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Hello, my name is Sherri; I am 38 years old, and a single mother of two AMAZING young men. Corey just turned 18, and Devan is 11.

I was diagnosed with Increased Intracranial Pressure in 2007. Since that time I have had 4 surgeries, been out of work countless days, and my bills are steadily pilling up.

I have no intention of letting this disease get the best of me! I was recently told I will require yet another surgery, and be unable to work for at least 6 weeks. I have no idea how I will pay my bills during this time, and that is why I decided to turn to the public for assistance.

I never thought for a moment I would be asking for help from complete strangers, but here I am asking for any help you may be able to provide. I am currently 1 month behind on my rent, my water, my electric, and my gas bills. I am not even sure how I will be feeding my boys during this time.



I appreciate any and all help I may receive.



Below is an explanation of my disease,



Increased intracranial pressure is a rise in the pressure inside the skull that can result from or cause brain injury.

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Increased intracranial pressure can be due to a rise in cerebrospinal fluid pressure. It can also be due to increased pressure within the brain matter caused by a mass (such as a tumor), bleeding into the brain or fluid around the brain, or swelling within the brain matter itself.

An increase in intracranial pressure is a serious medical problem. The pressure itself can damage the brain or spinal cord by pressing on important brain structures and by restricting blood flow into the brain.

Many conditions can increase intracranial pressure. Common causes include:

Aneurysm rupture and subarachnoid hemorrhage
Brain tumor
Encephalitis
Head injury
Hydrocephalus (increased fluid around the brain)
Hypertensive brain hemorrhage
Intraventricular hemorrhage
Meningitis
Subdural hematoma
Status epileptics
Stroke
Symptoms

Infants:

Drowsiness
Separated sutures on the skull
Bulging of the soft spot on top of the head (bulging fontanelle)
Vomiting
Older children and adults:

Behavior changes
Decreased consciousness
Headache
Lethargy
Neurological symptoms, including weakness, numbness, eye movement problems, and double vision
Seizures
Vomiting
Signs and tests

A health care provider will usually make this diagnosis at the patient's bedside in an emergency room or hospital. Primary care doctors may sometimes spot early symptoms of increased intracranial pressure such as headache, seizures, or neurological problems.

An MRI or CT scan of the head can usually determine the cause of increased intracranial pressure and confirm the diagnosis.

Intracranial pressure may be measured during a spinal tap (lumbar puncture). It can also be measured directly by using a device that is drilled through the skull or a tube (catheter) that is inserted into a hollow area in the brain called the ventricle.

Treatment

Sudden increased intracranial pressure is an emergency. The person will be treated in the intensive care unit of the hospital. The health care team will measure and monitor the patient's neurological and vital signs, including temperature, pulse, breathing rate, and blood pressure.

Treatment may include:

Breathing support
Draining of cerebrospinal fluid to lower pressure in the brain
Medications to decrease swelling
Rarely, removal of part of the skull
If a tumor, hemorrhage, or other underlying problem has caused the increase in intracranial pressure, the cause should be treated as appropriate.

For information regarding treatment for certain causes of increased intracranial pressure, see:

Hydrocephalus
Normal pressure hydrocephalus
Expectations (prognosis)

Sudden increased intracranial pressure is a serious and often deadly condition. If the underlying cause of the raised intracranial pressure can be treated, then the outlook is generally better.

If the increased pressure pushes on important brain structures and blood vessels, it can lead to serious, permanent problems or even death.

Complications

Death
Permanent neurological problems
Reversible neurological problems
Seizures
Stroke


I appreciate your time and any donations that are made.



Thank you,

Sherri H.
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