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Could it be a brain tumour

Hi,

   i was just wondering if anyone out there can help me. Around september i started to get weakness down one side of my body. This lasted about a week then went away. However the episode continued about 2 weeks later this time with facial numbness. Around about mid december i started to get pain in my right eye as well as facial numbness and slight weakness down the right side again. I also feel tender at the back of my head near my neck. I have been to the doctors a few times none of which took me seriously untill now. Ive seen my 3rd GP and has decided to forward me on to a neurologist with the recromendation that i have an mri scan.

Do these sound like warning signs it could be a brain tumour. Apart from that i have had no other symptoms no headaches sickness etc apart form tiredness now and again and im slightly worried this could be the reason. Help and advise is very much appreciated.

John
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One sided weakness - when that happened I would have gone to get help at that time - it sounded more like stroke to me, a layman.

Let us know what the scan says. It is hard to say if your symptoms sound like warning signs - tumors are not common and symptoms can vary widely.
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I will do thanks for the help. Im only 22 and have an active lifestyle. is it likely to be a stroke for someone my age as i haven't heard of it happening at this time in peoples life?
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It would not be common - but so would a tumor at that age.
Other factors like diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol etc. do you have that?
Is the neuro exam abnormal - reflexes etc. ok?
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The GP tested my reflexes as well as blood pressure and to see if other factors may have caused it and that seemed to be ok. He had a look at my eyes to check my pupils were functioning ok as well to check everything was ok especially the right one and suggested i get an eye test to make sure everything is fine there which i have booked for tommorow.

I did blood tests as well nothing abnormal apart from something about my liver cell count or something being slightly abnormal. However apparently this is normal as im on medication for IBS and this can cause slight abnormalities but the medication does not cause these symptoms.

Im still waiting as to when i can get to see a neurologist and my mri scan. I was told this could be about 2 months or so as it is under the NHS in the UK. I hope they hurry up as i am desperate to know what may have caused these symptoms to arise. Im hoping tommorow all goes well. The GP said usually if there is any problems with my eyes the optician can spot this through certain tests.

Sorry if that is of little help but as of yet thats all i know, untill i see the spectialist and the mri scan, the help is very much appreciated.

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Let us know how the MRI turns out.
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Yep will do. Opticians today checked out my eyes. There is no pressure on either eye and the health of my eyes is very good so in some respects thats a relief to know that theres nothing clear that is causing the pain in my eye.
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hi, just wanted to let you know that i have just had an MRI on the NHS, took about 6 weeks to get the scan and so far it has been 3 weeks waiting for results...sometimes i think the waiting is worse!!!!
I have been on the phone to my neuro's secretary and have been told that i should have some idea of the results tomorrow (only what she will be able to tell me over the phone!!)
Good luck with everything
Take Care

Twinkle x
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Yeh your right waiting is terrible. ive still not had word from anyone about seeing a neurologist or mri or anything its been a good month now since i asked to see a consultant. Luckly the symptoms have calmed down a bit and im starting to feel slowly back to normal but they are still there. Hopefully ill be back to normal say in a few weeks maybe more but i want to know what has caused this so it can be prevented if possible.

Hope the results you got were what you wanted best of luck

John
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