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Does A headache related to brain tumors..?

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Does A headache related to brain tumors..?

Postby kywrkh » Mon Mar 26, 2012 11:33 am

are headaches associated with a brain tumor consistent or only sometimes, are they severe headaches or minor lingering ones? please answer all you know on headaches associated with brain tumors
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Postby ellmer66 » Mon Mar 26, 2012 11:36 am

are headaches associated with a brain tumor consistent or only sometimes, are they severe headaches or minor lingering ones? please answer all you know on headaches associated with brain tumors
Headaches associated with brain tumours generally cause headache because of the increased pressure within the skull. They are typically there when you wake up in the morning and are severe, often associated with vomiting. When the person gets up and about, the headache tends to resolve.

Minor headaches are extremely common and due to many different things - stress, eye strain, dehydration, medications, illness etc etc etc
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Postby pallaton16 » Mon Mar 26, 2012 11:44 am

Headaches are the main symptom of a brain tumor and get worse as the tumor progresses. They result when the tumor squeezes the brain creating pressure in the skull.
The pain is actually felt in the lining around the brain (Dura) the brain does not feel pain.

The headache is associated with vomiting. Other symptoms involve seizures, paralysis, visual disturbance.
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Postby mark » Mon Mar 26, 2012 12:03 pm

Headaches are very rarely a warning sign of a malignant (cancerous) brain tumour unless they are of recent onset (e.g. days or weeks) and there are other symptoms to go with them, such as 'stroke-like' weakness or changes in the senses; fits or 'absences'; or psychiatric-or-dementia-like change in mental function. In my hospital the headache clinic is not the place malignant brain tumours are diagnosed, they mostly come in as an emergency with a barn-door-obvious crisis of some sort. Benign tumours (not cancerous) also rarely show themselves by headaches alone, however they are much slower growing and can develop over months to years. Even then, the headache clinic very rarely finds that an uncomplicated headache turns out to be due to a benign brain tumour. Headaches that come for a few days or weeks, then and go away and come back repeatedly are extremely unlikely to be due to a tumour of any kind.
Headaches that are present every morning, that go away after getting up, and that are worse on coughing, straining at the toilet or bending over, and associated with feeling sick and blurred vision suggest an increase in the pressure in the head and need checked out. Even then, the chance of being due to a tumour isn't guaranteed. There are other treatable causes (such as migraine) that are much more of a possibility than a tumour, but actually most headaches are not due to any serious medical condition, and are due to stress, muscular tension in the neck and so on. If you're worried, see your doctor. Don't overdo painkillers. Surprisingly, with excessive use they can make headaches become persistent in some people (called analgesic-overuse headaches in the trade).
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