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Managing Your Symptoms

Learn about common symptoms that people with brain and spine tumors experience, strategies to manage your symptoms, and when to report them to your doctor.

  • Body Pain

    Pain is an unpleasant feeling in your body that causes physical discomfort.

  • Cognitive Symptoms

    Cognitive symptoms include difficulty remembering, speaking, understanding, and concentrating.

  • Difficulty Walking

    Difficulty walking may include problems standing or moving.

  • Fatigue

    Fatigue is an extreme sense of tiredness and lack of energy, which can be debilitating and interfere with daily activities.

  • Gastrointestinal Symptoms

    Gastrointestinal symptoms affect areas from your mouth to your rectum, such as your stomach or intestines.

  • Headache

    A headache is pain or pressure in the head that does not go away—or that goes away and comes back.

  • Mood Disturbance

    Mood disturbance can involve feelings of distress or sadness, or symptoms of depression and anxiety.

  • Seizure

    Seizures are sudden, uncontrolled body movements and changes in behavior that are caused by abnormal brain activity.

  • Sleep Disturbance

    Sleep disturbance can impact your physical and mental health, as well as your day-to-day life.

  • Weakness

    Weakness is a loss of muscle strength that affects your movement or activity.

  • Symptom Management App

    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 contributed to writing and reviewing the content included on the symptoms section of the NCI-CONNECT website: Terri Armstrong, Ph.D.; Alvina Acquaye-Mallory; Orieta Celiku, Ph.D.; Youngjun Cho; Anna Choi; Alexa Christ; Julianie De La Cruz Minyety; Varna Jammula; Yeonju Kim; Amanda King, Ph.D.; Heather Leeper, M.D.; Molly Maher; Hope Miller; Kristin Odom; Kayla Roche; James Rogers; Michael Timmer; Raleigh McElvery; and Michelle Wright, Ph.D.