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Spinal tap headache. Whats a blood patch?

Spinal tap headache. Whats a blood patch?

And: Many patients get immediate relief during the injection. We think this might be by compressing the dural sac. It merely a matter of pressure gradients. Make the pressure greater outside the leak and the leak slow down or stops. As long as your brain is making more CSF than lost, the headache stays away. For technically challenging patient anatomy, sometime fluroscopy is used to guide the procedure. ...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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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 had a spinal tap about 15 days ago. Then a blood patch 13 days ago. Since the patch, my symptoms have gotten worse. Headache, pain in neck.

I had a spinal tap about 15 days ago. Then a blood patch 13 days ago. Since the patch, my symptoms have gotten worse. Headache,  pain in neck.

See a Neurologist: Post spinal HA should not persisted that long and usually responded well with a patch. Make sure you are not dehydrated and drink>3 liters of water daily. Also try drinking coffee few times a day. You also should follow up with neurologist to rule out rare condition like slow meningeal leak or increase intracranial pressure. ...Read more

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Spinal tap 5 days ago. Laid flat for 48 hrs. Drank caffeine. Headache even lying down, dizzy standing. Will go away on own or need blood patch & when?

Spinal tap 5 days ago. Laid flat for 48 hrs. Drank caffeine. Headache even lying down, dizzy standing. Will go away on own or need blood patch & when?

Not typical: To have a headache even lying down if its due to CSF leak. Why did you get the tap? You need to be evaluated though to make the correct diagnosis. ...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?

Same place: The same group that did the original needle placement. However, the anesthesia group at the place should be able to help. ...Read more

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Very ill after normal spinal tap and and follow up epidural blood patch. What could it be?

Very ill after normal spinal tap and and follow up epidural blood patch. What could it be?

Postdural puncture: This sounds like you had a postdural puncture headache, which is a headache that improves after lying down. Bed rest, fluids and caffeine usually resolve the problem after several days, but sometimes a blood patch is needed to fix the issue. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a question involving a spinal tap blood patch?

What to do if I have a question involving a spinal tap blood patch?

Always ask doctor!: Never consent to any procedure unless all your questions have been answered. A blood patch is usually done to treat headache caused by a spinal tap, or occasionally by an epidural. The blood patch stops the leak of spinal fluid that causes the headache. Usually, this is done by a physician anesthesiologist who will be happy to answer any questions about it. ...Read more

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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?

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

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I had a spinal tap and a blood patch and am now running a fever and having severe pain in my hips?

I had a spinal tap and a blood patch and am now running a fever and having severe pain in my hips?

ER: I do not know what time frame is but you should go to the ER and be evaluated. Your back plus a thorough neurological exam should be done, along with blood work. ...Read more

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Had a lumbar puncture tues and blood patch on thurs. Now have bad neck stiffness, but no fever, headache , etc.

Had a lumbar puncture tues and blood patch on thurs. Now have bad neck stiffness, but no fever, headache , etc.

Blood patch: Sometimes an epidural blood patch can cause meningeal irritation which results in low back or neck pain which will resolve with time. If the pain increases, bowel or bladder incontinence occurs or if you develop a , fever or mental status changes you should go to the emergency room to rule out epidural abscess or epidural hematoma to avoid permanent neurologic impairment.. ...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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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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I had an epidural blood patch done 1 week ago, i've had a permanent mild headache ever since and nightmares every night. Is this normal?

I had an epidural blood patch done 1 week ago, i've had a permanent mild headache ever since and nightmares every night. Is this normal?

Spinal headaches: It is not unusual to have persistent headaches after spinal tap and blood patch. To obtain relief, try drinking lots of caffeine-containing fluids, such as coffee, tea, cola, or chocolate. An abdominal binder or even panty hose may help. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is also useful. A second blood patch can be tried if the headaches worsen, or are accompanied by light sensitivity and worse sitting up or standing. ...Read more

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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