! My friend is coming over tonight and I'm actually dreading it.. It's like I don't want the company of others anymore even though I'm a huge people person.

    I just want this is to go away. I want to know I'm not crazy, everything is real.. I'm real, my life is real. I want to stop over thinking, worrying, feeling depressed ect. I wish I had gone and seen a psychologist when this all started.. because it's just spiraled out of control!

    HELP!

    • ANSWER:
      Rest assured. You are not going crazy. The OCD is making you have an obsession about hurting the people and animals that you love. A behavioral way of curing it is to yell stop! every time you catch yourself thinking about it. Then immediately substitute some good, visceral thought/image to replace it--like sex, or food (I used mashed potatoes with gravy). It works within three-four weeks, with it getting better all along. When you are with your friend, just yell stop! silently. This method retrains the brain to use the substituted image or thought for the original one. Just be vigilant about it, and it will work. My psychiatrist, who went to Cornell and the Mayo Clinic for training, recommended this to me.

      As for the schizophrenia, I have met many people in the psych ward with schizoprenia, and my mother-in-law has schizophrenia. You are too cogent and logical and insightful to have schizophrenia. I know I'm a stranger, but my experience tells me you're ok!!

  34. QUESTION:
    I think my friend's a hypocondriac, how can I help her and to help her deal with this?
    I have known my friend for 20 years. We're both 31, so were obviously 11 when we met (at the beginning of Secondary School), within the U.K.
    She's one of my best mates, we've been through a lot together.
    Around the time she had her first child, at the age of 18. I first noticed a change in the way she was behaving. She was diagnosed with post-natal depression when her first child (her son) was born. He was having 'epileptic fits' at the age of 6 months old. I used to help care for him when he was a baby whilst she went to work. These 'fits' turned out to be something a lot more sinister, he was diagnosed with a brain tumour. He had an operation to remove 3/4 of it but the surgeons couldn't remove the whole lot due to the fact it was the size of a golf ball and also it would've possibly killed him.

    He's now 12 and at secondary school, doing well but has special needs due to needing extra help because of the tumour that still remains in his brain. He goes to a special school for extra help.
    My friend now has 4 children in total, ranging from the ages of 12 to 2 years old. She also has a step-son. I don't need to go into mass detail but she left her previous partner and met another man and had 2 children with him. 2 with the previous, 2 with the present partner and 1 stepson which's his from a previous relationship.

    She has suffered with anxiety and panic attacks over the years and has been on prozac and god knows what medication. In fact, some of these actually made her really loopy!
    I work with children with special needs myself and I have studied in mental health, I have seen her through some really bad, ropey times. It hasn't been easy and i've stuck by her side all the way. I could've walked away like many of her friends did when they found out she was pregnant.

    Since the diagnosis of her eldest with the brain tumour (who's being steadily monitored over the years), she has turned into a real worrier of herself. Every sneeze, cough, hiccup, burp, headache etc. She thinks she has this type of flu or that type of flu or this illness or disease, etc.

    I used to give her lots of reassurance and then realised what was going on because it was constant illness after 'illness'. I know we all get ill from time to time but this felt like it was taking the mick.

    I stopped giving her the attention and then I noticed she tried it from different angles to seek it. If it wasn't an itch, it was an ache and so on and so forth.
    She has cancelled meeting up on several occasions. I now know this is down to a confidence thing and perhaps anxiety. I studied a bit of psychology, so I know a bit about how the mind works. I'm no expert though.
    Just last weekend she asked me to come out to help choose wedding dresses (she's getting married next June). I feel overjoyed she's asked me to be bridesmaid, i'm totally honoured. Then a few hours before, she text me saying she felt awful and had conjunctivis, the flu, ulcers and then a sorry, I can't make it. I was actually expecting this! I knew she would text me to cancel. This is how well I know her. I wouldn't relent to this though and I told her i'd bring flu stuff that would help her symptoms and something for her ulcers, then I joked I won't come near your eyes, so don't worry.
    She came to meet me and I offered her the flu medicine to which she declined and then said it was a dust allergy, as for her eyes it was hayfever and the ulcers had (miraculously) disappeared!

    I'm a great believer in ignoring people who seek attention but this has gone on for so long now, I feel she needs help but I don't know how to go about it without offending her. I seriously think she has a problem with all these illnesses she keeps thinking up, if it's not one it's another. I know I was wrong to give her the sympathy she needed before but I honestly didn't know this kind of thing existed properly. I have stopped asking her 'how are you?' now, because I know i'll be greeted with a whole list of 'I have this, that symptoms' and even though I don't ask how she is, she will still continue to tell me that she's been sneezing and is contagious. In fact, i've never known her to be 'well'.

    I know this is long and I could probably write a book on it but this is the short and long of it. Thanks for taking the time to read.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm very happy you took the time to explain. So often in life things happen to change people that we know and we never even take the time to try and figure out why. You truly are a good friend of hers and she doesn't realize it yet. A hypochondriac will always do this to their best and closest of friends. This is the reason that almost all but the best go on there way. Whenever you threaten to do the same her symptoms all disappear. You need to somehow talk her into going to therapy. This is the only way to help her is with a professional. This should play right into her hand actually if you manage it right. Maybe you can tell her that you met someone and this person thinks she can help her somehow. You're the only person she trusts right now and your knowledge of the way she thinks will go a long way. Good luck and God Bless

  35. QUESTION:
    pregnancy and anxiety or what?
    I am 23, almost 5 months pregnant, and have had a really rough time for most of my pregnancy. Because of worries about birth defects and dependency, I stopped taking my Pristiq and Lamictal about 3 months ago. I was on these medicines because I have extremely strange and severe health/general anxiety problems. I've been on meds since I was about 16 years old. About 4 years ago, I started having weird feelings/spells. I would just feel overwhelmingly strange/panicky for about 30 minutes and then it would go away. Sometimes these feelings would be "rolling" or they would just happen once a day, then I would feel normal the rest of the time. I convinced myself that I was having seizures due to an undiagnosed brain disease, though and so about 3 years ago I had a CT followed by an MRI without contrast about a year and a half ago. Both tests came back normal, which comforted me for a while....but not long. I was doing okay until I stopped taking my medicine, though. A lot of symptoms I cannot separate from effects of being pregnant, i.e. dizziness, mood swings, fatigue. But for instance tonight I was riding in the car with my mother when all of the sudden I felt strange. The entire back side of my body felt extremely warm suddenly. My arms started to feel weird, as if they were separate from my body somehow, or like I wasn't going to be able to move them/control them. My heart was pounding, the right side of my head from front to back began to tingle, like hair standing on end. I was worried when the car stopped that I wasn't going to be able to stand up. After it kind of faded away, I felt like I needed to urinate. Things similar to this keep happening. In addition to this, I go days at a time, weeks even, where I just don't feel normal...I don't feel like myself. Nothing around me feels familiar, really. Not even members of my own family. I feel severely high anxiety for no reason. My heart will be beating out of chest virtually for no apparent reason. My thumbs will twitch about 3 times a day uncontrollably. My right eye twitched for, like, 3 weeks straight recently. This all causes me such worry. I'm scared that there is still something wrong with me going undetected. I worry that I will have some horrible illness and I will lose my child or will have it and not live to see it grow up. I know it may be stupid to seek health advice from the internet, but I'm worried and just feel like I need new input. Maybe I just want to be comforted. I don't know....is it possible that I could have a brain tumor that has been missed by these two tests that is causing these symptoms and not anxiety at all?

    • ANSWER:

  36. QUESTION:
    What would you diagnos me as? Please look here?
    Fears and Symptoms I have experienced since age 14 onwards.

    Ok im a 16 year old male going 17

    WHAT WOULD YOU SAY THIS IS, WHAT WOULD YOU DIAGNOSE ME WITH?
    I am going to the doctors on thursday but just to get an example of what the doctor might say please could you tell me what you think it is by reading the symtoms i had?

    SORRY THIS IS SOO LONG!

    HIV/AIDS/STD/ CHLAMYDIA/HARPIES
    Paedophilia / Gay / Bisexual / Incest / Rape - Unwanted Perverted sexual thoughts
    Schizophrenia Thoughts/ Fear of hearing voices / Hallucinating – fear of seeing and communicating with imaginary human
    Bi Polar Disorder
    Anal Cancer – because of Blood in stool
    Scared about getting stomach ulcer
    Breast Cancer – because of being fat and having man boobs.
    Brain Tumour - because of headaches on the top, back and temple of my head.
    I forget UN important things during the day.
    Hernia
    Hypochondria – health fear
    Obsessive/Repeated Thinking or fear of my own thoughts – 2009 onwards
    Repeated Checking and counting
    Washing hands for at least 5 minutes or over. - Germs
    Intrusive and Evil Thoughts
    Anorexia - Obsessive about gaining more weight – Fear of eating too much – look bigger when looking in mirror – obsess about what I ate during the day, and have repeated thoughts on counting how many things I ate during the day. Often do this every day and think this like 6 times in 2 hours and the thought stays with me for 3 minutes at least. I stand in front of the mirror for about 6 minutes at least because I’m not sure if I look smaller. Even though that my clothes are now bigger because of exercise and diet.
    Fear of losing my mind - getting mentally ill or losing control – going insane
    Shaking, Trembling and facial twitching/ finger fiddling
    Feeling hot then cold
    Shortness and difficulty of breathing / Feeling restless/ panic makes me sweat lots and hot feeling around body.
    Fear of watching scary videos incase of triggering schizophrenia.
    Fear of keeping my eyes open in the dark. – My Room
    Obsessive about my family’s welfare
    Fear of not having children
    Fear of my testicles not working
    Fear and obsessing about having blood in my semen
    Fear of blood clot in leg
    Fear about low sperm amount
    Fear of testicular problems – cancer- Tangled
    Fear of Bladder Problems and kidney stones – because of Cloudy/Foamy Urination
    Fear of going to sleep at night – because of hearing things just before drifting off to sleep and just before waking up. Random Mind Chatter – hypnagogia auditory (hypnagogic) hallucinations
    Numb in areas of my body
    Fear of being mentally immature – mental age of 10
    Worrying about health and hygiene
    'Electric shock' feelings (anywhere in the body)
    Distorted vision
    Suicidal feelings
    Eye or brain tricks - Seeing Spots/Light Flashes/Black Things and seeing unknown things from the corner of my eyes.
    Movements from the corner of my eyes
    Optical Illusion – movements
    Fear of being in a mental home – Fear of going to the doctors
    Hard to concentrate on something when having anxiety
    Sometimes it is hard to get hold of my thoughts. – I can’t think well when I am constantly worrying over and over about the same thing.
    I can’t trust what I see because I don’t know if it’s real or not.
    I need a lot of reassurance to get me through the worries
    Fear and obsess about sleep eating disorder
    Fear of torturing people
    Fear of becoming a child abuser
    Difficulty swallowing
    Change in appetite
    Startled very easily
    Tired all the time
    I Google my symptoms online which triggers even more worrying. I spend most times researching symptoms online/books and dictionaries
    I joined loads of online forums and found that other people’s experiences help me get rid of the fears and phobias for a while. And often need reassurance
    I am very aware of all my symptoms and I think there is something wrong with me. And I am not normal.
    When in a panic mode, I often reassure myself I am normal in my head, I also sometimes whisper the word, “I’m Normal” Or tell myself not to worry e.g. “Don’t Worry” which sometimes helps.
    Fear of puberty going wrong or fear of something abnormal stopping it.
    Wet dreams - I used to have wet dreams and obsessed about it until i was told it was normal for teenagers. Before i knew it was normal for them to stop I used to go through some rituals.
    Numbers – on the TV volume, I like even numbers and I usually like numbers from multiples of 5
    Sensation – that i am falling of the bed or somone is pulling me backwords when i am asleep.

    Thank You in advance

    • ANSWER:
      you sound normal,
      but the Harpies are a worry, not to many people hear them sing

  37. QUESTION:
    Does anyone here have Hypochondria (health obssession)?
    I have suffered from it since a child..

    I have had several imagined diseases and conditions, such as :

    1. stroke
    2. brain tumor
    3. ALS
    4.cancer

    I wasn't always worried about something, only when I would begin having symptoms that would suggest something..

    But now I have a baby daughter, she is 7 months old.

    Since I was pregnant I have worried about lots of different stuff.. now that she is here I worry about anything. She does have a heart murmur, but I'm over that now..

    Now I'm worrying about something else in my daughter that doesn't let me live my life and makes me depressed. I am constantly thinking about it and cannot enjoy my daily life..

    Anyone with any experiences?

    • ANSWER:

  38. QUESTION:
    Memory problems please do help.?
    Hello there I have been recently diagnosed with untreatable brain tumour, I'm a 39 year old male currently living and working in New Zealand as a French teacher.
    For a while now, but even more recently, I've been having rather bad short term memory loss, so much so that it's started to affect slightly my ability to teach.
    I was pretty much wondering if anyone would help me in covering up the symptoms, not making them so obvious, and perhaps slowing them down by means of drugs, I don't want to lose my job, I've not told even my wife or children yet.
    Thanks.
    I've got so much more left to give you know...

    • ANSWER:
      There is an agency called the Neurological Foundation of New Zealand- they have a website www.neurological.org.nz Please contact them and ask for referrals to any agency or person who can assist you with what you are experiencing.

      Not telling your spouse will only add to stress and make this worse all around. Perhaps an advocate or counselor can explain the situation to the spouse while you are there so that there is a buffer and someone who can answer her questions. At first on top of being upset that you are ill, she will probably feel betrayed to have been kept in the dark. To continue this will only add to the difficulties so please address this asap. Then decide how and when to tell the kids, but let your wife have some emotional room to deal with things here.

      Names of drugs differ in other countries as does the legally availability. There may be drugs used for other neurological disorders and conditions that could help you.

      Just because a tumor cannot be removed that does not mean that there is no treatment to help you now that you have this problem and it is unfortunate if no one mentioned that to you. You need to locate a neurologist who is familiar with your type of tumor and who is proactive in providing care for the rest of your life. A Neurosurgeon is not what I am speaking about- they cut and if they cannot cut you, they do not see you.

      Also get more opinions on the type and location of the tumor, the effects on function, the progression, and the possible treatments that may become available where you are and in other places so that you can look ahead and make a plan for you your life.

      I understand having more left to give. Making a journal and documenting your life, your past, your days and thoughts now, will help you and your family. Decide how you want to spend time, and if teaching is part of it, find other modalities that you can participate in. Perhaps you can teach through podcasts of your lessons and make recordings for students to use. You may have trouble in a real time face to face teaching situation, but maybe you can take a lesson plan and work it out so that you can have a digital classroom with prerecorded lessons and assignments. You can email me and I can see if I can be of assistance.

      Good Luck to you.

  39. QUESTION:
    Fear of going crazy or having schizophrenia! HELP!!?
    Hey, I'm a 17 year old female.

    I'm pretty positive that I've had OCD since I was about 10. I just to have to have a bath every Sunday night with no disturbances so that i could start my week fresh, if I didn't I would have a panic attack. I did things like touch things, touch the ground when I walked, and pulled out strand of my hair. It went away for years, or I hardly even noticed it until recently.

    About 6 or so months ago I developed health anxiety. I would sit here googling symptoms and diagnosing myself with horrible diseases such as; MS and brain tumors, as I thought I had the symptoms. When it all got to much I went to the doctors and landed up staying 3 days in hospital. They did a range of tests on me and I was perfectly healthy. They came back with the verdict that I had anxiety. A week later I insisted I get a CT scan to rule out brain tumors as I still wasn't convinced I was fine, results were clear.

    I'm over fearing I have a physical disease now, but now I have this great fear that I'm going to go crazy. I get these fears of hurting myself or people I love, and usually get a visual image of me doing so. I have to say 'not' 5 times in my head to make them go away. I thought I was some psycho until I found out that it was actually a massively common symptom of OCD, which would make sense as I had it in my early child hood.

    I also have other same OCD habits which are extremely frustrating. Sometime I'll have to put my pants on twice or touch a loved one as though it will keep them safe. The past 2 days I have had such immense anxiety that I fear I will end up in a mental institution. I feel as though what I'm going though is not normal and that I'm on my own. I keep feeling as though nothing is real.. I woke up yesterday morning feeling like I wasn't even in my own body. I had that feeling all day and still do. I have an awful feeling in my stomach, the kind you get when you've been told bad news. I panic when I think about things like how this is my body and this is my life and I could die or loose everything so easily. Even moving my hand seems to trip me out.. its like the whole concept of life is overwhelming. I hate it!

    I don't know what is happening to me. I feel like I could have schizophrenia or something! I just really want to go back to the way I was 6 months ago, happy and care free. I haven't been able to sleep very well the last 2 nights either. It's like I've had this sudden onset of never ending anxiety and fear.

    Please, if you have any advice help me!!

    • ANSWER:
      All that you stated are symptoms of anxiety. You might want to get on an anti-anxiety medicine, cause severe anxiety will bring your life down in a heart beat. I know from my own experience. I was on effexor and then got thrown off of it when I got pregnant, everyday I KNEW I was dying, I didn't think. That is how bad it was. To make you feel better, I once visited a doctor and I told him I thought I was going crazy, he said, if you think your crazy then your not crazy, cause if you were crazy then you wouldn't know you are crazy. Please from one anxiety sufferer to another, you are not going crazy! I promise you! Just remember that. You might can fight this by yourself with the help of a therapist, however it is okay if you have to get on medicine. Effexor has helped me alot, but I warn you DO NOT (and i know this is scary to hear right now but you need to know anyway) get on effexor unless you plan on being on it for life, because once you try to ween yourself off of it you have THE most God awful withdrawls, and you will be worse than before. Just remember your not crazy and you are not alone.

  40. QUESTION:
    Need advise in helping an child with autism make a major decision!!!?
    My son is 13 years old. He was diagnosed with autism at 4 years old. However, at 2-1/2 years old, he was diagnosed with a genetic disorder called neurofibromatosis. This disorder causes tumors to form in any part of the body at any time. However, a common "symptom" of this disorder, which is usually the diagnostic feature of this disorder, is brain tumors. My son currently has a large one in his occipital lobe and will be undergoing surgery soon to have it removed. Today, I found out that he has been approved to be granted a "wish" from the "A Wish Come True" Foundation. This agency grants wishes to children with potentially life-threatening disease such as going to Disney World, meeting favorite sports teams, music groups or movie stars, etc. However, my son's realm of thinking in this world is no farther than going bowling or the arcade. How do I help him make such a huge decision? He is very suggestive and if I started giving him examples of what he might like, he would just pick the first thing I say. Any advice? Serious inquires only!!!

    • ANSWER:
      You don't say anything about his level of communication, or preferred mode of it.
      (Some of us do far better with MSN or e-mails than with face-to face conversation)

      To avoid much of the "forced choice" effect, could you find pictures (and/or descriptions as appropriate) of six,eight or even twelve big activities or treats that you think he might delight in, and put them equally sized and spaced around a circular card?
      Or make them as equal-sized laminated cards that can be dealt and shuffled?

      Done a few times over a few days, I suspect that there would be a fair chance of definite preferences emerging.
      (Adjust as appropriate for your son's abilities).

      I have a solid case of Asperger's syndrome.

  41. QUESTION:
    I need help please, I think I may have been brainwashed into psychosomatic death.?
    Basically, here's the deal. I have been depressed for 8 years. I am only 17. I moved to this what I believed to be shitty little town as I was a bratty adjustment disordered child, my moving to this area brought about these horrid changes in my psychology along with the torment I went through from my peers all throughout elementary and middle school. Seeing as I didn't like this place so much, I created a lie to live by. I altered where I was from, who I really was, and what I was about in attempt to scare and intimidate those who felt in control of me. I lived that lie up until recently, when I practically had my beliefs and thoughts reprogrammed by a psychopath of a teacher that I looked towards as a mentor and father figure; who then went on to sexually abuse me. That was months ago. I am now suffering in the reigns of what seems to be an irreversible Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. My general feelings are hopelessness, discontent, and anxiety. I used to enjoy smoking Marijuana, but recently began having panic attacks in which I had delusional bouts of my existence; honestly feeling as if I am facing the end of my wits in the midst of it. I will convince myself that I am having symptoms corresponding that of the most terminal illnesses, Brain tumors, CAD, etc. However know it in my heart to be untrue.

    This is where my true question starts, now that you understand what I am experiencing.
    I've been reading about psychosomatic(voodoo) death. The perpetrator of my abuse was a genius, a power freak. Is there any possibility that the way he worked my beliefs was a skill-full attempt to pin my beliefs against me thus causing me to convince myself into death?
    If so.
    What should I do..
    To the person who said "Over-active imagination", I have an IQ of 174. These phenomena make sense. Hopelessness and a lack of purpose, general unhappiness with whatever choice is made isn't exactly an imagined feeling. I've never truly had 'real' confidence or a genuine self image. Always been a mask up until now, and I just don't know where to start. I think I'm dying.

    • ANSWER:
      Anxiety
      “Cast all your anxiety on him because Jesus cares for you” (Bible)

      God is bigger than all our worries and problems put together, and we must realize that if we are to have any victory in our lives. Everyone suffers with these difficulties, because the Bible teaches that temptation is "common" to mankind . We must not let Satan deceive us into thinking that all our problems are our fault, all our worries will come true, all our anger condemns us, or that all our guilt is from God. If we do sin and confess, God forgives and cleanses. We need not feel ashamed, but rather take God at His Word that He does forgive and cleanse. None of our sins are so heavy that God cannot lift them from us and throw them into the deepest sea .

      So, each day, taking one step at a time, we should pray for God's Word to guide us, read or listen to God's Word, and meditate on God's Word when the problems, worries, and anxieties of life come along. The secret to giving things over to Christ is really asking Jesus to take our burden and be our Savior as well as submitting to Jesus as our Lord in day-to-day living.

  42. QUESTION:
    Anxiety Disorder, something worse is wrong with me!?
    Im just ranting tonight...because i feel anxious. I was diagnosed with GAD shortly after my wife miscarried out would-be 1st child...i now am constantly worried im about to die...i think i have a brain tumor or brain cancer and cannot convince myself otherwise...is this common?
    I just keep thinking it HAS to be something worse, because people like me who have control of their life do not get stuff like this. I have every symptom and multiple doc's agree its GAD but i cannot convince myself...and will not take daily meds because i am stronger than that, and for the love of my wife, i will not turn into a zombie. i feel so hopeless...but im not depressed...at all, im happy about everything in my life EXCEPT this so called anxiety disorder...

    anyone else ever thought they had a brain tumor? i just cant get rid of the idea....no cancer runs in any side of my immediate or distant, and i have already had CT scans of my NECK and down...they said i look great....why am i like this.... :(

    • ANSWER:
      Hi! I feel your pain, I do. I had a death in my family this past Christmas day and then 10 days later I myself had a miscarriage. I had to have surgery to have the fetus removed. About a month later my problems started. First sign I had was chest pains that sent me to the ER. Now given I am a healthy 25 year old so I was worried about it being my heart. After much blood taken and many tests I was ruled fine. I followed up with Dr. who gave me Zoloft and also Ativan. I did not take them for one I did not want to become dependent on them and two, I was terrified of the side effects that I read so much about. I instead thought it was a possble hormanal imbalance from the miscarriage that I requested to be put back on birth control and see of that helped.
      I have been on since March and it seemed to help some. I still have the anxiety, but not like it was. I too think something is wrong with me a lot of the time. every pain I get I wonder if it is really something more. I can control it now with massages I sometimes get, bubble baths and I also see a counselor when needed. My life is great, I really have nothing to be upset about. I am getting married in a few weeks actually. I have a great fiance who is supportive and also a close support system that helps me immensely. Without them, I might be worse off.
      I do still have my meds and someday if they are truly needed I will give them a go, but so far I have not needed them. I always have the ativan in my purse in the event of an attack but again, have not needed them.
      regarding your wifes miscarriage, I have been there and I feel for the both of you. I myself and scared to try again, thinking that the same thing will happen again. I was fine before that happened to me and I haven't been the same since. Do feel free to contact me via email if you would like to know anything else.
      Good luck to you.

  43. QUESTION:
    Insurance and stage 4 cancer?
    Hello everyone. My step mother was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 29. She just turned 34 on the 1st of this month. Since her initial diagnosis, she has undergone a mastectomy and had her ovaries removed, because the cancer had spread. About a year and a half ago, doctors discovered a large inoperable and malignant tumor on her brain. She is in stage 4 and a little over one year ago- doctors told her she only had one year to live. My father passed away 4 years ago. She cares for my 8 and 6 year old baby sisters alone. My 6 year old sister, Autumn, almost died when she was 3 months old- she has hydrocephalus and has endured 3 surgeries to place and correct plastic shunts that go from the base of her skull down into her stomach.

    My step mothers family is incredibly broken and has not shown any concern or interest in her or my sisters from the beginning. My own birth mother has stepped in to help because the situation is soo desperate. Well, like I mentioned before- we have just passed the one year mark the doctors gave her. She has not gotten any better, but her condition has in no way gotten any worse. The tumor has dulled her ability to hear and sometimes causes migraines along with a slew of other sporadic symptoms. Even still she is determined to spend as much time as possible with my sisters... because if she passes there is a very good chance that they will be put in the system. Might I add that I am 21 and have 3 children of my own, a mortgage, a car note, etc- I don't know if a judge would grant my custody, but I would still try my hardest. Anyways, my step Mom has been on medicaid because she can't work. For the past couple months they have spontaneously cut her coverage off without warning and at times without any clear reason. Social security has cut her back as well... for "insurance purposes".

    I am well aware of the economic state of our country, and I've heard someone say that it doesn't make sense to "waste money" on an "unsolvable problem". I am hoping that some of you can relate and will be able to give me some advice on where to turn or who to talk too about this unprofessional and inconsiderate display of disregard we've experienced. Last night Simone, my step mother, stayed up all night and cried... my sisters have never seen her cry before. Please let me know if you have any idea of what options are available or how we should proceed. Thanks for taking the time to read this and Thanks again to anyone that can relate.

    • ANSWER:
      Not sure if maybe you've misunderstood something here.. Medicaid doesn't randomly stop or cut coverage.. Social security, don't know if you meant disability, ssi or what, but unless you are working, making over 00 a year, that's not cut. When a cancer has mets to the brain, radiation is normally given, then chemo for whatever cancer is primary, so that makes no sense the drs wouldn't do anything. I can't imagine any dr giving a time frame to die unless it's a matter of days or weeks... America does not cut treatments on an "unsolvable" problem, nor is it ever considered a waste of money... Now, I don't know what country you are referring to...
      Children are not put into the system, unless all family members are unfit to parent them or they have no family to take care of them.

      Thumbs down all you want. I know from experience. And this question is about the healthcare system in america, not socialized medicine where they sometimes base your age and cost of treatments on whether or not they will treat you.

  44. QUESTION:
    Help? Multiple conditions, looking for diagnosis? (cancer/autoimmune?)?
    Hello all,

    I have come to the internet in desperation after years of constant medical problems that seem to have no end. My GP is not very helpful. It is getting to the point where my medical problems have taken over my life and I would like to just know what is wrong (if anything).

    I am an obese 20 year old female. I had multiple ear infections as a child; my ear drum popped twice so I have slight hearing problems in one ear. At seven, my tonsils and adenoids were so large that I suffered from severe sleep apnea, so they were removed as the ENT was worried about brain damage. When I was six, they discovered that I was missing 9 adult teeth and they considered it to be a genetic defect of some sort, the cause was never investigated. Aside from cholestrol issues at 8 (solved through the Atkins diet, ironically enough), I was very healthy from about age 7 to puberty. At this point, I was just a little chubby. Puberty hit, and I gained probably 70-80lbs in a year. Although I developed in all other ways, I never produced a period. This was not dealt with until last year. Around this time, I started suffering from gastro-intestinal distress but it was tolerable, so life continued.

    Around 14, I noticed that my left pupil was constantly dilated. I had multiple test and was referred to many doctors before I was diagnosed. They had suspected a brain injury/tumor (cancer was brought up), but it turned out to be Adie's tonic pupil. Adie's can be caused by lesions on the neurons/muscles that contract the pupil, or it has no cause (like in my case). There is also no cure.

    Then I discovered a large lump on my right foot. Doctors orginally thought it was osteomyelitis, or sarcoma/similar cancer. I underwent multiple tests. They still weren't positive what it was, but they decided surgery was the best option so it was removed in January. It turned out to be an ostechondroma, so they removed it, I spent 3 mos on crutches and they told me that there was less than 5% chance that it would ever recurr. It had recurred by the time I went back for a checkup. Because of it's incredibly fast regrowth, they were worried it had come back as a malignant lesion so I underwent surgery again in August of the same month. Turned out it was just a regrowth of the osteochondroma, so they removed a ton of bone from the surrounding areas as well, so I was non-weight bearing and on crutches for nearly 6 months this time. By the time I went for my 3 month checkup, it had regrown. I was referred to a new, younger orthopaedic surgeon for another surgical option but it was an extreme idea so I declined. The foot is just xrayed 3x a year to make sure it doesn't become malignant.

    At this same time, I also had dental implant surgeries to try and correct my missing adult teeth. Also, my gastro-intestinal distress became so severe that I couldn't function properly so I was sent to a gastro-entrologist as my mother sufferes from Crohns disease and they were afraid I did too. My GP sent me for a blood test for Celiac, but it came back as negative. She suggested I go gluten-free anyways because sometimes the blood test is wrong. I went gluten free and almost all my gastro symptoms disappeared. I went for an endoscope and colonscopy approximately 8 months after I went gluten free, but by then (as the gastro-enterologist explained to me) any damage to the villi from Celiac would have been healed, so no problems were found.

    I had to have my gallbladder removed in Feb of this year due to gallstones, after which I developed GERD. I went to an OBGYN because I was 19 and had never had a period, and testing concluded that I have PCOS, or poly-cystic ovarian syndrome, which explains my excessive weight gain and lack of period. (I do have bad eating habits, but I should not be as large as I am - I have always been a very active person so the PCOS/hormonal imbalance explains some of that).

    Finally, for the last year or so, I have been overwhelmed by all consuming exhaustion. I need about 12 hours of sleep to function, and the, and then that can usually get me through class or a bit of work, but then I need about a 3 hour nap if I want to do something in the evening. I was given 2 at home sleep apnea tests - the first came back as indictiative for central apnea (not obstructive!), the second test came back as inconclusive. I am currently on a 2 year wait list to get into our local sleep clinic.

    Recently, I found a lump in my throat. The week later, I fainted at work. The ER doc performed blood work and an EMG, said it was probably heat exhaustion, which doesn't make sense at all. He also checked my throat lump, and said it was likely a cyst so he sent me to an EMT who said tonsil regrowth. I also have frequent dizzy spells, incidents where my eyes shake, recurrent headaches and a recurrent rash in my inner elbows and across my abodomen (not weight related). I am always incredibly flushed and hot & awake sweaty.

    • ANSWER:

  45. QUESTION:
    Help: seemingly unrelated disorders, possible underlying condition? (cancer/autoimmune, etc)?
    Hello all,

    I have come to the internet in desperation after years of constant medical problems that seem to have no end. My GP is not very helpful. It is getting to the point where my medical problems have taken over my life and I would like to just know what is wrong (if anything).

    I am an obese 20 year old female. I had multiple ear infections as a child; my ear drum popped twice so I have slight hearing problems in one ear. At seven, my tonsils and adenoids were so large that I suffered from severe sleep apnea, so they were removed as the ENT was worried about brain damage. When I was six, they discovered that I was missing 9 adult teeth and they considered it to be a genetic defect of some sort, the cause was never investigated. Aside from cholestrol issues at 8 (solved through the Atkins diet, ironically enough), I was very healthy from about age 7 to puberty. At this point, I was just a little chubby. Puberty hit, and I gained probably 70-80lbs in a year. Although I developed in all other ways, I never produced a period. This was not dealt with until last year. Around this time, I started suffering from gastro-intestinal distress but it was tolerable, so life continued.

    Around 14, I noticed that my left pupil was constantly dilated. I had multiple test and was referred to many doctors before I was diagnosed. They had suspected a brain injury/tumor (cancer was brought up), but it turned out to be Adie's tonic pupil. Adie's can be caused by lesions on the neurons/muscles that contract the pupil, or it has no cause (like in my case). There is also no cure.

    Then I discovered a large lump on my right foot. Doctors orginally thought it was osteomyelitis, or sarcoma/similar cancer. I underwent multiple tests. They still weren't positive what it was, but they decided surgery was the best option so it was removed in January. It turned out to be an ostechondroma, so they removed it, I spent 3 mos on crutches and they told me that there was less than 5% chance that it would ever recurr. It had recurred by the time I went back for a checkup. Because of it's incredibly fast regrowth, they were worried it had come back as a malignant lesion so I underwent surgery again in August of the same month. Turned out it was just a regrowth of the osteochondroma, so they removed a ton of bone from the surrounding areas as well, so I was non-weight bearing and on crutches for nearly 6 months this time. By the time I went for my 3 month checkup, it had regrown. I was referred to a new, younger orthopaedic surgeon for another surgical option but it was an extreme idea so I declined. The foot is just xrayed 3x a year to make sure it doesn't become malignant.

    At this same time, I also had dental implant surgeries to try and correct my missing adult teeth. Also, my gastro-intestinal distress became so severe that I couldn't function properly so I was sent to a gastro-entrologist as my mother sufferes from Crohns disease and they were afraid I did too. My GP sent me for a blood test for Celiac, but it came back as negative. She suggested I go gluten-free anyways because sometimes the blood test is wrong. I went gluten free and almost all my gastro symptoms disappeared. I went for an endoscope and colonscopy approximately 8 months after I went gluten free, but by then (as the gastro-enterologist explained to me) any damage to the villi from Celiac would have been healed, so no problems were found.

    I had to have my gallbladder removed in Feb of this year due to gallstones, after which I developed GERD. I went to an OBGYN because I was 19 and had never had a period, and testing concluded that I have PCOS, or poly-cystic ovarian syndrome, which explains my excessive weight gain and lack of period. (I do have bad eating habits, but I should not be as large as I am - I have always been a very active person so the PCOS/hormonal imbalance explains some of that).

    Finally, for the last year or so, I have been overwhelmed by all consuming exhaustion. I need about 12 hours of sleep to function, and the, and then that can usually get me through class or a bit of work, but then I need about a 3 hour nap if I want to do something in the evening. I was given 2 at home sleep apnea tests - the first came back as indictiative for central apnea (not obstructive!), the second test came back as inconclusive. I am currently on a 2 year wait list to get into our local sleep clinic.

    Recently, I found a lump in my throat. The week later, I fainted at work. The ER doc performed blood work and an EMG, said it was probably heat exhaustion, which doesn't make sense at all. He also checked my throat lump, and said it was likely a cyst so he sent me to an EMT who said tonsil regrowth. I also have frequent dizzy spells, incidents where my eyes shake, recurrent headaches and a recurrent rash in my inner elbows and across my abodomen (not weight related). I am always incredibly flushed and hot & awake sweaty
    In case it helps, I am on medication for GERD and depression. I apologize for writing such a lengthy question but I seriously hope someone can help!

    Is it possible the throat lump is not a tonsil but lymphoma?

    • ANSWER:

  46. QUESTION:
    I have had vertigo since August 2008.Im worried it is something more sinister-has anyone else had it long term?
    Hi,
    Have had Vertigo since August 2008.It feels like I am walking on a boat.I have it constantly although it does get worse some days.I find that fluorescent lights trigger it off.I saw my optician who said that because my ears are like a spirit level my eyes are then confusing my brain as they are fighting against each other.
    I am waititng to see an ENT consultant. I have had regular bloods that show raised white blood cells and esr (inflammatory markers).When I was a child I had numerous grommet insertions and removals,ear infections, which sometimes led to perforated ear drums and a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy.
    My GP has now told me on Friday that they think it might me a growth,although "not a nasty one".Obviously I am completely panicking now!I haver researched benign brain tumours and although Vertigo can be a sign(although it is not listed as a symptom on some websites), I still feel that it IS Vertigo as I have all the symptoms of Vertigo plus my ENT history.
    Has anyone else had constant Vertigo and if so did you have raised White blood cells?Were you cured or do you still have it and how do you cope?Thanks very much in advance.

    • ANSWER:

  47. QUESTION:
    Creative Writing homework: Is this medically correct?
    I'm having to come up with the plot for episode of an existing TV show (in this case, Scrubs) for a small piece of Creative Writing homework. If you wouldn't mind just reading through this and inform me of anything that needs correcting, I would really appreciate it. It's only about 300 words :)

    This is the plot:

    A seventeen-year-old boy, Michael Sullivan, is admitted to Sacred Heart Hospital after collapsing for apparently no reason during class. His father, Jeff, arrives with him and informs the staff that his son had been complaining of a headache that morning. He is a very controlling, hot-headed man and also deputy head/vice-principal of the school his son attends. Many of the doctors, including Dr Cox and J.D., find him interfering and unpleasant to deal with. At first glance, Michael’s symptoms suggest that his collapse was down to a previously undiagnosed stress- or anxiety-related disorder, but Dr Cox fears it may be something more sinister.

    Meanwhile, Denise (Dr Mahoney/“Jo”) and Drew’s relationship takes an unexpected turn when Denise believes she might be pregnant. She takes a test which proves positive and she and Drew have a heated discussion about their future, not only as a couple, but as parents also. Uncharacteristically, Drew “steps up” and vows to stay with Denise and care for their child.

    Back on the medical side of things, Michael is taken down to the radiology department for a CT scan. Dr Cox tries to explain to a sceptical Jeff that his son’s collapse might be down to a possible brain tumour, most likely brought on by the stress of coming to the end of his education and having an overly strict father working in the same school. The results of the scan confirm Dr Cox’s fears. Fortunately, however, the tumour is caught early and Michael is scheduled for an emergency operation to have it removed.

    A second test reveals that Denise is in fact not pregnant, and the original was a false positive. Relieved, she and Drew are able to get their relationship back on track, but find that the extreme situation has brought them closer together.

    Michael’s operation is a success and Jeff promises to be more of a father and less of an authority figure. J.D. finishes with a monologue discussing “close calls” and how people react when pushed to the extreme.

    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      It's very good, but if your handing it in like that you might want to explain the characters first, but I don't know what you've been told, are these characters already in scrubs, I wouldn't know?

  48. QUESTION:
    My 2 1/2 weeks old baby has possible Tuberous Sclerosis, has anyone been in the same situation?
    Well my son is barely 2 and a half weeks old, the doctors told us that it looks like he has TS due to the symptoms he has.
    He was born 2 1/2 weeks ago, they didn't notice anything during my pregnancy, but when he was born they noticed a heart murmur so they sent him to the nearest Childrens Hospital to get evaluated by a cardiologist, the doctor found some masses on his heart that looked like rhabdomyomas cause they were multiple, those kind of tumors are associated with TS, also they did a kidney scan and they found several small cysts, but the doctor said that he was not gonna do anything about them since they were so small, also they did a brain scan but they didn't find anything on his brain, they didn't find any skin lesions under the woods lamp either, but they still need to do the genetrics test on my husband and me, however the doctors say that they are still looking into his case and he's still not diagnosed with the disorder.
    Has anyone been in the same situation or has children with TSC? Please let me know a little about your experience

    • ANSWER:
      It is very well a part of my life. My 13 yr. old sister has TS. She was diagnosed with it, when she was 2 months old, back in 1996. *If* he does have it, you will be in the company of some wonderful people. The parents of children with TS are the most advocating and caring parents I have ever come in contact with. My sister unfortunately has the tubers in her brain as well as her kidneys, so as a 13 yr. old she has the mentality of about a 7 yr. old. Her vocabulary is limited, but she knows a lot. She has developed as any other child her age, all but her mind. She is one of the happiest parts of my life, and I am a better person for having her in my life. I am almost 28, so I am quite a bit older than her, and have had a chance to watch her grow and learn. Its a scary disease, I will not lie, she has had brain surgery to reduce her seizures, but it didn't work as they hoped. I'm not sure of her life expectancy, there is really no reason for it to be shortened. My parents maintain her health, and she is a vital active and happy little teen. The skin lesions I believe are called "ash leaf spots" they look like lightened patches of skin. I see them on her a lot. TS kids get warts eaiser, and also they get a face acne. Once again, my sister is on the extreme of the disorder, so again *IF* your son has it, he may not have the tubers in his brain, which will improve his learning capacity so much more than my sister. Good luck to you, and be positive!

  49. QUESTION:
    FOR PEOPLE WITH EXPERIENCE IN BRAIN TUMORS: I'm worrying about brain stem gliomas and I'm a 13 year old male?
    Please read this, this is important!!

    Okay well I am worrying about a brain stem glioma, apparently dizziness is a symptom of it and I have been experiencing that, about 10 minutes ago I started getting this vertigo where when I closed my eyes, I felt like I was really spinning around and I felt like I was gonna lose my balance when I put my feet together to test my balance. As I write this, I am laying down on my bed and I don't feel like I have much vertigo right now, it seems like the vertigo gets a bit worse when I move.

    I have been worrying about dizziness and vertigo seriously 24/7, I never stop worrying and it seemed like the vertigo started a few days or a day after I started worrying about the vertigo symptom, I will use Google and type in mild dizziness with "s before the mild and after dizziness then I'll type in brain stem glioma with it and see if there are any parents saying stuff like "my child has a brain stem glioma. His symptoms were only mild dizziness bla bla", then I'll worry more.

    I just typed in what I explained before and I found some articles and read them, but I don't think they were what I expected which was good but there was this one article that you has to pay for to view and I think it was about this womans child who has a brain stem glioma and his symptoms were only "mild occasional dizziness" from the bit I read before clicking on the result.

    By the looks of it, I'm the only kid my age who has been worrying about this specific type of brain tumor, I use my computer basically all day, but that's not my concern right now, BRAIN STEM GLIOMAS ARE.

    Considering the prognosis of brain stem gliomas are bad, like less than a year in most cases, I worry more and there are no treatments and no one is FUNDING for research, so no research is being done to find a cure and all these children are DYING with deterioration of their motor skills and there is NOTHING they can do about it, people are donating for breast cancer while this brain tumor is the big concern, I've read stories about children with brain stem gliomas (all of them are dead), the longest living child in the WORLD with that type of tumor has been 5 years, I am so scared of having this brain tumor, people say "you would have more symptoms if you had a brain tumor like that", but from the articles I have read, there are some children who have had only mild vertigo and all they can do is pray for a miracle, but with this type of tumor there are no miracles, it kills all of its victims.

    People donate money to AIDS research when a lot of people can live normal lives with treatment but with brain stem gliomas, no one lives 0.1% of a normal life.

    Please tell me what you think about my dizziness/vertigo symptom, it seems to be worse when I think about it, I am just a 13 year old boy and don't know sh*t about the brain stem and what parts of it are affected by this tumor.

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR READING THIS, I REALLY APPRECIATE IT!!!!!!!!
    To everyone (Welshie specifically): I do not experience ear pain at all.
    Note to Lyrics: I have been slightly off balance lately, I think it's from not walking around enough because I decided to go for a walk to my friends house one time and when I got there, the balance problem was completely gone. I haven't fallen over or anything like that and I can stand on one foot for like 30 seconds.
    I get occasional double vision that is fixed when blinking and I even went to the doctor about this and he said that he doesn't think it's serious seeing that I use my computer so much without having regular breaks.

    My vision is really blurry in the morning and I get double vision (that is solved by blinking) about 2 times in a 1 hour period, it feels like I have all this water in my eye which I have to clean out. When I clean it out, I can see better and my vision is less blurry but this has only been happening for about 3 days.

    • ANSWER:
      I think you are being a bit over paranoid about running to a prognosis when all you could have is a simple ear infection as mentioned by someone else.

      An ear infection can cause what you are suffering now and a simple course of antibiotics will cure that, I suggest you tell your parents immediately and go and see a doctor as soon as possible otherwise the infection could get worse which will mean all manner of extra pain that you could live without.

      You need to stop going on the internet whenever you feel unwell, the internet can make you paranoid and thinking you have some deadly disease when in fact it could be something equally as simple as an infection.

      Please, see a doctor and let them be the one to diagnose and treat your dizzy spells and dont take to heart everything you read up about on the internet!!

  50. QUESTION:
    FOR PEOPLE WITH EXPERIENCE IN BRAIN TUMORS: I'm worrying about brain stem gliomas and I'm a 13 year old male?
    Please read this, this is important!!

    Okay well I am worrying about a brain stem glioma, apparently dizziness is a symptom of it and I have been experiencing that, about 10 minutes ago I started getting this vertigo where when I closed my eyes, I felt like I was really spinning around and I felt like I was gonna lose my balance when I put my feet together to test my balance. As I write this, I am laying down on my bed and I don't feel like I have much vertigo right now, it seems like the vertigo gets a bit worse when I move.

    I have been worrying about dizziness and vertigo seriously 24/7, I never stop worrying and it seemed like the vertigo started a few days or a day after I started worrying about the vertigo symptom, I will use Google and type in mild dizziness with "s before the mild and after dizziness then I'll type in brain stem glioma with it and see if there are any parents saying stuff like "my child has a brain stem glioma. His symptoms were only mild dizziness bla bla", then I'll worry more.

    I just typed in what I explained before and I found some articles and read them, but I don't think they were what I expected which was good but there was this one article that you has to pay for to view and I think it was about this womans child who has a brain stem glioma and his symptoms were only "mild occasional dizziness" from the bit I read before clicking on the result.

    By the looks of it, I'm the only kid my age who has been worrying about this specific type of brain tumor, I use my computer basically all day, but that's not my concern right now, BRAIN STEM GLIOMAS ARE.

    Considering the prognosis of brain stem gliomas are bad, like less than a year in most cases, I worry more and there are no treatments and no one is FUNDING for research, so no research is being done to find a cure and all these children are DYING with deterioration of their motor skills and there is NOTHING they can do about it, people are donating for breast cancer while this brain tumor is the big concern, I've read stories about children with brain stem gliomas (all of them are dead), the longest living child in the WORLD with that type of tumor has been 5 years, I am so scared of having this brain tumor, people say "you would have more symptoms if you had a brain tumor like that", but from the articles I have read, there are some children who have had only mild vertigo and all they can do is pray for a miracle, but with this type of tumor there are no miracles, it kills all of its victims.

    People donate money to AIDS research when a lot of people can live normal lives with treatment but with brain stem gliomas, no one lives 0.1% of a normal life.

    Please tell me what you think about my dizziness/vertigo symptom, it seems to be worse when I think about it, I am just a 13 year old boy and don't know sh*t about the brain stem and what parts of it are affected by this tumor.

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR READING THIS, I REALLY APPRECIATE IT!!!!!!!!
    Note: I do not experience ear pain at all.

    • ANSWER:


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