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Which kind of brain tumor causes neck pain?

Which kind of brain tumor causes neck pain?

Brain tumor: Tumors in the back part of the brain or posterior fossa can put downward pressure on the spinal cord and irritate the nerves in the neck. Muscle spasm can occur if there is erosion of the skull base and the occipital condyles. Blockage of cerebrospinal fluid as it flows from the brain to the spinal cord will cause neck pain. ...Read more

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


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Am having neck pain and earaches and headacheseveryday I think I might have an brain tumor or cancer plus shoulder pain by my upper back pains I want to go have an cat scan but I already been for other things

Am having neck pain and earaches and headacheseveryday I think I might have an brain tumor or cancer plus shoulder pain by my upper back pains I want to go have an cat scan but I already been for other things

Cluster of symptoms: Hard to say with a general cluster of symptoms what may be happening, but if they are significant they should be evaluated. Conditions such as brain tumor are quite rare and ct/mri scans may be ordered by a physician after a thorough history and exam. Don't ignore your symptoms, but be cautious about jumping to the most severe conclusion without more of a work-up. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Is a head CT with contrast sufficient to rule out a brain tumor? Reason I had it was head and neck pain left side for 6 months. Pain still present.

Is a head CT with contrast sufficient to rule out a brain tumor? Reason I had it was head and neck pain left side for 6 months. Pain still present.

Usually: Certain type of tumors can't be well visualized on CT and requires MRI, such as meningiomas, but neck pain is rarely cause of tumor in the brain. Tumors can occur in the spinal cord, including the neck spinal cord, but neck pain is usually due to problems with the neck itself, such as disc or arthritis. ...Read more

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Ct scans good for catching brain tumors? I did a CT scan several months ago because I was having head and neck pain. The CT scan turned out to be normal, but the head and neck pain have returned. I was wondering what the odds are that the CT scan missed

Ct scans good for catching brain tumors? I did a CT scan several months ago because I was having head and neck pain. The CT scan turned out to be normal, but the head and neck pain have returned. I was wondering what the odds are that the CT scan missed

They aregood: Mri are better more sensitive as are ct with contrast or pet enhanced plain ct 83% sensitive congrats on normal ct. This should reassure you along with symptoms which come and go symptoms that go most neck pain is muscular and stress related with associated headaches common tension symptoms brain tumor is far down on the list when you hear hoof beats they are probably not zebras. ...Read more

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Continuous head pressure/neck pain, shoulder pain, eyes sore, temple pressure, scalp sore, jaw clenching, anxiety, for 2 weeks. Anxiety about brain tumor

Continuous head pressure/neck pain, shoulder pain, eyes sore, temple pressure, scalp sore, jaw clenching, anxiety, for 2 weeks. Anxiety about brain tumor

Not likely a tumor: A brain tumor is pretty far down the list of possibilities. I think you have pinpointed the most likely cause yourself: muscle tension. Neck, shoulder, temple, jaw muscle tightness and pain create anxiety which causes more tightness which causes more pain which. ..
I don't discourage you from seeing your primary care physician but I think you can worry less about a brain tumor. Feel better! ...Read more

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Headache neck ache pain in jaw pressure in forhead numbness in face spaced out feel wired brain tumor or brain abcess vertigo legs feel heavy?

Headache neck ache pain in jaw pressure in forhead numbness in face spaced out feel wired brain tumor or brain abcess vertigo legs feel heavy?

Headache: Don't understand your question completely or what you are asking. What you are describing appears to be a mixed tension/migraine headache. If you are concerned about tumor or infection, best to check with your doctor or referral to a neurologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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Where is headache caused by a brain tumor commonly felt? Top of the head? Forehead? Neck? All of the above?

Where is headache caused by a brain tumor commonly felt? Top of the head? Forehead? Neck? All of the above?

Can be anywhere: It would be good to have your history of frequent headaches worked up by your doctor too, so you can rest assured that you don't have something you fear. That can bring peace of mind. Keep your cell phone away from your brain/testes in any case. Hands free alter natives. ...Read more

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Have persistant, fluctuating headache and general malaise for two weeks, now slightly sore back of neck-no neruo symptoms, etc. Could be brain tumor?

Have persistant, fluctuating headache and general malaise for two weeks, now slightly sore back of neck-no neruo symptoms, etc. Could be brain tumor?

Not likely: This is the time of year for viral illness, and you may have just come down with a virus that your body is fighting. However, as your symptoms have been lasting a while, it is a good idea to visit with your doctor for a more detailed account of your symptoms plus a physical exam and possible lab tests to get at the primary cause of your feeling unwell. ...Read more

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20yr old. Stressed And worried and now have aching neck and headache. And beginning to think it's a brain tumor. Is it just anxiety? Two weeks Started

20yr old. Stressed And worried and now have aching neck and headache. And beginning to think it's a brain tumor. Is it just anxiety? Two weeks Started

Anxiety is my bet: Anxiety is a prime suspect for almost all symptoms - especially the "soft" ones w/out known lab tests or imaging. Here's a great Dx Tool! If the symptom can change based on distraction or focus - it's probably anxiety. Fractures, tumors, viruses, etc. Do not come or go in response to a phone call, great song, annoying chatter. If it is always there, see a doctor - but brain tumors are rare. ...Read more

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For years, Iv been feeling a Weird tense, tight, weak and tingly feeling from left side neck to left side of arm. No headaches. Is it brain tumor?

For years, Iv been feeling a Weird tense, tight, weak and tingly feeling from left side neck to left side of arm. No headaches. Is it brain tumor?

Very unlikely: It may be an issue with cervical vertebrae that is affecting the nerves coming out of the cervical spinal cord. It would be prudent to consult a neurologist.
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Can someone die from a brain tumor without knowing they had one? I'm afraid I have one because of stiff neck, and tinnitus. Doctor says it's anxiety.

Can someone die from a brain tumor without knowing they had one? I'm afraid I have one because of stiff neck, and tinnitus. Doctor says it's anxiety.

Anxiety Disorder: You are a 20 yo female with ADD, anxiety and hypochondria who is on meds for anxiety, depression and muscle pain/spasm You've already managed to get a cervical spine MRI for your symptoms which probably included brain as well. I don't see how your doctor would have missed a "brain tumor". You may need to consult with your mental health provider about adjusting meds (the aspirin can cause tinnitus). ...Read more

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Convinced myself I have a brain tumor, I've had a tense neck and pins and needles, I suffer chronic health Anxiety, nausea also. Could I have tumor?

Convinced myself I have a brain tumor, I've had a tense neck and pins and needles, I suffer chronic health Anxiety, nausea also. Could I have tumor?

Brain tumor?: Symptoms are vague, and if workup is negative for tumor, work with your doctor on finding out other reasons for neck discomfort & tension. ...Read more

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Woke up w/tension/ache on top of neck/base of head. Woke up b4 this on midnite and neck was fine.18 yrs. Female. Cud it b pillow, meningitis, brain tumor?

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Woke up w/tension/ache on top of neck/base of head. Woke up b4 this on midnite and neck was fine.18 yrs. Female. Cud it b pillow, meningitis, brain tumor?

Muscle related: Most likely it is muskuloskeletal related-perhaps because of position you sleep, or related to something you did earlier that day etc. ...Read more

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Can virus cause persistant come-and-go ha, slightly stiff neck, general lethargy? Otherwise healthy woman. Sound like brain tumor? No neuro symptoms

Can virus cause persistant come-and-go ha, slightly stiff neck, general lethargy? Otherwise healthy woman. Sound like brain tumor? No neuro symptoms

Virus and HAs: Many viruses can cause the symptoms you describe. In most cases, the symptoms are self limited and will resolve. If not, consult your doctor. There is no evidence to worry about a brain tumor; while a stiff neck can be associated with a viral meningitis, most of these are self limited and will resolve. Unless your symptoms persist or worsen, there is no need for alarm. ...Read more

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I recently had a Head and Neck CT scan. One without and one with contrast. What are the chances a brain tumor causing symptoms was missed?

I recently had a Head and Neck CT scan. One without and one with contrast. What are the chances a brain tumor causing symptoms was missed?

Very remote: CT scan will pick up a brain tumor easily although it is not the best test for small (tiny) tumors. But then you would not have any symptoms from a small lesion. Please share information about your symptoms with us....we like to have detailed history of what is bothering you to start with. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with GAD and neck muscle spasm. I get daily chtonic headaches due to the spasm but I fear Brain tumor. Dr won't send m for mri. Help?

I was diagnosed with GAD and neck muscle spasm. I get daily chtonic headaches due to the spasm but I fear Brain tumor. Dr won't send m for mri. Help?

Second opinion: Chronic headache might cause anyone to worry. In satisfying differential diagnostic problems, doctors properly examine & test patients to rule in & rule out disorders. When no organic causes are discovered, only then should functional & psychological disorders rise to top of differential list. Sometimes definitive studies, including imaging studies, are therapeutic; as negative results are shown. ...Read more

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Severe health anxiety abt brain tumor. Sometimes shooting pain in back of neck. Normal neuro, eye exams. Doc does not rec specialist/MRI. BT unlikely?

Severe health anxiety abt brain tumor. Sometimes shooting pain in back of neck. Normal neuro, eye exams. Doc does not rec specialist/MRI. BT unlikely?

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I feel tingles, some weakness & pain in right arm;pain in neck &some headaches;weight loss & plugged ear. Could it be brain tumor? I've TMJ and anxiety

I feel tingles, some weakness & pain in right arm;pain in neck &some headaches;weight loss & plugged ear. Could it be brain tumor? I've TMJ and anxiety

Pain in arm or neck: Not likely to get pain in the arm or neck from a brain tumor without having signs of brain stem dysfunction. There are other conditions that need to be considered. Chiari malformation can produce tingling in neck and shoulders with headaches. You might have a couple of unrelated problems producing a confusing clinical picture. (separate neck and ear problem). A good examination might be in order. ...Read more

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I feel ear fullness&neck muscle spasm on right side&balance prob spinning to the left side. It comes and goes. I've red nostril inside on the right side and now astigmatism. Could it be brain tumor?

I feel ear fullness&neck muscle spasm on right side&balance prob spinning to the left side. It comes and goes. I've red nostril inside on the right side and now astigmatism. Could it be brain tumor?

See below: Agree with need to evaluate and treat, but you could possess an inner ear problem called meniere's disease, and this could be pinned down by an otolaryngologist. If you have hearing loss focally on right side, and double vision, get MRI and "clear the air" regarding your concerns. Probably not tumor, but agree that you need a diagnosis. ...Read more

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What are the chances of me having an orbital tumor/brain tumor w/ 1mm left eye bulge? No vision loss & no double vision. Thyroid results normal.

What are the chances of me having an orbital tumor/brain tumor w/ 1mm left eye bulge? No vision loss & no double vision. Thyroid results normal.

Left eye bulge: It is hard to believe that you can accurately tell 1mm difference between your two eyes.
Since you are concerned I suggest you make an appointment to see an eye doctor. ...Read more

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My son is 11 since he was like 3 he has been having random nose bleed and migrains, he also grinds his teeth is this a sign of a brain tumor? Am concerned as I have had thyroid cancer.

My son is 11 since he was like 3 he has been having random nose bleed and migrains, he also grinds his teeth is this a sign of a brain tumor? Am concerned as I have had thyroid cancer.

Not likely: Nose bleeds and migraines are vascular issues most likely. Tooth grinding can be a sign of anxiety and/or a bad bite.
But let's get your son examined by a physicians and a dentist to get an accurate diagnosis so his problems can be treated. ...Read more

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Burning nostrils, eyes, throat like I've been around 2nd hand smoke, but I haven't. Started Zoloft (sertraline) and burning started. Scared it's a brain tumor?

Burning nostrils, eyes, throat like I've been around 2nd hand smoke, but I haven't. Started Zoloft (sertraline) and burning started. Scared it's a brain tumor?

Burning nostrils: Is likely just that. Please see your doc but brain tumor is way down on the list of possibilities. Are you being treated for your anxiety disorder, not only medication, but therapy? Peace and good health. See www. Relaxationresponse. Org for some self-help. ...Read more

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How is a brain tumor formed?

How is a brain tumor formed?

Abnormal cell growth: All tumors are formed from cells that do not follow the rules - they grow faster/differently than they should, not controlled by local and systemic chemical signals. There are many different types of brain tumors - some very slow growing over decades that cause no problems but may "push" the brain a little. But others grow very fast, damaging or "crushing" normal brain next to them. ...Read more

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Early symptoms of brain tumor?

Early symptoms of brain tumor?

It is very rare: Headaches and seizures
it is very unlikely to have brain tumor at your age. See neurologist if you want more assurance. ...Read more

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How is a brain tumor diagnosed?

How is a brain tumor diagnosed?

MRI or CT: These a days, brain mri's and ct's are the primary method of diagnosing brain tumors. These are prompted after the patient has a neurologic symptom or an un-relenting headache. ...Read more

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Advice for a possible brain tumor?

Advice for a possible brain tumor?

See neurosurgeon: Please see a neurosurgeon and be evaluated. All the best. ...Read more

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Do brain tumor symptoms come and go?

Do brain tumor symptoms come and go?

Yes: It can cause transient worsening depending on the pressure of the brain, which is usually higher early morning. It can also present with seizure, which might not be a typical convustion attack, but mimicking mini-stroke. Please seek medical attention, if you have any concerns. ...Read more

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How likely is getting a brain tumor?

How likely is getting a brain tumor?

Good question: There are a few familial syndromes associated with brain tumors.

Otherwise it is 6-7 cases/10000 people as national incidence in adults in the us. ...Read more

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What are common brain tumor symptoms?

What are common brain tumor symptoms?

Complex issue: Tumors of the brain can be benign, malignant, malignant by position, or chronic and stable. Brain tumors can be silent or present as seizures or can abruptly produce coma and death. Primary brain tumors depend on cells of origin and location as to how they show symptoms. Secondary brain tumors may come from a primary tumor elsewhere in the body and spread broadly all through the brain. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a brain tumor?

How do I know if I have a brain tumor?

Neurologist: If you have symptoms which suggest a possibility of a brain tumor you should see a neurologist. If he/she thinks this a real possibility the best test is an MRI scan. Without any evidence for a tumor on an MRI you virtually certainly don't have one. Seek a referral from your physician. ...Read more

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What can cause a brain tumor in humans?

What can cause a brain tumor in humans?

Etiology of tumors: Exposure to Radiation is the only definite risk factor for all types of brain tumors (meningiomas and gliomas)
History of previous cancers during childhood (leukemias, lymphomas)
Genetic conditions such Neurofibromatosis type 1 and 2
Tuberous sclerosis, Li Fraumeni, Von hippel Lindau, Turcot, Turner and Grolin Syndromes
AIDS
power lines, cell phones, hair dye and smoking not proven as causes. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have a brain tumor?

Symptoms?: Are you having any symptoms that might suggest a brain tumor? Headaches, vision disturbance, other symptoms? If there are symptoms you are concerned about, you should discuss them with your health care provider who can listen to your complaints, examine you, and request appropriate tests. ...Read more

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How do you get checked for a brain tumor?

See a Doctor.: People worried about having a brain tumor should speak with their primary physician. The first step is a good history and neurologic examination. If there is enough suspicion of a problem an MRI scan with contrast is usually the best way to find a brain tumor. Sometimes a ct scan is done first to make sure there isn't a different cause of the patient's problems. ...Read more

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Do symptoms always accompany a brain tumor?

Do symptoms always accompany a brain tumor?

Yes. But what: Symptoms depend on location. An auto accident may result from a visual field defect. May not be able to balance checkbook. A seizure. Pesonality change. Complex. Usually the symptom brings the patient to attention, work up, diagnosis. ...Read more

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What will happen when a brain tumor bursts?

What will happen when a brain tumor bursts?

There is no such ite: It is unclear what you are saying. Brain tumors do not burst spontaneously. Your neurosurgeon can explain better and tell you what exactly happened ...Read more

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What to do if I have a brain tumor or worse?

What to do if I have a brain tumor or worse?

See a doctor: If you think you have a tumor, talk to your doctor about your symptoms.
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Brain tumor growth and what are the symptoms?

Brain tumor growth and what are the symptoms?

Depends: Some of this depends on how large the tumor is and where it is located. Increased or severe headaches with nausea and vomiting can be a symptom, dizziness, loss of balance, visual disturbances, and even problems with hearing, blood pressure, speech, can develop. Any new, severe, or persisting neurological symptom should be neurologically evaluated. ...Read more

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Neck Pain (Definition)

Neck pain can be a symptom of many problems, infections, growths, cervical disk disease, fractures, vascular problems (some serious), heart issues, etc., etc. See your doctor for an exam and possible ...Read more


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Brain Tumor (Definition)

Can cause headaches, weakness, dizziness, seizures, and blurry vision. Also ...Read more