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Nutrition: That fruit you think is good could kill you P. 17 > Agony Uncle: My rumbling tummy is ruining my marriage P. 20 > on: That fruit you think is good could kill you P. 17 > Agony Uncle: My rumbling tummy is ruining my marriage P. 20 > NAIROBI NAIROBI NEWS nairobinews.co.ke Monday, Nov 25 - Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 HealthyYou Healed. Susan Mwanzia’s strange disease baffled doctors but they discovered she had water on the brain. Surgery was her only option, writesNjoki Chege n the morning of May 26 this year, Susan Mwanzia woke up with a pounding headache. Headache nearly killed me O Everything around her looked blurred and tears were rolling down her cheeks involuntarily. Her world had changed overnight and she could not understand why she was in so much pain. She went to the hospital and though the doctors gave her a high dose of Diclofenac — a strong painkiller — it barely made a difference. Her head was still throbbing and her sight getting poorer by the minute. “On the doctors’ advice, I did every test but they were all negative. I did a CT scan, but no tumour showed and it ruled out any suspicion the doctors had,” said Susan. She returned home with more painkillers but two days later, on May 28, she drove herself to hospital, collapsing just as she got to its main door. Hospitalised She was admitted immediately to the Aga Khan Hospital and there began her journey with a strange disease that baffled medical practitioners. “I did more tests; MRI, EEG, ECG and even an ultra-sound. They were all negative. My headache was getting worse. My blood pressure was very low — at 60/35. I thought I was dying; that my children would grow up without a mother,” she recalled. The doctors did one last test; a lumbar puncture to collect a sample of cerebrospinal fluid. They used the sample to test for meningitis, which turned out negative as well. “But one thing the doctors noticed was that the cerebrospinal fluid was coming out with a lot of pressure, which is unusual. The pressure of the fluid was 350m1 against a normal 120m1,” she said. The doctors had discovered that Susan was suffering from Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension, a neurological disorder characterised by increased pressure around the brain. Idiopathic means “of unknown etiology.” This means that no one knows the cause of the pressure. Diagnosis With this diagnosis, Susan was put on the best studied medical treatment for intracranial hypertension, an enzyme inhibitor acetazolamide (Di It didn’t work. H lifeline was surge was put under th Dr Oluoch Olunya surgeon and had more than a mont going for surge This is becaus Dr Olunya was away on a business trip. “Meanwhile, the doctors did everything the could to reduce pressure,” said th of two boys. On the crack of dawn finally wheeled in tre for shunt surg Procedure The procedure a half hours invol age path in the bo nal fluid can be drained into another body cavity and then expelled; either as tears, sweat or urine. In Susan’s case, two pieces of equipment, a shunt and a catheter, were fixed in her spine to drain the excess fluid. “I was discharged after four days. Susan: I hear people complaining all the time about headaches; they need to know about this” Two weeks later, the headaches began disappear.ing I take 12 different medications in a day and still go for reviews. The results are encouraging,” she added. Her life has changed drastically to adapt to her condition. She doesn’t drive or sit still for long to avoid pressure building up. Having been to hell and back, Susan still maintains a positive attitude and is now creating awareness about the little-known disease. Susan Mwanzia during the interview at her home in Syokimau. Jeff Angote, NairobiNews About this unusual condition • On average,Idiopathic Intrac-ranial Hypertension (IIH) affects about one in 100,000 people. It can occur in children and adults. • The median age at diagnosis is 30. IIH occurs mostly in women, aged between 20 to 45 years, who are four to eight times more likely than men to be affected. • Overweight and obesity strongly predispose a person to IIH: women who are more than 10 per cent over their ideal body weight are 13 times more likely to develop IIH. • This figure rises to 19 times in women who are more than 20 per cent their weight. • In men this relationship also exists, but the increase is only five-fold in those over 20 per cent above their ideal body weight. Despite several reports of IIH in families, there is no known genetic cause for IIH. People from all ethnicities may develop IIH. MEN ARE MORE PRONE TO SEXUAL SLIP-UPS Relationship. New research cements that age-old notion that men do cheat more than women. It, however, undermines the belief that they are more susceptible to sexual slip-ups because they have a weaker sense of self-control. The study showed that men are more likely to cheat because they have stronger sexual impulses. Researchers from Texas A&M University concluded this after studying more than 800 undergraduate students. In the first part of the experiments, the participants’ real-life responses to temptation were measured by them being asked to divulge details of past sexual encounters and to recall and describe an attraction to an unavailable or incompatible member of the opposite sex in their past. They were asked questions to gauge their sexual impulses, attempts to control the impulse and behaviour. The men reported experiencing stronger sexual impulses than women when they reflected on their past experiences and acting on those impulses more than the women. They were also shown photos of an attractive and a not attractive member of the opposite sex in quick succession with each photo labelled ‘good for you’ or ‘bad for you.’ The men expressed a heightened need to pursue the desirable potential partners regardless of looks. Joan Thatiah, NN AT THE HEART OF THE COUNTY Joan Thatiah Medical news A couple on a date. A new study says men are more likely to cheat than women.
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