What if your head hurts in the morning? – Comedy.com

A brain tumor is cancer in the brain. It is not called brain cancer, but ‘malignant brain tumor’, but it is called ‘tumor’ rather than ‘cancer’ because of the characteristics that distinguish it from general cancer. Usually, cancer is divided into stages 1 to 4 depending on the stage of progression, but brain tumors are expressed as ‘grades’ due to their characteristics. Grades 1 to 2 are benign brain tumors, and grades 3 to 4 are called malignant brain tumors.

Literally, an evil malignant brain tumor is difficult to treat and has the characteristic that it recurs well even after it has been treated by digging into the brain. Compared to other cancers, size is important, but in brain tumors, grade 4 tumors the size of a fingernail are worse than grade 2 tumors the size of a fist, and make the prognosis more difficult. It means that the histological condition of itself, not simply the size or stage, is that important.

The incidence of brain tumors among young people is also increasing. The incidence of brain tumors among young people is 7.4% of all patients. According to data from the Health Insurance Review and Assessment Service in 2019, the number of patients treated for brain tumors in their 20s was 1216 malignant brain tumors and 3192 benign brain tumors. I am not looking for a particularly high rate, but caution is necessary even in the younger generation.

Unlike a headache, what if your head hurts in the morning?
Brain tumors are often overlooked because self-diagnosis is impossible and the main symptom is a headache. In fact, about 70% of brain tumor patients complain of headaches. It is often accompanied by nausea and vomiting. Headaches are the most common when brain tumors develop, because intracranial pressure rises.

When you have a headache, you should pay attention to whether it gets worse at dawn. Tension headaches, which usually occur, tend to occur in the afternoon. On the other hand, headaches caused by brain tumors tend to be stronger in the morning when sleeping. It is also worth noting that it does not resolve even when waking up from sleep.

Accordingly, if the headache continues in the morning after bedtime, a brain tumor may be suspected. If you have a brain tumor, internal pressure increases, making it difficult to breathe, and sometimes you wake up with a headache in the morning. If you experience persistent headaches in this pattern, you should get a thorough examination.

If we look at the symptoms of a brain tumor in more detail, the pattern changes depending on where it occurs. If a tumor develops in the frontal lobe, personality disorders such as anger and inability to control anger appear. If it occurs in the occipital lobe, visual impairment appears, and if it occurs in the temporal lobe, there is a risk of memory loss, epilepsy, or seizures. If it occurs in the parietal lobe, the sense of direction is lost, making it difficult to find the way and distinguish between left and right.

It can be easily mistaken for another disease.
It is known that about 40% of brain tumors are caused by increased inflammation in otitis media or sinusitis (sinusitis). If a tumor develops in the olfactory nerve, abnormalities in the ability to smell may appear.

You may lose your sense of smell by thinking it is simply a nose disease. Similarly, visual impairment is mistaken for an eye disease, and sexual dysfunction or indigestion is thought only as a urology or internal medical examination, and time is wasted. Even though the symptoms are so diverse, they think that it is simply a temporary phenomenon or other disease, and most do not think that there is a problem with the brain.

Because of this, along with morning headache, blurred vision, visual field loss, sensory and movement disorders, hearing loss, tinnitus, speech disorders, learning disorders, amenorrhea, lactation, sexual dysfunction, epileptic seizures, convulsions, skin spots and nodules, memory loss, If various symptoms such as mental disorders appear, a brain tumor is suspected and a detailed examination is necessary.

The exact cause of brain tumors is not known. However, there are reports that it is influenced by heredity and that it is also related to radiation exposure. Brain tumors are known to occur twice as often in women as in men, and the incidence in children is also high. There is still no specific method to prevent brain tumors, so early diagnosis is the most important.

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