Hi everyone, I really can't decide whether I'm overreacting and being paranoid about something very trivial, or whether I'm underreacting and should be at the Doctors!
Yesterday, the PILs were over and all of a sudden I had a gush of clear water-like fluid pour from my nose, it only lasted a second and it was probably just over a teaspoon of fluid. It stopped as suddenly as it started. I was a bit freaked out because it wasn't like mucus, but I wasn't sure what to make of it, so carried on like normal. It happened again 2 or 3 times after this, but nowhere near as bad as the first time. I've never had sinus problems (but both of my parents do) and I don't use neti-pots or anything similar (so it's not just leftover water from that) and I don't currently have a cold/allergies/illnesses etc.
I woke up this morning with the feeling that I had fluid dripping down my throat, but I wasn't really sure whether I'm just trying to find something wrong because I'm thinking about what happened yesterday iyswim? It hasn't happened again today.
But stupidly I just googled my symptoms and the closest thing I could find to what had happened to me was a News Story about a Lady who had a similar problem (albeit much worse) and was told she had allergies when in fact she was leaking cerebrospinal (brain) fluid from her nose and was at risk of catching meningitis, needing surgery. Apparently it's very rare for it to randomly occur, but is more common after car crashes. Reading this reminded me that yesterday morning, baby DS accidentally headbutted me really hard in the nose, making my eyes water and I was surprised it hadn't given me a nosebleed because it really was quite a whack!
Now if I hadn't read this on google, I'd probably be inclined to leave it and if it happened again to go and see the Doctor, I mean, I'd be really embarrassed if I had loads of tests and they said "Err... it's just a runny nose!" but I'm really don't know...!
If it is CSF, you are advised bedrest - gravity cannot work so well when lying down. It normally cures itself, and the brain fluid is replenished 3 times a day automatically. Drinking lots of fluid, especially coffee can help it to slow down the leaking and even stop it.