10 Brain Tumor Warning Signs You Should Know


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What do you know about Brain Tumor? Brain tumors come in all shapes and sizes, and so do their symptoms. The key to a tumor’s symptoms really depends on its location. For example, if you have a tumor near the part of your brain that controls your arm or your eyesight, your symptoms may include limb weakness or blurry vision. When you consider that every cell in your brain can form a tumor and that your brain controls or interprets information from every part of your body—the list of possible tumor symptoms can be almost anything imaginable. Still, some signs and symptoms are more common than others. And in this article, we will tell you what they are.

Recurring Headaches

Although not always the first feature of a brain tumor, headaches are a well-known symptom. While headaches can have many familiar causes such as migraine, stress, sleep loss, stopping the certain medication, and weather changes, it’s the first sign of possible issues. Brain tumor patients tend to have severe headaches in the morning. They worsen with time and can become more frequent. The pain is often severe when you exercise, cough or change the position of your head.

Seizures

A seizure is a sudden surge of electrical activity in the brain. The nature of seizures can vary depending on the part of the brain that it affects. Some may be hardly noticeable, while others can be extremely draining. Also commonly known as convulsions or epilepsy, it’s one of the most common brain tumor symptoms. It is common in 20 to 40% of patients, while a further 20-45% may experience it during the course of the disease. If the seizures get worse or if they happen more often this could mean the tumor is becoming more aggressive. There are also different classifications of seizures based on where in the brain the seizure begins, a person’s level of awareness during a seizure and whether or not the body moves while going through one.

Communication Issues

A part of your brain is responsible for processing both speech and vision. However, if a tumor affects their function, it can really mess with the way you communicate. This is one of the most common symptoms of a brain tumor and can cause: language impairment, speech difficulties, and loss of memory resulting in loss of words and poor recall. Inability to describe an object, only being able to say a few words, inability to produce meaningful language, and not understanding what others are saying are some of the other symptoms noted. It can also cause emotional problems leading to depression.

Clumsiness And Numbness

Are you having trouble with your mobility, getting across the room, dexterity troubles like getting your key in the lock, or balance? These problems could be connected to a brain tumor. You also might have difficulty with simple tasks like facial expressions or even swallowing. You may also lose feeling either in your face or somewhere else. Clumsiness and numbness often indicate that the tumor is on the brain stem, the place where the spinal cord and brain meet.

Feeling sick

Nausea can be more extreme in the morning, or if you suddenly change from sitting down to standing up. If you’re also confused and sick this could point to increased pressure in your head. In medical terms, this is known as raised intracranial pressure. This increased pressure can be caused by a brain tumor.

Personality changes

This might be the strangest symptom of all, brain tumors can cause personality changes. It could be from the actual tumor itself or just the emotional toll of having a brain tumor and everything that follows. Being aggressive or irritable, confused, depressed and mood swings, are all common parts of personality changes. Someone with a brain tumor may also lose their inhibitions and behave inappropriately in public.

Focal Deficit

Focal what?? The focal deficit is when there’s a problem with the nerves, brain, or spinal cord. They typically affect a specific location, such as the left side, right leg, or ear. This can mean that an arm or leg can go limp, or someone could become unaware of a part of their body. Swallowing difficulties, poor gag reflex, and frequent choking can also occur.

Muscle Weakness

A tumor that pushes on or moves delicate tissues in the brain can lead to loss of strength or even paralysis. If you have weakness or numbness in your arms, legs, or face and it didn’t just fall asleep from sitting in a weird position and don’t go away after a few minutes, head to the emergency immediately.

Sleep Problems

We all know we need our beauty sleep, but unfortunately one of the most severe and common symptoms of a brain tumor is the lack of a good night’s sleep. The decline in cognition and fatigue could be one of the reasons for this. Brain inflammation might also play a role in not allowing you to get your zzz’s. This usually surfaces with difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep once you finally get there. It can also mean waking up too early and feeling un-refreshed or tired all day. Apart from a brain tumor, there can be other reasons for losing sleep. Solve your sleeping woes by watching this video “10 Life Hacks To Get A Good Night’s Sleep” Now back to Unexpected Brain Tumour Symptoms

Hearing And Vision Problems

Sometimes, brain tumors can cause hearing loss, impairment, or ringing. It can be gradual or sudden. If the tumor keeps growing you can also experience vertigo, dizziness, and balance issues. In some cases, the pressure from the tumor can cause facial pain or weakness. If the tumor is in the region affecting vision or the optic nerve, that could mean blurred, double, and foggy vision. It may also lead to partial or total blindness, color blindness, and loss of peripheral vision. This all sounds really scary.

let’s talk about treatment

Surgery

Surgery to remove the tumor is usually the first step. Often, it’s the only treatment needed for a low-grade brain tumor. But, if it cannot be removed without damaging brain tissue, then they will remove the tumor partially to ease symptoms. Removing it can improve neurological symptoms, provide tissue for diagnosis and help with further treatment.

Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy uses high-energy beams to shrink and destroy tumors. X-rays, gamma rays, electron beams, and photon beam therapy are common in radiation therapy. It kind of sounds like a star trek episode. Radiation therapy may be delivered either externally or internally. In external radiation, high-intensity beams are delivered at the site of the tumor. With internal therapy, the radiation source is placed inside the body near the tumor to deliver a high dose of rays without damaging the surrounding cells. Common side effects of radiation therapy include fatigue, headaches, memory loss, and scalp irritation.

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is the use of drugs to destroy tumor cells or stop them from growing. This type of treatment is typically given after surgery or radiation therapy, particularly if the tumor has come back. Common side effects of chemotherapy include nausea, vomiting, and hair loss.

Targeted therapy

In addition to standard chemotherapy, targeted therapy hits the tumor’s specific genes, protein, or environment that allows the tumor’s survival. This type of treatment blocks the growth and spread of tumor cells while limiting the damage to healthy cells. Not all tumors have the same targets, and some may have more than one. To find the most effective treatment tests to identify the genes, proteins, and other factors are required.

Radiosurgery

Radiosurgery is not a form of surgery in the traditional sense. Instead, it uses multiple beams of radiation to give a highly focused treatment to kill the tumor cells in a very small area. Each beam of radiation isn’t particularly powerful, but the point where all the beams meet — at the brain tumor — receives a very large dose of radiation to kill it. There are different types of technology used in radiosurgery to deliver radiation to treat brain tumors. Radiosurgery is typically done in one treatment, and in most cases, you can go home the same day.


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