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Recognizing Symptoms of a Spinal Tumor Feb 1st, 2021

Before delving into spinal tumor symptoms, it’s important to note that this condition isn’t very common. As a result, spinal tumors can be harder to detect, because physicians often look for more common underlying conditions first. For a little perspective, 359,000 Americans have a tumor in their central nervous system...

Can Brain Surgery Help Parkinson’s Jan 20th, 2021

Deep brain stimulation surgery isn’t new. This novel approach to treat Parkinson’s disease tremors first gained approval in 1997 and became a treatment for advanced-stage symptoms in 2002. By 2016, deep brain stimulation surgery received approval for use in earlier stages of the disease as well, but it’s not right...

Has Anyone in Your Family Had an Aneurysm? If So, Get Checked! Dec 15th, 2020

When you have a cerebral aneurysm, you have a bulging, weakened, or thin area within an artery wall in your brain that fills with blood. Not all aneurysms require treatment, and you can even live your entire life without knowing you have one. However, others can have serious or life-threatening...

The Most Common Type of Brain Tumor Nov 13th, 2020

When it comes to brain tumors, it’s challenging to pick a single one that’s most common. That’s because there are three distinct tumor types that occur most often: metastatic, meningiomas, and glioblastoma. Of these brain tumors, only two originate in the brain. Because there are different types of brain tumors,...

Recovering From Pituitary Surgery Oct 25th, 2020

Your pituitary gland is a tiny bean-shaped gland that produces hormones involved in almost every part of your body. Unfortunately, it can also be tricky to reach this small gland because it sits at the base of your brain in an area between your ears and behind your nose. At...

Trigeminal Neuralgia: More Than Jaw Pain Sep 17th, 2020

Trigeminal neuralgia (TN), also called tic douloureux, can cause excruciating pain, and it usually affects areas in the lower face and jaw. It can also cause sensations around your nose and above your eyes, because TN develops from irritation to the trigeminal nerve, which branches out across your forehead, cheeks,...

Are Bad Headaches a Sign of Aneurysm? Aug 12th, 2020

Sometimes it’s easy to know when you should see a doctor, such as if you break a bone or have a serious car accident. Other times can be less obvious, such as when you have a really bad headache.  Headaches are incredibly common. In fact, 1 in 20 adults has...

How to Prepare for Brain Surgery Jul 30th, 2020

Undergoing any form of surgery can feel overwhelming, but it can be even more frightening when it involves the brain. That’s why Joseph Watson, MD, founded Cerebrum MD in Tyson’s Corner, Vienna, Virginia. At his practice, you can expect truly personalized care while you navigate your treatment options. Dr. Watson...

How Serious Are Pituitary Tumors? Jun 17th, 2020

No one wants to learn they have a tumor. But, when it comes to your pituitary gland, 99% of these growths are benign, or noncancerous. And pituitary tumors usually don’t spread or grow extensively. Still, they can negatively impact your health. At Cerebrum MD, in Tyson’s Corner, Vienna, Virginia, Joseph...

What Are the Symptoms of a Brain Tumor? May 21st, 2020

When you have a brain tumor, there’s a growth of abnormal cells in your brain. These masses can occur in any brain tissue, including the: Brain itself  Membranes covering the brain (meninges) Cranial nerves Pineal gland Pituitary gland Brain tumors can either start in your brain or spread there from...

Is Spinal Stenosis Causing Your Chronic Back Pain? Apr 21st, 2020

Back pain is something that most people will encounter in their lifetimes. Almost 65 million people in the United States reported experiencing some form of back pain recently, and about 16 million adults have chronic back pain that interferes with their daily activities. While back pain can be caused by...