Doctors dismissed my fears when I could suddenly taste BACON - the sinister cause turned my life upside down

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A vegetarian student diagnosed pinch a encephalon tumour which near her capable to 'taste bacon' claims that medics dismissed her different denotation and alternatively called her a 'hormonal fresher'. 

Lucy Younger, from Cornwall, moved to nan capital in September 2018 to study English Literature astatine Goldsmiths, University of London. 

Yet conscionable months later, nan past 18-year-old began suffering terrible migraines and gustatory hallucinations, which origin tastes that are often unusual aliases unpleasant. 

Despite repeated GP appointments, Ms Younger's symptoms — which besides included ocular hallucinations and a consciousness of 'deja vu' — were simply put down to worry and depression and she was prescribed antidepressants.  

But aft suffering a seizure and collapsing successful 2020, scans revealed she had a benign encephalon tumour. Such masses tin origin change someone's consciousness of taste.

Lucy Younger, from Cornwall, moved to nan superior to statesman an English Literature grade astatine Goldsmiths, University of London . Yet conscionable months later, nan past 18-year-old, began experiencing terrible migraines and gustatory hallucinations — which origin tastes that are often unusual aliases unpleasant. Despite repetition GP appointments she was told she was conscionable anxious and depressed and put connected antidepressants

But aft suffering a seizure and collapsing successful 2020, scans taken astatine nan infirmary revealed she had a benign encephalon tumour. Pictured, Ms Younger successful infirmary aft collapsing and suffering a seizure

Ms Younger postponed assemblage for a twelvemonth to acquisition encephalon room to region nan tumour. But earlier this year, aft suffering acold and flu symptoms, she returned to hospital. An ultrasound and biopsy revealed she had shape 1 thyroid cancer. Pictured, Ms Younger aft room to region portion of her thyroid pursuing an unrelated crab diagnosis 

While nan tumour was successfully removed, nan now 23-year-old was diagnosed pinch thyroid cancer in nan cervix this year.

Ms Younger, who now lives successful South East London, said: 'I afloat threw myself into London life, I was ever going connected nights out. I wanted to make nan astir of being successful London arsenic I'd moved from specified a mini town.

'I'd made immoderate awesome friends and I was really settling in, I loved nan grade I was doing.

'Then I'd started getting really aggravated migraines. I would beryllium sat successful my uni lectures and I'd spot these pinkish elephants successful nan room. I thought I was going crazy.

'I'm a vegetarian but I could sensation bacon while seeing these elephants. I was for illustration "why tin I sensation bacon correct now?".'

Ms Younger visited her GP successful London but they said she was 'just anxious and astir apt depressed', she claimed. She said: 'There was nary measurement that I was that anxious. I knew successful my gut thing was wrong.'

After continuing to acquisition symptoms, she returned to her GP a twelvemonth later aft becoming worried that she had a encephalon tumour.

Visual hallucinations, sensation hallucinations and a emotion of deja vu — a sensation of having already done something — are each imaginable signs of encephalon tumours aliases epilepsy, which tin beryllium triggered by tumours.

However, Ms Younger claimed her concerns were dismissed arsenic being 'hormonal' and she was fixed a medicine for anti-depressants.

But aft contracting Covid, her symptoms worsened and she began suffering pinch seizures and numbness down 1 broadside of her body. 

Ms Younger, who past visited her GP again, said: 'I turned astir to nan expert and said "Could it beryllium a encephalon tumour?".

'He said "Don't beryllium silly, you're 19, you're fresh and healthy. No 1 astatine nan property of 19 gets a encephalon tumour, it's hormonal".

'I still really wasn't being listened to. I kept being dismissed by doctors.

'I was being told complete and complete again "you don't person a encephalon tumour, it doesn't hap to group your age".

'I felt for illustration I was being really annoying and for illustration I was being a hypochondriac.'

Ms Younger said nan antidepressants she had been prescribed 'didn't do anything' because she wasn't depressed but near her emotion 'dramatic' and for illustration she couldn't spot herself. 

But while successful Cornwall successful 2020, she collapsed and suffered a seizure. She went to A&E, wherever medics discovered she had temporal lobe epilepsy, which was triggering her seizures.

Epilepsy tin raise nan consequence of strokes and psychological conditions, including worry and depression. 

She added: 'You cognize your assemblage amended than anyone and if you really deliberation there's thing incorrect you request to push for tests and advice. 'If I'd taken nan first portion of advice, I still wouldn't cognize I had a encephalon tumour and I wouldn't person recovered retired I had thyroid cancer'

Ms Younger has since had half of her thyroid removed, takes medicine for epilepsy and now undergoes doubly yearly encephalon scans. She said: 'It feels for illustration it has wholly stolen my twenties. 'Even mini things that aren't that heavy for illustration each my friends spell connected nights retired and I can't spell retired drinking arsenic I'm connected medication.' Pictured, Ms Younger pinch flatmate Ellie

The information — which affects astir 50million group worldwide — is usually diagnosed by nan property of 20. The seizures commencement successful 1 aliases some temporal lobes successful nan brain, which are responsible for memory, proceeding and knowing language.

Gustatory hallucinations and nan emotion of déjà-vu are among nan communal signs of nan condition, according to nan Epilepsy Foundation. 

However, it was only aft a follow-up assignment pinch her GP successful Cornwall that she was referred for an MRI scan. 

Within half an hr of nan scan, doctors called her backmost and told her complete nan telephone — owed to Covid restrictions — that her epilepsy was being triggered by a benign encephalon tumour, she claimed.

These non-cancerous tumours are a wide of cells that turn comparatively slow successful nan encephalon and trigger headaches and epileptic fits. Surgery is nan go-to curen to region nan tumours.

Ms Younger dropped retired of assemblage for a twelvemonth to acquisition encephalon room and recover. But she returned to decorativeness her undergraduate grade and completed a masters. 

In early 2023 — during her masters people — she became unwell pinch acold and flu symptoms.

She visited her GP who referred her for an ultrasound and biopsy, which revealed she had shape 1 thyroid crab successful nan neck.

The crab affects nan mini gland astatine nan guidelines of nan cervix that produces hormones. 

There are astir 3,900 caller cases successful nan UK and 43,000 successful nan US each year. 

Ms Younger said: 'They said "thyroid crab is really rare, you're young, fit, patient and a girl, we don't deliberation it's cancer".'

She added: 'I didn't judge them erstwhile they told me, I thought they'd gotten nan incorrect Lucy.'

Ms Younger has since had half of her thyroid removed, takes medicine for epilepsy and now undergoes doubly yearly encephalon scans.

She said: 'It feels for illustration it has wholly stolen my twenties.

'Even mini things that aren't that heavy for illustration each my friends spell connected nights retired and I can't spell retired drinking arsenic I'm connected medication.

'They're getting into relationships and settling down, but I can't moreover deliberation astir that. 

'It's difficult to meet group and it isn't really a bully speech starter.'

She added: 'You cognize your assemblage amended than anyone and if you really deliberation there's thing incorrect you request to push for tests and advice.

'If I'd taken nan first portion of advice, I still wouldn't cognize I had a encephalon tumour and I wouldn't person recovered retired I had thyroid cancer.

'If location was much consciousness astir encephalon tumours and seizures, I'd person known and wouldn't person thought I was going crazy.'