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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?

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

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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Help I have headache daily ?! Brain tumor ? I am very stressed, lack of sleep, drink alcohol weekly, is this causing headache ? Dr won't do mri

Help I have headache daily ?! Brain tumor ? I am very stressed, lack of sleep, drink alcohol weekly, is this causing headache ? Dr won't do mri

Stress reduction: Many times headaches are due to benign issues. Getting proper sleep, doing some stress reduction techniques, and cutting out alcohol (which can dehydrate you and also lead to headaches) can all help. ...Read more

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Help please? I want to know what are the different symptoms for migraine headaches and brain tumors?

Help please? I want to know what are the different symptoms for migraine headaches and brain tumors?

Some simple ways: Migraine would be unilateral throbbing, with nausea and vomiting, sensitivity to light and noise, and eventual full recovery. Brain tumor is more insidious, with more consistent aching as the size increases, if it is causing increased pressure, but more likely will seem like a slowly worsening stroke, or may present with a seizure, blurring or doubling of vision. ...Read more

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Doctors, what are the different symptoms for migraine headaches and brain tumors?

Doctors, what are the different symptoms for migraine headaches and brain tumors?

Secondary headache: A secondary headache is an organic headache that is symptomatic of an underlying problem. These conditions include some of the more ominous conditions (e.g., brain tumors, brain hemorrhage) as well as some benign conditions such as sinus infections and allergies. When evaluating a patient's headache or migraine it is imperative to exclude a secondary headache. ...Read more

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What to watch for when it comes to chronic tension headaches and brain tumors/cancer. When should I be concerned? And does age make a difference. Im20

What to watch for when it comes to chronic tension headaches and brain tumors/cancer. When should I be concerned? And does age make a difference. Im20

Chronic Tension-type: Headache can develop from episodic Tension-type Headache and the resultant headache is considered a chronic form. The clinical presentation is similar to episodic TTH except for the increased frequency of attacks. The headaches are usually bilateral and diffuse and often have tenderness in the cervical muscles as well as the pericranial muscles. Your headache specialist will rule out cancer. ...Read more

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What kind of headaches do brain tumors produce!? Preassure on temple area and nose area!?

What kind of headaches do brain tumors produce!? Preassure on temple area and nose area!?

Headache: There are a variety of etiologies for headaches and most are not related to brain tumors. Brain tumors can provide a variety of symptoms, including none at all. Headaches from tumors can be described differently by different people and may be related to size, location and an individual's perception. ...Read more

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How do you tell if your headache is a brain tumor?

How do you tell if your headache is a brain tumor?

No sure way: Headaches that are associated with nausea and awaken you from sleep are more worrisome than others. Also headaches that do not resolve with time, otc medications can also be worrisome. Most headaches are not from brain tumors. If the headache is associated with other neurologic findings a scan is in order. ...Read more

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Can a child have headaches as only brain tumor symp? Hlthy 3yr old woke up with "headache" last 2 nights but isn't consistent if it really hurts or no

While brain: Tumor can have headache, it might not. I would have a doctor examine your child. Moe likely the child wakes and is afraid, wants to see you, and explains that his/her head hurts. What happens after the complaint? Up rest of the night? You sleep with/or bring to your bed? Check the serious, but do not panic. ...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

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