January 23, 2022, 10:31

    Woman told life of agonising migraines was caused by massive four-inch brain tumour

    Woman told life of agonising migraines was caused by massive four-inch brain tumour

    A woman who suffered years of agonising migraines was shocked to be told they were caused by a four inch brain tumour – which a surgeon said was the largest he had ever seen.

    Lisa Dumbiotis, 38, suffered from migraines since the age of 15 but last year began seeing flashing lights and losing the feeling in her hands.

    The mum-of-one also suffered from dizziness, and described the symptoms to an optician during an eye test.

    She was rushed into emergency surgery in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Glasgow, and on September 25 surgeons operated for nearly 11 hours.

    The tumour was pushing her brain to the front of her head but fortunately was non-cancerous.

    Lisa said: "The normal medication that I was taking for them wasn't making a difference and I ended up unable to feel my hands and lost my sense of grip.

    Lisa Dumbiotis after her surgery
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    "My GP wasn't overly concerned due to my history with them but I kept getting flashing lights and pressure in my head and I was really dizzy.

    "My dad suggested that I go to get my eyes tested so I went in to get checked out.

    "My optician mentioned something about intracranial hypertension where I had swelling in the back of my eyeballs – it was putting pressure on them."

    Lisa, from Shawlands, Glasgow, was rushed to the accident and emergency department at QUEH where medics performed CT and MRI scans.

    She said: "The way that it was growing was actually moving my brain forward.

    "Now that it is gone, there is actually a gap where my brain will move into again.

    Lisa Dumbiotis' brain tumour scan
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    "Within three days, I was in theatre undergoing emergency surgery.

    "It was a worry waiting to see if the tumor was cancerous or not as my grandad passed away due to brain cancer.

    "My surgeon is my complete hero and made me feel at ease through it all – he came to visit before I went into theatre and really calmed me.

    "He said that it was the biggest tumor he had ever seen, so he was keen to get it out.

    "I feel as though I owe my life to this man."

    She is urging others who suffer from migraines to get checked out if something changes.

    Lisa said: "You know your migraines and the difference between a migraine and a general headache.

    Lisa was left with a large scar to her head after surgery
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    Lisa Dumbiotis with son Andreas
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    "When the medication stopped working and I couldn't use my hands, I knew something was wrong.

    "You need to be aware of what you feel and if it is different than usual, get it checked out. I would advise booking an appointment at the opticians for them to have a look if the pain changes or if you feel different."

    Lisa is doing a sponsored head shave to raise cash for the neuroscience department at the QUEH.

    All funds will go towards the neurological endowment fund which helps with education and equipment purchases.

    Lisa Dumbiotis was rushed in for surgery just three days after doctors discovered the 10cm tumour

    Lisa said: "About four days after my surgery, an amazing nurse came into my ward and took a look at my hair which was tied up in a bun.

    "She started trying to brush through it but it was far too matted, she offered to shave parts of it and I said no – so that's when I decided I'd be taking the whole lot off.

    "I got home and managed to brush it out but it's still something I want to go ahead with."I want to do it for the people who helped me."

    To donate visit Help Lisa give back to the people who saved her, organized by Lisa Dumbiotis

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