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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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?

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