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A 22-year-old female asked:

I've had a really bad headache tonight but when i was laying down on my back it alot felt better is this shunt related?

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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
It is possible: CSF leak or shunt over-drainage is known to cause orthostatic headaches. The diagnosis of ICH usually can be confirmed by decreased CSF opening pressure, less than 60 mm H20, on performing an LP. The headache of ICH typically resolves with conservative management and bed rest. Good luck.
Dr. Donald McCarren
Neurology 36 years experience
Yes it can: A positional headache can be related to a shunt and should be checked if it recurs. If you develop a change in vision, nausea, vomiting, photophobia, phonophobia, gait impairment and balance problems. If the symptoms are present with the headache then you should seek attention. Good luck and well wishes.

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