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Monday, February 01, 2010 Martika, Community Member, asks

Q: Does having severe migraines day and night for 2 months mean brain cancer/tumor?

I fear that my everyday and night migraines for the past 2 months are symptoms of a more serious brain illness?! I have had migraines since the age of 15, and never have I had migraines like these.


I've tried getting a second opinion in terms of treatment and medication, but to no avail. I am 23 yrs old, a university student in a loving relationship, and all of sudden I find myself writing to you because I feel isolated and helpless in the hands of the medical world.


Last week, I realised my life is spiraling down, my partner is starting to be affected intensily by my daily pain, doctors only tell me the same thing "Well there is so much we can do, here take this new drug" and I haven't lived my life like a normal young adult since...well forever ago. I never drink or smoke, I keep away from triggers, hell im probably the cleanest kid in town. And yet, I suffer immensily and am starting to stagger on my daily routine as a human.


I asked my doctor if he could prescribe me a ct-scan or some form of brain imagery to check it out, and he said "You don't need that" and proceeded to read me a poem....!!! Not only that, my eyes lately have been uncontrollably shifting rapidly from side to side sometimes for minutes at a time, without being able to stop.


Please help me, anything at this point would help.



Montreal, Canada

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Teri Robert, Health Guide
2/ 1/10 1:10pm



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No, severe Migraines for an extended period does not mean brain cancer or a tumor. Statistically, cancer or tumor are highly unlikely. That said, I find it a bit surprising that your doctor declined ordering a CT or MRI. There's no diagnostic test to confirm Migraine; the diagnosis is achieved by ruling out other conditions.


The issue with your eyes is something that needs to be investigated. It could be related to your Migraines, but it could also be totally separate.


The only way to get the answers you need is going to be through a doctor who can review your and your family's medical history, discuss your symptoms with you, and conduct a complete examination. Nobody can diagnose via the Internet.


If your doctor isn't able to help, it may well be time to consult a Migraine and headache specialist. It's important to note that neurologists aren't necessarily Migraine and headache specialists. Take a look at the article Migraine and Headache Specialists - What's So Special? If you need help finding a Migraine specialist, check our listing of Patient Recommended Migraine and Headache Specialists.


Please keep me posted?


Welcome again,

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By Martika, Community Member— Last Modified: 11/16/10, First Published: 02/01/10