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how long does a spinal headache last

A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony Pollizzi
35 years experience Anesthesiology
Days: If you still have a headache after a week, i would rec you have a blood patch performed.
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Corey Clay
9 years experience Allergy and Immunology
A day: If not improving after about 24hrs, an epidural blood patch may be recommended.
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Jenkins
Specializes in Anesthesiology
Duration: It can last from two days to rarely a month, cured immediately most of the time with an epidural blood patch.
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Walter Husar
32 years experience Neurology
Assume: That you are referring to a post-lp headache, which have no long term effects on the brain.
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
Pain is main issue: Don't know how long it has been since lumbar puncture, but likely the rent will heal over 6-8 weeks. The blood patch may be useful if only several da ... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Walter Husar
32 years experience Neurology
Probably not: The quick answer is no, a post-spinal headache does not cause long term problems or consequences.
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience Infectious Disease
Should be OK: To be completely safe, get in touch with the doctor who did the LP. The main concern might be whatever medical problem made the tap necessary. From th ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
36 years experience Anesthesiology
Most likely: Postdural puncture spinal headache usually resolves by itself, even untreated. It takes 5-14 days for most people. However, one of things you hear whe ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ionel Rad
Dr. Ionel Rad answered
16 years experience Anesthesiology
Call MD: If you have a severe/debilitating spinal headache, you will need professional help, and you need to be seen soon. For mild headaches, please call your ... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Frederick Nahm
26 years experience Neurology
Few days: Post lumbar puncture headache post lumbar puncture headaches are very common, some say 1 in 3 will get it. Can be a result of irritation of the me ... Read More

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