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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

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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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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How can I know the difference between a migraine headache and a brain tumor?

How can I know the difference between a migraine headache and a brain tumor?

Fortunately,: Brain tumors are VERY rare and unfortunately MIGRAINE headaches are VERY common. A good history and physical is needed to rule out "Warning Flag" Headaches. Imaging is rarely needed, but it is the ONLY way to CONFIRM a brain tumor. ...Read more

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How can I tell the difference between a migraine headache and a brain tumor?

How can I tell the difference between a migraine headache and a brain tumor?

Migraine or tumor: A neurologist can help you greatly by providing tests that look into your brain. They are painless and give lots of information. Migraine is much more common than tumor. Their are various kinds of migraines and natural and conventional docs who help with them. ...Read more

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Do I have a brain tumor as I have been experiencing a severe headache since a long time (i am a migraine patient)alongwith weakness, pain in my body...?

Do I have a brain tumor as I have been experiencing a severe headache since a long time (i am a migraine patient)alongwith weakness, pain in my body...?

Get an evaluation: Episodes of severe headache followed by recovery would suggest that you do not have a tumor but have migraine. If you are having progressive symptoms, then you need a thorough medical and neurological evaluation. Some migraine patients develop chronic headache. This may be due to excessive use of medications. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Bad headache in the left temple. It is probably a migraine or stress tension headache. But if it was a brain tumor. Would there be other symptoms?

Bad headache in the left temple. It is probably a migraine or stress tension headache. But if it was a brain tumor. Would there be other symptoms?

Likely not tumor: Given your younger age and type of symptoms currently displayed, a brain tumor is less likely. It depends on the frequency and severity of symptoms, but you might consider requesting your doctor to order an MRI brain with and without contrast (it provides better detail of the brain than does the ct). I would definitely consider quitting smoking. ...Read more

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Really bad headaches (migraine?), dizziness, nausea, trouble concentrating, weakness in arms, changes in vision, etc... Could it be a brain tumor?

Really bad headaches (migraine?), dizziness, nausea, trouble concentrating, weakness in arms, changes in vision, etc... Could it be a brain tumor?

Bad headache: The answer would depend largely on how long have you had this type of headache. If this is a pattern you have had for many years, then the chances of some type oof pathology are low. If it is a very recent onset, then it should be investigated by a qulified headache specialist. ...Read more

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Migraine on back of the head in morning. Can it be a brain tumor?? I'm 17 years old with severe anxiety.

Migraine on back of the head in morning. Can it be a brain tumor?? I'm 17 years old with severe anxiety.

It's not a tumour!: Many things can cause a headache and a tumour is way way way down the list, especially in a 17 year old. If a headache lasts for many days or is accompanied by loss of strength in one limp, vision changes, confusion, vomiting, or speaking problems it needs to be assessed further. Do your best not to worry. ...Read more

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I had an ocular migraine yesterday. How dangerous are those? Does it mean I have a brain tumor? Or that I will have a stroke?

I had an ocular migraine yesterday. How dangerous are those? Does it mean I have a brain tumor? Or that I will have a stroke?

Puzzling: Are you sure it was an ophthalmic migraine? I ask because people who are informed enough to know what a migraine IS are usually also pretty well informed about what a migraine is NOT, which includes brain tumors. Strokes & migraines are (only very) SLIGHTLY related. Go to the website of the American Headache Society and do some reading about migraines. Knowledge is power; arm yourself. ...Read more

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Asking for a friend She wants to know if temple hurting and dizziness and eye pain are signs of brain tumor. I told her it was prolly a migraine?

Asking for a friend She wants to know if temple hurting and dizziness and eye pain are signs of brain tumor. I told her it was prolly a migraine?

Migraine: A migraine is a common type of headache that may occur with symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, dizziness, changes in vision, numbness/ tingling or sensitivity to light. In many people, a throbbing pain is felt only on one side of the head. Some people who get migraines have warning symptoms, called an aura, before the actual headache begins. ...Read more

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Postdromal migraine or brain tumor? Mild pain on left side of head, ringing ears, ear fullness and dizziness for 4 days after week long migraine.

Postdromal migraine or brain tumor? Mild pain on left side of head, ringing ears, ear fullness and dizziness for 4 days after week long migraine.

How about neither?: There seems to be an inexplicable epidemic of brain tumor anxiety among otherwise young healthy people. Like that furshlugginer ice bucket challenge that had the unintended consequence of an epidemic of ALS anxiety among otherwise healthy young people. - This may have been a viral infection that spread to your middle & inner ear. If it persists more than a few more days, see your doctor. ...Read more

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I get severe headaches/migraines, as often as every 2-3 days which are not relieved by nsaids. I also have a mild headache all the time. Is it possible that I have a brain tumor?

I get severe headaches/migraines, as often as every 2-3 days which are not relieved by nsaids. I also have a mild headache all the time. Is it possible that I have a brain tumor?

Thankfully not likel: Fortunately having a brain mass is far down on the differential diagnosis. Mass lesions cause additional neurologic symptoms and signs that have a propensity to progress.

Other causes of chronic daily headache include transformed migraine, rebound headaches from overutilization of the same headache meds, cervical spine disease, and sleep apnea to name a few. Please meet with your doctor. ...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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Aura migraines without pain in 3rd trimester of pregnancy. A few per week. No other symptoms. Is this just a migraine or maybe a brain tumor?

Aura migraines without pain in 3rd trimester of pregnancy. A few per week. No other symptoms. Is this just a migraine or maybe a brain tumor?

Doubt tumor: Headaches do kick up during pregnancy, but should ease as 3rd trimester proceeds. Might try some 100 % oxygen with rebreathing mask over 3-5 minutes to eradicate the auras, but would avoid meds at this point. Discuss with obstetrician, as highly unlikely that you have structural brain disorder, but get examined to get reassured. ...Read more

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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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I have very bad migraines. Could this be a brain tumor?

I have very bad migraines. Could this be a brain tumor?

Brain tumor: If you have a long history of migraines then you should be aware of the pain patterns. If a brain tumor becomes a problem patients often describe the headache as very difference in terms of timing and type of pain. I assume you have a neurologist who is treating the headaches, if so then run the symptoms by this person and see if additional studies might be necessary. ...Read more

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I have very bad migraines. Could this be a brain tumor?

I have very bad migraines. Could this be a brain tumor?

Should be evaluated: Headaches can occur for a number of different reasons. Migraine is a type of headache with a specific set of symptoms that include unilateral pain, sometimes with vision changes or other sensory issues. Frequent or severe headaches should be evaluated. Tumor is comparatively a very uncommon cause, but imaging may be ordered to rule out if symptoms are suggestive and further workup is needed. ...Read more

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I have headaches pretty much everyday and I am 18. Brain tumor? :/

I have headaches pretty much everyday and I am 18. Brain tumor? :/

Not likely tumor: That is what many people think of whey they have bad/recurring headaches, but in fact only about 1% of headaches is from tumors. At 18 and wihtout other symptoms, tumor is low on the list. Make you keep good hydration, get adequate sleep, get your eyes checked. See your doc for eval of possible sinus trouble, tm etc...Or differentiating between tension vs migraines etc. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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I have headaches pretty much everyday is it and I am 18. Brain tumor? :/

I have headaches pretty much everyday is it and I am 18. Brain tumor? :/

Not likely tumor: That is what many people think of whey they have bad/recurring headaches, but in fact only about 1% of headaches is from tumors. At 18 and wihtout other symptoms, tumor is low on the list. Make you keep good hydration, get adequate sleep, get your eyes checked. See your doc for eval of possible sinus trouble, tm etc...Or differentiating between tension vs migraines etc. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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

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?

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 brain tumor or just allergy headaches?

I have brain tumor or just allergy headaches?

Not usually tumor: Surprisingly, headaches are not normally initial symptom person experiences if a brain tumor. Symptoms, like seizures, changes in vision or hearing, weakness of the arms and legs, or cognitive decline are often the first symptoms. Chronic headaches are likely to be related to other, less serious conditions like migraines, allergies, or common vision problems that require glasses or contact lens. ...Read more

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Can you get optic migraines from a brain tumor?

Can you get optic migraines from a brain tumor?

No, but: The visual phenomena of migraines is caused by changes in blood flow as the arteries in the head narrow (spasm). Brain tumors can also cause visual changes, usually loss of peripheral vision, but other visual phenomena similar to migraines are known to occur. Brain tumors are rare; migraines are not. ...Read more

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Do brain tumor headaches go away with Motrin?

Do brain tumor headaches go away with Motrin?

Depends: Guessing from your history that you do not have a diagnosis of a brain tumor but are worried about one. If you're having recurring headaches, you need to speak to or see a doctor who can recognize the pattern and recommend further evaluation or a treatment plan for you. Motrin is an effective pain reliever, but it does have side effects. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is safer. For either, follow dosage instructions. ...Read more

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What to do if my brain tumor or just allergy headaches?

What to do if my brain tumor or just allergy headaches?

Allergy or tumor: I vote for allergy. Get tested by a neurologist and if tumor is ruled out you can get some lab tests for allergy. I use great plains lab for that. ...Read more

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What to do if I have headaches, facial tingling. Scared of a brain tumor!?

What to do if I have headaches, facial tingling. Scared of a brain tumor!?

Headache evaluation: Most importantly: if the headache came on suddenly, all at once, or is the worst headache of your life, go to the nearest er or call 911 right now. This type of headache needs immediate evaluation. If you are in severe pain, or having nausea and vomiting or changes in vision, go to er. Otherwise, you can wait till tomorrow morning to call your doctor's office or urgent care. You do need to see dr. ...Read more

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Can you give me advice with headaches, facial tingling. Scared of a brain tumor!?

Can you give me advice with headaches, facial tingling. Scared of a brain tumor!?

Poss. Migraines: If your headaches are intermittent and of months or many years duration, then you probably have migraines. Facial tingling can occur in migraines. See a neurologist. Medications can control. ...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


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Migraine Headaches (Definition)

Migraine headaches are a common condition that often include a headache with throbbing, pulsing pain, blurriness of vision, nausea, and sensitivity to light. They ...Read more