Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Brain Tumor Awareness Week - Signs

In honor of brain tumor awareness week I am going to make a few blog posts that are along the lines of awareness. So here goes the second in the series... Signs.

The signs of a brain tumor a wide and varied. Remember that no two tumors are alike and therefore no two people will experience the same symptoms... or in my case any symptoms at all. Here are some of the common symptoms that eventually lead to a brain tumor discovery:

  • Change in headaches
  • Headaches that become more frequent and severe
  • Headaches that are worse in the morning
  • Vision problems such as double vision, blurred vision, or loss of peripheral vision
  • Loss of sensation or movement in the limbs on one side of the body
  • Balance difficulties
  • Nausea or vomiting with no apparent cause
  • Speech problems such as slurred speech, using words out of context, or the inability to find the appropriate word
  • Personality or behavior changes
  • Confusion
  • Seizures
  • Hearing loss
  • Memory loss
  • Any of the above symptoms in connection with a headache
These symptoms are also common in many other illnesses. If you experience any of the above, you should seek out your doctor so that tests can be run.

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