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Are brain tumor headaches constant?

Are brain tumor headaches constant?

Depends.: Brain tumor headaches can be steady but can worsen if there are bleeds or if there is worsening of the flow of the CSF drainage or if the intracranial pressure increases due to growth of tumor. ...Read more

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Dr. Henry Friedman
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Brain Tumor (Definition)

Brain cancer refers to cancer located in the brain. It can occur from a metastasis from a tumor in another part of the body or can originate in the brain. Symptoms of brain cancer include headaches, weakness, dizziness, seizures, and blurry vision. It can sometimes be asymptomatic as, for example, in patients with small cell lung cancer. It is always best to use MRI with contrast to make an evaluation, since using a CT can cause you to miss ...Read more


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What are brain tumor headaches like?

What are brain tumor headaches like?

Nothing specific: It is not feasible to discern headaches due to brain tumors from the usual headaches from other causes. See this site for more info on this subject and do not obsess about it. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/brain-tumor/ds00281. ...Read more

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Do brain tumor headaches normally just come and go?

Do brain tumor headaches normally just come and go?

They can: Headaches are a common complaint in people who have brain tumors. The headaches can even wake you up at night which is unusual for most headaches. Steroids can help reduce swelling around some tumors which can improve headaches in some people. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Is it true that brain tumor headaches are worse in the morning?

Is it true that brain tumor headaches are worse in the morning?

For some: people he headaches are worse in am but sleeping with a blanket over ones head can give similar symptoms see a doctor if these symptoms persist ...Read more

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How long do brain tumor headaches last? Can they last just a few seconds at any time of day?

How long do brain tumor headaches last? Can they last just a few seconds at any time of day?

Other Symptoms?: You are very young. Tumor is less likely. Some brain tumors can cause severe headaches (HA). If the tumor is small and not pressing on sensitive or vital areas of the brain, depending on the tumor type, if benign or cancerous, it can be present for a very long time and undiagnosed. Symptoms of different tumor types vary and it is important to see a doctor. ...Read more

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Some says brain tumor headache are present in the morning upon waking up. Other say its not the case. What is right?

The best way: to know is to follow up with your doctor and have the proper diagnostic test. I see a number of patients with wake up headaches that also have sleep apnea. ...Read more

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Do brain tumor headaches come and go as time goes on or do they slowly get worse over time? Do other symptoms come and go?

Do brain tumor headaches come and go as time goes on or do they slowly get worse over time? Do other symptoms come and go?

Comments: "Brain tumors" are rare, and headaches are NOT usually the presenting signs of a brain tumor. More likely you have migraine or tension headaches, or even dental issues such as TMJ. See your doctor and get this diagnosed and treated. You will feel relieved. ...Read more

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Chances of a headache in a child being a brain tumor with no other symptoms. How do brain tumor headaches usually behave? Thanks!

Chances of a headache in a child being a brain tumor with no other symptoms. How do brain tumor headaches usually behave? Thanks!

Age?: We would need to know more about the headache, such as is it getting progressively worse, waking from sleep, etc, as well as the age of the child and her/his family and other health history. It is always best to see your child's pediatrician with this sort of question. ...Read more

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Neoplasms (Definition)

"tumor" literally translates as "mass", so even a fresh bruise could be called a "tumor". Doctors use the term "neoplasm" (tranlates literally as new growth) to describe tumors that are abnormal growths of cells. These may be benign or malignant; "malignant" = cancer. In everyday usage, we use "tumor" ...Read more


Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Headache (Definition)

The medical term is cephalalgia. It is a feeling of pain that can occur on either both sides or just one side of the head or neck. Headaches can be sharp, dull, or throbbing, and can radiate to different areas of the head. They typically last less than an hour but can ...Read more