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Anxiety Leads To Unexpected Diagnosis Of Brain Tumor For 55-Year-Old UK Woman

An elderly woman in England initially dismissed symptoms as anxiety after returning from a trip. Despite her healthy lifestyle, a diagnosis of a life-threatening brain tumor shocked her. Ignoring signs of illness can have severe consequences.

Edited By : News24 Desk | Updated: Jun 10, 2024 14:09 IST
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Overlooked symptoms lead to a shocking diagnosis. A woman in England faces a life-threatening brain
Overlooked symptoms lead to a shocking diagnosis. A woman in England faces a life-threatening brain

Occasionally, we overlook indicators of a severe illness, perceiving them as ordinary occurrences despite their potential gravity. Remaining attuned to our bodies is crucial, as it could prevent fatal outcomes. This scenario befell an elderly woman in England who initially attributed her symptoms to anxiety, only to discover a Brain Tumor, much graver underlying condition.

According to an article in The Sun, Michelle Richards, aged 55, suffered from exhaustion and emotional strain following her return from a three-week trip to Australia. The report added that upon her return, she experienced feelings of anxiety and panic.

Her regular doctor recommended anti-anxiety medication, but she opted for therapy instead. However, after experiencing three focal seizures, which impacted only one side of her brain and body, she was referred to Leighton Hospital in Cheshire, England.

She had a CT scan that detected a growth in her brain, identified as a benign tumor known as meningioma. In January this year, she underwent a successful surgery to remove the tumor, which measured 5 cm by 5 cm.

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Michelle, formerly a senior service manager and therapist, was stunned by the unexpected news, given her health-conscious lifestyle. Describing herself as naturally healthy due to her consistent walking and exercise routine, she expressed disbelief upon learning about her brain tumor. She emphasized her moderate diet, abstinence from alcohol and smoking, making the diagnosis all the more surprising to her.

In January of the previous year, she encountered issues at her job but dismissed them as ordinary. Upon returning from her travels nearly a month later, she felt apprehensive about returning to work.

As her symptoms persisted in the subsequent weeks, she sought medical advice from her primary care physician. In November 2023, she received a diagnosis of a tumor, characterized by doctors as a ‘life-threatening’ growth requiring immediate removal.

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First published on: Jun 10, 2024 02:09 PM IST

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