How can I test myself for a brain tumor?
Diagnosis of a brain tumor is done by a neurologic exam (by a neurologist or neurosurgeon), CT (computer tomography scan) and/or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and other tests like an angiogram, spinal tap and biopsy. Your diagnosis helps predict the treatment.
can cause physical and mental symptoms, and the severity may vary depending on the type, location, and stage of the tumor. Symptoms of a brain tumor usually include:
Headaches are among the most common symptoms of a brain tumor. Headaches associated with brain tumors are usually the result of a tumor, or a tumor-related fluid buildup that presses on sensitive blood vessels and nerves in the brain.
Most people with brain tumors suffer from headaches. Headaches caused by a brain tumor are distinguished from others by:
- Constant pain, but different from a migraine .
- Very strong pain upon waking in the morning, which improves after a few hours.
- It may be accompanied by vomiting.
- It may be associated with neurological problems.
- It may get worse with coughing or exercise.
- Doesn’t respond to over-the-counter pain relievers, such as aspirin or ibuprofen.
2. Difficulty coordinating
Difficulty with coordination One of the symptoms of a brain tumor, which appears when the tumor is in the cerebellum, which is the lower back part of the brain that controls coordination, and this tumor may cause all of the following:
- difficulty walking
- Trouble with the movements of the hands, arms, and feet.
- Swallowing problems.
- Disturbances in eye movements.
3. Difficulty speaking
Tumors in or near the parts of the brain responsible for language can cause problems with speech, or even understanding words.
Tumors in the front of the brain can sometimes affect thinking, personality, and language.
One of the symptoms of a brain tumor is numbness, especially if the tumor is in the outer part of the brain , so that there is weakness and numbness during movement in one part of the body. This often occurs on only one side of the body.
5. Impaired vision
Tumors in the back of the brain, around the pituitary gland, the optic nerve , or some other cranial nerves can cause vision problems.
6. Hearing impairment
Tumors in or near other cranial nerves may lead to all of the following:
- Hearing loss in one or both ears.
- Balance disturbances.
- Weakness of some facial muscles.
- Facial pain.
- Difficulty swallowing.
If you notice any of the symptoms of a brain tumor , it is worth talking to your doctor to get a comprehensive diagnosis, as early diagnosis and treatment can lead to better results.
Do the symptoms of a tumor in the brain differ according to its type?
Yes, symptoms may vary according to the location of the tumor, and it was noted in the previous symptoms that each tumor site has its symptoms, and it is worth knowing that brain tumors are divided into two main types, namely:
1. Benign brain tumor
is characterized by the fact that it does not contain cancer cells. This tumor grows slowly and can be removed, and it rarely spreads to the tissues surrounding the brain.
A benign brain tumor can cause problems in the brain as a result of constant pressure, and it can be life-threatening, depending on where the benign tumor is located.
2. Malignant brain tumor
contain cancer cells, and their growth rates vary, but the cells can invade surrounding healthy brain tissue.
Malignant tumors rarely spread outside the brain or spinal cord.