Woman's Cold Symptoms Turned Out To Be A Brain Leak

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But the woman, Kendra Jackson, knew it had to be something else.

A woman in Nebraska had what appeared to be a runny nose for two years, but the condition turned out to be much more serious.

Cerebrospinal suspends the brain inside the skull, keeping it in an ideal position so that it does handle any pressure from pushing against bone.

Cerebrospinal fluid circulates through the brain's ventricles and around the spinal cord. In 2013, Jackson suffered head trauma in a auto accident. "Under these circumstances, CSF can drip from the nose and be mistaken for a runny nose".

'I was so healthy up until I had the vehicle accident, ' Kendra says. Her head felt clear and she was finally able to put the tissues away.

'My body was changing, my lifestyle was changing. Nebraska Medicine rhinologist Dr. Christie Barnes told KETV that she and her team performed a minimally invasive surgery, using a piece of Jackson's fatty tissue to plug up the small hole between her skull and nostrils, where the leak originated. (It's not clear exactly what caused Jackson's, though it could be possible that her 2013 auto accident played a role.) The fluid can drain out of the nose of the ear, causing symptoms like a runny nose, headaches, vision and hearing changes, and meningitis.

"Everywhere I went I always had a box of Puffs".

The dripping and the migraines would wake her up every couple of hours.

Jackson said her nose ran "like a waterfall, continuously, and then it would run to the back of throat".

She went to doctor after doctor. "Always stuffed in my pocket", she said. If it drains into the throat, it has been described as salty tasting.

Then, one morning, 'I woke up and I was so miserable, and I thought "I'm going back to where I was born, to a learning hospital and if they can't figure out what it is, no one can,"' Kendra says.

'She probably thought I was insane, because I said "I am not going to leave until you figure out what's wrong with me,"' Kendra recalls.

This year, Jackson finally learned that she had a cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak, and was losing around half a pint of fluid daily.

Head injuries or damage caused by brain or sinus surgery can cause the fluid to leak.

If untreated, she could've developed life-threatening infections such as meningitis, according to the news station. "I could tell a great big difference". The clear fluid, if it were to leak from a nostril or down a person's throat, can have a metallic taste, Live Science reported in 2015.

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