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- Question: How can you tell if you have a brain tumor? What are some symptoms?
Symptoms of brain tumors depend almost entirely on location, location,
location. Thus, if a tumor is in the motor area, a limb weakness/paralysis
will occur, while if it is in the frontal lobes, personality or behavioral
changes are more commmon.
A mass in the back of the brain (occipital lobe) would cause visual
disturbance; a mass in the parietal/temporal lobe could cause word finding
difficulty or speech arrest or seizures.
A tumor on the motor strip of the fronto-parietal area would cause movement
problems in the specific area controlling arm, leg, facial, etc. movement.
On the other hand, a lemon-sized tumor in the frontal lobe could be silent
for a long time, while a dime (10 cent) sized tumor in the brain stem area
could rapidly cause complete paralysis.
It can be difficult to diagnose a brain tumor because the symptoms can mimic
other conditions such as headache as a migraine headache, or tension
Vomiting can be due to an intestinal upset, nervousness, ulcers, food
Seizures can be due to other causes such as drugs, medicines or alcohol.
Weakness of a hand or arm, or speech difficulty could be due to a stroke,
The persistence of any or all of those symptoms could point to a possible