Mother Jennah Maurovic (pictured) has been suffering from excruciating headaches after a cyst on her brain was detected via MRI scan
A 26-year-old mother who suffers excruciating headaches has made a desperate plea for help from medical experts after being repeatedly dismissed by doctors.
Jennah Maurovic, from Queensland, who’s convinced the pain stems from a cyst found on her brain, said she has been experiencing agonising headaches, eyesight problems, seizures, numbness and dizzy spells for the past year.
But despite the serious health problems, the frustrated mother-of-three said her symptoms have been misdiagnosed as migraines and earaches.
‘We get told we have a migraine, we sit here day after day with headaches, eye problems, blurred vision, doubled vision, black outs, seizures and numbness. We can’t drive our cars or look after our children,’ she said.
‘I went to the doctor and was told it was just a “pregnancy thing”.’
But despite her MRI scan detecting a cyst on her brain in the region of her pineal gland, Ms Maurovic claimed doctors have so far dismissed the growth as the cause of her symptoms.
Despite her MRI scan detecting a cyst on her brain in the region of her pineal gland, the 26-year-old claimed doctors have so far dismissed the growth as the cause of her symptoms
The mother has three children – Braxton, aged four, Brycen, three, and 11-month-old Iylah
WHAT IS A PINEAL CYST?
A pineal cyst is usually a non malignant mass in a small gland in the brain.
The best treatment options depend on many factors, including the size of the cyst.
Larger cysts can cause symptoms including headaches, unexpected seizures, visual disturbances, memory loss and cognitive decline.
It can be difficult to distinguish a complicated cyst from a pineocytoma, which is a tumour of the pineal gland.
‘Doctors have told me it is not causing my problems,’ she said
Earlier this year, she was driving her children – aged three and four – to a childcare centre and school when she lost her vision completely.
‘My eyes just went black and I couldn’t see a thing. Luckily I didn’t crash. But it scared my kids because I swerved over to the side of the road. It was about 10-15 minutes before I got my eyesight back,’ she told nine.com.au.
‘This was followed by the worst pain I have ever felt in my head. I was rushed to hospital but was sent home with a diagnosis of mild headache and earache.
‘I then went to my GP and he sent me for another MRI still showing the pineal cyst.’
As her debilitating condition worsen, the mother said she has been in and out of hospital as she endures constant pain.
Last week, she was taken to hospital after she suffered what she believed was a four-hour seizure but doctors dismissed it as muscle spasms.
‘They are doing lumbar punctures and spinal tests. They are thinking that I might have a spinal fluid leak. But I know the symptoms that I have been having is because of this cyst,’ Ms Maurovic told nine.com.au.
‘This is constant pain in my head. Every time I try to say it’s not a migraine they are looking at me like I am crazy.’
The mother said she has tried everything imaginable to convince doctors her chronic symptoms are the result of the pineal cyst – but to no avail
The mother said she has tried everything imaginable to convince doctors her chronic symptoms are the result of the pineal cyst – but to no avail.
‘Doctors don’t believe that pineal cysts cause any problems but if you do the research and speak to specialists who actually know about pineal cysts they will tell you that they are in fact do cause problems,’ she said.
‘I am still to this day in constant pain, constant vision problems. I’m now not sleeping I’m having memory problems I can’t be left home on my own in case I black out again.
‘Something needs to be done. Pineal cysts are debilitating to many. My children need me… my family needs me. I’m now begging for help I can’t live like this any more.’
Ms Maurovic has launched an online petition to raise awareness about pineal cysts.
She also set up a GoFundMe page in a bid to raise money for flights to Sydney so she could meet with internationally renowned neurosurgeon Dr Charlie Teo for a consultation.