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Doctor insights on: When A Headache Is A Brain Tumor

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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

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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How can I get over being a hypochondriac? I know not every headache is a brain tumor but it's always a nagging thought in the back of my mind.

How can I get over being a hypochondriac? I know not every headache is a brain tumor but it's always a nagging thought in the back of my mind.

Please remember: At age 17 you have your whole great life ahead of you. Choose healthy habits today and unless you have a family history of very poor health, you will do fine. In fact even if your family is unhealthy, you can do much better, so start today. Talk to your physician for guidance. Good success! ...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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What are brain tumor headaches like?

What are brain tumor headaches like?

Nothing specific: It is not feasible to discern headaches due to brain tumors from the usual headaches from other causes. See this site for more info on this subject and do not obsess about it.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/brain-tumor/ds00281. ...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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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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How can you tell if a headache is coming from a brain tumor?

How can you tell if a headache is coming from a brain tumor?

Exam and imaging: A very good clinical history, and physical examination can tell you a lot whether a headache is a migraine likely, tension headache likely or other serious condition such as brain cancer. Primary brain cancer is not very common. Metastatic disease from other cancer in the body is way more common. If suspicion is high then some imaging studies can be ordered- such as ct scan or MRI of the head. ...Read more

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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?

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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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 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?

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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How long do brain tumor headaches last? Can they last just a few seconds at any time of day?

How long do brain tumor headaches last? Can they last just a few seconds at any time of day?

Other Symptoms?: You are very young. Tumor is less likely. Some brain tumors can cause severe headaches (HA). If the tumor is small and not pressing on sensitive or vital areas of the brain, depending on the tumor type, if benign or cancerous, it can be present for a very long time and undiagnosed.
Symptoms of different tumor types vary and it is important to see a doctor. ...Read more

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Some says brain tumor headache are present in the morning upon waking up. Other say its not the case. What is right?

The best way: To know is to follow up with your doctor and have the proper diagnostic test. I see a number of patients with wake up headaches that also have sleep apnea. ...Read more

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Do brain tumor headaches come and go as time goes on or do they slowly get worse over time? Do other symptoms come and go?

Do brain tumor headaches come and go as time goes on or do they slowly get worse over time? Do other symptoms come and go?

Comments: "Brain tumors" are rare, and headaches are NOT usually the presenting signs of a brain tumor. More likely you have migraine or tension headaches, or even dental issues such as TMJ. See your doctor and get this diagnosed and treated. You will feel relieved. ...Read more

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I've complained about headaches for 10 months now they come and go and differentiate if I had a brain tumor would I have known by now? Wat are chances

I've complained about headaches for 10 months now they come and go and differentiate if I had a brain tumor would I have known by now? Wat are chances

Remote: Brain tumors will produce progressively worse symptoms. Besides headaches, nausea and vomiting or seizures can develop. You should seek medical help from a primary care of from a neurologist if the headaches are more frequent than before. ...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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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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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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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

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Headache (Definition)

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