Chris has suffered from severe migraine symptoms since he was 9 years old. In November, he was diagnosed with an arachnoid cyst. Skull base surgeon Dr. Hrayr Shahinian operated on Chris to remove the cyst, which was the size of a small lemon. Chri...
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Recovering from an Arachnoid Cyst Surgery - Chris' Story Dr. Travis Stork: Well what do you say? You want to see how Chris is doing today? Chris and Julie come on out. So we’re all dying to know and I’ve been dying to have you come out, how in the world are you doing? Chris: I'm doing phenomenal I was back at work a week later, I mean -- Dr. Travis Stork: And what was great was your comment “When we got married it was in sickness and in sickness.” What about now? Is it in sickness and in health? Julie: Yeah, probably. Dr. Drew Ordon: Because he had most of this going on when you met him. Julie: Oh, yeah. Dr. Drew Ordon: And how much weight has he lost? Julie: 20 pounds. Dr. Drew Ordon: Because that was part of what -- what’s going on, that this pressure was affecting your appetite, right? Chris: I had extreme hunger and you know they say -- the camera has 10 pounds. I was looking at some of that initial footage and thinking maybe it’s 40 but the bottom line is that was huge incentive to lose a lot more weight. I feel motivated now because I feel I haven’t been bigger, I have overall health. I mean, everything is just brighter and my appetite is down, I’m 20 pounds down. I'm waiting to get at the 10th week mark then I want to get into some more vigorous activities working out that kind of thing. Dr. Drew Ordon: Did you have another symptom that you pretty much had most of your life that you -- tell us something about that? Chris: Well, I had nightmares, horrible nightmares and I have had those my entire life and actually it was my mom who pointed out to me that I -- she said “Are you have those nightmares again, or anymore?” And I said “No I'm not having.” I didn’t even think about it but I’ve not had a nightmare since the surgery. Dr. Drew Ordon: I mean it really is like being with a new person, isn’t it? Julie: Yeah, it is. Dr. Drew Ordon: Unbelievable. Doctor Shaheni* is a super specialized physician to do this through this incision that placed in your eyebrow and he didn’t shave anything, did he? Chris: No. Dr. Drew Ordon: That’s the plastic surgeon then. He actually was able to deflate a tumor the size of the small lemon that was sitting back in this part of your head. Chris: When I got from your show and hooked up with Dr. Shaheni* it was a straight up miracle. I was so excited because finally I felt like this is the guy he understands my problem and he’s going to be able to take care of it. Dr. Drew Ordon: We have two scans, the document what was going inside your skull actually one from back in 1990 which shows that mask that arachnoid cyst immediately in the back of your orbit and that cyst is there as recently as last year before you had your surgery. So this thing has been sitting there 20 years really essentially larger than it was initially. Dr. Travis Stork: And you know we have someone on the phone still, Jennifer are you still there? Jennifer: Yes we are. Dr. Travis Stork: Anything you want to say to Chris and Julie. Jennifer: Chris and Julie I just want to say congratulations. Austin wants to say congratulations. We just want to keep you to enjoy your new pain free life and just appreciate everyday, because a miracle truly happens. Dr. Travis Stork: Jennifer thank you. Chris? Chris: Thank you. Dr. Travis Stork: Thank you so very much.

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