A trainee lawyer needed emergency surgery after persistent headache turned out to be a cyst that burst and engulfed her brain.
Emma Royle, 24, was left in agony after being hit by waves of severe headache in June last year.
The pain led her to make several visits to her doctor's office, where doctors told her she was suffering from a migraine.
But despite the prescribed medication, her symptoms worsened and she began to experience pain on the right side of her neck and body.
Ms. Royle needed emergency surgery to relieve her brain pressure and claims that doctors told her that she & # 39; good luck & # 39; has had.
She said the most frightening symptoms were the random blackouts that teased her during the day.
Emma Royle was left in agony after being hit by waves of severe headache in June last year
An MRI revealed that she had an arachnoid cyst behind her right eye that had jumped and caused an accumulation of fluid
One night, Ms. Royle lost consciousness while driving from her home in Caernarfon, Gwynedd, to Cardiff with her boyfriend Leam in the passenger seat.
Leam, whose last name is unknown, was forced to take the wheel when she fell out and missed an approaching car on a bridge.
The next day she went to the opticians where she was told she had papilla theme – which meant that the optic nerve was swollen in her eyes.
Like to find the cause of the swelling, she visited A&E the following morning where doctors discovered that an arachnoid cyst had burst in her head, causing severe pressure on her brain.
The cysts that are thought to affect one percent of people are fluid-filled bags that form in one of the three layers of tissue that surround the brain and spinal cord.
Primary arachnoid cysts are present at birth and are the result of abnormalities that develop during the early weeks of pregnancy.
Mrs Royle deflates the cyst during the procedure last October. It caused random blackouts and tingled in her body
Mrs. Royle and her friend Leam at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board after surgery
The following morning, Ms. Royle was admitted to the high dependency department of Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.
Within a few hours, she underwent brain surgery to remove blood from her head, reducing pressure to the brain.
Recalling her ordeal, Ms. Royle said: & # 39; After the operation, the consultant told me that I was very lucky.
& # 39; He told me that I had experienced almost every symptom of chronic subdural bleeding.
& # 39; If I had allowed my symptoms to remain untreated for longer, he told me that I might have been in a coma. & # 39;
Although the operation was successful, with most of the removed cyst fluid being discharged, Ms. Royle described the recovery as & # 39; heavy, physical and psychological & # 39 ;.
& # 39; I was in the house and without work for so long that I started feeling very low. I lost my self-confidence to the point that I didn't want to leave the house, & she said.
& # 39; I remember going home for Christmas last year and people were shocked to see that I had lost so much weight that I wasn't feeling well.
Mrs. Royle admitted that after the operation she struggled with depression because she had to postpone her career. But she appreciates her family (photo) and good friends who helped her through it
Gelukkig Fortunately I had Leam, my family and close friends. If I really helped them talk, I could never have survived without them. & # 39;
After four months of work, Royle works again at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in Cardiff. She has restarted a course to qualify as a chartered legal executive lawyer.
She added: & # 39; The most difficult part of my experience was that the consultant told me that I might never finish the course because parts of my brain were affected by the pressure of the blood.
& # 39; I was so determined to get back into the stream as quickly as possible, so I started as a paralegal for the probate department in Slater and Gordon in January.
& # 39; Since then I have started over with CILEX (the trade association), my courses are marked in January, I also have an exam in the same month. & # 39;
Mrs. Royle had a follow-up appointment in April in which her advisor confirmed that the bleeding had been resolved.
The cyst itself cannot be removed and remains with her for the rest of her life.
Mrs. Royle said: & # 39; One of the ways I accepted that the cyst would stay with me forever was by giving it a name. His name is Cyril the cyst. & # 39;
On October 5, a year after her operation, Mrs. Royle and family and friends are walking to Snowdon to raise money for the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.
To donate to her profession, you can sponsor her on her JustGiving page here.
WHAT IS A ARACHNOID CYCLE?
Arachnoid cysts are fluid-filled pouches located between the brain or spinal cord and the arachnoid membrane, one of the three membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord.
Primary arachnoid cysts are present at birth and are the result of developmental abnormalities that occur during the early weeks of pregnancy.
Cysts are thought to affect one percent of the population, although some are not diagnosed and show no symptoms.
The majority of arachnoid cysts form outside the temporal lobe of the brain in an area of the skull known as the middle skull fossa.
Most individuals with arachnoid cysts develop symptoms before the age of 20, and especially during the first year of life.
Men are four times more likely to have arachnoid cysts than women.
Typical symptoms of an arachnoid cyst around the brain include headache, nausea and vomiting, seizures, hearing and vision disorders, dizziness, and balance and gait problems.
Arachnoid cysts around the spinal cord compress the spinal cord or nerve roots and cause symptoms such as progressive back and leg pain and tingling or numbness in the legs or arms.
The diagnosis usually includes a brain scan or spine scan using MRI that helps to distinguish fluid-filled arachnoid cysts from other types of cysts.
There has been an active debate about how to treat arachnoid cysts. The need for treatment mainly depends on the location and size of the cyst.
If the cyst is small and causes no symptoms, some doctors will refrain from treatment.
In the past, doctors placed shunts in the cyst to drain the fluid.
But now more doctors are opting to surgically remove the cyst membranes or open the cyst so that the fluid can be drained off.
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