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A 41-year-old female asked:

I had a facet block in my back this morning. i am very dizzy, nauseated and have a head ache. when i get up i feel like i am going to pass out.

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Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 31 years experience
Side FX of injection: If a local anesthetic was used, and a lot of it, you may simply be feeling the effects of lidocaine. But, this would not likely cause a headache. Was an epidural also done? If so, you could be having symptoms of a spinal fluid leak. Try some coffee/caffeine, and lie down. If symptoms immediately improve lying down, and recur standing up, you got a spinal fluid headache. Let your doc know.

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