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Vp Shunt And Drinking Alcohol
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I took vitamin b12 days ago I don't know if this is related or not I drink Gatorade or go poop. I have a lot of pressure on the head. Got vp shunt.?
If you require a ventriculoperitoneal shunt, it will not be for a reversible condition except in a few circumstances.
There are times when they can be removed but this is again unusual. ...Read more
Some patients have maintained the ability to reabsorb spinal fluid and the primary problem is a blockage within the pathways in the brain. In those situations, a 3rd ventriculostomy can be performed to redirect CSF around the blockage.
Occasionally, there are patients who are found to have a broken shunt but without redeveloping hydrocephalus, essentially "outgrown the need for the shunt". ...Read more
May portend infection
Call your neurosurgeon ASAP
Not necessarily: A surgeon will make a tiny incision behind the ear and will also drill a small hole in the skull. One catheter is threaded into the brain through this opening. The other catheter is subcutaneous, meaning it is placed under the skin behind your ear. This tube is snaked down to your chest and abdomen, allowing excess CSF to drain into the abdominal cavity, where your body absorbs it. ...Read more
Bubbles equal: Air in the shunt, which is probably not a horrible thing but has the VP shunt been "accessed" recently? There should not be air inside the shunt - it goes into the peritoneal cavity not into a colon or small intestine. But ask your surgeon if air inside the tube is a bad thing. ...Read more
Depends on shunt: There is not really a "piece" in your neck but just tubing traversing it. If you truly have a ventriculoperitoneal shunt, then the tube goes from the head to the abdomen. Sometimes, we place the distal ends of the shunt elsewhere, such as in the right atirum of the heart. We call this a ventirucloatrial shunt. Other times, we place it into the space around the lung, which is ventriculopleural. ...Read more
My scars on the back of my head from surgery feel like they r gonna explode I've been having vp shunt pain forever?
How long since VP?: Have you ever discussed this issue with either the neurosurgeon if you continue to see him or your primary doctor? I don't commonly run into people who have chronic surgical scar pain after VP shunt placement, however, it certainly could happen. There are topical medications which can give temporary relief but if it is chronic you may need more aggressive treatment. Speaking to your doctor is best. ...Read more
Doc didn't have answer 4 2nd time he said come back in a month what difference will that make could it b vp shunt surgery?
What is the: Main problem that you would like addressed. Perhaps one of us at Health Tap can be of help to you. ...Read more
My whole left side is all tight like my muscles have tightened up ever since my Vp shunt was underdraining why is this what is it?
Vp shunt: I highly recommend you call your neurosurgeon who cares for your shunt. ...Read more
I want to get a new vp shunt bc mine is causing me alot of pain and I cant sleep my neurosurgeon says no she said just deal with it?
My son gets nosebleeds almost every time he cries. He has a vp shunt and has also hit his head cpl times trying to stand and falling.
VP shunt: The shunt may not be functioning properly. See your neurosurgeon to check the shunt. ...Read more
My 3yr old son has a vp shunt. Just below the top of the shunt it moves back and forth a little also tube bunches in neck. Is that normal?
VP shunt: What you are describing is quite normal. ...Read more
I have a vp shunt can you hear fluid coming through the tube I've been hearing this gurgling noise sounds like it goes down the shunt side?
The flow of fluid through the small tube is not enough to produce turbulent flow, which would produce noise. If the reservoir in the shunt valve is depressed, and that reproduces the noise, you may have some air in the reservoir. That is benign.
Check with your surgeon if the sound persists. ...Read more
My vp shunt has been buzzing lately when I lie down. The tube is on the left side of my head but I hear buzzing on the right. Is this normal?
Vp shunt: Good question to ask you Drs who know you the best. Probably not normal. ...Read more
My husband had a vp shunt put in 21 years ago... He is 48 years old. He had a severe headache for 2 days then he suddenly started stuttering...
I need my vp shunt to break bc it has been causing pain for 2 weeks but neurosurgeon said it was fine I cant sleep with the pain I need it out?
No you don't: Do you fully understand what your shunt does? It drains CSF that would cause increased pressure on your brain into your abdomen where it is reabsorbed. If it broke or quit functioning then you would have increased pain. With your history of migraine it is likely that they need to be controlled. See your doctor or a neurologist for help with that. ...Read more
When you have a operation to place a vp shunt the piece of bone they take out do they put a plate and screws to hold it in when they put it back?
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