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Brain tumor or Hypochondria?

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I have always had a fear of something being wrong with me. Here lately I have been dizzy, not like veritgo or can't walk just dizzy. I have went to nurmous doctors and they all say it is axiety. They do blood work, urine sample and finally did a ct scan all came back normal. I had previoulsy taken paxil and went back on it do to this. I read a ct would not show all tumor to get a mri (as I think I may have a brain tumor). can I get your advice. This has been happening for about 4 years now. It will completely go away for a year and then happen again. If it was a brain tumor symptoms wouldn't go away for a year and then come back would they?


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replied September 19th, 2006
Anxiety & Stress Answer A1496
According to the symptoms you report (“fear of something being wrong with you”, atypical dizziness, numerous doctors’ visits with no results) it seems that you are experiencing hypochondria rather than some type of brain tumor. If you had a brain tumor, your condition would get worse in time and It doesn't seem that you would survived 4 years. You may request an MRI but it doesn’t seem likely that a brain tumor will be identified. Hypochondria is a neurotic disease where in a patient is preoccupied with hi/hers health and thinks that s/he has some incurable disease. If the MRI is ok, you might consider a visit to a psychiatrist for further treatment.
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