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Is it possible I have a brain tumor?

Back in January, I started getting sick, like unexceptionably.My primary symptom was headaches. I would get like 24/7 headaches, behind/above my eyes and at the back of my head. I would wake up with them, eat breakfast with them, go to school with them, go to sleep with them, they became a part of my daily life. I thought it was a stress reaction or insomnia, but I never went to a doctor because I wasn't feeling like I was going to die or anything.

Then, around early April, I started getting kidney pains and bladder pains. One day I cracked and went home early from school and rested. Nothing seemed to make it better. I kept track of what I ate and if any foods or drinks were directly correlating to the pain - nothing. One night, I went to the hospital where I had many tests that I barely remember, but I'm pretty sure they CT scanned my kidneys and found out that I was fine.

Starting in late May, I started having seizures. I would blank out for minutes on end and literally feel like nothing happened. One time in class, I walked from the pencil sharpener to my seat and everyone was looking at me. I had no idea what happened but apparently on my way to my seat I stopped and just stared blankly and I don't even remember blanking out. I'm pretty sure that's considered a seizure. I thought it was epilepsy, but they barely happen now and when they do happen, they are very short.

Now, in the past few days, I've been getting this migraine headache. It's like a burning sensation all the time combined with the frequent stabbing of a needle from my skull to my scalp. It hurts like crazy. All of my previous "sicknesses" have been accompanied with the general lightheartedness, confusion, short term memory, collapsing, etc. so now that I'm getting this migraine too, I'm worried. The prime sickness I'm looking at is a brain tumor. I'm really scared because just saying the word scares me and I can't imagine undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy. I'm getting all of these symptoms. I need help, please.

By the way, I am 12 years old. My birthday is in May, so back when these symptoms started, I was 11.
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You obviously need to discuss with a GP to see if any further investigation is warranted. Because you seem anxious about this, you should probably do it sooner rather than later.
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You are a very bright 12 year old and obviously very aware of your body and health issues. What do your parents say about your worries?
If you are having seizures you do need to be checked out for various causes and might need medication if you have epilepsy. The doctors will be able to tell if you have epilepsy from tests they do.
Of course it could just be due to stress. Please talk to an adult you respect and trust. Be honest about your worries.
Take care.
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My family is kind of in a tight situation because we don't have health insurance after my dad lost his job, so when I posted this, I was wondering if I'm showing any signs for any specific type of brain tumor because I don't want to get my family a huge bill again but I don't feel comfortable showing symptoms and waiting.. It could just be me stressing and end up being nothing like what happened with my kidneys which is why I'm scared..
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My family is kind of in a tight situation because we don't have health insurance after my dad lost his job, so when I posted this, I was wondering if I'm showing any signs for any specific type of brain tumor because I don't want to get my family a huge bill again but I don't feel comfortable showing symptoms and waiting.. It could just be me stressing and end up being nothing like what happened with my kidneys which is why I'm scared..
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The headaches are most likely due to stress or hormones (not sure if you are a girl or boy but girls your age often have headaches). Or allergies or all sorts of things other than a brain tumour. Do you vomit with the headache?

Are you really having seizures? Or just feeling vague and forgetful. True seizures are a serious symptom and need to be investigated. I know a couple of people with epilepsy and their seizures are obvious, even the petite mal ones.

You are very young to be worrying about having a brain tumour. If you have another seizure you need to tell your parents no matter how much it might cost to investigate (I think that's shocking by the way, in my country the healthcare for things like this is practically free). It doesn't mean you have a brain tumour but it could mean epilepsy or other things.

Take care.
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