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I am a 20 year old female. A little over two months ago I started getting daily headaches that did not go away with any medicine. I never woke up with them (they would start shortly after waking up) and they were always in the front of my head on both sides. I went to the ER on day 3 of the headache because I was worried I had a brain tumor. They said it was a tension headache and gave me some painkillers and sent me home.
About a week later I stood up off the couch and my ears and sides of my face and head starting intensely tingling and having numb sensations. Afraid I was having a stroke, I went back to the ER. They weren't concerned, said there was nothing they could do about it right then, told me to go get an MRI somewhere and sent me home.
The tingling in my ears and face continued the next couple nights, so my mom called my doctor and told them what happened at the ER. My doctor got into contact with the ER, but a referral for an MRI was not to be found on my record, so they were unable to refer me.
2 days after the second ER experience, I woke up and my arms, hands, legs, and feet felt extremely weak. My dad came and picked me up from my college right away. During the one hour drive my mom called my doctor who said to come see them before going to the hospital as long as I wasn't lethargic and didn't have slurred speech. So I went to my doctor when I got home. They did a neurological exam and quick nerve testing (pricked different places on my hands and face with a needle to make sure I could feel it) and said she had absolutely zero concern of a brain tumor. She said my headaches sound like classic tension headaches, and said my musle weakness and tingling was being caused by anxiety (since I had been constantly anxious about tumors and strokes). She said I could go get an MRI to relieve my anxiety, but that from a medical standpoint there was absolutely no reason to. So, I didn't because they are expensive.
For a few days after this I started to feel a lot better. I also started to see a chiropractor who told me I have a misalignment in my C1, C2, T2, and T3 vertebrae that could easily be causing the tension headaches and the facial tingling. After a few adjustments, the headaches started to happen much less frequently and now the facial tingling hasn't happened in weeks.
Now, for the past week or so I have been feeling on and off feelings of tingling and burning in my feet and hands. This has been causing me constant worry that I have a tumor on my spine or something. Just this morning I woke up, went to work, and all of a sudden part of my mid/lower right back have numb sensations (it isn't actually numb, just sensations of it). I went to the chiropractor (I have been going weekly), and he said the tingling in my hands and feet is 100% caused by my misalignment, and same with the back numbness. He could even feel a part of my back today near the numb area that wasn't correctly in place. He adjusted me, and I went home.
I am now sitting in my room crying because the back numbness seems to be taking up a larger area now. I should point out that there is no pain- just a numb sensation. I am so afriad I have a tumor on my spine or anywhere for that matter.
I should also point out that every day since the headaches began 2 months ago I have cried and broke down multiple times because I am so afraid I have cancer. I spend every waking moment that I can googling symptoms. I am going to a neurologist in a month.
Any advice would be GREATLY appreciated.
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