I was diagnosed with a brain tumor in May of 2017. My first signs were actually back in February. I started having really bad migraines that were different from any I had experienced before. They were much more intense and would last for days at a time. I also started having nausea and vomiting with them, which is not something I typically experience with migraines. In addition to the migraines, I also began having balance issues and difficulty walking. My husband noticed that I was stumbling a lot, and it was getting progressively worse.
I finally went to the doctor in March, after my husband insisted that something was wrong. They did a CT scan and found what appeared to be a mass on my brain. I was then referred to a neurosurgeon for further testing. An MRI confirmed that there was indeed a mass on my brain, and After several more tests, it was determined that it was cancerous and needed to be removed immediately.
New onset or change in pattern of headaches
One of the most common symptoms of a brain tumor is new onset or change in pattern of headaches. Headaches can be caused by the pressure of the growing tumor on surrounding structures, or by bleeding within the brain. Other symptoms that may occur along with headaches include nausea, vomiting, visual changes (such as blurred vision or double vision), and seizures. If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to see your doctor for further evaluation.
Headaches that gradually become more frequent and more severe
A brain tumor can cause a headache that gradually becomes more frequent and more severe. The headache may be worse in the morning and get better as the day goes on. It may be worse when you bend over or when you lie down. You may also have nausea, vomiting, and blurred vision.
Unexplained nausea or vomiting
Brain tumors can cause a number of different symptoms, depending on their size and location. Some common symptoms of brain tumors include: headaches, seizures, nausea and vomiting, memory problems, balance and coordination problems, changes in vision or hearing.
Vision problems, such as blurred vision, double vision or loss of peripheral vision
Brain tumors can cause a wide variety of symptoms, depending on their size, location and rate of growth. The most common symptom of a brain tumor is headaches. Other symptoms may include vision problems, such as blurred vision or double vision, seizures, balance problems or difficulty walking, nausea and vomiting. Brain tumors can also cause changes in mood or personality.
Gradual loss of sensation or movement in an arm or a leg
A brain tumor can cause a gradual loss of sensation or movement in an arm or leg. This is due to the pressure that the tumor puts on the surrounding nerves and blood vessels. The affected limb may feel weak or heavy and may be difficult to move. There may also be numbness, tingling, or pain in the affected area. If the tumor is large, it can also cause headaches, seizures, and changes in vision or hearing.
Difficulty with balance
A brain tumor can cause a wide range of problems, depending on its size and location. One common symptom is difficulty with balance. This can be due to pressure on the part of the brain that controls balance, or because the tumor is affecting nerves that send signals to the muscles involved in balance. Other symptoms may include headache, nausea, vomiting, seizures, and changes in vision or hearing. If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s important to see a doctor for a proper diagnosis.