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I have a one-sided headache and fatigue. Could it be a brain tumor?

I have a one-sided headache and fatigue. Could it be a brain tumor?

No worries: Is the headache new are u prone to headache
how severe is it
if new and persistent warrants an evaluation ...Read more

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I had one sided headaches. Do I have any symptoms of a brain tumor?

I had one sided headaches. Do I have any symptoms of a brain tumor?

Likely migraine: There are different types of headache- migraine and tension headaches are the most common ones. Migraine headaches usually are one sided headaches- can be preceeded with aura, hallucination etc- also can be associated with photosensitivity etc. Although brain tumor also can give headache- but it is unlikely in your case. Having said that- go to see your md and have yourself checked. ...Read more

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Hi doc, of late my head shakes involuntarily, and hve been having one sided headaches. Do I hve a brain tumor? Pls advise.

Hi doc, of late my head shakes involuntarily, and hve been having one sided headaches. Do I hve a brain tumor? Pls advise.

Maybe: Brain tumors are uncommon for people your age. However your involuntary head shakes might represent a kind of seizure, and headaches can be caused by brain tumors among many other things. Most likely you don't have a tumor, but see your doctors for a neurological workup to find out what's actually wrong. ...Read more

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Having headaches everyday, not bad then have sharp & stabbing on one side or other. Face on that side will hurt. Do I need to be checked for brain tumor?

Having headaches everyday, not bad then have sharp & stabbing on one side or other. Face on that side will hurt. Do I need to be checked for brain tumor?

Headache workup: Headaches are common and usually aren't due to a brain tumor. The workup for headaches includes assessment for dietary factors such as caffeine or chocolate intake. A visit to a neurologist can help assess for options for medical treatment. A head ct or MRI can exclude serious concerns like a brain tumor. If the headaches have a surgical source, then you can see a neurosurgeon. ...Read more

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Had a clear CT scan in November and now experiencing headache on one side. Very stressful job. Nervous this is a brain tumor.

Had a clear CT scan in November and now experiencing headache on one side. Very stressful job. Nervous this is a brain tumor.

It might be migraine: Brain tumors are uncommon, so you should not think about that possibility at present. Half sided headache are commonly due to migraine, which requires a special medication. So you will need to see your doctor unless you can control pain with either tylenol (first choice) or Aleve/Motrin type medicine.
Stress is a common cause, so practice breathing exercises when uR tense+Daily walk in th mornings ...Read more

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I have been Getting Headaches lately from not sleeping, could this be a sign of a Brain Tumor?

I have been Getting Headaches lately from not sleeping, could this be a sign of a Brain Tumor?

Unlikely: While tumor can cause headaches, it is unlikely. Instead try getting some sleep. Common causes include caffeine withdrawal, dehydration, migraines, sinus infection, high blood pressure, and stress. ...Read more

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Can a headache be the only symptom/sign of a brain tumor?

Can a headache be the only symptom/sign of a brain tumor?

Yes, but..: Headaches are common, and brain tumors aren't. So the most likely cause of a headache is not a brain tumor! Warning signs for headaches caused by brain tumors are early morning headaches (upon awakening) or headaches that worsen with coughing or straining. Other causes of headaches: sinus congestion, caffeine withdrawal, muscle tension, eye strain. ...Read more

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Can a headache be the only sign of a brain tumor. No history in family no other symtomps. Apart from tight feeling allover head that lasts allday?

Can a headache be the only sign of a brain tumor. No history in family no other symtomps. Apart from tight feeling allover head that lasts allday?

Yes: Although symptoms from a brain tumor can be subtle, a persistent headache needs to be addressed by your doctor. Please go to the emergency room as soon as possible for your headache. ...Read more

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How do doctors tell a brain tumor headache from a regular one?

How do doctors tell a brain tumor headache from a regular one?

Some guidelines: A headache coupled with confusion, dizziness, memory loss, slurred speech, loss of balance, weakness on one side of the body, seizures or blurred or double vision could signal a stroke or brain tumor, so always demand prompt medical action in those circumstances. Isolated headache is rarely caused by brain tumors. ...Read more

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I've been having tension type headaches for the past few days or so. It happens ONLY at night and top/sides of the head. Is this a brain tumor?

I've been having tension type headaches for the past few days or so. It happens ONLY at night and top/sides of the head. Is this a brain tumor?

Highly unlikely: Your symptoms aren't at all the classical or common ones we hear from people who end up complaining of headaches which turn out to be associated with the growth of brain tumors. Headaches ONLY at night time for example & ONLY on the top & sides of the head (i.e. practically the whole head) & without focal neurological complaints do not suggest tumor. See doc for more information). ...Read more

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I've been having a headache in the right side of my head now for days this moring I woke up and about.30 minutes after wakin I got a headache brain tumor?

I've been having a headache in the right side of my head now for days this moring I woke up and about.30 minutes after wakin I got a headache brain tumor?

Unlikely: Headaches are common and are often caused by stress or tension. It could also be migraine which is also quite common. Brain tumors do cause headaches but are relatively rare. You should have your doctor examine you and test you for the likely cause and treat it appropriately. A specialist/ neurologist may be consulted if your pcp is unable to control it well and to your satisfaction. ...Read more

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What are the signs of a cluster headache. What are the odds of a brain tumor in a 23 yo female?

What are the signs of a cluster headache. What are the odds of a brain tumor in a 23 yo female?

Need more info: Cluster headaches more common in middle aged men. Episodes can be very painful & can last for several weeks. You need a neurological exam to review the symptoms. Brain tumors usually do not present with typical cluster type migraine. ...Read more

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I've been getting headaches and gaining weight for no reason, don't eat much, my aunt died of a brain tumor, is it possible I could have one?

I've been getting headaches and gaining weight for no reason, don't eat much, my aunt died of a brain tumor, is it possible I could have one?

Headache causes: There are many causes of headache. Given symptoms of headache and weight gain, possible that there could be something affecting the pituitary gland.

This is something that should be discussed with your physician who would likely arrange for some form of brain imaging study. ...Read more

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39 yr old. Feels like gentle poke / ping on top right side of head for months. Not headache; no brain tumor symptoms, but worried. My dr says stress?

Doubt tumor: Head dyscomfort symptoms are like snow flakes. Rarely do 2 people describe the same type of symptoms based on their perception. You wont' find anything in the literature about a ping pong sensation in your head. After 23 hears I have learned that unusual sensations like this that haven't been described in the literature mean nothing. Ping pong sensation can point to middle ear issue. ...Read more

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The left side of my body sometimes feels weaker or stiffer than my right, and sometimes I get headaches on the right side of my head. I have health anxiety. Wondering if this sounds like a brain tumor?

The left side of my body sometimes feels weaker or stiffer than my right, and sometimes I get headaches on the right side of my head. I have health anxiety. Wondering if this sounds like a brain tumor?

Possible migraine: There is a kind of migraine headache syndrome that can cause your symptoms, with or without a headache. Though not likely to represent a brain tumor, your symptoms merit having a consultation with a neurologist and likely getting a brain MRI to look for other possibilities, as well. Treatments are available after a diagnosis is made. ...Read more

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Is chronic nose bleed, slurred speech, frequent headaches a sign of brain tumor?

Is chronic nose bleed, slurred speech, frequent headaches a sign of brain tumor?

Very Concerning!: When people have slurred speach it is always very important to have that evaluated right away. It becomes more worrisome when there is a headache involved. It sounds like a person with those symptoms should see their primary care md without delay! If the symptoms are sudden in onset, then that demands an er visit urgently. ...Read more

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I had a lump on my head, left side. Is like a hard bone feeling, headaches & Isee blurry with the periphery of the right eye. Could it be a brain tumor?

I had a lump on my head, left side. Is like a hard bone feeling, headaches & Isee blurry with the periphery of the right eye. Could it be a brain tumor?

New onset headaches?: The likelihood is that you are having migraine headaches BUT if you are having these symptoms and they are brand new or significantly different from previously then, an appointment with your physician should occur right away. However, not because of the lump you feel. The most common reason for lumps on the head people find are lumps on the head that are supposed to be there. Let us know wassup. ...Read more

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Can one single incident of very slurred speech indicate the possibility of a brain tumor in a teenager? Also everyday mild headaches on one spot.

Can one single incident of very slurred speech indicate the possibility of a brain tumor in a teenager? Also everyday mild headaches on one spot.

Possible? Yes?: Probable? Not on the basis of your information. However, I think it would be a very reasonable step to have this teenager fully evaluated by their doctor and then, possibly a neurologist with appropriate tests and imaging studies if warranted. If you'd like to chat about this: www. Healthtap. Com/drsaghafi Key Code: PDXFNR ...Read more

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I've been nauseated/dizzy/having headaches for about a week. No doctors think its brain tumor. What are the odds of having one with this knowledge?

I've been nauseated/dizzy/having headaches for about a week. No doctors think its brain tumor. What are the odds of having one with this knowledge?

Very unlikely: While nothing is impossible, the classic symptom of "mass effect" from a brain tumor is a focal neurologic sign (such as one-sided weakness, or slurred speech) rather than vague headaches and nausea/dizziness. The differential for what you are reporting is vast, with brain tumor being a very, very distant cotnender. ...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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Headache in front/back left side of head, ear. Tiny jabs of pain (1-2). Light headed when standing. Scared I have a brain tumor. No fam history. Help!

Headache in front/back left side of head, ear. Tiny jabs of pain (1-2). Light headed when standing. Scared I have a brain tumor. No fam history. Help!

Unlikely: Brain tumors are uncommon in people your age, and a light-headed feeling isn't typically a symptom of one. If you have serious headaches you should see your doctor, and ask for a referral to a neurologist both to evaluate your problem and to treat the headaches. ...Read more

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Is constant 24/7 dizzy headache that doesn't stop even during and after sleep a sign of brain tumor? I've had it for a week, doctor only gave painkiller

Is constant 24/7 dizzy headache that doesn't stop even during and after sleep a sign of brain tumor? I've had it for a week, doctor only gave painkiller

Yes it can be: A sign of a brain tumor. If your doctor looked into your eyes and saw sharp edges around the optic disc then that is a good sign that there is not increased pressure on your brain and therefore no tumor. If you remained concerned, perhaps you should seek a second opinion. ...Read more

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My right side of my head aches. Do I have a brain tumor?

My right side of my head aches. Do I have a brain tumor?

Don't panic: That's quite a jump: From headache to brain tumor in one step. It's possible but not likely. You may have heard of a kind of headache called "migraine." The word is a French corruption of the Greek word "hemicranium, " meaning "1/2 of the head" because migraines typically affect only one side at a time. Only way to know for sure is to get a hands-on assessment in a doctor's office. Good luck. ...Read more

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Do I have a brain tumor? I often have sever head aches on the left side of my head. With chest pains.

Not likely: Headache is certainly one of the common symptoms of a brain tumor, but chest pain is not usually in any way related. You may just have migraines, or you may have another type of disease. You should see your doctor for evaluation and appropriate testing and referral, probably to a neurologist who specializes in headache. An MRI of the head would help. ...Read more

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What to do if I keep having horrid headaches. Is it true that bad headaches could mean a brain tumor?

What to do if I keep having horrid headaches. Is it true that bad headaches could mean a brain tumor?

Very uncommon: A headache coupled with confusion, dizziness, memory loss, slurred speech, loss of balance, weakness on one side of the body, seizures or blurred or double vision could signal a stroke or brain tumor, so always demand prompt medical action in those circumstances. Isolated headache is rarely caused by brain tumors. ...Read more

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Could you have a brain tumor with symptoms other than a headache?

Could you have a brain tumor with symptoms other than a headache?

Other symptoms:: Confusion, dizziness, memory loss, slurred speech, loss of balance, weakness on one side of the body, seizures or blurred or double vision could signal a stroke or brain tumor, so always demand prompt medical action in those circumstances. ...Read more

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I've had a headache for 6weeks is it possible it could be a brain tumor?

Yes, possible: There are many causes of headaches, but one that persists for 6 weeks is worrisome. It might be from a brain tumor or from other serious neurological problems. See a doctor and get a thorough evaluation; ask to see a neurologist. ...Read more

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Could you tell me if someone had a brain tumor would there headaches be continuos?

Could you tell me if someone had a brain tumor would there headaches be continuos?

It varies: Headaches from brain tumor are typically not continuous. They are fairly severe and often wake you up early in the morning. Most importantly the headaches get progressively more severe. So it is unlikely that you have a brain tumor because they are an uncommon cause for headaches, in general. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Tinitus that won't go away got my ears checked. Could I have brain tumor? No headaches

Tinitus that won't go away got my ears checked. Could I have brain tumor? No headaches

Tinnitis: Tinnitis can be a tough disease to treat. Could be several causes. Such as trauma to the ears like if you play loud music. You need to see you me doctor forces full evaluation for there are many causes and they must be ruled out ...Read more

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Hoping you can tell me, is brain tumor more than a headache?

Hoping you can tell me, is brain tumor more than a headache?

Lots more: Some brain tumors cause headaches in some people, but this is at best the tip of the iceberg. Brain tumors are abnormal growths and many of them are cancers and will kill the patient unless treated (and, sometimes, even then). They can cause epileptic seizures, weakness, sensory changes, confusion, aphasia or other neurological difficulties. Way more than a headache. ...Read more

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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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For how long can headache remain the sole symptom of a brain tumor?

For how long can headache remain the sole symptom of a brain tumor?

Location. Location..: Really depends on the location of the mass. Certain tumors can grow to large size before they affect critical brain functions. Usually the rule of thumb is if headaches get progressively worse is a clinical sign that you need to check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Do I have a brain tumor? How do I know? I get headaches every week.

Do I have a brain tumor? How do I know? I get headaches every week.

Probably not: The only way to assess for brain tumor is with mr or ct. Now migraines are fare more frequent. I would recommend seeing a neurologist who will ask you to describe your symptomes, examine you and maybe order testings or imaging.
Good luck. ...Read more

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If a headache is relieved with over-the-counter medicine, can it still be a brain tumor?

If a headache is relieved with over-the-counter medicine, can it still be a brain tumor?

Yes: A headache related to a brain tumor can be relieved by otc medicines.

New or changed headache, worsening headaches, vision changes/blurriness, nausea/vomiting, and sometimes balance problems are the most common symptoms of brain tumors.

See a primary care provider for a history and physical. Imaging of the head with ct and/or MRI may be helpful. ...Read more

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Is there a connection between migranes and tumors? Are migrain headaches a symptom of a brain tumor?

Is there a connection between migranes and tumors? Are migrain headaches a symptom of a brain tumor?

None established: Migraines and brain tumors don't have an established connection but headaches can be a symptom of a brain tumor. ...Read more

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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


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Brain Tumor (Definition)

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