Urban Meyer opens up about seriousness of cyst on his brain


COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Urban Meyer revealed in an interview Tuesday the seriousness of an arachnoid cyst in his brain.

Meyer discussed the cyst Tuesday in an interview in his office with Cleveland.com, Lettermanrow.com and the Columbus Dispatch.

According to the Cleveland.com, Meyer was first diagnosed with the cyst in 1998 and had brain surgery in 2014 to help deal with the issue. Meyer revealed Tuesday that the cyst has flared up over the last two years, leading to pain on the left side of his head, and an episode at the Indiana game that brought him to his knees.

“It hasn’t [impacted day-to-day work], but when it flares up, it’s intense,” Meyer said in the interview, according to Lettermen Row. “Over the top. Just severe headaches — severe.”

“I’m getting peppered with all these questions about my relationship with the administration and all this stuff. This has absolutely nothing to do with that. This is something I’m dealing with, and that’s why I’m talking about it. It’s unrelated to anything else,” said Meyer.

According to National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, an arachnoid cyst is a fluid-filled sac located between the brain and the arachnoid membrane. A congenital arachnoid cyst is present at birth.

Ohio State provided a statement to from Meyer’s doctor.

The past four years, we’ve been working closely with Coach Meyer to monitor and manage the symptoms that have risen from his enlarged congenital arachnoid cyst. This includes aggressive headaches, which have particularly flared up the past two years.

Meyer did not go into details about his treatment.

Lettermen Row and the Plain Dealer both reported that Meyer has no desire to leave his job at Ohio State.

“I am fully committed to Ohio State and the football program for as long as I can, as long as my health allows,” Meyer said.

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