Over the years, there has been a rise in the cases of brain tumors. In the US alone, it has been estimated that over 700,000 people live with a primary brain and a central nervous system tumor. A brain tumor occurs when a tissue in brain or spine experiences abnormal growth. This hampers proper functions of the brain.
Normally, there are four types of tumors.
1. Benign - the least aggressive form of tumor.
2. Primary - tumors, which start in the brain and spread to other parts of the body.
3. Malignant - they contain cancer cells and do not have clear borders.
4, Metastatic - they originate in other parts of the body and spread to the brain.
Clearly, a tumor diagnosed as early would give an advantage in tackling it but unfortunately, most people do not know about the symptoms of brain tumors.
So we at WittyFeed want to tell you about 15 symptoms of brain tumor.
Although it's not specific to brain tumors, it serves as an early sign. Headaches, which don't go away with normal remedies and worsen over time indicate one has a tumor. However, most headaches are unrelated to tumors.
It is estimated that almost 60% of patients who get a tumor, get seizures at some point in their lives. Some symptoms can be muscle contractions, jerking, and twitching.
Sensory loss can vary from visionary to touch. A person with a tumor can experience a change in sensation via vision, smell or hearing without losing consciousness.
Tumor cells can affect areas of the brain responsible for motor functions like balance, coordination and movement. It might also weaken facial muscles.
If the tumor has spread to other parts of the body, it can cause blood clots inside the brain and other parts of the body. A common symptom of the presence of blood clot in the brain is a loss of feeling on a side of face, arm or leg.
Hearing loss is known as Acoustic Neuroma. It is usually one of the first signs of a brain tumor. Some symptoms include pain in the ear, tingling, and numbness along with a gradual loss of hearing ability.
Tinnitus is the annoying sensation of hearing something clicking, whooshing, hissing in your ears when there's no external sound present. Tinnitus could be caused due to tumor cells spreading in the ear canal.
Changes in vision can also be linked to a brain tumor. Loss of part of vision, double vision can be caused by a tumor in the temporal lobe, occipital lobe, or brain stem.
The tumor can be one of the reasons one can feel fatigued as the growth of the tumor involves constant destruction and repair of tumor cells, which uses much of the energy of the body that normally can be used for other functions.
In a reported case, it was found that the actual reason for a person's depression was the brain tumor. After the tumor was removed, the person became normal, signifying that depression could also be a symptom of brain tumor.
A tumor slightly alters the anatomy of the brain and in some cases, it can reflect in the form of behavioral changes. Usually, the symptoms are mild memory loss, mood swings, or intense emotional outbursts but they all depend on the location of the tumor.
The endocrine system consists of glands which secrete hormones like adrenaline, testosterone etc in your body. A tumor can affect the endocrine system, which disrupts secretion of hormones and can make one feel confused, irritated, depressed etc.
Aphasia means impairment of language, comprehension - audio and verbal. Specific parts of the brain are responsible for language production and comprehension. For example, the frontal lobe is involved in language production and the temporal lobe is involved in understanding language. A tumor in one of these regions can affect your communication and comprehension skills.
Trouble in eating/swallowing is usually accompanied with the rapid growth of tumors. As tumors progress, the problems can get worse. One of the most common symptoms is choking, gagging of food into lungs instead of the stomach.
Nausea, vomiting, abnormal eye movement etc could all be an indicator of a brain tumor.
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