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Some people with a brain tumor may not show any symptoms, and many symptoms people think might be a brain tumor could just as easily be caused by a different medical condition, so if you suspect something is wrong the first thing you should do is see your doctor.

General signs and symptoms of brain tumors include:

  • Headaches of any type can be a sign of a brain tumor, but you should be especially concerned about headaches that accompany other symptoms such as nausea or vomiting, or that occur upon waking up in the morning but then go away after a few hours, or that worsen with coughing, exercise, or a change in body position
  • Seizures, convulsions, or tremors
  • Personality or mood changes
  • Memory problems
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting (usually in the morning)
  • Strange feelings in the head or hands
  • Fatigue or drowsiness
  • Pressure near the tumor
  • Cognitive decline, such as slower thinking, word retrieval problems, memory loss, and difficulty concentrating
  • Loss of balance or dizziness
  • Fine motor skills difficulties
  • Changes in judgment
  • Changes in behavior or personality, such no patience or tolerance, paranoia, social decline, loss of inhibitions, irritability, laughing at things that are not funny, and temper tantrums
  • Loss of initiative
  • Sluggishness
  • Respiratory changes
  • Muscle weakness or paralysis
  • Vision problems such as full or partial loss of vision, double vision, loss of peripheral vision, abnormal eye movements, seeing flashing lights, blurring, and floaters
  • Changes in speech such as the slurring of words, slow speech, and problems communicating
  • Hearing problems such as one-sided hearing loss and ringing in the ears
  • Impaired sense of smell
  • Altered perception of touch/pressure
  • Acting clumsy
  • Arm or leg weakness on one side of the body
  • Abnormal gait (walking strange)
  • Confusion with left and right sides of the body
  • Asymmetric facial expression
  • The inability to look upward
  • Impairment to swallow
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Facial weakness or numbness

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