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Offline Flamedlight

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VP shunt causing abdominal pain
« on: March 11, 2015, 07:35:48 PM »
Hey guys!  :uwave

I'm looking for advise.

Two months ago, the neurosurgeon has constructed a VP shunt to me. Unfortunately, since then I have been suffering from a stabbing pain in my abdomen. One day it is hurting on the left side in my belly and my left shoulder is hurting at the same time, the other day the same thing at the right sinde and after a while I feel the same pain at the very bottom. The pain circulates. And not a day goes by that I'm pain free. Also (this is a bit awkward to tell, I think) I vomit quite often, this goes with dizzines and sometimes headache. It is terrible and it now frustrates me enormously. Especially because it takes so long and it doesn't reduce.  :down

My blood tests are normal. It seems like the shunt is working fine, because my my papilledema is as good as gone and the scan of my head shows everything is fine with my ventricles. :smile

My neurosurgeon sent me to various specialists to examine where the abdominal pain is coming from. It now appears that there is nothing wrong with my organs (Just my spleen is slightly too big. They don't know the cause of it.) but that the VP shunt is irritating my peritoneum. Also there is too much fluid in my abdomen. This makes me feel bad and worried.
Next week I see my NS again and then I'll find out more. But I already heard of a few options. They can shorten or shift the tube, change the shunt in a VA shunt or put the distal end near the lungs.

I wonder what the best option would be. Also because my body does not absorb the fluid that quickly. Will it be better near the lungs or will it accumulate there? What are the risks of a VA shunt? Can the NS shift or/and shorten the tube and will that solve the problem?

I would be glad to find someone who knows about this or has experienced the same thing.

Thanks for reading this!
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Greetings,
Flamedlight
Diagnosed with IIH. I have got a VP shunt.

Offline SeattleRain

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Re: VP shunt causing abdominal pain
« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2015, 10:13:44 AM »
Hello Flame. I'm so sorry about your tummy pain. I get it too. In fact mine just drained and I have a stinging and ache in my upper right quadrant