The one symptom of a brain tumor you should never ignore is actually really common

Headaches suck. They arrive at inopportune moments, sometimes chronically, which leads us to scramble for some relief. However, if your headaches seem to get worse and worse, they could be a symptom of something much more serious.

According to SELF, severe headaches can be a common symptom of a brain tumor. But before you run off to the doctor about your aches and pains, there’s more to it!


Robert Martuza, M.D tells SELF, "Headaches that cause pressure have been linked to tumors, especially if the pain is unlike any other headache you've experienced. If you feel a persistent dull ache that worsens in the morning or at night, and intensifies when you cough, bend down, or poop, you might need to start planning a trip to the doctor."

And, according to Manmeet Ahluwalia, M.D., headaches “associated with brain tumors are often more intense in the early morning or at night because your brain experiences an increase in pressure while you sleep.” So pay attention WHEN you get your headache.

While headaches are a major symptom of a tumor, other symptoms, such as seizures, hearing or vision loss, or loss of control over your body are others that you may need to be on the look out for. Every body is different, so do. Not. Freak. Out. if you’re experiencing headaches. You could also, well, be dehydrated.

Plus, if headaches are your only symptom, you might be in the clear. Though it could be nothing at all, it doesn’t hurt to see a medical professional to be more safe than sorry!

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