Deanna M. Neff, MPH
There are many possible symptoms from
brain tumors, including:
Headache is a common symptom of brain tumor. It is sometimes accompanied by nausea and vomiting. Often, these headaches are more pronounced when first awakening in the morning, and they may even wake patients during sleep. The headaches may be associated with visual changes, particularly double vision and sudden loss of vision. These headaches can be worsened with Valsalva (a method that involves holding your breath and straining).
The types of cognitive and behavioral changes that occur depend on the area of the brain being affected by tumor and swelling. As a tumor grows, changes can occur in:
Location of tumor (as well as any swelling around the tumor) is responsible for the types of symptoms patients have. Changes in normal function may include:
Without any shaking, part of your body may just stop working suddenly. This is similar to the symptoms individuals may have during a
stroke, but it may be caused by the brain tumor, swelling around the brain tumor, or stroke.
Some seizures are very quick alterations of consciousness and do not involve any convulsive activity (shaking).
These symptoms can also be caused by many other conditions. Discuss them with your doctor.
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Last reviewed September 2012 by Mohei Abouzied, MD
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