IAMA 19 year old girl who had brain surgery this week AMA!
I have Pseudotumor Cerebri. It is a condition which mimics a brain tumor due to the build up of spinal fluid that increases pressure in the spinal column. Fluid is pushed into the cranium and against the brain and optic nerves. I have been trying medications for a year and using spinal taps to decrease the intracranial pressure. But earlier this month, in one week I had three spinal taps. The hospital decided at that point that what we were doing wasn't working. I was on the verge of going blind in my left eye, and I was in excruciating pain.
On Tuesday I had a Programable Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt put in. It will drain the fluid from the ventricles in my brain into my abdomen. This will (hopefully) take away all the pressure and pain for a long time!
I've named the shunt Drano Malfoy because I can't resist terrible puns, and I love Harry Potter.