One of the most common questions my client's ask me is in regard to whether or not I believe their dizziness could be from a stroke or brain tumor. In response to this question I usually first ask, "have you mentioned your concern about a brain tumor to your Doctor?" I think it is crucial clients talk openly about all of their symptoms and fears with their Medical Doctors. Once an individual has this concern on their mind, it is very important they diligently pursue an answer.
My next response is to review central signs that a brain tumor may cause. Some of these symptoms (in addition to various types of dizziness) may include: numbness, tingling, weakness, confusion, loss of hearing, loss of control of an extremity, slurred speech, blurred and/or double vision, seizures, spells of unconsciousness, difficulty swallowing and falling. Clients could also have other symptoms not mentioned.
As a vestibular therapist, my first priority is to ask questions and look for findings that may suggest a central vestibular problem.