Brain Tumor - Symptoms
Brain tumors can damage vital neurological pathways and invade and compress brain tissue. Symptoms usually develop over time and their characteristics depend on the location and size of the tumor. Not all brain tumors cause symptoms, and tumors of the pituitary gland are found mainly after death. Symptoms may be caused when a tumor presses on a nerve or damages a certain area of the brain. They also may be caused when the brain swells or fluid builds up within the skull.
These are the most common symptoms of brain tumors (primary tumors):
- Headache (usually worse in the morning)
- Difficulty in walking
- Seizures and convulsions (muscle jerking or twisting).
- Altered mental status - Changes in concentration, memory, attention, or alertness
- Nausea, vomiting - Especially early in the morning
- Abnormalities in vision or other sensory problems
- Difficulty with speech or in expressing oneself.
- Gradual changes in intellectual or emotional capacity
- Changes in behavior or personality
- Nausea or vomiting (especially in middle-aged or older people)
- Sudden onset of fever, especially after chemotherapy
- (usually worse in the morning)
- Problems balancing
- Numbness or tingling in the arms or legs