A brain tumor is an abnormal cell that appears in the brain. It poses serious threat to your brain because of its position. The brain is located in the skull. The skull has limited space to protect the brain when a tumor begins to grow in that little space it presses against the brain causing serious problems.
When it comes to the type of tumor, not all tumors are dangerous. Some might be cancerous while others non-cancerous. However, because of its position, both cancerous and non-cancerous tumors can cause brain damage.
Having a family history of brain tumor puts you at a greater risk of developing brain tumor. Age, exposure to radiation and chemicals also play roles in increasing your chances of developing brain tumor.
Like any other ailment, brain tumor has some notable symptoms. These include;
Headaches are the most common symptom of brain tumors. Keep in mind that not every headache is caused by a tumor in your brain. However, you should be concerned when the headache does not go away despite taking medications. Another warning sign is if you feel like throwing up whenever you get these headaches. Headaches that disrupt your sleep or become worse when you lay down are warning signs of a brain tumor. If you feel headaches when you wake up from sleep, after physical activity or after sneezing then you should seek for medical attention as soon as you can.
2. Loss of motor function
The brain controls the activities of the body, this includes motor activities such as sitting, standing and other activities that require movement. When a tumor presses against the surface of the brain, it can badly affect your coordination and motor ability. This can result in difficulty in walking or raising your hand. It can also affect your ability to speak and make meaningful sentences.
Seizures can be severe and lead to unconsciousness. However, not all seizures result in fainting. Some overlooked symptoms of seizures include inability to speak properly and a tingling sensation in your arms and legs.
Other symptoms of brain tumor include;
4. Loss of memory
6. Abrupt change in mood and personality
7. Loss of bowel and bladder control
9. Blurred vision
10. Weakness of the limbs or face
11. Hand tremors
13. Difficulty in reading and writing
The best way to determine if you have brain tumors is by going for proper medical checkup. The doctor can do a physical checkup which includes checking your memory, muscle strength and coordination. After the physical examination some tests will be carried out. These tests could include; CT scan, biopsy, skull x-ray and an MRI scan of the head.
Treatment of brain tumors largely depends on its size, location and type. Your general health condition also plays a major role in determining the best treatment option. The most common treatment for brain tumor is surgery. The surgery has to be done carefully to avoid causing damage to the brain and nervous system.
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