Brain tumors, even when benign, are a scary diagnosis to face. Your doctor will perform various tests to determine whether a mass of abnormal cells exists in your brain and, if so, whether it is cancerous or non-cancerous. Generally, the diagnosis and treatment of a brain tumor is made by a specialist, like the team at the Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Even when a brain tumor is not cancerous, the condition can affect many areas of your daily life and leave you without the ability to work or support yourself. Fortunately, you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits if your symptoms are severe enough.
Symptoms of Benign Brain Tumors
Since the location of the benign brain tumor affects the type of symptoms that a victim may experience, there can be a wide range of ways that the tumor impacts daily life. In some cases, there may be no symptoms at all. In others, the symptoms may develop slowly over time. Typically, however, a headache that does not respond to over-the-counter headache medications is the most common initial symptom that indicates a possible benign brain tumor.
While the symptoms may be varied, they can create a severe impact on your ability to work to support yourself and your family. Examples of these symptoms include the following:
- Vision and hearing problems
- Difficulty with walking and overall sense of balance
- A change in your sense of smell
- Numbness or tingling in your arms or legs
- Personality changes
- Weakness in a part of your body
- Memory loss
- Confusion or disorientation
- Trouble with thinking
- Trouble with concentrating
- Problems with speech
Victims of benign brain tumors may qualify for Social Security disability benefits in order to help ease the financial burden imposed by this condition. We hope that you found this information helpful as you consider what to do after a diagnosis. If so, we encourage you to share it with your friends and family on Facebook.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.