Kendra Jackson thought she had bad allergies – at least the doctors told her when she complained about a runny nose.
"Wherever I went, I always had a box of puffs, always in my pocket," Jackson of Omaha, Nebraska, told KETV. "[It was] like a waterfall, uninterrupted, and then it would run down my throat."
For years, Jackson had seen doctors and specialists looking for answers. The sneezing, coughing, and constant nasal irritation began shortly after her car accident in 2013. She remembers that she had hit her head on the dashboard, which would explain her chronic headache – but not the common cold symptoms.
Only this year, Jackson learned the real reason why her nose was always fluid: she had a cerebrospinal fluid (cerebrospinal fluid). She lost about half a liter of fluid per day, KETV
reports [It was] like a waterfall, constantly, and then it would blow my throat. "
According to the Cleveland Clinic, fluid leakage occurs around the brain through a hole "through the skull bones," typically as a result of traumatic injury. Symptoms may include a runny nose, fluid in the ear, headache, vision loss, etc.
The condition is rare and often underdiagnosed. About 5 in every 100,000 people report CSF leaks every year, according to the CSF Leak Association, a UK charity dedicated to raising awareness of the disease. Sometimes the liquor leak repairs with proper rest, but occasionally surgery is required.
Dr. Christine Barnes and Nuerosurger Dr. Dan Surdell operated a few weeks ago on Jackson
"We [went] through the nose, through the nose," Barnes told KETV, explaining that a team of doctors had used Jackson's own tissue as a plug to stop fluid leakage to prevent. "We use angled cameras, angled instruments to get us where we need to go."
Jackson was thrilled when the trial was over. Her head felt clear and she was finally able to put away her handkerchiefs. For the first time in 5 years she was able to sleep well.
"I do not have to carry the fabric around anymore and I sleep a bit," she told the news channel. Jackson returned to Nebraska Medicine for a follow-up visit on Friday, and doctors said she was recovering well.