For more than two years, Kendra Jackson has dealt with a continuous and annoying runny nose that caused her to lose sleep as she coughed, sneezed and blew her nose day and night.
The 52-year-old turned to doctors and specialists to help find a treatment, but she was frequently told her runny nose was the result of a virus or a bad case of seasonal allergies. Yet, Jackson’s symptoms never went away on their own, and she coped by carrying around loads of tissues everywhere she went.
“I just kept going back and forth to the doctor,” Jackson tells PEOPLE. “They thought it was just my allergies. The common cold. And I kept telling them it was more than that because it wouldn’t stop and it was just continuous, and it was just driving me crazy. I couldn’t sleep. Bad migraine headaches and I was just miserable.”
Jackson’s runny nose was so debilitating that she found herself sleeping in a reclining chair instead of her bed because if she laid down, her runny nose would pour out “like a waterfall” when she woke up, she says. As a last-ditch effort, Jackson visited doctors at Nebraska Medicine, near her home in Omaha.
“I was very adamant. I told them was not leaving the office until they figured out what the hell was wrong with me,” she says. “I was so miserable and I had contemplated suicide. I had a lot of suicidal thoughts. I did. I knew something was wrong with me.”
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Doctors there concluded Jackson’s runny nose wasn’t due to a cold or allergies, at all. Terrifyingly enough, they discovered cerebrospinal fluid — a colorless liquid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord — was coming out of her nose from a tear in her skull. Jackson’s medical team estimated she was leaking a half-liter of brain fluid every day.
“When a person loses that much spinal fluid and it replenishes itself, I could have developed infections,” Jackson says. “It eventually probably would have killed me because I wouldn’t have been able to catch the infections in time.”
Tracing back her steps, Jackson remembered she had been involved in a car accident in January 2013, when a woman slammed into the back of a parked medical van Jackson had been driving.
“On impact, I hit my face on the steering wheel and …
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