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When A Headache Is A Brain Tumor
"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
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
Rarely: If there is a fever, stiff neck, and generalized bodily discomfort, associated with confusion, the headache may merely be secondary to the meningitis infection. Most often, however, headaches are due to migraine, tension or muscle contraction mechanisms, and mainly due to non-infectious causation. This is often sorted out in hospital emergency departments by a lumbar puncture. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unlikely: A sensatio of heaviness of the head is not a symptom of brain tumors as a general rule. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes/may be: There are many causes for having headaches. The main causes are probelms related to structures outside the head or inside it. Outside structures can be muscle tension, or vascular problems(like migraine). Inside the head include tumors of the brain or vascular problems like aneurysms. Only a good doctor can separate one cause from another. So find one and trust him/her and quit worrying... ...Read more
Chances of a headache in a child being a brain tumor with no other symptoms. How do brain tumor headaches usually behave? Thanks!
Age?: We would need to know more about the headache, such as is it getting progressively worse, waking from sleep, etc, as well as the age of the child and her/his family and other health history. It is always best to see your child's pediatrician with this sort of question. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Headaches: The headaches from brain tumors are caused by the increased intracranial pressure. ...Read more
Depends: It depends on the location of the tumor. Brain tumors per se will not cause that because they nestled deep in the brain. The tumors located on the brain membranes if growing outward and destroying the skull can potentially do so, but that's quite uncommon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is a brain tumor headache just a feeling of pressure with out pain, or is usually consisted with pain?
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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