Are Headaches a Sign of Brain Tumors?

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Headaches are the most common symptoms of brain tumors, but getting a headache more commonly indicates a condition other than a brain tumor, according to Everyday Health and WebMD. Other symptoms of brain tumors include seizures, changes in speech, hearing or vision, inability to concentrate, and problems with balance and walking, reports WebMD.

Headaches, particularly those that do not respond to typical remedies, can be indicative of brain tumors, as the pain is caused by the tumor pressing against the surrounding tissue, states Everyday Health and WebMD. However, there are many different types of headaches that are in no way related to brain tumors, including tension headaches, migraines, cluster headaches, sinus headaches and hormone headaches. In such cases, causes ranging from dehydration to improper posture to emotional stress can all contribute to a headache, according to WebMD.

A doctor is the best person to determine the cause of a headache. In rare cases, special diagnostic testing may include a CT scan, an MRI or an EEG. Keeping a diary of headache occurrences may also help determine environmental factors or triggers for a headache, reports WebMD.

Additional brain tumor symptoms include numbness or tingling in arms or legs, memory problems, changes in personality and weakness in one region of the body, according to WebMD.