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Managing Your Symptoms

Learn about common symptoms people with brain and spine tumors experience. Find strategies so you or your caregiver can manage your symptoms. Learn when to report your symptoms to your doctor to improve your health and day-to-day life.

  • Body Pain

    Pain is an unpleasant feeling in your body that causes physical discomfort. Everyone experiences and expresses pain differently. Learn more about body pain.

  • Cognitive Symptoms

    Cognition is the mental process of learning, understanding, and communicating. Learn more about cognitive symptoms.

  • Difficulty Walking

    Difficulty walking may include problems standing or moving. Learn more about difficulty walking.

  • Fatigue

    Fatigue is an extreme sense of tiredness and lack of energy. It is distressing, and can be debilitating and interfere with usual daily activities. Learn more about fatigue.

  • Gastrointestinal Symptoms

    Gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms affect areas from your mouth to your rectum, such as your stomach or intestines. Learn more about GI symptoms.

  • Headache

    Headaches are a pain or pressure in the head that does not seem to go away or that goes away and comes back. Learn more about headaches.

  • Mood Disturbance

    Mood disturbance can be feelings of distress, sadness or symptoms of depression, and anxiety. Learn more about mood disturbance.

  • Seizure

    Seizures are sudden, uncontrolled body movements and changes in behavior that are caused by abnormal activity in the brain. Learn more about seizures.

  • Sleep Disturbance

    Sleep allows your body to rest, recover, and reset for the next day. When sleep is interrupted or you are not getting enough sleep, it can impact your health and life. Learn more about sleep disturbance.

  • Weakness

    Weakness is a loss of muscle strength that affects your movement or activity. Learn more about weakness.

  • Symptom Management App

    Learn how the My STORI mobile app can help you track and manage your symptoms and self-care activities.

We would like to acknowledge the following authors who have contributed to writing and reviewing content included on the symptoms section of the NCI-CONNECT website: Terri Armstrong, PhD; Alvina Acquaye; Orieta Celiku, PhD; Youngjun Cho; Anna Choi; Alexa Christ; Julianie De La Cruz Minyety; Varna Jammula; Yeonju Kim; Amanda King, PhD; Heather Leeper, MD; Molly Maher; Hope Miller; Kristin Odom; Kayla Roche; James Rogers; and Michael Timmer.