Via the Mirror
A man who went to the doctor with a constant runny nose was shocked to be told his brain was leaking.
Joe Nagy put up with liquid leaking from his nose for around 18 months before going to seek help.
What started off as one or two episodes a week later turned into an every day nightmare.
But doctors in Phoenix, US, found the membrane surrounding Mr Nagy’s brain had a hole in it and his ‘snot’ was actually brain fluid.
Before he recently underwent surgery to plug the hole, Joe said: “I was scared to death.”
Afterwards, he added: “I was waiting for the dribble, the leaking because I was so used to it every day.
"I got my hankie out and nothing. It’s never come back.”
Joe said it first started when he sat up in bed one morning and: "This clear liquid dribbled out of my nose like tears out of your eyes. I go ‘What is this?’”
Within months it was constant but the final straw was when he couldn’ get to his tissues in time as he picked up blueprints for his beloved model airplanes.
Joe said: “It was about a teaspoon full. Splashed all over the top sheet. I said ‘These damn allergies...’ I was embarrassed as hell.”
Neurosurgeon Peter Nakaji, who performed the surgery, said: “This is one of the more common conditions to be missed for a long time because so many people have runny noses.”
Dr Nakaji said they fixed the leak with a needle and glue before the body took over to properly heal the hole.
Each day our bodies produce around 12 ounces of brain fluid, enough to keep the brain bathed in liquid and not dry out from a such a leak.