It took 24 days for them to report. I had my MRI scan last November 22 and just now they are able to read it.
I was really anxious when I received the letter because it was urgent. As what I heard, if they have given you an urgent appointment, it means there is something wrong.
I went for my duty in the morning and attended my appointment at 4pm. I went there by bike only and I was really sweating as the hospital is more elevated.
My name was called and I went to the clinic of my consultant, Mr. Benamer. I could not control my heart beating so fast. He then started breaking the news that I have a cyst in my pineal gland. He further said that it is more likely that I have it since I was a child but just now, I noticed it and seen through MRI scan (magnetic resonance imaging).
He said that I have nothing to worry as pineal gland cyst is more likely to be benign, meaning, not cancerous. But you know, to my own point of view, it is not nice to hear that you have a cyst and of course, I will think of something else.
But he assured me that I have nothing to worry. The pineal gland (also called the pineal body, epiphysis cerebri, or epiphysis) is a small endocrine gland in the vertebrate brain.
It produces melatonin, a hormone that affects the modulation of wake/sleep patterns and photoperiodic (seasonal) functions.
It is shaped like a tiny pine cone (hence its name), and is located near to the centre of the brain, between the two hemispheres, tucked in a groove where the two rounded thalamic bodies join.
A pineal cyst is a fluid-filled mass that can occur in the pineal gland. True pineal gland cysts are not brain tumors; rather, they are a completely benign cyst. The cause of these cystic masses are not known.
The large majority of pineal gland cysts do not enlarge much if at all. However, some enlarge over time slowly.
Although a true pineal cyst is benign and usually harmless, because they can mimic a tumor, they often need to be distinguished from other cystic tumors which can occur in the region of the pineal gland.
But Mr. Benamer have referred me to another consultant for verification. He said that surgical intervention is not necessary as this is only benign. I also asked if my headache is related to the cyst but he said that it is not.
Actually, I was not contented of what he said. I will ask a second opinion. As I do my browsing regarding the cyst, the first symptom that would occur is the unexplained headache but he underlook that one.
Well, at least, it is not dangerous as it is only a benign cyst. I called straight away Oliver in Recovery informing me about the result and he passed it to my manager, Pav and they were all glad of the good news.
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