Symptoms of brain cancer are generally difficult to recognize because it can be very similar to other milder diseases. That’s why many people who have brain cancer are often diagnosed too late and in the end, get late for treatment. Read on this article to identify the various symptoms commonly caused by brain cancer. That way, you can get treatment faster.
Symptoms of brain cancer that you need to watch out for
Seizures are one of the first symptoms of brain cancer, especially if you have never had a history of seizures before. This is caused by cancer tumors that irritate the brain so that the brain’s nerve cells work uncontrollably, and causes your limbs to jerk suddenly.
Symptoms of seizures are not always swollen. You can experience severe seizures throughout the body, jerks (twitches) in certain parts of the body, stiffness of one limb, or a stiff sensation in one part of the face. Seizures can also be a change in sensation (vision, smell, or hearing) without losing consciousness, dumbfounding for a moment, glaring eyes for a moment, or other signs that the patient does not even realize.
In addition to seizures, headaches are another early symptom arising from brain cancer. However, what’s the difference between brain cancer headaches and ordinary headaches?
According to Mike Chen, a neurosurgeon at City of Hope Hospital in California, headaches can be a symptom of brain cancer if present suddenly, persists, and tends to worsen because they do not continue to be treated using ordinary drugs.
Headache signs of brain cancer also often occur when you wake up early, due to an increase in brain pressure while lying in bed for a long time.
The severity of headaches can vary greatly, depending on the size of the cancerous tumor or how fast the tumor grows.
3. Weakness and numbness
Every body movement is regulated and controlled by the brain. The presence of a cancerous tumor can interfere with the workings of this brain, causing the body to lose its motion function. Body weakness can occur on one side only or both.
Brain cancer can also cause the body to experience numbness or tingling in the hands and feet. Numbness and tingling occur because the tumor develops in the brain stem, a place where the brain is connected to the spinal cord.
4. Changes in vision
Brain tumors that attack or are near the eye nerve can cause double vision, blurred vision, and gradual vision loss. You might also see white dots or shapes that float in your sight.
But unfortunately, most people are not aware of these various visual disorders as symptoms of brain cancer. You might not even pay much attention to changes in your eyes’ vision until you continue to experience neglect while on the move, such as wall slamming because of incorrect estimates of distances or even car accidents repeatedly.
Moreover, the severity of vision changes can be different for each cancer patient, depending on the size and type of the tumor.
5. Changes in how to talk
Talking stuttering or stammering, talking slurred, to the difficulty of saying the name of an object even though it’s on the tip of the tongue is a key symptom of frontal or temporal lobe brain cancer. The lobe is an area of the brain associated with motor function from understanding language and speaking.
6. Cognitive disorders
Brain cancer can cause cognitive disorders, such as difficulty remembering, poor concentration, easily confused or absent-minded, difficulty thinking clearly, difficulty processing information, and difficulty understanding what others are saying.
7. Loss of balance
Motor function and body coordination are controlled by the brain stem. If there is a malignant tumor in this part of the brain, you tend to lose balance easily which can be marked by feeling unsteady when standing; stand tilted to one side without realizing it; often fall; until it is difficult to walk, especially in darkness.
Balance problems are also silent symptoms of multiple sclerosis, which is why symptoms of brain cancer are often misdiagnosed. So, consult with your doctor further if you suspect the symptoms above occur to you.