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Organized by: Myra Beattie

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I have what is called a pseudotumor cerebri. A Pseudotumor cerebri is a condition in which the pressure around your brain increases, causing headaches and vision problems. The name means “false brain tumor,” since its symptoms are similar to those caused by brain tumors. It's also known as idiopathic intracranial hypertension.
What causes Pseudotumor Cerebri? The spaces within and around the brain are filled with cerebrospinal fluid that constantly circulates. This fluid needs to be produced and removed at the same rate. In patients with Pseudotumor Cerebri, this balance is disrupted, and they develop elevated pressure within the skull. Increased pressure within the skull causes headaches and swelling of the optic nerves (which are the cables that connect the eyes to the brain). When the optic nerves are swollen, it is common to have brief episodes of visual blurring or “grey-outs.” Over time this also causes progressive loss of vision.
I have had this for the last six years and have managed it with medications. The last six months I have been unable to afford to go to the doctor to get a refill on my medication. My husband passed away on April 22,2014 and I lost his income. He passed with no insurance so I have had to pay everything out of pocket. I know need help getting to a doctor and help with the RX. There is only one known RX that helps with the symptoms and that is called Diamox and there is no generic version. I have to pay a past due amount with my doctor and then the current visit. If I don't keep up with the medication then I could go blind not to mention the headaches. I am now on my own and don't know where else to turn.


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