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.

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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...

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...

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...
Not necessarily. Some patients with brain tumors have essentially continuous headaches, but others have only morning headaches, or only headaches some days. Some patients with brain tumors don't have any headaches. Read more...
Agree and some more. Dr. Miller is right. Heacaches from tumors can come from the mass itself, but more often it is from the swelling the mass is causing either as a reaction or from blocking CSF flow. The classic morning only is because when you sleep, gravity is not helping pull fluid out of the closed box we call the skull. Headaches are a complex mixture of things and clincs for headaches are challenging. Read more...

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...

I have mild headaches, could it be a brain tumor, or is it just stress? How can you tell?

Headaches usually OK. The vast majority of headaches are not due to brain tumors. In the very rare cases that a headache is being caused by a tumor, there are no reliable ways to tell tale outside of a good history, physical examination and imaging tests, which should be done by your physician. If your headahces wake you up in the middle of the night, they may require more urgent assessment. Read more...
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...
MRI or CT. If the doctor believes the symptoms warrant further investigation a ct or MRI of the brain should be obtained. Keep in mind that most headaches are benign and not caused by serious illness like brain tumor. Read more...
Not a tumor. Usually headaches related to tumors will produced progressively worse pain that will eventually awaken you at night. It will also be triggered by exertional activity. If the headaches persist consult your md for a work up. It couuld be attributed to anything from eye strain, neck problems to tooth clenching or many other things. Read more...
History and exam. Need to have a thorough history and exam. Just by thinking it might be a tumor must be stressing you out. Get to a dr. So you can hopefully get to the bottom of what is going on. Read more...

So I am a hypochodriac and I think that I have a brain tumor because of my headaches and tinnitus. Please tell me how to stop being feeling so scared?

Stop! For a tumor to cause headaches and tinnitus it usually has to be fairly large or in a critical area that you would have other neurological signs or symptoms. Things such as balance problems, walking problems, weakness, double vision, altered vision. While tumors can be tricky the chances are low. Either way you should get checked out so you don't worry! Read more...
Keep your mind. engaged and involved in activities that you enjoy. If necessary see a psychotherapist to teach you how to intrude on the anxious thoughts. Only if those measures are not effective then consider pharmacotherapy. Good luck and well wishes. Read more...

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...
Brain tumor headache. Brain tumor headaches are usually generalized pressure type of headache. Early on they will begin during the night and awaken a person from sleep. They will usually be made worse lying down and improved by being upright. As the course progresses the headaches will be triggered by sneezing or straining. The course is increasing frequency. Read more...