Posted by irina
on August 02, 2000 at 02:00:34:
In Reply to: Re: Water on the brain posted by Hilary on April 19, 2000 at 18:13:29:
: : My 78 yr. old mother had an MRI recently and was told she had water on the brain. Her symtoms include dizziness, difficulty walking, and numbness in her feet and legs. Her doctor said they would try medication first, but if her condition doesn't change, surgery may be needed.
: : Does anyone know what this condition is called, what the fluid might be and any other info?
: I believe the condition you are referring to is called "Hydrocephalus." I have this condition. But there are many different symptoms. Everyone has fluid around the brain, but it drains through the spinal column in your body. When you have Hydrocephalus, the spinal column is blocked, so the fluid just builds up around the brain. Pressure builds up, and this can cause major headaches and sometimes seizures. You can get water on the brain at any age. I was born with it.
My 84 y/o grand mother was diagnosed with hydrocephalus as well. Doctors say to drain the water first to diminish the pressure on her brain and to wait for results (no medication was prescribed only aspirin!!)while looking for reeducation , an orthophonist in her case since she cannot vocalize at all. I would like to know how doctors and family members are handling your mom's situation. God bless.