Patient Comments: Hydrocephalus - Signs and Symptoms

What were the signs and symptoms associated with hydrocephalus in someone you know?

Comment from: pj ryan69, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: February 04

I had hydrocephalus since birth in 1961. I have had shunt replace 2 times since. I am doing well but my balance is really poor at times, but do a lot in my spare time. When I was 17 I had a partial paralysis from an angiogram. I got most of my flexibility back, but only about 90 percent.

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Comment from: donnysbaby, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 25

I have a shunt for hydrocephalus, but I think it is acting up. My head has hurt for 2 weeks and I can't stop puking. I am going to my doctor but I am scared. My balance is off so bad I can hardly walk.

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Comment from: bethd, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 18

I first started with gait issues - short, choppy steps that got faster as I continued walking - almost to the point of running. I was also experiencing balance issues, including falling. I had a neurologist who sent me to a neurosurgeon who eventually diagnosed hydrocephalus and placed a shunt in my brain. Though I still have issues with my balance, I at least am no longer falling!

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Comment from: doug, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: September 11

The symptoms of hydrocephalus were falling, memory loss and shuffling walk.

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Comment from: Carla, 19-24 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 13

I wonder if it is normal for a person to get a headache with fluid on the brain (hydrocephalus) and have 104 heartbeat.

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Comment from: worried daughter, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 05

My mom lost her baMy mom lost her balance quite often and sometimes fell; she would phone me six times a day and speak to me as if it were her first call, often repeating conversations. Her short-term memory became poor. Then she couldn't walk right. She would end up running until she could stop herself at a wall or a doorway or fall to her knees. A wonderful doctor diagnosed the trouble with a CT scan and inserted a shunt. The problem went away and I had my mother back instantly!

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