I had a second decompression on 5/18.
(C1/C2 laminectomy, larger craniotomy, and duraplasty. Prior was only a small crainotomy and a small piece of C1 removed)
I’m having those types of headaches daily. Severe pounding - location ranges from the back of my head, top op of my head, to my temples and behind me eyes. Any type of activity seems to increase them. Going to dr tomorrow to have staples removed and to find out about these headaches. I’ve also been having a little lightheadedness.
Hi and welcome to the Chiari forum.
Headaches are quite common....but there are questions I need to ask....how long post op are you? Are these headaches positional..meaning do they worsen upon standing, sitting from lying position or worse when lying down?
What are you doing on a daily basis? Are you still on pain meds?
Do you have any fluids draining at the incision site?
So fun times over here. I ended up having viral meningitis. Been in the hospital for 8 days, but finally feeling a bit better.
After 4 spinal taps, my opening pressure has been high. The last two used large gauge needle to “punch a large hole” to help drain off some excess fluid.
My neurosurgeon said that I’ll have to have a shunt because the pressure isn’t regulating correctly, but won’t do so until the meningitis is cleared.
Does anyone have experience with shunts? If so, I’d love to hear of your experience. TIA!