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Headache (Definition)

Also called cephalalgia, is pain anywhere in the region of the head or neck, & can be a symptom of a number of conditions affecting those areas. It originates from pain-sensitive structures such as cranium, muscles, nerves, vessels, subcutaneous tissues, eyes, ears, sinuses & mucous membranes. It is non-specific symptom & can be primary such as tension ha, or secondary ...Read more


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I have health anxiety and got a tension headache about two weeks ago and freaking out it's a brain tumor.Blood work came back fineBut can't stop worry?

I have health anxiety and got a tension headache about two weeks ago and freaking out it's a brain tumor.Blood work came back fineBut can't stop worry?

Brain tumors are unc: Anybody with headaches that are worrisome or are causing anxiety should be evaluated by a physician who is regularly evaluating headaches like most primary care and internal medicine family doctors neurologist do There are many different cause of headaches. . Headaches that are caused by a tumor mass or stroke usually occur on a frequent basis that every two weeks. ...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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Right temple ache for almost a week now & under my right eye as well. Watery eye. Doctor said it was tension headache.. I'm worried a bout brain tumor?

Right temple ache for almost a week now & under my right eye as well. Watery eye. Doctor said it was tension headache.. I'm worried a bout brain tumor?

Very unlikely: Only about 1000 brain tumors are diagnosed in the US per year in people between the ages of 15 and 20. So, it would be very unlikely this headache is related to a tumor. It will likely go away with time. It can be from dehydration or caffeine withdrawal. Return to your doctor if it is persistent and/or worsening. Also, note if there are other symptoms such as seizures, shaking, speech problems,etc ...Read more

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Severe tension headaches that I have almost everyday and get dizzy. I am worried this might be a brain tumor. Should i be concerned? I am 20 years old

Severe tension headaches that I have almost everyday and get dizzy. I am worried this might be a brain tumor. Should i be concerned? I am 20 years old

Headaches: If you have severe headaches frequently, you should see your primary care physician and/or a neurologist for evaluation. That doesn't preclude feeling concerned, but it could go a long way towards resolving your worries and providing whatever help you might need. Best wishes. ...Read more

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23yo female. Can tension headaches last alday. Pain doesnt get any worse no nausea or vomitting. Worried about brain tumor?

23yo female. Can tension headaches last alday. Pain doesnt get any worse no nausea or vomitting. Worried about brain tumor?

Doubtful: Tension headaches start from the front and radiate to the back of your head and down your neck. They improve with over the counter medicines and rest. Persistent headache should be addressed by your doctor as soon as possible. Good luck ...Read more

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Im a hypochondriac and have been under a lot of stress.I have had tension headaches for 2 weeks and terrified its a brain tumor.Doc said it's anxiety?

Im a hypochondriac and have been under a lot of stress.I have had tension headaches for 2 weeks and terrified its a brain tumor.Doc said it's anxiety?

Brain tumor : It is unlikely that you have a brain tumor. Brain tumors have a gradual onset and progressive morning headaches and nausea is common. Tension headaches arise from muscle strain, particularly in the neck. Try moist warm heat during the day with stretching and massage to relieve the tension. Meditation and biofeedback can help with the anxiety. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with anxiety and I take sertraline. My fear is brain tumor. I have tension headaches. 5 doctors said so. But my fear is still hr?

I have been diagnosed with anxiety and I take sertraline. My fear is brain tumor. I have tension headaches. 5 doctors said so. But my fear is still hr?

Automatic throughts: Our thoughts are very automatic and our mind is looking for answers. If she interprets her nausea as something to be afraid of, her mind will suggest possibilities and could include cancer. The key is to not always believe the first interpretation of a situation. She may benefit from going to a doctor and also a therapist. ...Read more

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I have nausea tension headaches and stiff neck. I'm afraid I have a brain tumor.my neurologist says that I don't.wont send me for MRI how does he know

I have nausea tension headaches and stiff neck. I'm afraid I have a brain tumor.my neurologist says that I don't.wont send me for MRI how does he know

Normally a physician: would need to have at least a moderate degree of concern that a tumor was causing symptoms. MRI's are extraordinarily expensive. Normally, insurance companies will not pay to have MRI's done unless there is a true medical indication. Even if you are willing to pay for the MRI yourself - wait lists can be long at some facilities. If MRI's were performed on every patient that desired that > ...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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Brain Tumor (Definition)

A brain tumor is a disease in which a group of abnormal cells grow in the brain. The brain tumor may have either started in the brain or it may have moved there from a different site of the body (metastasized). There are many different types of brain tumors, and different tumors affect individuals of different age groups. Symptoms vary depending on the size and ...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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