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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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Can dural puncture from spinal anesthetic for csection cause brain damage? Had the spinal headache for 2 weeks no blood patch. Symptoms were severe.

Can dural puncture from spinal anesthetic for csection cause brain damage? Had the spinal headache for 2 weeks no blood patch. Symptoms were severe.

Dural puncture: Dural puncture cannot cause any brain damage unless there is very high CSF (cerebrospinal fluid) pressure inside the skull (increased icp - intracranial pressure), in which case the skull contents can herniate outside the skull through the foramen magnum (through which the spinal cord exits). This would be an emergency and if you are writing this, you dont have it ! ...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?

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 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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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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