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How long does a spinal headache last

A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony Pollizzi
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
Days: If you still have a headache after a week, i would rec you have a blood patch performed.

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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Corey Clay
Allergy and Immunology 10 years experience
A day: If not improving after about 24hrs, an epidural blood patch may be recommended.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 37 years experience
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
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ionel Rad
Anesthesiology 17 years experience
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
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Frederick Nahm
Neurology 27 years experience
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
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Jenkins
Specializes in Anesthesiology
Leakage: It is caused when a spinal needle punctures the dural membrane allowing the leakage of spinal fluid, if the dura is accidently punctured during an att... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Walter Husar
Neurology 33 years experience
Assume: That you are referring to a post-lp headache, which have no long term effects on the brain.
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
In theory-yes: If you have blood poisoning (sepsis) & the germs were allowed into the spinal fluid during a bloody tap, in theory you could develop meningitis f... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Schwarzman
Emergency Medicine 47 years experience
Unlikely: Spinal headaches usually develop within 5 days and are usually worse when sitting up.
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ilene Ruhoy
Neurology 21 years experience
Wait: A headache following an LP is caused by intracranial hypotension and is usually temporary as seems to be your case since your headache is subsiding. B... Read More

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