Since I started back at school in August, each day I woke up with a stomach ache. It progressively got worse to the point in which I had to adjust my class schedule and start a little later in the morning. My morning routine would sometimes take two hours to control the nausea with Zophran, or I’d wait a bit, eat, throw up, feel fine and then go to school.
One potential cause for my feeling like this is my Shunt could have been over draining and affecting my ICP (intracranial pressure) which if it’s too low can cause your brain to literally sage in your head and put pressure on your brain stem thus causing nausea and other potential issues. Remember, your brain floats in CSF inside your skull.
One interesting result of the scans, was the Neuro Surgeon saw some swelling near my brain stem which was a delayed reaction from the Gamma Knife surgery back in May. I was put on Decadron steroid, and miraculously, my stomach issue went away since this particular steroid is ideal for reducing brain swelling. The area of the swelling put pressure on the nerves responsible for nausea. The steroid was a short term fix for the nausea over the next month or so.
My stay in the hospital was two days and I was back at school by Friday and was able to attend our football game Friday night.