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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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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.

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I have headaches everyday. After getting a lumbar puncture headache is worse now neck hurts. What else could it be?

I have headaches everyday. After getting a lumbar puncture headache is worse now neck hurts. What else could it be?

Reactions: Not clear to me, as to why lumbar puncture needed, unless you were thought to have pseudo tumor cerebri. But now it seems you have a post LP headache, which may respond to a "blood patch". Contact your neurologist and get this complication addressed, and get treatment for your "chronic daily headaches". Make Concierge Appt. Here if you wish further help.

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

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.

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Spinal tap / lumbar puncture headache, is there anything I can do to relieve this?

Yes: Rest, fluids, caffeine, over the counter medications. If these do not work, a blood patch may be needed. This is where any anesthesiologist injects your own blood in the region of your lumbar puncture. The blood clots over the hole left from your lumbar puncture and your pressure rebuilds again.

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The doctors ruled out post lumbar puncture headache. Could it be a nerve problem then?

The doctors ruled out post lumbar puncture headache. Could it be a nerve problem then?

See HA specialist: When evaluating a patient's headache, it is imperative that the clinician first identify and exclude a secondary headache based on history and clinical examination before proceeding to the diagnosis of the specific primary headache. See Orofacial Pain or headache specialist for definitive diagnosis and treatment.

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How do you get rid of this post lumbar puncture headache?

Talk with MD: You should contact your anesthesiologist. In mist instances this will resolve on its own. In other circumstances it may require more agressive treatment.

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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.

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My 3 yrs old son had a lumbar puncture on friday, yesterday he started to feel a terrible headache, is zs normal? Wt is z reason, how long it wl last

My 3 yrs old son had a lumbar puncture on friday, yesterday he started to feel a terrible headache, is zs normal? Wt is z reason, how long it wl last

Lumbar punctures: After a lumbar puncture it is not uncommon to have a headache. If the headache responds to common meds like tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen I would not worry. Also if it lasts several days this may be due to a small leak around the puncture and can be remedied by the doctor who did the lumbar puncture. Talk to your doctor.

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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.

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I had a lumbar puncture last Friday, and I still have severe headache/shoulder ache when not lying down to today. Is this normal? What should I do?

I had a lumbar puncture last Friday, and I still have severe headache/shoulder ache when not lying down to today. Is this normal? What should I do?

Not normal: Headache should not persist for 6 days following a lumbar puncture. Notify the provider that performed it for evaluation and treatment.

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Had lumbar puncture on Tuesday should I still have a really severe headache after 5 days?

Had lumbar puncture on Tuesday should I still have a really severe headache after 5 days?

ER/headache: Since you are on warfarin, it is best if you see a physician at an urgent care or ER ASAP. Spontaneous cerebral hemorrhage causes classically "the worst headache of your life".

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I have had a migraine headache for the past two weeks. My neurologist has ordered a lumbar puncture. Why would he order it? How is it done?

I have had a migraine headache for the past two weeks. My neurologist has ordered a lumbar puncture. Why would he order it? How is it done?

Analysis: Low yield on lumbar punctures, but he's looking to analyze your spinal fluid. 99% sure it will come back as normal. The analysis can indicate infection, cancer, other medical conditions.

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I would like help from a headache sufferer and someone who's had a lumbar puncture?

I would like help from a headache sufferer and someone who's had a lumbar puncture?

See a neurologist: If you headaches started only after recent lp. Then it will be called post spinal tap headache. However if have had headaches for years or months then it is likely migraine. See a neurologist.

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What can you put on your back after a lumbar puncture? Everytime I move im in pain an having the worst headache?

Spinal headache: You may have a spinal headache. Your physician team should be informed, treatment starts with bedrest hydration and sometimes a blood patch. If clear fluid is leaking through skin, you should seek medical attention immediately.

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I had a lumbar puncture on wednesday night. Its now sunday and I still have the most intenese, incapacitating headache of my life! Is this related?

That is likely.: 32% of people develop headaches after a lumbar puncture. Even though most headaches occur within 24 to 48 hours it can take up to 12 days to present. For this severe a headache I would go to the emergency room.

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I have hearing problems & severe headache after lumbar puncture 3 days ago, what to do?

I have hearing problems & severe headache after lumbar puncture 3 days ago, what to do?

Contact: Contact the doctor that did the lumbar puncture and ask about analgesics or a blood patch. If you have symptoms other than a headache ask to be seen today or go to emergency room.

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Hearing problems & severe headache after lumbar puncture 3 days ago, should I be concerned?

Hearing problems & severe headache after lumbar puncture 3 days ago, should I be concerned?

Lumbar puncture: A severe headache after a lumbar puncture is not uncommon and in most cases resolves on its own. If the headache persists more than a week you will need to see the person who did it for further evaluation. Hearing issues after a lumbar puncture are not at all a common problem, if it persists you might need to see a hearing specialist.

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