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I had a lumbar puncture on dec 21,2021. severe headaches and neck pain. 1 blood patch done and after 1 day all symptoms returned. pending 2nd patch tomorrow. its been a week today since lp will this ever go away? and how long after bp do i rest?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield answered

Specializes in Infectious Disease

Yes, it will go away, probably after the second blood patch. In the meantime, try not to worry: headache after LP is painful and disturbing, but not harmful. It's not possible to say more on a forum like this; every case is different. Keep working witih your doctors. Good luck.

Answered 12/29/2021

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Even if no blood patch is performed, a typical post-lumbar puncture headache will remit by 6-8 weeks. Have seen more rapid reversal with 1-3 blood patches, but usually one suffices. Would definitely stay supine as much as possible, and definitely increase hydration. This is NOT permanent.

Answered 12/30/2021

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