Neurology Community
Are symptoms related to arachnoid cyst?
About This Community:

This forum is for questions and support regarding neurology issues such as: Alzheimer's Disease, ALS, Autism, Brain Cancer, Cerebral Palsy, Chronic Pain, Epilepsy, Headaches, MS, Neuralgia, Neuropathy, Parkinson's Disease, RSD, Sleep Disorders, Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

Are symptoms related to arachnoid cyst?

I was diagnozed with an arachnoid cyst in the right temporal lobe with dimensions of 2.9 x 1.3 x 1.6. Since the cyst was detected, I have been having weird symptoms: mild headaches almost every day (not on one particular side but kind of moving around), heavy-head feeling (like my bran is about to "shut down"), pressure in the ears (like the feeling when a plane is taking off), fatigue, slight numbness in both arms. Two neurologista have told me that the cyst is not causing the symptoms, so I should just monitor it from time to time (e.g., every 6 months or so). I really want to believe them, but it seems like too big a coincidence--I can't help but feel that the symptoms are somehow related to the arachnoid cyst (it is true that my symtoms (symptoms) worsen during my period). Does anyone have an experience with this type of cyst? How fast do they grow? What else could these symptoms be related to?
Related Discussions
13 Comments Post a Comment
Blank
Avatar f tn
it is not a coincedence I have a small arachnoid cyst as well and have the following symptoms, head pressure (feels like it might explode) vertigo, nausia, trouble walking I stumble and fall over a lot, I have trouble concentrating and a buzzing noise in my ears that is present most of the time. Do yourself a favor and go to Ask.com and type in Arachnoid cyst and you will find the symptoms they can cause your symptoms are typical for Arachnoid cysts. My symptoms havegotten so bad I barely funtion when I get moving trying to do everyday activities. I can not do them without great difficulty. My Cyst is very small 1.7x1.2cm I do also have a large collection of CSF on my pituitary and what they call empty sella variant. I pray the best for you as I am getting the same Bull that you are getting, pray-fully they will get to the bottom of your soon. God Bless
Blank
Avatar m tn
Hi there!

Arachnoid cysts may cause pain symptoms since they can impinge on the nerves of an outer layer of the brain called the dura mater.  The pain maybe diffuse and unlocalized.  Pain medications can lessen or relieve the pain.  The fatigue and numbness may not be attributable to the cyst and you should inform your primary care physician about it.  I agree that monitoring the cyst maybe the best course of action since surgery is reserved for large cysts or for cysts that are causing debilitating symptoms (adding to the fact that brain surgery carries a significant risk).

I suggest you consult with pain-specialists to maximize pain control and to continue to follow up with your neurologist.  Take care and God bless.
Blank
671255 tn?1236189332
Whoever this "Doctor" is, this is to let you know that continually posting that a cyst is not the problem when we ALL have the same symptoms and *gasp* a CYST on our brain, is ridiculous.  I sincerely hope you either 1) stop posting answers or 2) actually try to figure out the similarities involved with all of us that have cysts and similar health complaints.  It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that the cyst MUST be causing this-it is, after all, the reason we were seeking an answer-and the answer was found in the form of a CYST.
Blank
Avatar f tn
I was diagnosed a couple years back with a small cyst on the left temporal lobe. And at that time my neuro mentioned that some, if not all, of my symptoms were caused by the cysts pressing up against surrounding tissue. At that moment i had the same symptoms u had including facial, brain, and leg numbness. This was a horrifying discovery especially first thing in the morning.  The numbness often lasted anytime between a few minutes to hours.  Eventually the numbness went away but the headaches remained.  At that time my symptoms didn't warrant such an invasive surgery. However due to increasing head pressure and recurring symptoms it looks like i might have to.  

*The main concern for anyone w/ an arachnoid cyst is the possibility of hemorrhaging due to the increased size of the cysts stretching/tearing a surrounding blood vessel*
Blank
Avatar m tn
Apparently most neurologists believe that arachnoid cysts are asymptomatic and do not require treatment. I say that it’s a load of crap!!
About 8 years ago, while I was lying in bed I realized that the entire room was spinning as if I were hung over.  My wife took me to the ER and they discovered that I had an ear infection in my left ear which was the cause of my vertigo and loss of balance. I was given antibiotics to treat the infection and within 3 weeks the symptoms subsided.  Unfortunately, however, a few months later I realized that I had a persistent ringing in my ear and what felt like pressure on that side of my head.  I went to an ENT and discovered that I had severe hearing loss in my left ear along with tinnitus.  The ENT sent me to have an MRI done, where they discovered that I had an arachnoid cyst. I followed up with a neurologist and was told that the cyst “had nothing to do with my hearing loss or other symptoms.”
Well fast forward to the present and not only did the vertigo, dizziness and loss of balance return but the chronic tinnitus, and pressure in my head is worse.  Along with the fact that I now have hearing loss in my right ear as well. Another MRI explains that I have a “cystic extra-axial lesion involving the left middle cranial fossa, measuring 4.6 x 3.3 cm….” and “There is moderate mass effect on the adjacent temporal lobe.”
Once again, I was told by a neurologist that the cyst has nothing to do with my symptoms, and that I'm probably suffer from Ménière's disease.  Meanwhile the ENT can’t figure out what is wrong with me.
So I did my own research. I’ve come to discover that any kind of “mass effect” may cause symptoms due to compressions of certain structures of the the brain which can cause a number of ailments. Furthermore, a cyst can mimic a Ménière's disease attack.  
I know that the cyst is on one side of my brain and probably can’t cause bilateral hearing loss, but still it just seems too coincidental that I suffer from all of these symptoms when I don’t have anything else wrong with me. I'm frustrated and angry that no one can tell me what's wrong with me. And that health care professionals dismiss the cyst I have as the cause of my symptoms.
Blank
Avatar f tn
Geo. hope your ok. I have exactly the same problem.
I had a bad motorcycle accident ten years ago. Up until recent about two years ago i had a severe vertigo episode and tunnitus in right ear for a while. Its recently come back and well what can i say its effecting everything i do.

I dont even want to leave the house.
I got diagnosed with menieres disease but 18 mnths ago had a mri and it showed a arachnoid cyst on i think right tenporal lobe.  

I think this must be the cause now from what i have read etc. my consultant in nuero science said the cyst was not much to worry a out etc but he hasnt helped much to be honest.

Be good to see how you are etc. im 28 and in england.

Regards

Steve
Blank
Avatar m tn
Hi to everyone, I'm new to this and never posted before but I agree that the cyst seems too much of a coincidence, I'm 21 this is my story...
Two years ago I stood up and had a massive pain up my back, diagnosed with two prolapsed discs and degenerative disc disease. After lots of other treatment, I had spinal surgery which has failed and my back is still as bad as ever. I had to leave Uni and my two jobs and was on bed rest and high morphine doses so I had been pretty down.
On an MRI for my spine, they found an arachnoid cyst on my brain in the posterior fossa but had no symptoms, a year later, I had several seizures losing consciousness and at one point stopped breathing, I had a headache lasting over three days where I was crying in pain (I have coped with a lot of pain but this was something else) I felt as though my head was going to explode. After several episodes, I was diagnosed with epilepsy. I also have problems with one of my ears when I am on the telephone it becomes very uncomfortable.
I just feel as if this is all too much of a coincidence that all my problems are connected as they're both neuro yet my surgeon says they are not connected and that my cyst is not the cause for my epileptic symptoms.
Blank
Avatar f tn
You are the first person to mention vertigo in relation to cysts. My vertigo was first thought to be related to high blood pressure medications. During the search an MRI found a cyst behind my right ear which I was told was nothing. After several changes in meds, my bp is stable but the vertigo is worse and headaches more frequent. Now I'm going back to neurologist. I found this community searching for a vertigo link. To my cyst. Anyone else?
Blank
Avatar m tn
I too have the same problems with vertigo and was told it was Ménière's disease.  The hearing loss that came on quickly in my right ear from what I have been reading can be connected to the Arachnoid Cyst.  I have been struggling with this for years now.  Lacefairy, I would like to know what meds they are using for your BP as I am now on 4 and they do not seem to be doing me any good.  I may finally have a neurologist that is listening to me and I will be seeing a neurosurgeon soon.  
Blank
Avatar f tn
I was wondering if any of you guys have painful scalp
Blank
Avatar f tn
My daughter is 7 years old and she was diagnosed with an arachnoid cyst when she was 3 years old on her left temporal. Just on August 2013 she started complaining a lot of dizziness and it has be constant and persistent. I have taken her to the Er at the children's hospital where she is attended by her neurologist . They performed a fast MRI and said the cyst was stable ... It's a 3cm cyst pushing on her left temporal lobe. So, that night I went home with no answers. Then I took her to an E.N.T., which referred her to have an ENG done and everything came out fine. That was out of the way. They did prescribed her with meclizine just to see if it could help her dizzy spells. Although, she didn't have any problems with her ears and so on. After, a while on trying with meclizine and no results I took her back to the Er on February 2014 and they told maybe its vertigo . Ok, here we go again no answers because vertigo is also a symptom of the cyst ,but yet they don't think so. I went to the neurologist that same week and I explained everything and then he ordered a video EEG . Nothing came up!!! Ok so they have asked me questions of my history and family history . I said I have migraines at times.. So based on my answer they have decided to diagnose my daughter with migraine that is Related to vertigo as we'll.  I am getting very anxious and I have decided to change hospitals. My daughter is always complaining about this and she also vomits and gets nausea. She says she has to stop playing at school due to her dizziness. I ask her to rate the dizziness from 1-10 and the only respond that I receive is the lowest : 3 and the highest : 11.  This is during the whole day she will tell me one minute it's a 4 the next an 8 , then a 5 then to a 10.  I want to help her and feel like I have my hands tied, I am not giving up and I will go to second, third, and even fourth opinions. The to me it's ironic how everyone has the cyst and complain about the same symptoms, yet doctors believe it doesn't. Odd . -_-
Blank
8893195 tn?1400468041
I have had a craniotomy for my arachnoid cyst. Now I am 9 months post surgery.  I'm very grateful that my pressure headache went away at the time of the surgery; and has never returned.  But I would like to hear from others who have had the craniotomy to know how long it might take to regain balance.  I don't know if I'm trying too hard; or not enough; because I have regressions.  Now I'm just taking significant rests 2 times a day; and doing no activity for over 90 minutes.  
Blank
Avatar m tn
Hi there I am new to forums forgive any mistakes. Reading all of the above I think you must all be in the states - here I Britain we are decades behind you. I found out that I had a large primary arachnoid cyst on the on the left side of my brain after having a routine scan when I accidentally knocked myself out walking into a plank (Laurel and Hardy have nothing on me when it comes to being clumsy). I have suffered from literally blinding head aches, pressures in the head, times when I am in so much pain I am locked in the fetal position when the smallest movement causes extreme pain - right now I have deafening tinnitus and a pressure pain. I always struggled in school and was constantly amazed at how everyone else found it so easy to concentrate - I basically had to teach myself i am now 51 and have degrees in maths, science,  education and art. All the doctors seem to offer here is a shunt (a pipe from the brain to the stomach) which I have heard bring their own set of problems. Two years ago i had key hole surgery to have the cyst drain (basically they drilled into skull just above my left ear) - the morning of the proceedure the surgeon ask me which side it was on which didnt inspire much confidence. The day after i work in a splendid new world feeling how most of the rest planet must feel without head pains - unfortunately the cyst filled back up - i understand that removal of cyst is more common in thUS i am looking for somebody experienced in removal here, I also suffer with the arm and leg numbness as previous have mentioned.
Basically my philosophy on life is a day without laughter is a day wasted and even with all of the pains I have on a daily basis there are very few days I haven't laughed with someone. Forgive any typos, to top it all off I am dyslexic.- remember laughter can sometimes be the best tonic - I wish you all well and a positive future.
Blank
Avatar n tn
My scalp does get very pain full  at times.  I never understood why.  I would literally feel like the roots of my hair ached and I would touch my scalp and it felt somewhere between a bad bruise and sun burn,  I don't know how else to describe it.  I avoided telling many people about that because I just figured they would say it was anxiety or something to that effect.  I have a large arachnoid cyst originally diagnosed in 2011.  the doctor just took a wait and see approach.  Now 4 years later,  I have been through considerable amounts of pain and problems not knowing if the cyst was part of the problem.  Now, I am being referred to a neurosurgeon for evaluation and treatment.  I just somedays tell my husband and closest friends  that my hair hurts as crazy as that may seem.....  
Blank
Avatar f tn
Good afternoon, all. Reading all of your posts, I don't feel like I'm crazy! I'm on my second Neurologist who keeps telling me, "you were born with it, nothing we can do you just have to live with it and we will watch it." yeah well in 1999 (I was 23) when it was first found it was the size of a silver $, now it is the size of a grapefruit (right temporal lobe), ummmmm yeah something wrong with that picture! But my headaches, vision issues, "fogginess" as I call it, has nothing at all to do with it. I asked if it was possible that when I was ill with meningitis type symptoms back in 1995, could that have caused this...straight up no. did not want to entertain that idea, 1 neurosurgeon said yes it was possible but did not go any further with it. There have been a few time my face went numb but nothing was done there, just checked for stroke symptoms and released. I did have a cervical disc fusion a year ago and that helped with some issues but that did not help the vision problem, memory or nausea with  headache. So frustrated that no one wants to help.
Blank
Avatar f tn
Sooo frustrated!  Ive been having numbness on the left side of my face and skull the past year and a half. I had a CT scan that showed 'something' so was ordered for both and MRI and MRA. The MRI showed I have a cyst on the brain that 'isn't life threatening but needs to be watched every 6 months to a year'. In the meantime, the numbness continues to frustrate me. I can feel that I have an itch on my left region, be it on my eye, forehead or scalp, but when I go to scratch it...NO RELIEF! In the meantime,  I keep getting told 'nothing is wrong'. Sighhhh
Blank
Avatar n tn
Are you still having the problems with the painful scalp?  I have this from time to time.  I was originally diagnosed 4 years ago with my arachnoid cyst but the Dr. felt is was not symptomatic enough to warrant surgery.  I now have poor balance, nerve pain, vision problems, weakness and yes the painful scalp thing.  It litterly feels like the roots of my hair ache.  I just associated with the Fibromyalgia DX I have been given as well.  I usually don't mention the painful hair thing because it sounds so strange.  I am going to the neurosurgeon to figure out what they are going to do with my cyst as it has become quite large 5.5 x 3 cm.  Hoping you are doing better.
Blank
Avatar m tn
I also have an arachnoid cyst which the doctor called "small".. But, I also have had two surgeries on my neck from ruptured discs(and likely need a third).. I have learned what my headaches feel like when it is caused from my neck. But, I get other headaches that I wake up with. Sometimes they go away after an hour or so, but I have to get out of bed.. Sometimes the headaches will last for a couple weeks or more. I also will go a month without a headache.. It's just so depressing when I am in one of my "headache modes", which I am right now... :(    Lately I have been wondering if lifelong tremors is a symptom of anyone else.. The tremors come and go like my headaches..
Blank
Avatar m tn
Im 34. A few months ago I got to know I have 2 arachnoid cysts. The biggest one is 6cm x 5.5cm. No headaches nor seizures. As my neurological exam was normal my neuro-surgeon was about to discharge me for good, so I told him that I've seen an important deterioration in regards to my language skills (I always had a few dyslexia symptoms but now I have many others & they are getting worse with time). My big cyst displaces my broca and Wernicke areas where language are produced. Neuro-psychologist tested language production & found a lot of problems. Waiting a year to see if the cysts are growing and if my language problems increase.

Although my language disabilities are interfering my professional career a lot, a brain surgery may bring complications even worst as seizures.  So I am not in any hurry to have a surgery. I certainly will do it if we see that my big cyst is growing, which I think it is happening.

Advice:
1) Learn all about the brain area where your cyst is including what its tasks are & check how your brain is doing those tasks. If you have symptoms see if they are getting worse
2) Make sure an neuro-surgeon sees you. 3) Surgery is not always best

I'd be happy to hear from other people with arahnoid cyst that have also symptoms that match with DYSLEXIA.

Some of the symptoms I am now having are: Difficulty expressing my thoughts, be it  orally or written, it is like I forgot how to be concise. The words I need when talking/writing don't come to mi mind. If a new idea come to my mind to support what I am saying then I unconsciously  stop whatever I am saying without ending  the sentence and start the new one. Difficulty recalling  names even my boss' name. Difficulty connecting ideas when writing. Although  I always review what I have written, I often don't see that connectors words (like the, a, an) are missing, neither I realize about my grammar mistakes. I am having each time more problems with spelling. It takes me ages to write anything even emails.
Blank
Avatar n tn
Im a 25 year old male with an arachnoid cyst located at the cerebellum on the back of my skull. Funny that you guys mention pressure inside your skull, hearing problems and severe nausea. Pain is worst in the morning, pressure feeling does not go away at all during the day or night. Weird thing is I can pretty much pin point as to were the pain is. The area to were I point is the exact area where the cyst is located. My pain specialist keeps saying its benign. Which I think is total crap. Also, its hard to get good pain treatment when your labeled as an addict. Sad to say I was self medicating dues to these pressure headaches. Anyways hope this sheds some light on whats going on for all of us. Cheers.
Blank
Avatar n tn
Don't listen to these doctors and neurologists who tell you that your cyst won't cause you problems. They very much cause problems! I went through 5 years of hell and doctors telling me it was unrelated. I got my AC removed in 2015 by Dr. Shahinian at the Skull Base Institute. He's beyond advanced in his field and has a wealth of knowledge about these brain cysts. I have a tiny scar and you would never know I had brain surgery.
Blank
Avatar n tn
...and my symptoms are gone!
Blank
Post a Comment
To
Blank
Weight Tracker
Weight Tracker
Start Tracking Now
Neurology Community Resources