Hello all, my name is Kevin. I came upon this forum after my diagnosis and subsequent research. I'm 28yrs old and please pardon me as I'm frightened, angry and feeling helpless all at once! Plus very confused. Also please excuse spelling errors as I cannot feel my hands!
To make a whole story, I was involved in an automobile accident, where I was rear ended by a girl texting on her phone at 50mph when I was at a dead stop. I looked in my mirror to see the car flying towards me, and out of sheer instinct I pulled myself forward, trying to get away from it I guess. The car struck, I flew back and slammed into my seat than managed to regain control of my car. My back and neck hurt, and was diagnosed with whiplash after a couple of xrays.
Within a few days I noticed some unusual bathroom problems, along with a piercing pain throughout my back. I've always suffered migraines too however it stayed constant and no relief has occurred except with morphine. Plus my hands and feet became numb as if they were asleep, my left leg began losing strength and I began seeing and hearing things that are not really there. I've been nauseous and my moods were extremely unstable, especially being irritable.
I brought this up to the doctors who continually blamed the narcotics I'm on. I'm a 100% disabled veteran from the USMC and suffered numerous injuries during my duty. Needless to say, I've become keenly aware of the side effects of narcotics and I've had none of these!
Fast forward a couple of weeks and I finally found a doctor who was compassionate, as she was in a car accident and didn't treat me like a plague. She became quite alarmed and sent me to an ER outside of town. After many tests and a few MRIs I finally had a verdict - a very large (no specifics were given) subarachnoid cyst spanning from the base of my brain to the small of my back that is pressing on my nerves and brain. When I asked for details none were given, so I'm still trying to figure that out!
I'm due for a consult on Dec. 17th with neurosurgery, and no one will answer me over the phone.
If anyone can please help despite my lack of details, should most of my symptoms improve when it's drained? What are the most typical routes to taking care of such a thing? And are there risks involved with the surgery?
One doctor claimed to see cysts in my brain too (aside from the aforementioned base pressing one) however I never got a straight answer on that. Would that cause sight and hearing abnormalities, like the things I'm seeing and hearing? So far that looks unconfirmed.