Girl 'Drinks' Own Brain Fluid To Stop Migraines

October 4, 2010


Melissa Peacock is just like every other 17-year old except she has a tube (not to be confused with the series that makes up the internet) connecting her brain and stomach to siphon off excess brain fluid and prevent migraines. So yeah, just your average 17-year old cyborg zombie. I'm really diggin' the hair.

'I still get a dull ache when I wake up in the morning but as the fluid drains away, I start to feel a bit better,' said the 17-year-old.

Melissa has a condition that causes her body to produce too much spinal fluid, which collects in her skull and pushes on her brain.

This left her with migraines and blurred vision and sometimes she could not walk in a straight line.

Doctors punctured her skull to drain the fluid nine times but, when the fluid returned, they decided on a more drastic operation.

Surgeons twice tried to attach a tube from her lower spine to her stomach but both times the tubes shifted.

They then decided to insert a permanent tube directly into her brain.

'The pain was just unbearable at times, so I agreed to go ahead with the operation.

'My friends think the fact that I digest fluid from my brain is a bit weird but my quality of life is so much better,' she added.

Ah, the marvel of modern medicine. Glad to hear you're doing well, Melissa. Say -- you think those doctors could install some tubes that recirculates my undigested alcohol back into my stomach for a second run? No? Stick to chugging my catheter bag? Just thought I'd ask.

Teenager forced to drink her brain fluid daily to relieve migraine pain [metro]

Thanks to notthelimejuice, who invented a system that pumps half-digested cake back into your stomach so you can....uh, why exactly did you do that again?

  • Ange

    You moron did you ever think to even investigate hydrocephalus instead of your g alf assed attempt at humour...

  • Rod Craven

    Shunts have been in use for the past 50 or so years. This is nothing new.

  • This article is insulting to people with hydrocephalus and ventricular peritoneal shunts. ( like me)

  • PrincessDiariesTammy King

    Yeah I've been shunted since 1965 at 2 weeks of age. First generation hydrocephalus and meningitis survivor now married 2 teenage boys, the article made hydrocephalus sound SO new and the condition's been known about since 1950. I've had over 30 shunt related surgeries.

  • I've been shunted for 27 years! I'll be 28 on the 29th of February.

  • stephendrake

    From the article, it sounds like she just ended up with a ventricular-peritoneal shunt(VP) shunt for hydrocephalus. Made it sound cutting edge, bizarre and freaky. The treatment has been used for over 50 years. (I had one implanted in 1959) Wonder who cooked up this crap.

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