For years, Kendra Jackson fought with a perpetually running nose – snivelling and sneezing, blowing and losing sleep every night.
Jackson said she first thought she was catching a cold, then, when her symptoms persisted, doctors suggested probable seasonal allergies, making them one of the more than 50 million Americans who fight with them each year.
But the symptoms never disappeared and over the years Jackson began to worry that it could be worse.  She said this week to the ABC daughter KETV, her nose was running "like a waterfall, uninterrupted, and then she ran up to my throat."
"Wherever I went," she added, "I always had a box of puffs, always in my pocket."
She had frequent headaches. And she rarely slept.
Physicians at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha recently diagnosed Jackson with a cerebrospinal fluid, a condition in which the aqueous fluid surrounding the brain leaks through a hole or tear in the skull and then drains out loud Johns Hopkins Medicine in the ears or in the nose.
The doctors told Jackson that she lost an estimated half a pint of fluid a day through her nose, Ketv said.
The surgeons last performed a procedure by month, going through Jackson's nasal cavity to repair the damage. A spokesperson for Nebraska Medicine told the Washington Post she continued with doctors on Friday and "it's going well."
Nebraska Medical said in a Facebook post last week that "doctor after doctor Kendra said the liquid from the nose was due to allergies." But after years of tackling this problem and the associated headache, she turned to the ENT team Carla Schneider, Pennsylvania, discovered that Kendra had a CSF leak – Liquor from her brain was licking from her nose!
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Although many CSF leaks correct, they sometimes need to be repaired by various medical or surgical means.
On April 23, rhinologist Christie Barnes and neurosurgeon Dan Surdell at the University of Nebraska Medical Center performed a CSF leak repair, according to the spokesman for Nebraska Medicine.
"We go through the nostrils, through the nose," said Barnes, after KETV. "We use angled cameras, angled instruments to get us where we need to go."
Barnes, who specializes in nasal and sinus problems, told the station that the surgical team took adipose tissue from Jackson's body and used it to insert a small hole between their skull and nostrils, where the cerebro-spinal fluid licked.
A Nebraska Medicine surgical team performed a procedure last month to repair Kendra Jackson's cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak. (NASA)
According to the American Rhinologic Society, CSF leaks are visible when there is a clear drainage from the nose or throat, which can occur under stress or position changes and does not improve with other targeted causes Nose." When it comes out of the nose, it is usually from one side. When it flows in the throat, it was described as tasting salty.
Other symptoms of CSF leaks may include, according to Cedars-Sinai:
- Drainage from the ear
- Fluid that enters the esophagus sinus tract and drains through the skin
- Problems with hearing  Problems with the Smell
After her surgery last month, Jackson said she has her life back.
"I do not have to carry around tissue anymore," Jackson told KETV weeks after the operation, "and I get some sleep ,
Kendra Jackson fills out paperwork during a test. (19659027)
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