Symptoms may be subtle and only gradually become worse, or they may occur very quickly. Headaches are often the most common symptom. But only very rarely do children with headaches have a tumor. Headache patterns that may occur with brain tumors include:
- Headaches that are worse when waking up in the morning and go away within a few hours
- Headaches that get worse with coughing or exercise, or with a change in body position
- Headaches that occur while sleeping and with at least one other symptom such as vomiting or confusion
Sometimes, the only symptoms of brain tumors are mental changes, which may include:
- Changes in personality and behaviour
- Unable to concentrate
- Increased sleep
- Memory loss
- Problems with reasoning
Other possible symptoms are:
- Gradual loss of movement or feeling in an arm or leg
- Hearing loss with or without dizziness
- Speech difficulty
- Unexpected vision problem (especially if it occurs with a headache), including vision loss (usually of peripheral vision) in one or both eyes, or double vision
- Problems with balance
- Weakness or numbness
Swimming is an ideal exercise because it exercises all your back muscles in a safe, supportive environment. The water supports your weight well, which means that there’s less weight on your back. You could also do water walking.
Treatment of brain tumors can be performed with use of brain surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, targeted therapy, and tumor treating fields which are selected based on many factors such as your age, overall health, and medical history, the type, location, and size of the tumor, how likely the tumor is to spread or recur, and your tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies.
The first symptom is usually a gradual loss of hearing in one ear, often accompanied by ringing in the ear (tinnitus) or a feeling of fullness in the ear. Less commonly, acoustic neuromas may cause sudden hearing loss.
- Adults between 30 and 70 are most likely to be diagnosed with meningioma. Children rarely develop meningioma.
- Women are more than twice as likely as men to develop meningioma. However, men are three times as likely as women to be diagnosed with cancerous meningioma.
- High-dose radiation to the head may increase a person’s risk of developing meningioma. Also, low-dose radiation such as in the treatment of ringworm of the scalp, called tinea capitis, or through dental x-rays may increase a person’s risk of developing meningioma decades after treatment.
- People with neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2) have a higher risk of developing meningioma.
- Black people have higher rates of meningioma than white people.