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VP Shunt w/Constant Headaches

I have had a VP Shunt for a little over 10 years with nearly constant headaches.  Finally figuring out a potential cause.  Brain pressure is supposedly around 140 but my peritoneal cavity pressure is 170 so the shunt is draining very slowly.  Has anyone heard of such a thing?  Do I need to see a belly doctor...lose weight...poke a hole in my gut?  Any suggestions...my neurosurgeon seems to be stuck.
Thanks,
Pete
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Hello.

You need to figure out why your peritoneal cavity pressure is 170. For this, you may have to seek professional help. If you are obese, please see any obesity specialist.
And check the shunt valve.

All the best.

DrAbhijeetMD
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I appreciate your response.  I am 6'4" around 235 lbs...could stand to lose 5 or 10 lbs but definitely not obese.  What type of doctor or surgeon should I see regarding my peritoneal cavity pressure?  An abdominal or general surgeon?  I need to figure this out and my neurosurgeon is not helping.  He is real good at replacing my shunts but not good at following through.
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Hi.

It will help if you could see an abdominal surgeon. But your Neurosurgeon's involvement is important.

Regards

DrAbhijeetMD
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