13 Common Symptoms And Signs Of A Brain Tumor

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A tumor is explained as a growth or mass of tissue that is made up of abnormal cells. While the body’s usual cycle is to make cells that grow then eventually die, which are then replaced by new cells, when they are abnormal ones, the usual cycle of growth, death and regrowth gets disturbed. With tumor cells, they cause the body to grow cells even when they don’t need them, hence causing a tumor to grow, getting bigger as cells continue to add to that growth as well.
There are two main or common types of brain tumors which are known as gliomas and meningeal. According to webmd.com, gliomas are classified as ‘various cells that make up the brain and central nervous system and are named for the kind of cell in which they first form, which are commonly astrocytic tumors made out of glial cells that are in charge of keeping the nerves healthy.’ Meningeal tumors, on the other hand, are those that ‘form in the meninges, the thin layer of tissue that covers the brain and spinal cord.’
Brain tumors are also classified as either malignant, which means they are made up of cancerous cells; or benign, which means they are not formed out of cancerous cells. But regardless of which classification the tumor belongs to, both can still be very serious and concerning.
When malignant brain tumors are also categorized as primary brain tumors, this means that the cancerous tumor began in the brain. Not only do they typically grow quite fast, but they are aggressive when it comes to penetrating the surrounding tissues. Brain cancer is not known for spreading to other organs of the body, but they can still spread to the other areas of the brain, as well as to the central nervous system.
Benign brain tumors are slower in growth, and they tend to have ‘clearly defined borders,’ as well as not being so ‘deeply rooted in the brain tissue.’ This means that when they are discovered, doctors usually have an easier time removing them as long as they are in an area that can be operated upon. Although there’s a chance that the tumor can still grow back, like with any type of cancer really, if there is a re-growth of a tumor it is also usually benign still. While these types of tumors are normally not life threatening or fatal, complications from the tumor can have serious effects on the body like inflammation, increased pressure and a number of other health predicaments.
Symptoms of a brain tumor may vary depending on where the tumor is located. Notably, most patients tend to have a few of the symptoms at once, but it is supposedly unlikely that they will experience them all. Yet despite what signs they notice, or where the tumor may be located on the brain exactly, it definitely needs to be checked out by a medical professional immediately.
Below are 13 common symptoms and signs of a brain tumor to watch out for.

1. Headaches

At least 50 percent of patients with brain tumors complain about headaches, describing them as headaches that get worse over time. Many claim that this type of headache is persistent, but it’s not necessarily the same type of headache as you’d have with a migraine. Many also say that it’s worse in the morning when you first wake up, getting worse when you move or change position, if you exercise, or if you cough, and over-the-counter medications (OTCs) don’t work. Because tumors are growths, they tend to cause pressure and inflammation, which then causes pain. Of course headaches are incredibly common, so people shouldn’t assume that they have a brain tumor just because they experience headaches a lot. Headaches could be due to lack of sleep, hormonal changes, and many other reasons. Always consult with a medical professional to figure out the real reason why you may be suffering from headaches.