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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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Hi i had a chiari malformation with removak off tonsils, I have a cyst coving my spinal cord right next to brain stem, i have severe crap pain today?

Hi i had a chiari malformation with removak off tonsils, I have a cyst coving my spinal cord right next to brain stem, i have severe crap pain today?

Unclear: Not sure exactly what your question is except that you are in pain. Given the history of a Chiari malformation, suggest you be seen promptly in order to address your issue. ...Read more

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How or where do Iget a blood patch ..I have a severe spinal headache post lumbar puncture?

How or where do Iget a blood patch ..I have a severe spinal headache post lumbar puncture?

Epid. Blood Patch: You should first contact the facility and department in which the lumbar puncture was performed and inform them of your symptoms. Most will advise you to venture into the emergency room for further evaluation and counseling regarding treatment of a "Post Dural Puncture Headache." Conservative medical management should be explained to you,as well as the process and risks involved in placing a patch ...Read more

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MRI of lumbar spine says I have a "left laminectomy defect, status post discetomy." But... I never had back surgery - ever. Should I be worried?

MRI of lumbar spine says I have a "left laminectomy defect, status post discetomy."  But... I never had back surgery - ever.  Should I be worried?

No: Not worried, no. It could have simply been a misread by the radiologist; sometimes the findings of surgery can be subtle and so a radiologist may have misinterpreted the study. But the first thing I would actually check is that the MRI that is being reported is actually yours. Sometimes results can be attributed to the wrong patient, particularly if someone has the same or similar name. ...Read more

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I had a spinal fusion done 3 years ago, I have more pain n problems then before i had the surgery i had a whole spinal fusion. What can I do for this.

I had a spinal fusion done 3 years ago, I have more pain n problems then before i had the surgery i had a whole spinal fusion. What can I do for this.

Tertiary care center: Spinal fusion at age 16 is a special situation and you will not get answers through internet forums. You need to circle back with your spine specialist, ideally at a university spine center. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I got a spinal tap / lumbar puncture today?

I got a spinal tap / lumbar puncture today?

If you have a: Specific question about the procedure or symptoms afterwards then please clarify and re-ask the question. ...Read more

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I have had a vibration/dizzy sensation in my head for a few days, I had a lumbar puncture a 2 weeks ago (with spinal headache[resolved]). Correlation?

I have had a vibration/dizzy sensation in my head for a few days, I had a lumbar puncture a 2 weeks ago (with spinal headache[resolved]). Correlation?

Low CSF pressure: headaches caused by a spinal tap. The treatment: 1. Pain relievers. 2.Fluids and caffeine. 3. Sometimes an epidural blood patch. Low-pressure headaches are intense and visit for your doctor is warranted. ...Read more

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I had a spinal tap three days ago. I developed a spinal headache, a numb right leg, & a knot at the puncture site. What kind of a recovery time am i looking at?

I had a spinal tap three days ago. I developed a spinal headache, a numb right leg, & a knot at the puncture site. What kind of a recovery time am i looking at?

Eternal: Go back and have the hole in your dura sealed back up with a blood patch! you're leaking spinal fluid where you had the lumbar puncture and it won't heal itself. The fastest way to take care of it is to have blood drawn, repeat the spinal tap, and inject those platelets into the canal to seal up the puncture where you're leaking. Your headache will be gone very soon thereafter. ...Read more

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I have a post lumbar puncture headache, should I get treated?

Depends on duration: This depends on the duration of the post LP headache. If you have a headache when upright, that improves when lying flat following an LP that has been present for several days, you should call the doctor and explain your symptoms. Treatment is usually very effective in terminating symptoms in several hours. Lp. ...Read more

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I had a spinal tap thingy to check for bleeding in my brain Thursday should mr back still be hurting really bad ?

I had a spinal tap thingy to check for bleeding in my brain Thursday should mr back still be hurting really bad ?

Technique: If your spinal tap was difficult requiring multiple attempts, local bruising could occur, and may take 7-10 days for full resolution, but if the back and neck and even head hurt more when up and about vrs. being supine, you could have a spinal fluid leak, and this is best handled by a blood patch. Contact your doctor and see what is needed. ...Read more

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Any doctor- neurosurgeon around? I think I have a brain tumor.

Any doctor- neurosurgeon around? I think I have a brain tumor.

Think? Why? : You have to be specific, it is easy matter to see a neurologist and put your mind at rest, remember there are benign brain tumors too ! ...Read more

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I have brain lesions and my spinal tap was positive for MS but, i was told inconclusive should I seek another opinion?

I have brain lesions and my spinal tap was positive for MS but, i was told inconclusive should I seek another opinion?

CONFUSING: If you have a positive MRI of brain, and a spinal fluid profile that is diagnostic, I am not sure why the term "inconclusive" was voiced. It maybe that the doc has little comfort with how to handle ms, and that is ok. Yes, seek a second opinion, and maybe to further confirm diagnosis, get views of spinal cord in neck. If it is felt that you have ms, start treatment asap, as waiting is risky. ...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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I am 18 yrs old. I have a congenitaly narrow spinal canal with 3 buldging disc.(l3-4, l4-5) I already seen a spine specialist. Doesn't recommend surgery because he's not sure I would get positive results. I have done pt , chiropractor, nothing worked. Eve

I am 18 yrs old. I have a congenitaly narrow spinal canal with 3 buldging disc.(l3-4, l4-5) I already seen a spine specialist. Doesn't recommend surgery because he's not sure I would get positive results. I have done pt , chiropractor, nothing worked. Eve

What are symptoms: Just because you have a small canal does not necessarily mean this is the cause of your back pain. Also, disc bulges are not symptomatic but normal findings on imaging studies. If your pain is arising from multiple disc levels, there is a lower success of spine surgery. Other factors that may also hinder a good result include smoking and obesity as well as being deconditioned or out of shape. ...Read more

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I am 18 yrs old. I have a congenitaly narrow spinal canal with 3 buldging disc.(l3-4, l4-5) I already seen a spine specialist. Doesn't recommend surgery because he's not sure I would get positive results. I have done pt , chiropractor, nothing worked. Eve

I am 18 yrs old. I have a congenitaly narrow spinal canal with 3 buldging disc.(l3-4, l4-5) I already seen a spine specialist. Doesn't recommend surgery because he's not sure I would get positive results. I have done pt , chiropractor, nothing worked. Eve

2nd Opinion: You'll probably need to get clarity and confirmation from other providers (neurosurgeons and/or orthopedic spine surgeons) about the reasons why an 18 actually has multi-level disc disease and might not respond well to surgical intervention. ...Read more

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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Lumbar Puncture (Definition)

To test for meningitis or multiple sclerosis or a variety of problems, a small needle is inserted into the lumbosacral cistern to obtain spinal fluid for testing ...Read more


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