swelling in your head can cause headache, vomiting,
restlessness, and drowsiness. It can also cause changes in the
way you think and remember things.
Learning Needs There are important things that you can do
to prevent the swelling from increasing:
- Do not hold your breath.
- Remember to breathe in and out when you move or change
- Do not strain when moving your bowels. (If you are not
moving your bowels easily and regularly, talk with your
nurse or doctor.)
- Report any signs or symptoms of increased pressure such as
severe headache or vomiting.
Prevention The most important thing that you can do is to
prevent the swelling from getting worse. Learn to use the above
tips. Tell your doctor or nurse immediately if any changes
Management If you develop increased swelling in your
brain (increased intracranial pressure), you will receive
medicines to reduce the pressure. In addition, you will receive
treatment to shrink the tumor that is causing it and prevent the
pressure from increasing again. This treatment may be radiation
therapy or chemotherapy.
Follow-up Let your doctor or nurse know if you have: