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Pain in VP shunt. Possible removal??

Hi!! I've had my shunt for 15 years I'm 30 now. I've never had any problems with it. When they first put it in and they could see past the hydrocephalus they found a small tumor which appeared to be blocking my ventricles from draining normally. Recently I have been having extreme pain in the shunt area. It is tender and I have a constant headache radiating from shunt area. It took me awhile to get referrals and everything for MRI and nuerosurgeon because I've been so healthy I kind of forgot about it.  I had the MRI and my scan was normal with. I hydrocephalus and the tumor that was there seems to be gone. Today I saw a nuerosurgeon and he put a needle in the shunt to see if he could get any fluid out to see if the shunt is working. He was unable to get any so we are thinking my brain is just functioning normally on its own and shunt has been non working for some time. I haven't gotten a clear answer for why I'm suddenly in so much pain around shunt area. He said he can remove the shunt and then we'll see if the hydrocephalus returns and put in a new one. I'm just so nervous, if I wasn't in pain I would just leave it alone. I'm worried if I'm potentially setting myself up for multiple surgeries. Any experience with late onset of pain in VP shunt area?? If anyone has had one removed What was the removal surgery/recovery like?
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