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  1. Hello all! I’ve posted on here before, but under a different name. I forgot all my information ? I’m going to start from the very beginning. About 5 months ago I developed a ringing in both ears. I immediately was worried I had a brain tumor, and rushed to my PCP. She did a mini neurolo exam, which was fine. Told me I did not have a brain tumor, and sent me on my way. Well the ringing never really stopped but did change. Now it’s not so much a ringing but like a static noise or white noise. I learned to cope with it. But about three weeks ago I started seeing flashes of light in the corner of my eye that looked like sparkles or like a ring catching the light. It would only last a few seconds. Or sometimes I would see like a little flicker of light in the same eye...in my peripheral vision. Almost like when your eye twitches. It didn’t disrupt my vision, or anything. But it still freaked me out. About two weeks in, i saw my eye doctor. I haven’t had an appt there in years, and she dialated my eyes and said she saw something in my retina but she couldn’t tell if it was a tear or traction in the jelly. She referred me to a retinal specialist. I saw him and he said he did not see a problem with my retina but I did have optic nerve swelling in that eye and a little my other eye. He said he thinks it could be something called pseudo tumor cerebri, or idiopathic intracranial hypertension which isn’t a real tumor but causes tumor like symptoms. He immediately ordered me a MRI which I had on saturday. But of course I won’t get the results of that until my appt on the 15th. I AM FREAKING OUT. The fake tumor does not scare me. But I know optic nerve swelling usually is caused by intracranial pressure, which is often caused my brain tumors. And that is scaring me so much!!! Idk what to do. When my eye doctor told me it could be a retinal tear I was scared but I was not thinking brain tumor. She never mentioned anything about my optic nerve being swollen. Has anyone else had optic nerve swelling caused by anything other that a brain tumor or a pseudo tumor? I can’t find anything online about it. My blood pressure was also high the day I went to the specialist. Could that be the reason? I’m constantly crying. And feel like I’m going crazy. Idk how to get through this week The retinal specialist told me he fully expected that my MRI results would come back clear. And does not believe it’s a brain tumor, but I keep thinking he must have some suspicion to order something like an MRI I have had no nausea, some slight headaches, no cognitive problems. I do have headaches behind my eyes, but I also have sinus issues, and had a really bad sinus infection before all these sparkles happened. Everyone keeps telling me it’s not a brain tumor. But I’m so scared my MRI will find one. I feel like I’m living in a terrible dream. I never thought this would happen. I should also mention the sparkles have since gone away, but the side eye flickers still happen. I hope I’m making sense. I’m so scared. He told me he would call me if it was something serious. And I’m just a mess! I just graduated college and started a new job, recently and I feel like I just got slapped in the face. I’m only 26. I’ve been married almost 2 years. And I feel like my life is over just when it just got started. I feel helpless/hopeless.