A member asked:

I have mild headaches, could it be a brain tumor, or is it just stress? how can you tell?

11 doctors weighed in across 5 answers
Dr. Jonathan Megerian answered

Specializes in Pediatric Neurology

Headaches usually OK: The vast majority of headaches are not due to brain tumors. In the very rare cases that a headache is being caused by a tumor, there are no reliable ways to tell tale outside of a good history, physical examination and imaging tests, which should be done by your physician. If your headahces wake you up in the middle of the night, they may require more urgent assessment.

Answered 3/26/2013


Dr. Warren Kriedman answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Medical evaluation: Headaches necessitate a medical evalutation. They usually are combination of medical and stress related issues. Family mds, internal mds, neurologists or psychiatrists can take a detailed history, evaluate medicines you take, perform a physical and neurological exam, order appropriate tests, and make a diagnosis. . They will refer you to a md or non-md depending on their findings.

Answered 2/17/2015


Dr. Paul Slawek answered

Specializes in Radiology

MRI or CT: If the doctor believes the symptoms warrant further investigation a ct or MRI of the brain should be obtained. Keep in mind that most headaches are benign and not caused by serious illness like brain tumor.

Answered 12/22/2014


Dr. Robert Didier answered

Specializes in

Not a tumor: Usually headaches related to tumors will produced progressively worse pain that will eventually awaken you at night. It will also be triggered by exertional activity. If the headaches persist consult your md for a work up. It couuld be attributed to anything from eye strain, neck problems to tooth clenching or many other things.

Answered 4/17/2016


Dr. Jeffrey Bassman answered

Specializes in Dentistry

History and exam: Need to have a thorough history and exam. Just by thinking it might be a tumor must be stressing you out. Get to a dr. So you can hopefully get to the bottom of what is going on.

Answered 12/9/2013



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