Hi and welcome to the Chiari forum.
Many can develop this condition post op or it may have been there all along....but it is a typical post op condition many have to deal with.
I would suggest b4 u go looking for a shunt, to look at y u have to have 2 surgeries and what all was done in both...such as, did u have a duraplasty and if so what type of patch....next were u checked for ehlers-danlos?
Once u have a shunt placed, u can have issues with it, and they do help, but they can malfunction and get clogged....so it can lead to multiple surgeries....
There are a few members with shunts that can give u first hand info....keep in mind we are all different and will all have different experiences with shunts and Chiari surgery.
thanks for the response. The first surgery was just a decompression, the second had the duraplasty with a titanium plate. I looked up the condition you mentioned and I do not have any of the symptoms.
I had seen some posts regarding shunts and I agree, it doesn't sound like a direction I would want to go unless it gets much worse. I think I would rather live with the headaches. They are doing another MRI this week, so we will see what path I will be heading down next.
Do me a favor and ask to be checked for EDS, I said the same thing when I looked at it and I do have it.....there are soooooooo many types and u may not have many of the more typical symptoms....but do, get it ruled out.
One thing I have noticed is those with unDX'd EDS tend to develop ICP or PTC post op and many times I feel it is the body rejecting the dura patch...or some other foreign matter in the body.....
What type of patch was used for ur dura plasty?