After my first brain surgery - an ETV - I learned pretty quickly that recovery wasn't the only time period in which a major neurological surgery like that affects your head. Scar tissue can itch for months or even years afterwards and some medications (such as Midodrine used for blood pressure control) can make that itching scalp-wide. But more that that is the overall sensitivity that I have experienced as a result.
My husband can attest to the fact that pulling my hair, even one strand of it, can be impossibly painful after my second surgery - a VP shunt. That said, I have found that it is very difficult for me personally to tolerate a number of hairstyles and head coverings that I once took for granted. So, here is a list of items to consider if you are thinking about placing a shunt.
I hope you enjoyed this little list. Had I known ahead of time, I would have done some research into alternative hairstyles and such. Alas, I am learning the hard way after the fact. However, I hope some of these suggestions help and I look forward to y'all sharing any tips and tricks you have learned with your own locks! Hopefully, we can all discover cute new ways to resume our fancy hairdos post shunt placement!
Happy hair days to you all,
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