Symptoms of a brain tumor may be found in people who may not actually have brain tumors and may vary from person to person. It is advised that if you are experiencing recurring symptoms listed below, it is best to immediately see your doctor and get a brain scan to allay your fears.
On the onset, the symptoms of a brain tumor are mild and gradually become more pronounced as the tumor grows. As the brain tumor develops and progresses, other warning signs increase but are often overlooked.
These are some common symptoms that often occur in patients with a brain tumor:
The first and most common symptoms are headaches that usually occur and are more intense in the morning and decrease in intensity throughout the day. The headaches occur because of the increased pressure caused by the tumor inside the skull. The headaches trigger nausea and vomiting as well and are made worse by bending over or when going to the bathroom. If you seek medical advise, make sure to mention to the doctor how different are the headaches you experienced from those you had before.
The second are seizures that occur before a confirmed diagnosis is made. Seizures can happen when a patient suddenly looses consciousness, or out of the blue, changes behavior, and involuntarily looses muscle sensation or control. Seizures as a symptom can range from simple twitching of the muscles, light shaking of the limbs to abrupt shaking that can turn violent or even a total loss of consciousness. Speech problems, altered vision and staring into space are other behaviors that may be seen in a patient having a seizure.
Though seizures can be caused by high fevers, a stroke, epilepsy, trauma, and other disorders, it is a symptom that should not be ignored.
Weakness of the arms and legs, and strange sensations in your head, hands or face muscles, are other symptoms of a possible brain tumor. Some patients suddenly drop objects, fall, or show an asymmetric facial expression, symptoms also of a possible stroke. These symptoms are considered an emergency situation and you would need you to go to an emergency room to seek treatment.
Observed or reported behavioral and cognitive changes may include your inability to concentrate or find the right words to say, doing things that are inappropriate for the situation, loosing patience or not being to tolerate given situations. Problems in recalling recent events are also symptoms of a possible brain tumor.
Other symptoms may include vision or hearing problems. It is advisable to have problems with your hearing or vision immediately checked, since it has been noted that eye doctors are able to make an initial diagnosis of a brain tumor when they look in the eyes of a patient. They see signs of increased intracranial pressure and usually recommend further investigation.
The listed potential brain tumor symptoms may also be a result of other ailments, but it is only a doctor who can make the distinction. It is advisable to seek the opinion of a licensed physician once you experience any of the possible brain tumor symptoms.
If you think something is wrong, inform your doctor that you are worried you may have a brain tumor. Since brain tumors are rare, primary care doctors do not usually check for a brain tumor. They consider the more common causes of the symptoms. Some patients have even reported that they have had the symptoms for more than a month before the correct diagnosis of a brain tumor was made. For malignant brain tumors, a month's delay in treatment can lead to a worse outcome. The earlier you are properly diagnosed, the better.