Hi Jamie, Hi Michelle,
I was diagnosed with the Arachnoid Cyst, mine is specifically called a
dandy walker, about 7 weeks ago. I had my surgery, shunt implant, two
weeks ago. Oh what fun.....
This all came about because one morning I woke up and had this strange
electronic sounding echo in my right ear. Finally saw an ENT, he said I
lost my low range hearing which caused the echo. He had me do an MRI
where they found the cyst..
My symptoms were, my hearing, balance, which got wickedly worse after
my hearing went, I also had hand tremors, but didn't really associate it with
It's been two weeks since I've had the shunt put in. My symptoms come
and go. When I wake up in the morning I feel great, but as the day goes
on, depending on how active I am, the symptoms come back.
I really like my neurosurgeon. He was very up front with me.
The way he explained it....I have had this all my life. For reasons
unknown, it started to really affect me. All he promised me was that
the surgery would keep my symptoms from getting worse. I may not
get any better, but I could.
My cyst was/is huge, 8cm x 6cm x 3.5cm. It really pushing my brain forward. He couldn't say for sure that by draining the cyst that my brain would shift back thus relieving the pressure it's putting on my nerves.
It's only been two weeks, It could take several months for the brain to
realize that it has some breathing room, so I'm still hopeful