What are the brain tumor symptoms that you should know?

Stop spinning is my first thought. As my head comes off the pillow on waking, the light fixture above me is moving in circles. I cannot stand up without holding onto something or the merry-go-round makes me fall over. I feel sick. Sick to my stomach. Two days later, I develop my first massive headache. It was time to visit my GP.  These were my first brain tumor symptoms. Although, it was often stated they were not directly related to my tumor, their appearance lead to my first CT scan which showed the presence of an unknown guest; a rare benign brain tumor called a colloid cyst buried deep in the third ventricle of my brain.

Our brains are truly wondrous organs controlling our every move and breath, cushioned inside our protective skulls with not much room to move. So when a tumor starts growing, it often pushes onto or into our brain, which can result in a multitude of symptoms, depending on where the tumor may be pressing or causing other issues.


What are some of the signs and symptoms of a brain tumor?

They can vary from person-to-person and often depend on the type, size, and/or location of the tumor whether malignant or benign (non-malignant). 

– Behavioural changes

– Cognitive Changes (thinking)

– Depression

– Dizziness/Unsteadiness

– Changes in vision

– Headaches

– Seizures

– Changes in hearing

– Fatigue

– Nausea and vomiting 1,2,3

The incidence of brain tumors is not that high and therefore this list of symptoms should not immediately make you think you have a brain tumor if you suffer from them.

But as with anything in your body, if you think that any of your symptoms may be out of the ordinary, contact your local physician to get a proper diagnosis.

Strangely enough, even after brain surgery for the removal of my tumor, I still suffered from quite a few of these symptoms. My journey with a brain tumor seemed set to continue.


What signs and symptoms did you experience that lead to the discovery of your brain tumor?

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Information in this blog is not intended as a substitute for the medical advice of physicians. All readers should regularly consult a physician in matters relating to his/her health, particularly with respect to any symptoms that may require diagnosis or medical attention.


1. http://www.thebraintumourcharity.org/Resources/SDBTT/general-and-across-all/documents/symptoms-of-a-brain-tumour-adults-v10.pdf

2. http://www.braintumour.ca/2495/signs-and-symptoms

3. http://www.abta.org/brain-tumor-information/symptoms/