Hi everyone, so off the bat I just want to say I'm seeing a doctor on Monday. However... I have had chronic headaches in my temples for over 4-5 months now. They occur almost daily around 3-4 oclock everyday. They aren't so much painful as I know they are there.
Usually I don't use advil/aleve but if I take a nap they usually go away if not they go on their own within 3 hours. But I am concerned I may have something going on beyond this. I keep teling myself they are tension headaches because I am prone to stress/anxiety and this year my parents have been going through a divorce plus I am in college. They don't hurt when I cough or shake my head (i mean shaking your head vigorously gets irritating) I am not sensitive to light and I don't have numbness or weakness/double vision. It's just a noticeable ache in my temples..and I will even say if I massage my temples I notice bulges on both sides (my veins?) There are no history or brain cancer issues in my family only that my mother passed away from Stage IV breast cancer.
I also occasionally get lightheaded. Not dizzy or anything but I just feel lightheaded. And occasionally I feel spaced out...I can't describe the feeling..but it's just a weird funk. I also somethings get minor MINOR twitches in my fingers or eyelids. I also have never had history of headaches prior to these 4-5 months. I also know I get sinus infections commonly.
My question is do these sound like symptoms of a brain tumor? I eat fairly healthy and I am at a good weight. Or is it likely from stress/ I know I don't drink as much water as I need to. Could it also be from being tense in my body all the time (into the stress category) I'm worried. But I understand that it is what it is. What do y'all think?
It does NOT sound like you have a brain tumour. Brain tumours or "brain cancer" have a wide variety of symptoms:
- New onset or change in pattern of headaches
- Headaches that gradually become more frequent and more severe
- Unexplained nausea or vomiting
- Vision problems, such as blurred vision, double vision or loss of peripheral vision
- Gradual loss of sensation or movement in an arm or a leg
- Difficulty with balance
- Speech difficulties
- Confusion in everyday matters
- Personality or behavior changes
- Seizures, especially in someone who doesn't have a history of seizures
- Hearing problems
Unless you have around 3 or 4 of these, I wouldn't worry about it too much. I hope this helps!