Hydrocephalus…It’s a Real Headache
By Tom Smith, Adult Services & Outreach Coordinator
Recently, we posed this question on Facebook ‘What does hydrocephalus mean to you?’ We received scores of answers, all of them great, many of them poignant. One of them was: “Headaches – and I wonder when they might be a serious problem.”
Headaches have a very special place in the pantheon of difficulties facing people with hydrocephalus. Everybody gets headaches. But the headaches associated with hydrocephalus are in a class all their own and add a severely complicating factor to treatment, diagnosis and quality of life for people living with hydrocephalus.
Here at the Hydrocephalus Association, we often field questions about headaches. We have several excellent resources available on this important topic.
Fact Sheet: Headaches and Hydrocephalus
This is one of the many fact/information sheets we make available. Some of the leading lights of hydrocephalus treatment provide a wealth of information.
Conference Presentation titled: Headaches in Patients with Shunts
At the 11th National Conference on Hydrocephalus, Dr. Harold Rekate, Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery at the Barrow Neurologic Institute in Phoenix, AZ and member of our Medical Advisory Board gave a presentation on headaches in shunted patients.