need advice, scared I have brain tumor or severe side effects from zoloft

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I have had this constant fear for two or three weeks that I have a brain tumor. I had a CBC and it came back fine... 

I have these symptoms everyday and only go away when I completely take my mind off of them, which has only happened 2 or 3 times. I upped my dose of Zoloft from 25mg to 50mg yesterday, and I don’t know if it could be causing this problem: I didn’t sleep at all last night because I was scared. Whenever I tried to sleep, I would hear voices. And I could’ve swore I was hearing other noises too. Today I woke up feeling horrible. Fatigued, can’t concentrate at all, vision is bad. I have symptoms everyday, and I really need reassurance. Here are my daily symptoms:


-can’t concentrate 


-feeling out of it

-constant worrying

-constantly googling symptoms

is this anything I should be worried about? I am terrified, and I want to go to the doctor and see if it’s my medicine but my mom won’t take me to the doctor. Please help. Also, I have MDD and anxiety. 

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    I also have pressure in my eye every once and a while, and I started noticing my ears are ringing after I upped my dose
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    All of these symptoms could be related to your underlying mental health or a side-effect of Zoloft. To give you reassurance it’s unlikely to be a brain tumour but perhaps a trip to your doctor would best and give you a full assessment and the support you need. A blood count will only show some things

    I hope you feel better really soon

     Best wishes


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    It is probably a side effect of your zoloft

    If I were your doctor I would tell you

    To stop taking your zoloft

    And start taking melatonin

    But I am not your doctor

    But it is not a brain tumor

    If you have crushing headaches then

    You can worry about a brain tumor

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    Hi Shelby. Zoloft is used to treat anxiety. It seems that it is not working for you. However, if you have just begun taking them, maybe it will take a week or two before it starts to take effect. I wouldn't worry about a brain tumor. Your symptoms are from anxiety. Your doctor was right I believe. Hope you begin to feel better soon.


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    Brain MRI with contrast will show clearly if there is something wrong but I doubt it for you , and it will cost you probably more that $500 .

    I think you have issues with Zoloft and your emotions

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    HI,  very possible it could be you are reacting to the meds or other and having anxiety will make worse.  I have a brain tumor on the most dangerous part of the brain affecting all the cranial nerves (had operation/radiation) and somehow I was still existing before op, so your symptoms aren't what I had experienced even though I'm not a neurosurgeon I had experienced many symptoms where the nerves control , the command center of the brain. If you are still concern a brain tumor an MRI with contrast would definitely show if there was a tumor.  I now am allergic to Pennicllin and had some scary  symptoms that are not the typical symptoms one would experience, so I knew from my Mri  that it was the Penicillin.   Hope you soon find out what is causing you to start feeling better again.

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