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Old 01-13-2011, 12:49 PM
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I had my shunt break last year; the biggest symptoms were massive headache with a lot of pressure on my eyes; I eventually went blind; I am lucky to live in the downtown Toronto area, so my fiance walked me (blinded mind you) to St. Michael's hospital. By time I got there I had got to the hospital, I was totally out of it, didn't know where I was, etc.; I was rushed into surgery and received a new shunt. This was in the span off about 24 hours, the symptoms come on fast, and you need to be able to recognize when something isn't right. I had been getting migraines for years, and essentially just though I was having another migraine, I know better to be more mindful of how I am feeling now.
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Old 02-07-2014, 03:54 PM
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Shunts malfunction often, just ask many of the folks on this board. Many of them have more than one shunt implanted because of shunt failure. Most aren't even removed because it is riskier to remove it than it is to leave it in place. I don't know what the symptoms are of a shunt failure, but I would assume that it is much the same as the symptoms someone would experience before they got their shunt. If something has changed with the status of someone with a shunt, it definitely calls for a doctor appointment.
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Old 07-15-2014, 08:31 PM
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Signs of a malfunctioning shunt-fever, vomiting, headache, lethargy, irritability, seizures, vision problems, loss of coordination, swelling and/or redness along shunt tract, abdominal pain with VP shunts, loss of previous abilities such as sensory or motor skills.<br/><br/> *If shunt*malfunctions are not treated, major problems such as brain damage or blindness could occur.* In some instances, a blocked shunt that goes untreated even for a short period of time can be life threatening.<br/><br/> If you feel there is a problem with your shunt*and you have several of the signs of a shunt malfunction seek medical assistance as soon as possible.<br/><br/> Shauna<br/><br/> SB&H Information & Services Coordinator<br/><br/>
Thank you so much for the above information, this sums it all up, and it answers alot of questions,very helpful, thank you again.
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Old 07-17-2014, 05:55 AM
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I had my shunt break last year; the biggest symptoms were massive headache with a lot of pressure on my eyes; I eventually went blind; I am lucky to live in the downtown Toronto area, so my fiance walked me (blinded mind you) to St. Michael's hospital. By time I got there I had got to the hospital, I was totally out of it, didn't know where I was, etc.; I was rushed into surgery and received a new shunt. This was in the span off about 24 hours, the symptoms come on fast, and you need to be able to recognize when something isn't right. I had been getting migraines for years, and essentially just though I was having another migraine, I know better to be more mindful of how I am feeling now.
Oh dear lord I am glad that your fiance was present to help you. How did the shunt break apart? That had to be a nightmare trying to walk without being able to see where you are going.
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Old 07-20-2014, 12:00 PM
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The signs and symptoms of shunt malfunction are the same as for hydrocephalus itself: headaches, nausea, vomiting, irritability, change in behaviour or intellectual performance, etc.
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Old 07-25-2014, 04:57 AM
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I hope that Broken Tech is doing okay since that shunt breaking incident. That shunt breaking is just no joke I am thankful that I don't have to one.
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Old 09-10-2014, 02:45 PM
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I can't offer any better advise on this matter but I will try to get in touch with a fellow I know who struggles with the problem of living a long way from*Toronto's hospitals and not feeling that he get adequate health care in his community.* Perhaps he will be able to offer some suggestions.*
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Old 09-11-2014, 04:08 PM
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I thought I had suffered an epileptic seizure. They did an ECG, Echocardiogram, blood tests and then told me to go home. But I can't handle it here. I live alone. The doctor told me to increase my Clonazapam to four .5 mg. tablets a day, but I'm still getting seizures. He told me I didn't have to come back to the hospital unless my seizures caused me to lose consciousness.
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