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I've had chronic headaches since I was a teenager. My family and doctor's regular response was "Take a couple of Tylenol" which never helped. I have since discovered that there is a history of migraines in my family, which is part of the problem.

However, recently I saw a neurologist because I had blackouts while driving (resulting in accidents) and I developed a tremor, primarily in my left side. As a preventative measure he put me on Dilantin, which seemed to alleviate the tremors, and I haven't had any more blackouts.

The neurologist also ordered an MRI, and discovered that I have a cyst in my brain which is causing the constant headaches. He also said that if it swells, it can cause the blackouts and passing out. Now he wants me to talk to a neurosurgeon and see what they recommend - either doing nothing but keep watch over it; surgery to remove it; or insert a shunt and thread it down my neck and into my stomach. He also put me on Depakote for the headaches.

Oh, and let's add the pinched nerve in my elbow, which may lead to surgery to relocate the nerve.

Frankly, the thought of surgery, especially brain surgery, scares the heck out of me. I don't know what to think at this point. What am I seeking here? I don't know - support, knowledge, help. Also, definitions: What is the difference between a brain cyst and a tumor? Or are the terms interchangeable?

Any advice is appreciated.

TheDoc
[QUOTE=TheDoc;138202]I've had chronic headaches since I was a teenager. My family and doctor's regular response was "Take a couple of Tylenol" which never helped. I have since discovered that there is a history of migraines in my family, which is part of the problem.

However, recently I saw a neurologist because I had blackouts while driving (resulting in accidents) and I developed a tremor, primarily in my left side. As a preventative measure he put me on Dilantin, which seemed to alleviate the tremors, and I haven't had any more blackouts.

The neurologist also ordered an MRI, and discovered that I have a cyst in my brain which is causing the constant headaches. He also said that if it swells, it can cause the blackouts and passing out. Now he wants me to talk to a neurosurgeon and see what they recommend - either doing nothing but keep watch over it; surgery to remove it; or insert a shunt and thread it down my neck and into my stomach. He also put me on Depakote for the headaches.

Oh, and let's add the pinched nerve in my elbow, which may lead to surgery to relocate the nerve.

Frankly, the thought of surgery, especially brain surgery, scares the heck out of me. I don't know what to think at this point. What am I seeking here? I don't know - support, knowledge, help. Also, definitions: What is the difference between a brain cyst and a tumor? Or are the terms interchangeable?

Any advice is appreciated.

TheDoc

Hello,

I understand that I was reading messages 5 years old............
My daughter Eugenia looks that have a brain cyst, she is undertaking the second MIR to determine if exist.........., she has severe headaches since she was a teenager, now she is 38yold. I wander how Doc and Buffy are doing..........?
Eugenea