Does having a 20 year old shunt affect your mobility of your spine?

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I am a 62 year old female Does having a 20 year old VP Shunt, affect the mobility of your spine? Also, I have been having blurred vision and double vision for the past 2 weeks.  I have problems with my balance and with mild seizures. My neurosurgeon has told me “my shunt is working “. I just feel that it is not working correctly.

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Shunt surgery should not affect spinal movement. Your current symptoms can not be explained by VP surgery. I think you should complete MRI of the head ASAP to make clear what happened.

Hi, having a VP shunt does not cause you to have these problems. I feel that your VP is not working properly. The blocked VP shunt may lead to accumulation of fluids in the brain (medically called hydrocephalus), which could perfectly explain your symptoms of seizure and balance problems. You may need to talk to your doctor seriously about the possibility of VP shunt dysfunction. 

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