This Woman Thought Her Nose Was Running – Actually It Was Brain Fluid | Megyn Kelly TODAY


>>>NOW TO OUR SERIES MEDICAL>>>NOW TO OUR SERIES MEDICAL MYSTERIES. MYSTERIES. ONE WOMANS NOSE WAS CONSTANTLY ONE WOMANS NOSE WAS CONSTANTLY RUNNING. RUNNING. CONSTANTLY. CONSTANTLY. WAS IT A COLD? WAS IT A COLD? WAS IT ALLERGIES? WAS IT ALLERGIES? NO. NO. YOU WILL NOT BELIEVE WHAT IT
WAS.WILL NOT BELIEVE WHAT IT WAS.
WATCH. WATCH.
>>Reporter: KENDRA JACKSON IS A>>Reporter: KENDRA JACKSON IS A WOMAN WHO VALUES FAMILY.
IN 2013, SHE NEARLY LOST THEM IN 2013, SHE NEARLY LOST THEM
WHEN SHE WAS INVOLVED IN AN WHEN SHE WAS INVOLVED IN AN
ACCIDENT. ACCIDENT. CHANGING HER LIFE FOREVER. CHANGING HER LIFE FOREVER.>>A LITTLE LADY JUST COME OUT
OF NOWHERE AND HIT THE BACK OF OF NOWHERE AND HIT THE BACK OF
MY VAN. MY VAN. I HAD JUST COME OUT OF MY SEAT I HAD JUST COME OUT OF MY SEAT BELT, SO IT SLUNG ME ALL OVER
THE FRONT OF THE VAN.ALL OVER THE FRONT OF THE VAN.
I REMEMBER FALLING BACK INTO MY I REMEMBER FALLING BACK INTO MY
CHAIR AND DIDNT KNOW THAT I HAD CHAIR AND DIDNT KNOW THAT I HAD
BROKEN MY SHOULDER. BROKEN MY SHOULDER.
>>Reporter: AFTER HAVING>>Reporter: AFTER HAVING
SURGERY TO REPAIR HER SHOULDER, SURGERY TO REPAIR HER SHOULDER,
KENDRA NOTICED SHE CONSTANTLY KENDRA NOTICED SHE CONSTANTLY HAD A RUNNY NOSE. HAD A RUNNY NOSE. AT FIRST, SHE THOUGHT IT WAS AT FIRST, SHE THOUGHT IT WAS JUST A COLD. JUST A COLD.>>IT FELT LIKE I WAS DROWNING>>IT FELT LIKE I WAS DROWNING IN THE FLUID DRAINING THE BACK
OF MY THROAT.DRAINING THE BACK OF MY THROAT.
I WOULD SLEEP SITTING UP A LOT I WOULD SLEEP SITTING UP A LOT OF THE TIMES.
WHEN I DID DOZE OFF AND GET A WHEN I DID DOZE OFF AND GET A
GOOD SLEEP, WHEN ID WAKE UP, MY GOOD SLEEP, WHEN ID WAKE UP, MY
PILLOW WOULD BE SOAKED. PILLOW WOULD BE SOAKED.
>>Reporter: KENDRA SAW MULTIPLE>>Reporter: KENDRA SAW MULTIPLE
DOCTORS, TRYING TO FIGURE OUT DOCTORS, TRYING TO FIGURE OUT
WHAT WAS WRONG. WHAT WAS WRONG.
>>I HAD WENT TO A SPECIALIST.>>I HAD WENT TO A SPECIALIST.
HE LOOKED AT MY NOSE. HE LOOKED AT MY NOSE.
ENT SAID, I DONT SEE POLYPS. ENT SAID, I DONT SEE POLYPS.
NOTHING IS THERE. NOTHING IS THERE. WAIT UNTIL THE FIRST FROST WE
GET, THE COLD, AND ITLL STOP. GET, THE COLD, AND ITLL STOP.
THIS WAS IN OCTOBER. THIS WAS IN OCTOBER.
>>Reporter: OVER THE NEXT FIVE>>Reporter: OVER THE NEXT FIVE
YEARS, HER CONDITION WORSENED, YEARS, HER CONDITION WORSENED,
UNTIL ONE DOCTOR FIGURED OUT THE UNTIL ONE DOCTOR FIGURED OUT THE
REASON WHY HER NOSE WAS ALWAYS REASON WHY HER NOSE WAS ALWAYS
RUNNING. RUNNING.>>KENDRA JACKSON JOINS US NOW
WITH THE ANSWER.N JOINS US NOW WITH THE ANSWER.
WELCOME. WELCOME. GREAT TO HAVE YOU. GREAT TO HAVE YOU.>>GOOD TO BE HERE.
>>SO YOU FINALLY GO INTO THIS>>SO YOU FINALLY GO INTO THIS
DOCTORS OFFICE, AND YOU SAY, DOCTORS OFFICE, AND YOU SAY,
IM NOT LEAVING HERE UNTIL YOU IM NOT LEAVING HERE UNTIL YOU
FIGURE THIS OUT. FIGURE THIS OUT.
>>YES.>>YES.
>>WHAT DID THEY TELL YOU THAT>>WHAT DID THEY TELL YOU THAT
YOU HAD? YOU HAD?>>SHE CAME BACK — WELL, SHE>>SHE CAME BACK — WELL, SHE LEFT. LEFT. SHE CAME BACK IN. SHE CAME BACK IN. SHE SAID, WELL — I EXPLAINED SHE SAID, WELL — I EXPLAINED THE STORY TO HER. THE STORY TO HER. SHE SAID, IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU
HAVE CSF. IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU HAVE CSF.
I SAID, WHAT IS THAT? I SAID, WHAT IS THAT?
SHE SAID, CEREBRAL SPINAL FLUID. SHE SAID, CEREBRAL SPINAL FLUID.
I WAS LIKE, NO. I WAS LIKE, NO.
REALLY? REALLY? SHE WAS LIKE, YEAH. SHE WAS LIKE, YEAH. I SAID, IT IS COMING FROM MY I SAID, IT IS COMING FROM MY BRAIN? BRAIN? SHE SAID, YES. SHE SAID, YES.>>BRAIN FLUID WAS LEAKING.
>>YES.N FLUID WAS LEAKING.>>YES.>>WHAT WAS YOUR REACTION TO
THAT NEWS?S YOUR REACTION TO THAT NEWS?
>>IT FLOORED ME.>>IT FLOORED ME.
I KNEW SOMETHING WAS WRONG. I KNEW SOMETHING WAS WRONG.
>>YOU KNEW ALL ALONG.>>YOU KNEW ALL ALONG.
WAS IT CAUSED BY THE CAR WAS IT CAUSED BY THE CAR
ACCIDENT? ACCIDENT?>>I BELIEVE SO.>>I BELIEVE SO. THEY SAID, YOU KNOW, UPON
IMPACT, WHEN I HIT MY FACE ON IMPACT, WHEN I HIT MY FACE ON
THE STEERING WHEEL IN 2013. THE STEERING WHEEL IN 2013.
>>HOW BAD WAS THE RUNNING?>>HOW BAD WAS THE RUNNING?
A LOT OF US HAVE CONSTANTLY A LOT OF US HAVE CONSTANTLY
RUNNY NOSES THANKS TO ALLERGIES RUNNY NOSES THANKS TO ALLERGIES
OR WHAT HAVE YOU. OR WHAT HAVE YOU. HOW DID IT COMPARE? HOW DID IT COMPARE?>>I USED A BOX OF PUFFS EVERY
OTHER DAY.A BOX OF PUFFS EVERY OTHER DAY.
THATS HOW BAD MY NOSE WAS THATS HOW BAD MY NOSE WAS
RUNNING. RUNNING. UPON IMPACT, IT DIDNT START UPON IMPACT, IT DIDNT START UNTIL A COUPLE MONTHS LATER.
AROUND 2015, IT JUST STARTED AROUND 2015, IT JUST STARTED
RUNNING MORE AND MORE AND MORE. RUNNING MORE AND MORE AND MORE.
IT JUST WOULDNT STOP. IT JUST WOULDNT STOP.
>>WITHOUT GETTING TOO GROSS,>>WITHOUT GETTING TOO GROSS,
WAS IT LIKE CLEAR? WAS IT LIKE CLEAR?
>>IT WAS VERY CLEAR.>>IT WAS VERY CLEAR.
JUST LIKE WATER. JUST LIKE WATER.
>>SO THERE WASNT ANYTHING>>SO THERE WASNT ANYTHING
DIFFERENT ABOUT IT THAN WHEN YOU DIFFERENT ABOUT IT THAN WHEN YOU
HAVE A COLD. HAVE A COLD.
>>NO COLOR.>>NO COLOR.
>>OTHER THAN JUST THE NUMBER OF>>OTHER THAN JUST THE NUMBER OF
TIMES YOU HAD TO DEAL WITH IT, TIMES YOU HAD TO DEAL WITH IT,
LIKE THE FREQUENCY OF THE ISSUE, LIKE THE FREQUENCY OF THE ISSUE,
YOU HAD NO CLUE THIS WAS BRAIN YOU HAD NO CLUE THIS WAS BRAIN
FLUID. FLUID.>>RIGHT, NO CLUE.>>RIGHT, NO CLUE.>>ALL RIGHT.>>ALL RIGHT. YOUR RHEINOLOGISTDOCTOR IS WITH
DR. BARNES, THANK YOU FOR BEING DR. BARNES, THANK YOU FOR BEING
HERE. HERE.>>MY PLEASURE.>>MY PLEASURE.>>YOU PERFORMED THE SURGERY TO>>YOU PERFORMED THE SURGERY TO FIX THIS? FIX THIS?>>YEAH.>>YEAH.>>AT ONE POINT IN OUR HISTORY,>>AT ONE POINT IN OUR HISTORY, YOU WOULD HAVE HAD TO OPEN HER YOU WOULD HAVE HAD TO OPEN HER SKULL TO DO THIS. SKULL TO DO THIS.>>10, 15 YEARS AGO, SHE WOULD
HAVE HAD AN INSINCECISION ACROSS HAVE HAD AN INSINCECISION ACROSS
HEAD. HEAD. YOU WOULD HAVE HAD TO REPAIR IT
FROM THE TOP DOWN. TO REPAIR IT FROM THE TOP DOWN.
>>HOW DID YOU DO IT?>>HOW DID YOU DO IT?
>>THROUGH THE NOSE WITH A TOOL>>THROUGH THE NOSE WITH A TOOL
CALLED AN ENDOSCOPE. CALLED AN ENDOSCOPE.
IT IS A LONG CAMERA WITH A LIGHT IT IS A LONG CAMERA WITH A LIGHT
AT THE END. AT THE END. I WENT THROUGH HER NOSE AND I WENT THROUGH HER NOSE AND SINUSES. SINUSES. I IDENTIFIED THE LEAK AND I IDENTIFIED THE LEAK AND REPAIRED IT FROM INSIDE HER REPAIRED IT FROM INSIDE HER NOSE. NOSE.>>WE HAVE, I THINK, VIDEO OF>>WE HAVE, I THINK, VIDEO OF THE SURGERY ITSELF, WHICH IS THE SURGERY ITSELF, WHICH IS MIRACULOUS. MIRACULOUS. LOOK. LOOK. THIS IS IT. THIS IS IT. WHAT ARE WE SEEING THERE, DOC? WHAT ARE WE SEEING THERE, DOC?>>THIS IS THE INSIDE OF HER>>THIS IS THE INSIDE OF HER NOSE. NOSE. WERE LOOKING AT NORMAL
STRUCTURES INSIDE HER NOSE. STRUCTURES INSIDE HER NOSE.
THAT VERY LONG CAMERA THERE THAT THAT VERY LONG CAMERA THERE THAT
IM USING. IM USING.
ALL THE LONG, SKINNY ALL THE LONG, SKINNY
INSTRUMENTS. INSTRUMENTS.>>HELPED YOU FIX IT.>>HELPED YOU FIX IT.>>YES.>>YES.>>THERE ARE GOING TO BE PEOPLE
SITTING AT HOME GOING, I HAVELE SITTING AT HOME GOING, I HAVE
BRAIN FLUID LEAKING OUT OF MY BRAIN FLUID LEAKING OUT OF MY
NOSE AT THIS MINUTE. NOSE AT THIS MINUTE.
HOW DO WE KNOW IF IT IS BRAIN HOW DO WE KNOW IF IT IS BRAIN
FLUID? FLUID?>>THERES VERY KEY THINGS THAT>>THERES VERY KEY THINGS THAT ARE VERY MUCH DIFFERENT WITH HER
STORY AND WITH WHAT YOULL HAVEER STORY AND WITH WHAT YOULL HAVE
WITH BRAIN FLUID THAN JUST A WITH BRAIN FLUID THAN JUST A
RUNNY NOSE. RUNNY NOSE.
YOULL HAVE A SALTY TASTE, YOULL HAVE A SALTY TASTE,
CORRECT? CORRECT?>>YES.
>>ITS USUALLY COPIOUS, AND>>ITS USUALLY COPIOUS, AND
ITLL BE ONE SIDE VERSUS THE ITLL BE ONE SIDE VERSUS THE
OTHER. OTHER.
THE OTHER THING THAT IS THE OTHER THING THAT IS
PREVALENT IS IT IS LEANING OVER, PREVALENT IS IT IS LEANING OVER,
BENDING OVER, STRAINING, THOSE BENDING OVER, STRAINING, THOSE
SORT OF THINGS. SORT OF THINGS.
THEY INCREASE THE PRESSURE THEY INCREASE THE PRESSURE
INSIDE THE HEAD, AND THATS WHAT INSIDE THE HEAD, AND THATS WHAT
REALLY CAUSES IT. REALLY CAUSES IT.
>>WOULD YOU HAVE HAD TO HAVE>>WOULD YOU HAVE HAD TO HAVE
HAD A BRAIN INJURY? HAD A BRAIN INJURY?
>>THE MOST COMMON REASON FOR A>>THE MOST COMMON REASON FOR A
CSF LEAK IS HEAD TRAUMA OR SOME CSF LEAK IS HEAD TRAUMA OR SOME
SORT OF SINUS SURGERY. SORT OF SINUS SURGERY.
ITS NOT A COMMON CONDITION, AS ITS NOT A COMMON CONDITION, AS
YOU KNOW. YOU KNOW.
>>WOW.>>WOW.
>>YEAH, HEAD TRAUMA.>>YEAH, HEAD TRAUMA.
>>HOW ARE YOU DOING NOW?>>HOW ARE YOU DOING NOW?
>>I FEEL GREAT.>>I FEEL GREAT.
I JUST FEEL A LITTLE TIRED. I JUST FEEL A LITTLE TIRED.
I WANT TO SLEEP ALL THE TIME. I WANT TO SLEEP ALL THE TIME.
>>I CAN RELATE TO THAT, EVEN>>I CAN RELATE TO THAT, EVEN
WITHOUT. WITHOUT. IM SO GLAD YOU FIGURED IT OUT
AND THAT YOU WERE YOUR OWNOUT AND THAT YOU WERE YOUR OWN
ADVOCATE. ADVOCATE. GOOD FOR YOU, KENDRA.
ALL THE BEST TO YOU.. ALL THE BEST TO YOU.
>>THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU.
>>WOW.>>WOW.>>DR. BARNES, THANK YOU, AS
WELL.. BARNES, THANK YOU, AS WELL. WE HAVE MORE ON THE STORY ON

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