A 20-year-old female asked:
daily head pains that worsen when i lie down for 7 years. could it be a brain tumour? good neuro and blood test.
2 doctor answers • 2 doctors weighed in
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
Head Pains=Headaches: If you have chronic headaches for 7 years, it can not be due to brain tumor. Most headaches are caused by pressure/stress. They can be either labeled tension headache or it could be migraine headache. You need to consult a neurologist or go to a headache clinic where you can be seen by a specialist. Migraine headaches have good treatment with modern drugs called triptans. Ask you doctor about this.
Neurology 52 years experience
These are likely: Check neck, jaw, dentition, sinuses. Very unlikely to be brain tumor, but have seen a colloid cyst of third ventricle do exactly what you describe. If no prior mri, you may be will reassured with normal study, but even if you have such a problem, your exam might still be normal to the unsuspecting doctor.
Last updated Aug 17, 2013
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