My 18 year old son experiences short stabbing pains, lasting for almost 10-15 seconds a couple of times every day. We took him to the doctor every time he complained of one and the doctor dismissed it as migraine or exertion headaches. This went on for some time and last week he got a major headache out of nowhere which was so bad that he threw up saying his head was going to shatter to pieces. We rushed him to the hospital and by the time we got there his entire face had become swollen. Immediately, the doctors ordered for a CAT scan and it showed a 3cm diameter tumour with a 12cm cyst covering it. They even told me that the [pressure on his brain was too much and he may not make it through the operation. But Thank god that not only did he survive, but also recovered completely. It was his good luck that the doctor in the ER was very observant and insisted upon getting a CAT scan done; else he wouldn’t have been with us today. So, I would like to warn all of you not to ignore such short stabbing pains. Even if there might be nothing, insist your doctor on getting a scan done to make things clear. My son has been through enough traumas because of negligence. His tumour is a pilocytic astrocytoma, which is benign. The tumour did not pose an immediate risk to his life, but the overlying cyst and the pressure it laid on the brain were the causes of danger to his life. If the doctor hadn’t acted upon it quickly, it would have turned out to be fatal. This tumour usually affects younger children and if picked up at an early stage, this has a good cure rate as well. My son will now have to keep getting MRIs done at regular intervals because there are still residual cancer cells present. So, in order to keep things under check, he might have to undergo further radiation and chemo therapy. Let’s see what the doctors have to say!