We all feel ill from time to time. When we do, our immediate reaction may be to search on Google and self-diagnosis our symptoms. A quick diagnosis on the internet often tells us the worst case scenario.
Usually our symptoms are not as severe as our Google search makes them sound, but sometimes they can be. Take someone who experiences frequent headaches for example.
First, let’s keep in mind that headaches are extremely common, and there are many different types and causes.
Headaches that tend to get worse over time, though, can potentially be a symptom of a brain tumor. About half of patients with a brain tumor experience headaches. For these patients, common features of their headaches include:
If you notice your headache is associated with fasting, the flu, a sinus infection, or sleep deprivation, get rest and take care of your body.
For frequent headache sufferers, if your headache is worse with activity or early in the morning, talk to your doctor. Your doctor will ask how long and how often you’ve been experiencing these symptoms.
Also, keep a journal and make note of what triggers your headaches and what makes it worse. This will help your doctor determine the cause of your pain.
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