Harianjogja.com, JOGJA – Dizziness in the head is often experienced by some people. Often they underestimate and think that the dizziness will go away by itself.
However, if dizziness appears in the head, you should also watch out for it as a symptom of the brain umor.
There are specific warning signs that can help identify more serious causes.
“About fifty percent of people diagnosed with brain tumors complain that a persistent headache is one of the first symptoms they experience when they visit a GP,” said Sanj Bassi, Consultant Neurosurgeon at the London Neurosurgery Partnership at Harley Street Clinic, HCA Healthcare UK.
Bassi also explained the mechanism by which cancer can cause headaches.
He explained, with brain tumors, headaches are not caused by the tumor itself, because the brain does not have pain receptors.
It is instead caused by a tumor pressing on sensitive blood vessels and nerves in the brain, causing the formation of pressure-ups.
“Pain can also be caused by a tumor blocking the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain.”
Therefore, as Bassi points out, if a person has a brain tumor, the headaches they suffer are usually very different from ordinary headaches because they are often accompanied by other symptoms.
Headaches associated with brain tumors usually get worse in the morning, especially when people first wake up, Bassi said.
“Because headaches due to brain tumors are often caused by a build-up of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain, their intensity can decrease when a person stands up and cerebrospinal fluid begins to flow or is exacerbated by coughing, bending over, or screaming,” he said.
In comparison, common headaches are generally much shorter and milder and can be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers, Bassi said.
He explained that this type of headache also has identifiable causes, such as infection, lack of sleep or motion sickness.
In addition, headaches caused by brain tumors tend to get worse over time and can mimic a migraine or tension headaches with a dull ache or persistent throbbing pain, Bassi said.
Headaches accompanied by repeated vomiting, memory or personality changes, new muscle weakness or speech and vision problems could be signs of something more serious, so you should immediately see a doctor, “he said.
People with brain tumors may also start having seizures, either full seizures or twitching in the legs, arms, or hands, Bassi added.