Everybody is asking me what is my diagnosis at this point. I wasn’t even sure, because I couldn’t remember much besides a csf something or another. I can’t find anything on the internet so I just called the doctors office and I said I’m X and I was in to see the doctor yesterday, can you tell me what my diagnosis was and what surgeries he was talking about doing to me? She said that it was a CSF Otorrhea, now that made sense because I remember him saying it was a cerebrospinal fluid leak. Cerebrospinal fluid, is the stuff that your brain floats in. Wikipedia explains it much better than I ever would.
I have been joking at our office that the stuff leaking out of my ear was brain juice, actually, I was somewhat right. This is when I really started learning more about the surgeries that I might need to have. And the internet is so crazy, one of the websites said that from one of the surgeries I would be out of work for about 7 days, one said it was an out patient surgery, and another said I would be in the hospital for up to a week. The bad part is if you really do a lot of research most of the good articles are behind some username/password protected site that is for doctors only.
The problem with having a CSF leak is that the odds of getting meningitis is between 25 and 50%. And around 10% in the first week of a CSF leak. I’ve been having a CSF leak for probably more than 6 months now. I guess I have been VERY lucky.
What causes CSF leaks, normally it’s from some type of head or spine trauma. But I didn’t have any type of trauma to my head that I remembered. Hopefully the CT Scan will tell me where the problem is.