Brain Tumor Headaches

Tumor headache

A common motivating factor for those suffering from headaches to seek help from their doctors is the fear that they may be suffering from either a malignant brain tumor or some other life-threatening ailments. Yet fortunately it is only a very small minority of headache sufferers who actually have brain tumors.

Headaches associated with brain tumors are in fact fairly nonspecific and the interesting fact is that only 50% of those with brain tumors experience symptoms of headache pain which are even so often mild in severity.  The reason could be due to the fact that the brain has no pain receptors which may explain the low percent of brain tumor patients experiencing headaches.

Brain tumors are very likely to cause symptoms of seizures and disturbance in gait, vision, coordination, speech and cognition.  If the headache pain is found to be worse by sneezing, coughing or straining or if it is usually worse in the morning, then brain tumor would be a major consideration because as the tumor grows, it actually causes the headaches to worsen.

If the headaches are suspected to be caused by brain tumors, the patient will most probably have to undergo a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or  a compound axial tomography (CAT) scan to confirm whether it is truly a brain tumor.  If confirmed to be true, treatment is often surgical removal of the tumor followed by chemotherapy or radiation depending on the tumor type.