7 Possible Symptoms of a Brain Tumor—#7 Could Cause Them to Start Acting Differently

February 24, 2019 Updated: February 24, 2019

What causes a brain tumor? Most such tumors appear in those with no known risk or predisposing factors. Symptoms may come on gradually, or they can happen very quickly. They may vary, as it depends on what type of tumor you have and what part of the brain it is in. So what symptoms should you be on the lookout for?

If you have a tumor growing inside the skull, it can begin to take up space and the pressure it exerts will cause symptoms. Remember, though, that brain tumors are rare, and it is most likely the cause of your symptoms would not, in fact, be a tumor.

1. Headaches

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This is the most common symptom, as around 50 percent of people with a brain tumor will suffer from headaches, and they tend to be worse in the morning. Headaches can happen for many reasons and don’t necessarily mean you have a brain tumor. Instead, a headache is most likely caused by other factors. But if they become more severe and happen more often, have it checked out. It may be helpful to keep a log of your headaches—where the pain is, what the pain feels like, its duration, and if there are other symptoms occurring at the same time.

2. Unexplained nausea and vomiting

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Feeling queasy and sick to the stomach … if this persists and has no known cause, it could be the symptom of a brain tumor, as the tumor may be growing in a part of the brain connected to digestion.

3. Changes in vision

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Blurry vision, double vision, or loss of sight are all symptoms of a brain tumor. See your doctor to find the cause of these disturbances.

4. Seizures

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These can take many forms: jerking movements in one part of the body, twitching movements in the face or limbs, or whole-body convulsions. If the person isn’t epileptic, these episodes could mean a brain tumor is present.

5. Clumsiness, loss of sensation, or numbness

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If a tumor has formed on the brain stem, it can affect your movements, making you clumsy, or can create a feeling of numbness somewhere in the body. Problems with speech, swallowing, or controlling facial expressions can all be signs of a brain tumor.

6. Difficulties with balance

If you begin to misjudge the distance between objects or start tripping over without any obvious reason, it could be symptoms of a brain tumor and shouldn’t be ignored.

7. Changes in personality

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Pituitary tumors can disrupt hormones that affect mood, emotions, and sex drive, and depending on where the tumor is in certain areas of the brain, there can be confusion, anxiety, or inability to express how you are feeling.

If movement, speech, vision, or balance appears out of the ordinary, you should seek medical help. Don’t just assume you have a brain tumor if you experience some of these symptoms; remember there are many other causes for these symptoms. But be aware that early-stage brain tumors will respond much better to treatment than ones that are advanced, although not all brain tumors are cancerous.

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