For over a year and a half, Joe Nagy of Arizona suffered from a severe case of runny nose.
Eventually, Nagy's condition became unbearable — "I got to the point where I had tissues all the time" — and he finally sought medical assistance.
"I was scared to death if you want to know the truth," Nagy told the Fox affiliate.
Dr. Nakaji says the most common causes of brain fluid leaks are head injuries and complications due to brain surgery or spinal taps.
Though the fix was fairly routine, a sudden near-deadly outbreak of meningitis forced Nakaji to put Nagy's surgery on hold.
Once the infection subsided, the doctor got to work repairing the leak, which was traced to a tiny hole in the membrane surrounding Nagy's brain.
The operation was successful, and Nagy has been hankie-free ever since.