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Can An Unilateral Headache Indicate Brain Tumor?

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Posted on Thu, 26 Oct 2017
Question: Hello, I went to my GP for my annual physical. I was explaining to her that I have often headaches on one side (around the temple) which feels more like a cramp. And sometimes it can go down to my ear and jaw. She wants to send me for a CT scan of the brain because I previously had cervical cancer 4 years ago stage 1b1. I am absolutely anxious person and cannot stop thinking and researching that, it could be brain tumor. I am 31. I also had invisalign done and completed the treatment over a year ago. I am suppose to wear my retainer at night but often forgot. Now my dentist told me that they do not fit me properly because my teeth have shifted. I also told him that when I wake up and remove my retainers that my jaw/gums feel so tight and I constantly feel like I clench on my retainers all night do to the thickness of them. All am saying is, I am just worried about a brain tumor.
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Answered by Dr. Neeraj Kumar (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Nothing serious

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
I have gone through your question and understand your concern.
Unilateral headache without any other associated features like vomiting, visual loss, seizure,weakness is unlikely to be due to Brain tumor.
You can get contrast CT head for your concern.
Hope you found the answer helpful.
Do get back to me for further queries.
Regards
Dr N Kumar
Neurologist

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Can An Unilateral Headache Indicate Brain Tumor?

Brief Answer: Nothing serious Detailed Answer: Hello, I have gone through your question and understand your concern. Unilateral headache without any other associated features like vomiting, visual loss, seizure,weakness is unlikely to be due to Brain tumor. You can get contrast CT head for your concern. Hope you found the answer helpful. Do get back to me for further queries. Regards Dr N Kumar Neurologist