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Need advice quick.
Oct 4, 2007
I'm sorry if this is hard to read but I am very nervous and am not able to type my best ATM. I also don't know if this would fall under mental health/dental/or brain problems, so if this needs to be moved then I understand.

I'll start by saying that I am turning into a bit of a hypochondriac in recent years. So even if nothing is wrong, it is very real to me.

My latest fear is that I have a brain abscess. Why do I think this? I have a lot of rotten teeth despite being only 17. (This is a real problem. My dentist scolds me for it too). So I have had several abscesses in my mouth since I didn't go to the dentist for over a year and a half. I took a lot of different antibiotics and nothing seems to bring the infection down to a suitable level. Today I found out that I have 2 that definitely need to be pulled and one that needs a root canal to prevent another infection. However the antibiotics don't seem to be doing much for me. I've had a amoxicillin/penicillin/clendamycin and they don't do anything. The dentist said that the infection was definitely there but not bad enough for me to worry about it spreading to my brain. It has my face swollen up and i'm still convinced that is has spread to my brain

Now before all of this.. A doctor I went to ordered a CT scan maybe a month and a half ago. I got in a week later and they called me back an hour after I got home saying I needed to get back ASAP to get an MRI. They really thought they found something on the CT scan and the MRI revealed that it was just a blur which is pretty common on CT scans. Basically they said nothing was wrong with me in the end. About a week ago I started getting headache and nausea and my face started swelling up. The infected area in my mouth is not that bad though and there is no pain at the site of the infection, so how could it be related to my problems? The biggest nag I have is this weird pressure behind my forehead and under the top of my head. It really bothers me and I am getting very dizzy the past 2 days as well. I feel like the neurological symptoms are getting worse and worse every day and I just can't cope with the outside chance that something could be wrong. Should I go back for my doctor? I feel like I am going crazy and am afraid of him telling me that I am.

(Please tell me what the pressure I feel could be related to.) Is there a non life threatening condition or maybe it's part of a panic attack since I also break out in a sweat a lot and have chills lately.
Take a deep breath man and relax. Like you i'm also a hypochondriac and all of a sudden developed a "sharp pain on the right side of my head" that appeared out of nowhere. I also thought it could have been an abscess ( since i haven't been to the dentist in over TEN years until two weeks ago! BTW only had 3 cavities LOL, worried for nothing) I was worrying myself to DEATH though! thinking " it's an aneurysm, i have super high blood pressure and working out made my brain start to bleed, it's a tumor" you name it! i was actually pressing on my head so many times trying to feel something that it caused me to get pimples in that areas, which in turn also made me feel like i had a headache in that spot from the constant pressing! I couldn't wait anymore, i had a neurologist appointment like a month later! i would think i was dying up until then, so one night i said forget this i'm just going to go to the hospital ER. So i go there doctor gives me a CT scan, i'm there for like 5 hours waiting. My heart rate wa jacked also cause i was nervous as hell and told them i have anxiety. LOL i think they thought i was there for drugs or something man! So they did a CT scan with no contrast and the doctor came back saying everything came back fine and that was it! me being a hypochondriac i9 said " well i read on the internets CT scan aint as good as MRI, and aint it bad they did it with no contrast" and he reassured me that the CT scan would have picked up anything serious, he still says i should follow up with the neurologist ( next week) but then that got me thinking something is wrong. I might jst cancel, i don't want to go through unnecessary tests, but i should just for more piece of mind, even though the scan came out fine.

Point of all this is you just need to trust your doctor/dentist and let them worry about whats wrong, DON'T look up things on the internet man! especially being a hypochondriac, you will create symptoms in your head and will drive yourself crazy. Even skimming some other boards on here i will see something and read up then think i have that lol. It really is rare for people to develop abscesses in their brain. You would have to have a horrible immune system for it to spread and get that serious, and since you just had a CT scan/MRI done i doubt all of a sudden it's that serious. You just feel swollen and all terrible cause your teeth are rotting out! Once you get them fixed all your head pains will go away. Good luck man and try to relax!

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