Brain tumor symptoms varies based on on the person and their specific situation. Different factors of the tumor will influence the symptoms of the brain tumors pressing on a nerve or disturbs a certain area of the brain. They also may be caused when the brain swells or fluid builds up within the skull.
The most common symptoms are:
Headaches are a general initial symptom. Typical “brain tumor headaches” are often said to be worse in the morning, with improvement gradually during the day. They may arouse the individual from sleep. Sometimes, upon awakening, the person vomits then feels better. These headaches may worsen with coughing, exercise, or with a change in position such as bending or kneeling. They also do not typically respond to the common headache remedies.
One-third of people diagnosed with this kind of tumor are not aware they have a tumor until they have a seizure. Seizures are a regular symptom of a brain tumor. Seizures are caused by a disruption in the normal transportation of electricity in the brain. Those sudden bursts of electricity may cause convulsions, unusual sensations, and loss of consciousness. Focal seizures, such as muscle twitching or jerking of an arm or leg, abnormal smells or tastes, problems with speech or numbness and tingling, may also occur.
Mental and or Personality Changes
These can range from problems with memory (especially short-term memory), speech, communication and / or concentration changes to intense intellectual problems and confusion. Changes in behavior, temperament and personality may also occur, depending where the tumor is located. These changes can be caused by the tumor itself, by a rise in pressure within the skull caused by the presence of the tumor, or by involvement of the parts of the brain that control personality.
Focal, or Localized, Symptoms
In addition to the ordinary, but non-specific symptoms listed above, other more specific symptoms frequently occur. These “focal symptoms” can help identify the location of the tumor. Focal symptoms include: hearing problems such as ringing or buzzing sounds or hearing loss, decreased muscle control, lack of coordination, decreased sensation, weakness or paralysis, difficulty with walking or speech, balance problems, or double vision.
Nausea and Vomiting
As with headaches, these are non-specific, which means that most people who have nausea and vomiting do NOT have a tumor of the brain. Nausea and/ or vomiting is more likely to lead a brain tumor if it is accompanied by the other reactions associated with a brain tumor.
Behavioral and cognitive problems
Many persons have behavioral and cognitive changes, such as: problems with recent memory, inability to concentrate or finding the right words, acting out – no patience or tolerance, and loss of inhibitions – saying or doing things that are not appropriate for the situation.
If you find yourself developing any of these symptoms, feel free to consult your physician and explain that you feel that you are experiences symptoms related to a brain tumor. Don’t be left in the dark.