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« on: May 24, 2008, 11:49:47 AM »

Hi all,

I'm due to have my LP shunt soon and was just wondering (because I'm a little unsure of how it works..) does losing weight after having  the LP shunt fitted affect the position of the tubing? i.e does it move etc

Not that I'm planning on losing any weight     grin

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« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2008, 12:41:05 PM »

I have a VP shunt (the tubing still goes to the same place as a LP shunt). I've lost about 2 stone in the past couple of months and my tubing has changed position. It's not caused too much concern except is started proding things it shouldn't be.

However, the neurosurgeon said it's very rare and that I shouldn't be put off losing any more weight. Hopefully things will settle down.

Good luck with your surgery.
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« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2008, 07:32:30 PM »

I also lost 2st after my LP shunt and had no problems. In fact after 18yrs the L part was removed but the P part is still in as after so long it had got cosy and didn't want to come out.
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« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2008, 10:44:56 PM »

Hi Dee

I have a VP shunt too and the tube in my stomach cavity is free floating, so can move around if necessary.  My surgeon told me that this was to allow unrestricted movement, rather than attaching it to something, which might then get pulled if I decided to do something strenuous - like gymnastics (as if  laughing)
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« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2008, 08:03:50 PM »

thank you for your answers and I thought...                 No excuses now then, better get down that gym hadn't I!    eek!

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« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2008, 02:32:14 AM »

Losing weight won't affect shunt placement at all.  I lost 60 lbs after the shunt was placed.. IH still here to stay... the weight lose didn't affect my disease but
I felt better about myself!  I lost it about 15 yrs ago and have still kept 40 of it off... going to need a new shunt though....
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« Reply #6 on: September 22, 2008, 12:27:29 PM »

Well done with your weight loss, a pity a new shunt is needed but I guess you've had it some time now.

The more I read and the more I know about my own body I'm really not convinced that weight has anything to do with IIH, I'm open to persuasion though   laughing

A few years back I was treated for hormone imbalance which to me is nearer the mark, maybe.. Smiley: unsure

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« Reply #7 on: September 24, 2008, 01:53:57 PM »

Funny you should mention hormonal imbalance.. I was diagnosed with PCOS when I was 14 yeas old... I haven't had a period that wasn't chemically manufactured since then... I'm curious as to how any others have also been diagnosed with PCOS?  The good thing about no periods is also no PMS!  You gotta get some perks once in awhile! grin
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