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How To Understand Frequent Headaches Is An Indication For Brain Tumor

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How To Understand Frequent Headaches Is An Indication For Brain Tumor

Is your headache normal? Are you suffering from persistent headache?  And had trouble in differentiating between a primary headache and secondary headache? The general question that a person gets about severe or permanent headaches is whether they caused by severe health problems such as brain tumors.

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If you have a headache that feels a little more painful than usual and feels different from an ordinary headache or migraine, you might wonder if this is a sign of severe health issues like a brain tumor. When this throbbing pain becomes unbearable, it is to worry that your headache is more severe as a brain tumor. However, doctors say that headaches need not be concerned most of the time. The fact is that headaches are more likely to be part of primary headaches such as migraine or tension, not a brain tumour. However, several factors can indicate that headaches are a symptom of a brain tumor. In this blog, Sunshine Hospital Hyderabad provides you the details about:

  • Overview of Brain Tumor
  • Headaches
  • What are the different types of headaches
  • Symptoms of a Brain Tumor Headache
  • How Brain Tumors Headaches Feel Like
  • When a Headache Indicates a Brain Tumor
  • Treatment

Overview for Brain Tumor:

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Brain tumors are abnormal cell growth in the brain or skull; Some are benign; others are malignant. Tumors can (especially) grow from the brain itself or cancer from other parts of the body can spread to the brain (metastasis).  The choice of treatment varies depending on the type, size, and location of the tumor.  The goal of treatment is to cure the diseases or for relieving symptoms. Most types of brain tumors treated successfully.  Development of new therapies is increasing the lifespan and quality of life of many people. Many symptoms are associated with a brain tumor, and headache is one of the symptoms related to other symptoms. The doctor will diagnosis the tumor by seeing all the signs.  Before knowing about the differentiation, Let Us know:

Headaches: Rarely the only symptom of a brain tumor is a headache. Doctors usually don’t worry if you have a headache:

  • Mild
  • Occasional
  • Doesn’t last long

If an identifiable cause like lack of sleep, diseases such as flu, sinusitis, if you are fasting or taking too much medicine. However, people often worry that their headaches are caused by something more serious, such as a brain tumor, especially if they have frequent or severe headaches that cause much pain. If you are worried, talk to your doctor who can do a neurological examination. This includes testing for vision, hearing, balance, reflexes, arm and leg strength, and coordination. If this study does not show anything outside the normal range, and you do not have other symptoms, you are less likely to have a brain tumor.

What are the different types of headaches?

There are two main types of headaches:

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Primary Headaches: Including migraines, cluster headaches, and headaches

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Secondary Headaches: Caused by major medical factors Both types of headaches are common in cancer patients. Some treatments such as chemo, radiotherapy, and immunotherapy can cause headaches. Symptoms of a Brain Tumor Headache:

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In the early stages, brain tumors may not show any symptoms. Only when it grows large enough and put pressure on the brain or nerves in the brain that can cause headaches. The nature of the headaches in the brain tumor is, in some ways different and can notice from tension or migraine headaches. For example, A sign of brain tumour is waking up frequently with a headache.  Remember that other conditions, such as obstructive sleep apnea, can also cause headaches in the morning. However, if you often experience headaches or other types of headaches, or if the severity of your headaches changes, and If you are a person who is usually not suffering from a headache, but you are experiencing frequent headaches, meet the doctor immediately. Brain tumors associated with headache symptoms are:

  • A headache that wakes you up at night
  • Headaches that change when you change your position
  • Headaches that do not respond to any painkillers
  • Headaches that last for days or weeks
  • Headache that worse in the morning
  • Aggravated by tension, coughing, crying or shouting, bending

When you stood upright, the intensity of the pain reduced and the buildup of a cerebrospinal fluid drain. Since the pain can be severe, brain tumor headaches sometimes misinterpreted as migraines. However, migraine attacks can cause extreme nausea and light sensitivity. Headaches of brain tumors usually have associated with other symptoms and especially worry  if your headaches accompanied by other symptoms such as:

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  • Seizures
  • Tingling sensation in the arms or legs
  • Vision problems
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Difficulty speaking or finding the right words
  • Problems with memory
  • Personality changes
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Weakness in one part of the body
  • Morning vomiting without nausea
  • Personality changes such as anger, emotional withdrawal,
  • Easily confused

If you have any concerns about health and headache associated with the symptoms mentioned above, consult a doctor.

How Do Brain Tumour Headaches feel?

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  •  Headaches associated with brain tumors feel like:
  • Throbbing or dull ache, depending on the location of a tumour in the brain
  • Appears intermittently starting gradually, but fades for several hours
  • Getting worse with time
  • It may resemble a regular migraine or tension-type headache.

When a Headache Indicates a Brain Tumor: The red flag headaches are the most common initial symptom of brain tumors whether it is a new or unusual headache such as a headache that causes a person to wake up at night, and associated with changes in position.

When headaches accompanied by other symptoms mentioned above  Some headaches can relieve pain with painkillers or a cup of coffee for coffee drinks. However, if the headache continues and does not improve as usual with typical steps, this can be a cause of concern and reason enough to visit a doctor. It’s essential to pay attention when you suddenly experience a different type of headache or at different times of the day, If the headache occurs in the morning, especially if you feel the pain daily, contact doctor immediately. Only with the help of imaging can be determined whether you have a tumour or not  CT scan even better MRI (magnetic resonance tomography).


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Treatment of headaches in patients with metastatic brain tumors is aggressive to control in terms of pain and symptoms. Treatment of primary tumors depends on the nature of neoplasms and localization, but control of headaches should not ignore. Here are some suggestions for treating and managing headaches that can occur in people with brain tumors:   These treatments are not the same in all patients; it differs from patient to patient, and the doctor provides treatment options according to the patient’s condition. Take the medication prescribed by your doctor (your doctor may have prescribed steroids – this can help by reducing brain swelling, causing a decrease in pressure and relieving headaches). Tell your doctor right away if the drug is no longer effective or less effective Symptoms can change over time. If you have new symptoms or changes in symptoms, make an appointment with a doctor as soon as possible.  A doctor diagnoses the patient for the cause and then treat accordingly.

Conclusion:If the headache worsens or worsens when you cough, sneeze, or bending, make sure to tell your doctor about this situation. These movements, triggered headaches, are mainly related to brain tumors, and require special imaging tests such as MRI or CT scan. These tests also identify whether a brain tumor is the cause of this headache. Brain tumors cause not all headaches. However, it doesn’t hurt you when investigated with a correct diagnosis of the root cause of this severe headache. A doctor can proceed with the appropriate treatment plan after the proper diagnosis has done.  If you have any concerns regarding brain tumour headaches contact Sunshine Hospital Hyderabad at 040 44550000

About The Doctor:

Dr Naveen is an expert in treating patients with a brain tumour. He is one of the best neurosurgeons 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.

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