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Headaches, nausea, vomiting, and dizziness are all possible symptoms of a brain tumor. Early symptoms can be subtle or obvious, depending on the type, size, and location of the tumor. However, just because a person has these problems, doesn't mean he or she has a brain tumor. Early symptoms can also be caused by other common problems, such as migraines or a sinus infection.

Brain Tumor -- Early Symptoms: An Introduction

Early symptoms of brain tumors can be vague or dramatic, depending on the tumor size, type, and location.

Possible Early Symptoms of a Brain Tumor

Possible early brain tumor symptoms may include:
  • Headaches (that are usually worse in the morning)
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • A new seizure
  • Difficulty with speech
  • Gradual loss of movement or feeling in an arm or leg
  • Changes in mood, personality, or ability to concentrate
  • Depression or anxiety (especially if it develops suddenly)
  • Eating disorder
  • Problems with memory.
While some of these early symptoms of brain tumors are vague, eventually, all brain tumor symptoms will become worse. The space inside of the skull is limited, which means that as the tumor grows, it will cause increased pressure on the brain.

Early Brain Tumor Symptoms Versus Other Conditions

Early brain tumor symptoms may resemble other health problems. For example, headaches are the most common symptom of brain tumors, but headaches are more commonly caused by migraines or sinus infections. Therefore, it is not uncommon for a person with early symptoms of brain cancer to have his or her condition diagnosed as migraines, school phobia, anorexia, or other common problems. People who have possible early brain tumor symptoms should see a doctor, because only a doctor can diagnose and treat the problem.
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