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Did I have a botched spinal tap? Headache.

Did I have a botched spinal tap? Headache.

Maybe: Headache is common after a spinal tap, and is classically worse with sitting or standing up and better with lying down. While post-tap headache usually improves with time, fluids, and caffeine, it sometimes requires a procedure known as a blood patch to make it go away. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Headache (Definition)

The medical term is cephalalgia. It is a feeling of pain that can occur on either both sides or just one side of the head or neck. Headaches can be sharp, dull, or throbbing, and can radiate to different areas of the head. They typically last less than an hour but can ...Read more


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Is it normal to have a post spinal tap headache for two weeks?

Is it normal to have a post spinal tap headache for two weeks?

Spinal tap: Post spinal tap headache is not uncommon. The headache usually gets better with time. By 10-15 days it should be gone. An epidural blood patch is usually used to treat this within about 3-4 days of the headaches and its about 99% effective. ...Read more

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How often do you get a persistent spinal tap headache after a spinal tap at the e.R.?

How often do you get a persistent spinal tap headache after a spinal tap at the e.R.?

Spinal tap: The most common side effect from this procedure is a headache, and this headache can be quite severe and last days after the spinal tap. In order to minimize the chance of a headache developing you should restrict all activity for the day of the procedure. However, if you do experience a headache, limited activity consisting of bed rest, fluid intake and caffeine usually helps the headache resolve. ...Read more

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I had a spinal tap yesterday. I wasn't experiencing any new pain, as I've had a severe headache for 4 weeks. My back is now hurting some. Any tips?

I had a spinal tap yesterday. I wasn't experiencing any new pain, as I've had a severe headache for 4 weeks. My back is now hurting some. Any tips?

Instructions from MD: Discharge instructions likely included what to do about the puncture site pain including medications and other measures. Did they not speak to you about anything upon going home? Take it easy, warm compresses, Tylenol (acetaminophen) ES every 12 hrs. and don't laugh too hard at the Super Bowl commercial on Viagra! Wanna hook up to yap about it? www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi Key Code: PDXFNR if prompted. ...Read more

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Spinal tap headache. Whats a blood patch?

Spinal tap headache. Whats a blood patch?

And: Many patients get immediate relief during the injection. We think this might be by compressing the dural sac. It merely a matter of pressure gradients. Make the pressure greater outside the leak and the leak slow down or stops. As long as your brain is making more CSF than lost, the headache stays away. For technically challenging patient anatomy, sometime fluroscopy is used to guide the procedure. ...Read more

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How long can a lumbar puncture/ spinal tap headache last?

How long can a lumbar puncture/ spinal tap headache last?

Days: Varies, but often can take a few days to completely go away. If the headaches are increasing or accompanied by other symptoms (stiffness, fever, neck pain, etc) you should see the physician that did the spinal sampling. It takes a bit of time to restore the volume of fluid drawn during that time headache (alone) are not uncommon. ...Read more

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For how long does a lumbar puncture/ spinal tap headache last?

For how long does a lumbar puncture/ spinal tap headache last?

Duration: It can last from two days to rarely a month, cured immediately most of the time with an epidural blood patch. ...Read more

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How much time does a lumbar puncture/ spinal tap headache last?

How much time does a lumbar puncture/ spinal tap headache last?

Post LP Headache: Post lumbar puncture/spinal tap headaches last until the tiny hole in the dura seals. This can be years but is usually a day or 3. Typically, the cure is to lay flat for 24 hours to keep the pressure low and allow the tiny hole in the dura to heal which it almost always does. Lots of caffeine is helpful too. You may want to call your dr and ask about a blood patch. ...Read more

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After my spinal tap I had a headache upon standing for 3-4 days. It's beginning to subside. Is this typical of a spinal headache? Can I go for a run?

After my spinal tap I had a headache upon standing for 3-4 days. It's beginning to subside. Is this typical of a spinal headache? Can I go for a run?

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. But if you still have symptoms I would wait on running. Drink fluids, add NaCl tablets, caffeine, and bed rest until headache is gone. If symptoms persist, see your PCP for further evaluation and management. ...Read more

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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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