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What should you know about headaches and brain tumors?

Usually when you have a headache, it is nothing to worry about. However, in some cases, you or other Rhode Island residents might worry that a headache is a symptom of a brain tumor.

Many brain tumors are serious and are best caught early so you have the best chance possible at treatment, according to CNN. Headaches are not always the only symptom of a problem, however, and other signs may also be present. If your headache is new and not something you are used to getting, for example, this may be a sign that something serious is going on. Persistent headaches that occur alongside dizziness, nausea or vomiting may also be clues that need to be checked out. If you have a brain tumor, your headache may also accompany muscle weakness, speaking problems or changes in peripheral vision. Also, these types of headaches tend to start immediately upon waking up, rather than getting worse as the day progresses.

Chronic headaches in conjunction with other symptoms do not always mean trouble, so they are not cause for panic. However, these red flags may give you reason to have a nagging doubt checked out. In one example, a teenager who began to develop headaches after a wrestling match was taken to his family doctor. Initially, the doctor diagnosed him with being dehydrated and later with a stomach illness. After he began to feel dizzy, his parents took him to the hospital emergency room. A CT scan and MRI revealed a serious brain tumor. Fortunately, doctors were able to remove the tumor during surgery and he underwent radiation and chemotherapy treatment.

In most cases, your chronic headaches will have a less serious cause than a brain tumor. It is when a headache is mistakenly diagnosed as something benign that you face more serious risks.

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