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For how long is a spinal headache supposed to last without a bloodpatch?

For how long is a spinal headache supposed to last without a bloodpatch?

Days: If you still have a headache after a week, I would rec you have a blood patch performed. ...Read more

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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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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Can a spinal headache cause long term effects?

Can a spinal headache cause long term effects?

Usually not: However see you doctor for further evaluation and possible need for a blood patch procedure. ...Read more

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What are some long term complications from a spinal headache? Having neurological problems since. Never given blood patch.

What are some long term complications from a spinal headache? Having neurological problems since. Never given blood patch.

Likely unrelated: The only neurological effect likely from a dural puncture is that of a headache. Rarely, these headaches can last months but usually resolve within days, even without a blood patch. If you are having other neurological symptoms, an evaluation by a neurologist should be sought. ...Read more

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Had spinal tap which resulted in a spinal headache. Headache has gone and I'm able to walk/stand for long periods. Am I safe for alcohol consumption?

Had spinal tap which resulted in a spinal headache. Headache has gone and I'm able to walk/stand for long periods. Am I safe for alcohol consumption?

Should be OK: To be completely safe, get in touch with the doctor who did the LP. The main concern might be whatever medical problem made the tap necessary. From the standpoing of the post-LP headache, moderate alcohol shouldn't be a problem. But don't tank up in a big way! ...Read more

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Would a spinal headache definately go away on its own?

Would a spinal headache definately go away on its own?

Most likely: Postdural puncture spinal headache usually resolves by itself, even untreated. It takes 5-14 days for most people. However, one of things you hear when studying medicine is "never say never". Exceptions are possible. ...Read more

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Spinal headache - please help! I don't know what to do?

Spinal headache - please help! I don't know what to do?

Call MD: If you have a severe/debilitating spinal headache, you will need professional help, and you need to be seen soon. For mild headaches, please call your md. ...Read more

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Spinal headache? What are its symptoms and when will it go away?

Spinal headache? What are its symptoms and when will it go away?

Post dural puncture: A spinal or post dural puncture headache occurs when you receive a lumbar puncture, usually in a work up in er for headache. It can occur after spinal anesthetics as well. Occurs only when sitting or standing and goes away if you lie back down completely. Generally bed rest, lots of hydration and oral caffeine will help and headache lasts a couple days but a epidural blood patch may be needed. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about spinal headache or knows anything about them?

Can you tell me about spinal headache or knows anything about them?

Iatrogenic goes away: It can happen after any spinal tap, intentional or not, when needle penetrates the layers surrounding the spinal canal. Typically it is positional - worsens with sitting/ standing. Most of the headaches subside on their own, but beacuse it may take up to 10-14 days and in severe cases another injection is offered as a treatment, it is called '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?

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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Can you tell me what to expect with someone who has had a spinal headache from a spinal c-section?

Can you tell me what to expect with someone who has had a spinal headache from a spinal c-section?

Spinal headache: The headache is postural, i.e., increases when you sit up, can be associated with visual problems, can be eliminated with an epidural blood patch. ...Read more

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Spinal headache due to spinal tap, a blood patch was given. The headache was gone and is now returning. What should be done?

Spinal headache due to spinal tap, a blood patch was given. The headache was gone and is now returning. What should be done?

Spinal headache: After a spinal tap or lumbar puncture, patients can suffer low pressure or spinal headaches due to persistent leakage of spinal fluid through the puncture site. The usual treatment is to lay flat and drink fluids. Occasionally a blood patch is required to stop the headaches. Rarely, a second blood patch is required. Check with the physician to determine if the headaches are spinal in origin. ...Read more

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I just had a blood patch done yesterday for a post spinal headache... My back is so sire I cant really even move. Should I go to my local ER?

Back pain: Is common after a blood patch. You should call the professional that performed the blood patch and go to ER if you have any neurological symptoms ...Read more

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Can caffeine actually help a spinal headache after spinal medication for a csection?

Can caffeine actually help a spinal headache after spinal medication for a csection?

Yes: Caffeine may improve the headache which usually gets better within one week. If there is no improvement, the doctor may recommend a minor procedure, a lumbar epidural blood patch. ...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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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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Can a CSF leak reoccur 2 years after spinal headache during csection?

Can a CSF leak reoccur 2 years after spinal headache during csection?

CSF leak: If a CSF leak is going to occur it is usually within weeks to months, if you are 2 years out while there might still be a risk it would be very low. ...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 lumbar puncture done in an ER...I am now having severe spinal headache, I cant even sit up at all!! I vomit and have to lay back down. HELP?

I had a lumbar puncture done in an ER...I am now having severe spinal headache, I cant even sit up at all!! I vomit and have to lay back down. HELP?

Post-LP headache: First thing, lay down. Don't get up. Second, hydrate - water/Gatorade/Powerade. And third, caffeine and ibuprofen (per instructions)! If not better in 72-96 hours post-LP, would contact provider who performed LP for possible epidural 'blood patch.' Most post-LP headaches resolve with the above instructions. Laying down is most important. ...Read more

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I had a lumbar puncture. Then I had a blood patch to fix the spinal headache from that. Now I have burps thay smell like feces. N?

I had a lumbar puncture. Then I had a blood patch to fix the spinal headache from that. Now I have burps thay smell like feces. N?

Unrelated: The odor of your stomach or intestinal gas has nothing to do with your LP, blood patch, or previous headache. Entirely separate problems. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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I've just had a fetal demise and delivered the baby yesterday, had an epidural and then an epidural to fix a spinal headache. I'm having extricating neck pain now and I'm wondering if it would be ok to take a norco (hydrocodne 5) with flexiril?

I've just had a fetal demise and delivered the baby yesterday, had an epidural and then an epidural to fix a spinal headache. I'm having extricating neck pain now and I'm wondering if it would be ok to take a norco (hydrocodne 5) with flexiril?

Probably but...: My sincerest condolences for your loss. The post-epidural blood patch, while very effective for spinal headache, can add to your risk of post-pregnancy depression. Examine your motives for wanting to take the combination of meds carefully. Emotional pain is expected and appropriate at this time. Be safe, talk about your emotions with a trusted person. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap ...Read more

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Could I develop spinal headache 3 wks post lumbar suurgery. Positional pain x3 days and a runny nose, when should I become concerned about a csf leak?

Could I develop spinal headache 3 wks post lumbar suurgery. Positional pain x3 days and a runny nose, when should I become concerned about a csf leak?

Ans: Most common to have issues right after a surgery not 3 weeks out. Sounds like you are more worried than having actual symptoms. Don't create issues for yourself. Move on ...Read more

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Can your spinal headaches last months?

Can your spinal headaches last months?

There would be no: Reason to have a spinal headache over a few weeks, a blood patch or two almost always cure. If the headache is postural get a blood patch. If associated with other symptoms get treated immediately ...Read more

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Is it normal to have spinal headaches after epidural?

Is it normal to have spinal headaches after epidural?

No: A "spinal headache" is actually a post dural puncture headache resulting from leakage of cerebral spinal fluid from the subarachnoid space through the dura, which is the layer that contains the cerebral spinal fluid. So, it is possible to get a spinal headache if the anesthesiologist went too far with the epidural needle through the epidural space and through the dura. ...Read more

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Could you die from having a spinal headaches from having a baby?

Not unless infection: Except if meninges are infected the death from spinal headache has not been reported. ...Read more

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Could night headaches for over a month be from a spinal headache from an epidural 3 years ago?

Could night headaches for over a month be from a spinal headache from an epidural 3 years ago?

No: A headache due to an epidural would be much faster in onset. Consider other causes such as tension, migraines, sinus, etc. Since you say "night" headaches, also consider sleeping position and - if you have other risk factors - sleep apnea as a cause for the headaches. ...Read more

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What are possible causes of lightheadedness and nausea 5 days after a blood patch? The blood patch was from a spinal headache after an epidural.

What are possible causes of lightheadedness and nausea 5 days after a blood patch? The blood patch was from a spinal headache after an epidural.

May: Be nothing much. If these expected side effects go not go away, then get checked with same MD to r/o any serious infection. Again not common to have serious problems. ...Read more