Today I managed to get my hands on a digital copy of my CSF flow MRI (that means a scan of my noggin). The first time I looked at an MRI of my own brain I honestly felt a little nauseated, but now I actually find it pretty cool so I thought I’d share some images of my very attractive brain and not so attractive Chiari with you all.
That’s a pretty sexy brain if I do say so myself. But chances are you’re sitting there right now going “WTF Ella, I can’t read MRIs, where exactly is this problem of yours?”. Don’t worry, I can’t read them either (and for the record, neither could my first neurologist, but more about that another day!). Here’s the brightly labelled with big arrows version:
So if you remember me saying in the last post that the Chiari malformation is when that little bit of the cerebellum gets all wedged in a gap in the base of the skull, you can see pretty clearly what’s going on in the picture above. That bit of squashed brain is supposed to be sitting comfortably inside the skull, but instead it’s trying to escape and getting quite smooshed in the process. It’s pretty small though, isn’t it? It’s funny how such a tiny bit of squashed brain can make the whole body go haywire.
For those of you with very good eyes, you might also be able to faintly see the tube they had to put down my throat. Getting that MRI done was a massive drama. I’ll tell you all about it another time!