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Doctor insights on: Tension Headache Vs Brain Tumor

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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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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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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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23yo female. Can tension headaches last alday. Pain doesn't get any worse no nausea or vomitting. Worried about brain tumor?

23yo female. Can tension headaches last alday. Pain doesn't 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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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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I'm 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?

I'm 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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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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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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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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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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What are the chances of having a brain tumor when neurologist says everything is fine and the headaches are tension type?

What are the chances of having a brain tumor when neurologist says everything is fine and the headaches are tension type?

Very unlikely: The vast majority of patients seen for headaches have either tension headaches or migraine. It's probably not uncommon for a primary care physician not to have seen even one patient his entire career who had a primary brain tumor as a cause for headache.

A neurologist would generally be cautious and would certainly order an MRI or CT scan of the brain if there was even a slight chance of a tumor. ...Read more

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Are brain tumours often misdiagnosed as tension headache?

Often? No.: Tumors and other intracranial types of pathologies are believed to occur about 0.18% of the time in patients who have or present to the doctor with headaches. So nowadays with imaging studies so easy to get and doctors usually erring on the side of caution we don't usually miss things like tumors in the head when someone has a headache. A good neurological examination often answers question. ...Read more

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Do brain tumor headaches normally just come and go?

Do brain tumor headaches normally just come and go?

They can: Headaches are a common complaint in people who have brain tumors. The headaches can even wake you up at night which is unusual for most headaches. Steroids can help reduce swelling around some tumors which can improve headaches in some people. ...Read more

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Do brain tumor headaches come and go? Is it normal?

Do brain tumor headaches come and go? Is it normal?

Yes: Waxing an waning of headaches may occur with slow growing brain tumors, but the probability of any headache being due to a brain tumor is low. ...Read more

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What are headaches a symptom of besides brain tumor?

What are headaches a symptom of besides brain tumor?

Headache: Your headaches coudl be coming from tension, eye strain, tooth grinding, dehydration, lack of sleep/poor sleep, skipping meals, stress, sleep apnea/snoring, or chronic sinus problems. ...Read more

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

Can a headache be the only symptom of 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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If im having non stop headaches can it be a brain tumor?

If im having non stop headaches can it be a brain tumor?

Headaches: Yes it can be. Have you been evaluated by your doctor or a neurologist. The only way to rule out brain tumor is to do MRI of the brain. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a brain tumor besides headaches?

What are the symptoms of a brain tumor besides headaches?

Depends on location: Headaches are usually late symptoms of brain tumors. That means that these symptoms occur when the tumor and associated swelling are large enough that they lead to pressure that is then reflected as headaches. However, symptoms can occur by local irritation of the surrounding brain-ie. Motor regions, speech regions, sensory regions. Brain tumors can also lead to seizures. ...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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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

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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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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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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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What is the best type of medication prescribed for headaches and pain for a brain tumor patient?

Two types: Relieving pain in a patient with a brain tumor should involve two different approaches: treatment of the tumor or of related swelling, as with steroids, to decrease pressure inside the head; and pain medication (analgesics) from tylenol (acetaminophen) on the low end to morphine at the top. Each patient is individual. ...Read more

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How likely is it to have a brain tumor if I had a clear head scan in december 2012, if I have started having daily "all day" headaches again? Stress?

How likely is it to have a brain tumor if I had a clear head scan in december 2012, if I have started having daily "all day" headaches again? Stress?

Extremely unlikely: However, persistent, unrelenting headaches can be caused by a number of different things. I would suggest you speak with your doctor who may want to refer you to a neurologist for further work up, and you should do so asap, as these are clearly effecting your daily function. ...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


Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Tension Headache (Definition)

A condition where there is dull pressure or pain within the head, often associated with muscle tension, especially the muscles in the back of ...Read more