June 3, 2015 9:54AM

6-3-15: Very recently, my blood pressure hasn't increased to the point where I'll feel heart palpitations after eating or for no apparent reason very often anymore. Occasionally, this may happen once or twice for a very brief moment in the past couple of weeks or may be accompanied by tight chest muscles for a short while.

I'm wondering if the heart palpitations that can happen after eating and unexpectedly as well as the infrequently tight chest muscles may have to do with CSF pressure.

After my body endured intense seizures one day in early 2011, I haven't had nearly as much labored breathing, tight chest muscles or irregular heartbeats.

Could the heart palpitations be affected by shunt tubing that has strayed from its proper location? My shunt used to be too high and is now too low on my head.

12 Replies

  • My response is similar to that to your other recent post - you need to get your shunt checked out but I know you don't feel you can do this. Please don't leave it makes you seriously ill.

  • Thank you for your concern. <3 Due to many setbacks, I have yet to solve this problem.

    Fortunately, I'm having more fortune with mental abilities than usual right now. :D

    I hope you're doing well. :)

  • Hi Kady,

    Thank you for your post.

    Just to echo what strawberrycream says here - it sounds like both the heart palpitations and the shunt need to be checked out by a doctor.

    If you like you can call our helpline on 0808 800 2244 or email helpline@headway.org.uk to talk it through, they may be able to help find the best approach for getting the support you need.

    Best wishes,


  • Hi Headway

    Thank you for supporting my response. Kady also posted a similar post in May detailing lots of long term problems that do seem potentially to be related to her shunt. However she lives in America and does not feel she can access healthcare to review because of private care costs and other personal family issues. I am worried for her as by not getting it checked out she could be putting herself at serious risk.

  • Thanks StrawberryCream.

    Kady, I apologise I didn't realise you lived in America. Have you tried contacting the Brain Injury Association of America? I'm sure they'll be able to support you here and guide you to the right services. It really does sound like this needs looking at as soon as possible.

    You can find out more at biausa.org/

    Best wishes,


  • Thank you very much, headwayuk. :)

  • I'm not wanting anyone to worry about my situation because it is out of their control. Thank you for your support anyway, StrawberryCream. <3

    Thank you very much. <3

  • Thank you. I hope you're doing well. <3

  • Thank you. I hope you're doing well. <3

  • Thank you.

  • How are you doing now Kady? Did you get your shunt problem sorted and seek any support from the Brain Injury Association of America?

  • Hi, StrawberryCream. It's nice to hear from you. :D

    I am able to contact the Brain Injury Association of America through the internet, which I have been doing when I can.

    I ask many questions about health and what I deal with.

    Like Health Unlocked, people respond to my questions.

    I'm grateful for this.

    I'm also grateful for you and everyone else who shows that they care.

    Thank you. :)

    I still haven't seen a doctor, so my shunt issues still exist but fluctuate.

    Fortunately, I'm more aware and in control than I have been despite the fact that problems still exist.

    Even today, I'm trying to learn my limits; they seem to change sometimes.

    Thank you for your support. :)

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