My brain has a hernia.
It's too big for my skull.
It's trying to get out through my spine.
I did end up having a reason to be nervous about my MRI. I don't have an aneurysm. I don't have a tumor. (In my head this is said in an Arnold voice.) But once again, I do have something weird.
I have been diagnosed with a chiari 1 malformation of the cerebellar tonsil. Which means the lowest part of my brain presses down into the spinal column. Or another way to describe this is that I have brain hernia.
It is a congenital disorder that doesn't show up in most people until they are in their early 30's. Next step is that I visit a neurologist to check out how well my spinal fluid flows. If the flow of fluid isn't affected by the malformation, then my doctor and I will watch my symptoms and treat any of them with my current migraine treatment. However, if the malformation does affect the flow, then I will require some surgery. I'm just thankful right now that it isn't something that's going to make my brain explode.
So now, every time my head hurts, it grosses me out a little to think that it's because my brain has pushed itself down my spinal canal. There is something so gross about that. I touch the base of head and just can't help but think I'm almost touching my brain. And I'm overly conscious of my head hurting now too.
But it explains a lot of things, the word mix up (when I repeatedly think the right word and say the wrong one), the headaches, weird hearing loss after sex. Marc's sister thought this was hilarious. "Ha! You orgasm and lose your hearing! That is so funny." I thought everyone did.
I can't complain. God put me together this way and gave me super parents. Obviously they were so smart together, my brain was just too big for my skull! And no matter what, I can deal with it.