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A 33-year-old member asked:

Do brain tumor headaches come and go? is it normal?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Natarajan Raman
Radiation Oncology 34 years experience
Yes: Waxing an waning of headaches may occur with slow growing brain tumors, but the probability of any headache being due to a brain tumor is low.
Dr. Chad Levitt
Radiation Oncology 23 years experience
Early yes..possible: While most headaches are due to things other than brain tumors, early stages of brain tumors may causes variable onset headaches due to swelling that may be variable. Once such a tumor enlarges enough, the resultant headaches are often persistent and chronic without much relief. If the headaches are relieved with tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen tumor as a cause is unlikely.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

Do brain tumor headaches normally just come and go?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 51 years experience
They vary: Headaches can be a presenting symptom of brain tumor although more than 98% of the headaches have nothing to do with brain tumor. The headaches from brain tumors are progressively more severe and often wake you up in early mornings. They are often followed or associated with nausea and vomiting and sometimes, seizures.
Jackson, GA
A 35-year-old male asked:

Will the symptoms of a brain tumor come and go?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
No: Brain tumors are growths in the substance of the brain. The added pressure of the mass or the compression of important structures is what leads to symptoms. Symptoms will sometimes be worse in the morning and better as the day goes on but aside from this variation, they should not come and go.
A 52-year-old female asked:

How can one differentiate between normal headaches & brain tumor headaches?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
No good way: There is no good or accepted way to differentiate headache from different causes. Diagnosing brain tumor would require imaging studies. Wish you good health! - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Provided original answer
Wish you good health!
Dec 27, 2017
A 23-year-old female asked:

Do brain tumor headaches come and go are they rare in a 23yo female?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Hushang Haghighat
Specializes in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
NO: If is brain tumor , headache dose not go away, but become worse and it can happen in any age
California, MD
A 28-year-old female asked:

Do brain tumor symptoms come and go?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 29 years experience
Not likely.: These apparently are progressive in nature with seizures, and a focal neurological deficit or disorder , like headaches or gait disturbance. Sometimes they can be asymptomatic because they're in the middle of the brain, until they get so big that they ultimately cause symptoms.
Last updated Jan 13, 2015

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