Headaches are never pleasant. Even though the trigger could be something as simple as food, or even lack of sleep, sometimes, they might be hiding something more serious. It could be a tumour. So when do you know there’s a problem? “Tumour”. The word itself pours panic into the thoughts that flow in. Doesn’t it? So having it is another painful aspect. Symptoms of brain tumour can start just with a simple headache, but there are other symptoms that might not be identified as symptoms of brain tumour. So in this article, we shall look at the other symptoms of brain tumour that most ignore. But before we move on to the symptoms of brain tumour, let’s first understand what brain tumour is.
Understanding Brain Tumours
A tumour is usually thought of as a blob on the head or anywhere on the body. It is an overgrowth of mass or tissues. As for a brain tumour, it is a benign, or malignant growth of abnormal cells in the brain. The tumour grows by and by, as more cells add to the mass. Unlike normal cells that age and die, tumour cells keep accumulating and grow though they aren’t needed by the body.
The Difference Between Malignant and Benign Tumours
Benign tumours are just extra growths and do not cause any harm. Malignant primary brain tumors are cancerous which grow faster and aggressively invade the surrounding tissues. Although brain tumour usually do not spread to other organs, they can spread to other parts of the brain and to the central nervous system. Undoubtedly, it is quite difficult to differentiate between migraine headaches and tumour headaches. But some headaches might just not go away. The headaches only keep increasing in case of a malignant brain tumour, and gets worse with time. These could probably be the dangerous ones.
Symptoms of Brain Tumour
When you have a poor vision, you might just go to an eye specialist, and get yourself checked for vision correction. But in some cases, it could be more than what you just think it is. Sudden vision changes that make everything around look blurry and foggy at times, is one of the main symptoms of brain tumour.
People with few other symptoms of brain tumour might not realise it until they face a few glitches such as partial vision loss and a few others.Tumor irritation of parts of the frontal lobe, which is responsible for most of our personality traits allows us to understand and comprehend language and speech. Listed below are a few important symptoms of brain tumour that you must report immediately in case you experience any.
- Blurry or partial vision loss – It might feel like there’s a something that’s blocking you from seeing things clearly. The vision becomes blurry and the person might see floating spots and shapes. This also leads to partial vision loss.
- Weakness and lethargy – Fatigue slips in extensively, and makes the person feel tired most of the time.Progressive weakness involving one half of body especially face.
- Unexplained nausea and vomiting
- Loss of balance – Losing balance gradually leads to loss of sensation in the limbs.
- Confusion and clumsiness in performing daily activities – This also leads to memory problems as the functioning of the brain becomes much slower.
- Personality or behavioural changes
- Stuttering or stammering speech
- Hearing loss associated with imbalances.
- Endocrine issues in pituitary tumors
Although benign tumours do not cause problems, the chances that they can become malignant cannot be ignored. You never know when the problem might trigger, and things could go wrong. So It’s quite a critical aspect that you must make a note of the symptoms of brain tumour. Talk to your doctor, explain if you are facing any of the symptoms mentioned in this blog, and get your tests done before it’s too late. Let your brain live better and function healthier!
About the doctor:
Dr Naveen is an expert in treating patients with brain tumor. He is one of the Best Neuro Surgeons in Hyderabad and is sought after for some of the most delicate and complicated brain surgeries.
About Sunshine Hospitals
A Multi Super Speciality Institution, 500+ bedded Sunshine Hospitals (Paradise Circle, Secunderabad) is promoted by globally reputed Joint Replacement Surgeon Dr. AV Gurava Reddy (Orthopedic Doctor) and like-minded associates who share the objective of making world-standard healthcare available, affordable and accessible to the common man. Sunshine has now become one of the best hospitals for many treatments including Orthopedic, Gastroenterology, Cardiology, Trauma and Neurology.