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Brain tumor?

Have any of you ever thought you had a brain tumor because of your symptoms? or worse found out you actually did have a brain tumor? For me this is my biggest fear right now.

I suffered terribly with vertigo motion sickness, wobbliness, etc 7-10 years ago and have been vertigo free for 7 years (though some other symptoms remained but not to the degree I had them) But now things have come back with a vengeance giving me lots of new and strange symptoms. Can hardly walk, stairs are very difficult - looks like I’m looking through the wrong strength glasses when I go down stairs, many noises are intolerable, can’t chew potato chips because of the noise the make, very lethargic, no energy, no appetite. This is complicated by leg/hip/lower back problems from shoveling all of the recent snow we’ve had and that may be part of the reason I’m having trouble walking. At least that’s why I think my back/hips/legs bother me.

But I can’t help but to worry that my recent problems are because of a brain tumor or something along that line. I can’t even get in to see my ENT until next week, meanwhile I don’t know what to do. I want my life back. This all came back so suddenly.

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Do an MRI. Have a neuro look at it. Once he says everything is dandy put it to rest and attack the migraine like you did last time.

BTW since you said diuretic work for you. Get an ear MRI with contrast and see if anything shows up there. Read somewhere hydrops can be spotted in an MRI

When I first had dizzy spells 22 years ago, the very first test that my general practitioner did was an MRI of my head to rule out a type of tumor called an “acoustic neuroma.” It would be reasonable for you to ask your doctor to do this.

I never thought I had a Brain Tumor, well, I did rationalize that it was within the realm of possibilities. I had a 5+ year history of many/most of the symptoms that we seem to share. Vertigo, Perceived Motion, and many common “Migraine” symptoms too.

Never sought any medical care or diagnosis for my symptoms, seemed to get by on using Meclizine periodically at first, then during the 18 month or so before my eventual medical consultation i used it very frequently. I was able to go so long because I had symptoms that would leave me with periods of “Normality”.

In late 2016 I had a period of constant severe Vertigo syndrome symptoms and it culminated in a weekend long severe unrelenting episode that finally led me to make an appointment to see what was going on.

My Primary Care doc was stop #1. She seemed to think that there were a lot of possibilities and decided to make many referrals for various tests. Including but not limited to a FULL Cardiac work up including an Exercise Stress Echo, 48 Hour Holter Monitor Test, a series of Blood work that was HUGE.

Based on early test results and best guesses by my Primary she referred me to an ENT Doc, a Neurologist, and a Rheumatologist. All had waiting time for visits in months.

She on her own accord ordered an MRI of the Brain. That was on 02/11/17. The Neuro-Radiologist modified the test order after the first few minutes in the Machine. My 30 minute MRI turned into a 1.5 Hour long one.

Two days later my results posted to my Online account to see your test results. The finding were:

  1. There is a linear zone of encephalomalacia, gliosis, and hemosiderin deposition in the right
    posterior medial temporal lobe including the posterior parahippocampal gyrus and lingual gyrus from chronic hemorrhage
  2. Asymmetric enlargement of the left geniculate ganglion indicating the presence of a small facial nerve hemangioma or schwannoma.

    I eventually had my appointments with ENT and Neurology and was also given a Migraine with Aura diagnosis as well. ENT chose the Vestibular Migraine, Neuro used Migraine with Aura. ENT also diagnosed sever Eustachian tube dysfunction as well.

My first followup MRI is in a few weeks. The tumor is small enough now that watch and wait is my choice for now. I am likely to be offered Tubes in right ear for ETD.

Strange thing is that my Vestibular Migraine symptoms have very gradually improved. I went through several meds and have now gone Med free and seem to be doing okay most of the time. Not completely normal but better.

My thoughts on the Vestibular symptoms have evolved over time. I originally thought Menieres. ENT and Neuro think it is Migraine. ENT does not think the Tumor is the cause of those symptoms at all.

My thinking has mirrored James (turnitaround) line of reasoning and yet I am not at all comfortable with a FINAL declaration of certainty of WHAT IS WHAT. Time has changed my views, as well as my symptoms and I feel that that will likely be a life long process.

Thanks for listening to my rather long Vent. Don’t Give up.



I was diagnosed with a cerebellar tumour about 5 years ago. I was experiencing severe nausea which helped lead to a diagnosis.

Today I still experience migraine related vertigo / vestibular migraines, even though the tumour is no longer visible on medical scans.

A brain tumour is an incredibly rare event and many brain tumors are often found but pose no threat.

I would think it is rare to have a brain tumor, but I would never rule it out. My understanding is that around 10 out of 100,000 people are diagnosed annually.

If I had an mri four years ago and symptoms are bad again do I get another one

We’re not doctors here but we’ve told you before that MRIs are mostly used to rule out tumors, and a tumor is highly unlikely. Your doctor should be the one who makes this decision.

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