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I am having headaches after spinal surgery. How can I prevent them?

I am having headaches after spinal surgery. How can I prevent them?

Common: Headaches are common after new surgery and frequently are related to muscle spasm. However if it is related to low back surgery i would be concerned for a spinal leak or an infection... ...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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What to do if I have headaches after spinal surgery, doctors keep dismissing it?

What to do if I have headaches after spinal surgery, doctors keep dismissing it?

Be persistent: Be persistent in letting then know that you are having problems, particularly if your headaches are severe. If you don't get the response you need, don't hesitate getting a second opinion. While many peri operative headaches will resolve, a small percentage are causes by serious postoperative complications such as a spinal fluid leak. Hopefully you will do well. ...Read more

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Could headaches after brain surgery really be cause from scar tissue causing small seizures?

Could headaches after brain surgery really be cause from scar tissue causing small seizures?

Probably not: Although constant headaches have been reported after craniotomy surgery ("post craniotomy headaches), i think it is too much of a speculation regarding the small "seizures.". Consult a neurologist. ...Read more

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I have recurrent headaches after endoscopic sinus surgery. What should I do?

I have recurrent headaches after endoscopic sinus surgery. What should I do?

Tell your surgeon: If you haven't already, you need to discuss this with your surgeon. Headaches can occur following any operation including endoscopic sinus surgery. There are certain things about sinus surgery which can lead to obstruction and headaches or persistent infection. If you have discussed this with your doctor and you're not getting anywhere seek a second opinion. ...Read more

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Is it normal to get headaches months after brain surgery?

Is it normal to get headaches months after brain surgery?

Depends: This would depend on the nature of the headaches. If incisional pain or scalp pain, this is not unusual as there are many nerves that are cut as the scalp is incised. This may lead to scalp neuromas which most often subside over time. If there are severe headaches within-a pressure sensation, this suggests an intracranial process. For example, if a brain tumor, you need to worry about expansion. ...Read more

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I had endoscopic sinus surgery and septoplasty. How long will headaches last after the surgery?

I had endoscopic sinus surgery and septoplasty. How long will headaches last after the surgery?

Less than 2 weeks: Headaches can occur following sinus surgery but usually they should be gone within a short amount of time. If yours are persisting you need to let your surgeon know and if despite whatever he or she does, they continue, a second opinion is always a good idea. ...Read more

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Constant headache having three vertebrae fused c4/5 thru c6-7 also told I have Arnold chiari type 1. Will the headaches get better after surgery?

Constant headache having three vertebrae fused c4/5 thru c6-7 also told I have Arnold chiari type 1.  Will the headaches get better after surgery?

Yes, if CSF blocked: Arnold Chiari malformations can block the flow of CSF, leading to high intracranial pressure & headaches. If the surgery is able to restore proper flow to the CSF, then the headaches should get better. However, it depends on the type of surgery, so it's best to discuss your concerns with the Neurosurgeon & get a second opinion if needed. Good Luck. Remember HealthTap Prime! ...Read more

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Is a headache normal after having surgery on a orbital fracture? How long before the pain goes away?

Is a headache normal after having surgery on a orbital fracture? How long before the pain goes away?

Common: Surgery has been done on an area of your body, the orbit, which is richly innervated with pain and other sensory fibers. These were disturbed in the injury and in the surgery and it will take a little while for it to feel normal. Your surgeon has probably prescribed something to deal with moderate pain, but if the pain is excruciating, contact the surgeon. ...Read more

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Couses of having headaches after thyroidectomy i did surgery last 3 months ago, best treatment pls.

Consider another T4: Not sure if headaches are directly related to thyroidectomy. My experience is that rarely some patients do have headaches with synthroid (thyroxine). Changing that to tirosint or other thyroid hormone preparations can help. If not, see a neurologist. ...Read more