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Brain Tumor Symptoms


Symptoms of brain tumors can include issues with balance and motor skills, though it can vary depending on the location of the tumor.  Aggravated symptoms such as headaches, seizures, vision problems, and nausea may be an indication of pressure within the brain caused by the tumor.  Additional symptoms may include:

  • Headaches that may be occasionally relieved by vomiting
  • Early morning vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Double-vision, hearing, and speech problems
  • Loss of appetite
  • Changes in personality, mood or behavior
  • Loss of balance and trouble walking (Ataxia)
  • Sleepiness
  • Weakness

Depending on the location of the tumor, it can also cause pressure on the spinal cord. Symptoms of this may include:

  • Back pain
  • Bowel problems
  • The feeling of numbness or pins & needles in your legs (Neuropathy)
  • Going to the bathroom without feeling the need to (Incontinence)

These symptoms may be related to the tumor itself or be due to the buildup of pressure within the brain. Because tumor locations can vary and brain tumor symptoms overlap symptoms of many other diseases and health problems, this often leads to a delay in diagnosis. Additionally, some of these symptoms may not be a part of a precursor neurological exam.

After diagnosis, surgery options may be recommended to relieve pressure within the brain and alleviate symptoms. Treatment would depend on several factors, including the type of disease, such as DIPG and medulloblastoma. Notify your doctor immediately if you exhibit any of these symptoms or suspect you main have a brain tumor.

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