Millions of people who have cerebral shunts and/or brain injury or both have chronic pain symptoms often for life. Today Saturday, this morning at around 8:03am I had sharp pains from my shunt valve. What I usually use for pain relief where it be tumeric or advil, it works to reduce the pain sometimes and other times, it doesn't work like more recently. Occasional episodes of nerve pain on the top left side of my scalp. That hasn't happened for a while now like a few months. This week I've had the return of the following - dizziness and elevated csf pressure in my forehead and eye pain behind my right eye in addition to pain behind both eyes. While standing up on Thursday, I had scissoring issues and my right leg crossed over my left leg...I caught myself from almost falling. I've also had episodes this week of TMJ, Tinnitus and vertigo and the return of the chiari malformation headache in the back of my head. What makes me smile during episodes of chronic pain and shunt issues is my new flamingo friend.
This furry friend is from Build A Bear workshop. The whimsical nature of this stuffed animal brings a smile to my face an joy to my heart especially when my shunt is unruly and I have other chronic pain issues.