Brain Tumor Symptoms and Signs, On this page, you’ll learn more about physical changes and other indicators that may point to a health issue that needs attention. To view additional pages, use the navigation.
The following indications or symptoms could be experienced by someone with a brain tumor. A symptom, such as exhaustion, nausea, or discomfort, is something that only the person experiencing it can recognize and explain. A sign is something that other people can spot and quantify, such as a fever, rash, or an accelerated heart rate. Signs and symptoms used together can aid in describing a medical issue. Sometimes none of the symptoms listed below are present in individuals with brain tumors. Alternatively, a medical disease other than a brain tumor could be to blame for a symptom or sign.
Brain tumor symptoms might be generic or specialized. The pressure of the tumor on the brain or spinal cord results in a general symptom. When a particular area of the brain is affected by the tumor and is not functioning properly, distinct symptoms are brought on. Many brain tumor patients were discovered after they visited the doctor for another reason, such as a headache or other alterations.
General symptoms include:
- Headaches that could be really bad and get worse during physical exercise or in the morning
- Seizures. Seizures can take many different forms for different people. Some medicines can aid in their prevention or management. Motor seizures, often known as convulsions, are sudden, unconscious muscle movements. Here is a list of the many seizure kinds and how they appear:
- muscular jerks, twitches, or spasms in one or more places
- Tonic-Clonic (Grand Mal)
- loss of awareness and loss of bodily tone, followed by contractions—the twitching and relaxing of muscles—in the patient
- loss of ability to control bodily functions, such as bladder control
- There could be a brief 30-second period during which a person doesn’t breathe, and their skin could turn blue, purple, gray, white, or green.
- Following this kind of seizure, a
- Changes in personality or memory
- nausea or diarrhea
- issues with sleep
- memory issues
- alterations in one’s capacity to move or carry out daily tasks
- The following signs may be unique to the tumor’s site:
- headache or pressure surrounding the tumor
- A tumor in the cerebellum is associated with loss of balance and trouble with fine motor skills.
- A tumor in the frontal lobe of the cerebrum is linked to changes in judgment, including loss of initiative, sluggishness, and muscle weakness or paralysis.
- A tumor in the occipital lobe or temporal lobe of the cerebrum results in a partial or total loss of vision.
- A tumor might cause changes in speech, hearing, memory, or emotional condition, including aggression and issues comprehending or recalling words.
A pineal gland tumor might make it impossible to look upward.
- A pituitary tumor is associated with lactation, which is the release of breast milk, irregular menstrual cycles, as well as adult growth of the hands and feet.
- A tumor in the brain stem might cause problems swallowing, facial paralysis or numbness, or double vision.
- A tumor in the temporal lobe, occipital lobe, or brain stem can cause vision alterations, such as partial vision loss or double vision.
Please discuss any changes you notice with your doctor if you have any concerns. Along with other things, your doctor will inquire about the duration and frequency of the symptom(s). This is known as a diagnosis and it will assist in determining the root of the issue.
If a brain tumor is discovered, managing your symptoms will still play a crucial role in your care and treatment. Palliative care or supportive care are two names for this. It frequently begins as soon as a diagnosis is made and continues during therapy. Make sure to discuss all of your symptoms, especially any new ones or ones that have changed, with your medical staff. The Types of Treatment section has more information on how to deal with brain tumor symptoms.