A woman residing in Nebraska had spent so many years battling with the feeling of water moving down her throat. The uncomfortable sensation came with a strong debilitating headache which she went to see her doctor about. Her doctors simply sent her home with an allergy diagnosis every single time although the women were sure that an allergy was not the problem.
From a report made by KETV-7 ABC, her experiences with these symptoms began 2 years ago shortly after the women, Kendra Jackson had suffered a moderate head injury trauma from a rear end accident. After the impact was made, Kendra had hit her face on the dashboard from the force of the impact.
“Everywhere I went, I always had a box of puffs always stuffed in my pocket,” Jackson told the station. “I knew something was wrong. I knew it.”
After a while of always having to explain her “cold,” Kendra finally decided to seek better medical advice because it had finally dawned on her that this could not just be a common cold.
At this point, she was in misery,
“I couldn’t sleep. I was like a zombie. I was up all night.”
After a lot of tests and deductions, the doctors at the Nebraska Medicine located in Omaha had to take a good look at her nostril and sinus. Using a camera probe, they looked through her nasal duct and sinus, and that’s when they saw it. A little hole lodged between her skull and her nostrils. It was later estimated that she was leaking roughly 235ml or 8 ounces of Cerebrospinal fluid every single day.
The Cerebrospinal fluid is a liquid that is made and kept in specialized ventricles located in the brain. This fluid also fills up the major canal of the spinal cord. The function of this colorless liquid is to maintain a balanced pressure between the tissues and blood vessels in the skull. It also helps to dispatch immune cells to fight against pathogens quickly.
The results of the research show that in mammals, the cerebrospinal fluid sort of rushes through the spaces in the brain cells. As it rushes through these spaces, it carries out two functions. One of them is the function of a cleanser. It removes the toxic waste gotten from metabolism and cell debris. Its second function is transportation. As a transporting fluid, it carries important molecules to the cells. These two functions are carried out while we are fast asleep and this might be one of the reasons we are encouraged to have enough sleep for a better functioning brain.
The body does not stop producing the cerebrospinal fluid though. It constantly produces this fluid up to 500ml which translates to 16.9 ounces a day. Anytime this fluid is lacking in quantity, the brain sort of shrinks inside the skull which builds up a lot of pressure that is the felt as the headaches that Kendra experienced.
According to the Cedars-Sinai neurosurgery department, the Cerebrospinal fluid can leak when a hole is created either in the duration layer or the softer arachnid membrane that encapsulates the brain and spinal cord. This opening could be caused by trauma or accident or as a result of a medical procedure.
The first and most dependable warning is a headache. This particular headache usually gets better when the person lies down for a while and gets worse when the person sits down or stands up. Some other patients have experienced the following symptoms. Nausea, a stiff neck, vertigo, a difference in their sight, hearing, and taste, pain in the neck and so on.
What makes this situation serious is that if a person has a large hole that is unable to be repaired by the body, and has also not undergone treatment, the chances of them contacting a deadly infection is very high. Certain disease pathogens could get into the membrane causing a meningitis infection.
As for Kendra Jackson, her own hole was plugged with fatty tissues gotten from her body. In the following months to come through, she would have to be watched carefully as she recovers.