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5 months after spinal tap & blood patch. They had to stick me several times. I'm still having severe back, neck pain and migranes. What should I do?

5 months after spinal tap & blood patch. They had to stick me several times. I'm still having severe back, neck pain and migranes. What should I do?

Be reevaluated: I would certainly be reevaluated. What it would really come down to is the specific cause of your problem; which may be why they did the spinal tap in the first place. Don't hesitate to seek a second opinion, if they seen to have trouble getting a specific diagnosis. Sometimes a fresh set of eyes can be very helpful. ...Read more

Dr. Craig Morton
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Neck Pain (Definition)

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Having neck pain and headaches with increase in heart rate, after a spinal tap.

Having neck pain and headaches with increase in heart rate, after a spinal tap.

Be seen: I would just make sure your doctor that did the tap is aware. There are a number of potential complications that can occur with a spinal tap including a spinal headache. Sometimes more needs to be done. Let your doctor know. ...Read more

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Had my 10th Lumbar Puncture on May 31st. Blood patch a week later. Now I have severe neck pain and stiffness. Should I be worried? What can I do?

Had my 10th Lumbar Puncture on May 31st. Blood patch a week later. Now I have severe neck pain and stiffness. Should I be worried? What can I do?

Maybe not, but: The lumbar puncture was in a different site from your current complaints, BUT it is possible that you acquired an infection from the lumbar puncture. If that's the case, your symptoms could be meningitis. You need to see your PCP ASAP or go to the ER, especially if you have a fever. You'll probably need another tap to assess for microbes. ...Read more

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Neg CT and lumbar puncture but still painful headache bodyaches neck pain and cold sweats and pain in shoulder blades and ribs?

Neg CT and lumbar puncture but still painful headache bodyaches neck pain and cold sweats and pain in shoulder blades and ribs?

Arachnoid cyst: The symptoms that you describe are not associated with an arachnoid cyst. The body aches and cold sweats are indicative of a body system problem. Further tests including blood work and imaging can provide answers. Please see your primary care physician to address these symptoms. ...Read more

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What can cause upper back/lower neck pain after standing up for for a couple of hours? Incorrect posture, spinal deformation or something else?

What can cause upper back/lower neck pain after standing up for for a couple of hours? Incorrect posture, spinal deformation or something else?

Trigger points: Pain in the midline of the back or around the shoulder blades is usually muscular. Trigger points, fairly specific areas that when pressed reproduce or trigger the pain, are common and muscular. Levator scapula syndrome is a variant near the top of the shoulder blade. Good posture, avoid looking down at computer screens. Try ice/heat, nsaid's, and salonpas hot patches. ...Read more

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I am 29 and have been suffering from extreme spinal neck pain. It is constant and makes me feel the need to pop it constantly for relief. Any advice?

I am 29 and have been suffering from extreme spinal neck pain. It is constant and makes me feel the need to pop it constantly for relief. Any advice?

Get it checked: See a non surgical spine specialist to evaluate and determine if you need x-rays, MRI or medical workup (some diseases cause inflammation and cause spine pain in younger folks) and help determine the best course of treatment. Try to stop popping neck - it's addicting and might cause the tissues in your neck to become too loose which makes you feel "out". ...Read more

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My spinal disk connecting neck to head has a slight congenital thinness. Should I be concerned about a mild chronic neck pain?

My spinal disk connecting neck to head has a slight congenital thinness. Should I be concerned about a mild chronic neck pain?

No as disc space: Narrowing is a sign of us aging in terms of the spine which has been demonstrated to begin as early as 10 years of age with males showing signs on x-rays at an earlier age than females with smoking accelerating these changes as well as trauma and genetic basis. Don't sweat over the minor pain ...Read more

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Currently I'm having severe neck pain (located behind head close to where the end of spinal cord is) witch is also causing a pretty bad headache.?

Get checked: Without a proper history and physical any number of things can be possible. Granted your pain is severe a prompt urgent care or emergency room visit would be necessary if unable to be seen by your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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Son is 24 with neck pain & tingling fingers. Can a posterior osteophyte c4-5 without spinal or foraminal stenosis cause these symptoms?

Yes: Yes it could. Visit your doctor for a complete exam and possibly referral to a pain medicine specialist who could offer an epidural steroid injection for treatment of the pain along with neuropathic agents (nerve pain medications). ...Read more

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Csection 4 days ago, spinal epi, been having a horrible headache and bad neck pain, what can relieve this fast, taking percocet and aspirin not helpn?

Contact Your OB: If your c/s was done under spinal anesthesia there is a good chance you are leaking spinal fluid from the insertion point. Placement of a blood patch in the same area will often stop the leak & the headaches that go with it. Your OB can arrange this for you. ...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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Bulged disk right c4-c5. Mri says spinal cord not affected, but daily neck pain on right side, right ear fullness and lightheadeness. What to do?

MRI is not a diagnos: Spinal mris are massively over-ordered and over-read. Someone with no neck pain is just as likely to have these MRI findings. Good doctors make the diagnosis from your story, and from doing a careful physical exam. You need to see a good doctor who knows when to order an MRI and when not to - one who can actually give you a diagnosis the old-fashioned (correct) way. And treat you correctly! ...Read more

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Neck pain following cough and sore throat. Severe headache following ontop of spinal cord.?

No it isn't: Leave your spinal cord out of it. Brain and spinal cord are completely devoid of sensory apparatus in their own tissue. Pain sends a message to the brain of actual or potential tissue damage; the CNS gets such messages from everywhere but itself. Your neck is packed tightly with among other things bone, connective tissue & muscle. They are the most common sources of pain, NOT your spinal cord. ...Read more

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How to relieve stiff neck after spinal tap?

How to relieve stiff neck after spinal tap?

Suggestions: If merely stiff neck, could use local heat and Aleve, (naproxen) but if you note increased neck pain and headache upright, with relief on laying down, this c/w fluid leak which may improve with blood patch ...Read more

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