Brain Tumor Headache Vs Normal Headaches Content - Walking Better
Have you ever wondered about any of the following:
• Are brain tumors and headaches related?
• What symptoms exist for a tumor vs a regular headache?
• How are these kinds of tumors diagnosed?
1.) Are Headaches And Brain Tumors Related?
Headaches are a common issue that can happen in an otherwise healthy person. Approximately 50% of people who actually do have brain tumors have a headache as a recurring complaint. If a person has seizures or persistent neurological symptoms, then this is more of a sign that they may have a tumor.
Some common “red flags” that a person needs to look out for:
A.) A change in previous headache patterns
B.) Headaches that are unresponsive to therapy
C.) Motor weakness or visual problems
D.) A change in memory, personality type
E.) Prolonged vomiting
F.) A headache that is worsened when someone bends over, coughs or sneezes
*We do have to note that any of these symptoms are possible with a regular headache as well. Just because you have these symptoms, does not diagnose you has having a tumor.
2.) How Are Brain Tumors Diagnosed?
An abnormal neurological exam is a common predictor of a brain tumor. Typically, an MRI scan of the individuals head with contrast is the best way to diagnose the problem. Neurosurgeons and oncologists are often times involved in the care of patients to determine if they have a tumor and what to do after it is discovered.
3.) Problems With Walking, Due to a Brain Tumor
Loss of balance and irregular walking patterns can be exhibited when patients have a brain tumor. Although this is unfortunate, there are some things that a patient can do to help them walk better. The use of a special walking brace called an AFO (ankle foot orthosis) can help people walk better if they are having trouble. These braces are made by orthotists (brace specialists). Another device is available that is called the WalkAide for patients with brain tumors. This is an FDA approved device and it is strictly used for patients that have foot drop due to certain conditions, such as a brain tumor. With impulses directed to the lower limbs, from the WalkAide, patients can actually walk more effectively in many situations. Not everyone with drop foot is a candidate for a WalkAide so it is important to discuss this with your local, licensed orthotist if you should get one.
*Note: This is health information. Consulting your phsyician for medical advice on tumors is the best route to take if you are concerned you or someone you know may have one. Medical advice on bracing and the WalkAide should also be provided to you by your local, licensed orthotist.
Source by Daniel Rinella