If headaches are your only symptom then it is extremely unlikely to be secondary to a brain tumour for several reasons.
A study in 1994 by Vazque-Barquero et al found that only 8% of adults they assessed had headache as the first and only symptom. Headache in isolation for longer than 10 weeks will only exceptionally be secondary to intra cranial neoplasm.
If present at all, headache as a result of intra-cranial tumour will more commonly present with:
- Nausea and or vomiting
- Aggravation with changes in position
- Abnormal neurological signs (sensation, power, reflexes)
Typically the symptoms worsen over days or weeks and you are unwell in ways other than headpain.
NB: This is different for children. Around 70% of the brain tumour population in children of all ages have headche as a primary presentation.
I.e. That's NOT 70% of children's headaches are tumours, but 70% of children with brain tumours will have headache as a symptom, and for this reason paediatric headache presentation should always be investigated.
So in your case if headache is your only symptom, and it has not changed rapidly AND significantly in the last 6 months in terms of intensity, frequency, quality, duration then you would be quite safe to have your condition assessed by a suitably qualified health practitioner.
Hope this helps.
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