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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?

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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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 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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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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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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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 long does an epidural blood patch last?

How long does an epidural blood patch last?

Great Relief: Epidural blood patch (ebp) as a treatment for post-dural puncture headache in obstetrical anesthesia has a reported success rates in the 70% - 95% range, producing either permanent or partial relief. Rarely, a 2nd ebp will be required and it has an even higher success rate. Once a clot forms in the epidural space, headaches very rarely return. ...Read more

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How much does epidural blood patch cost in the us?

How much does epidural blood patch cost in the us?

Epidural costs: An epidural blood patch is a procedure that is reimbursed without regard for the time involved. Insurance companies reimburse contracted md's at 4 to 6 units. Medicare , medical, and blue cross pay around $100. Other insurances pay around $200 - $500. If you have no insurance, $350 - $600. ...Read more

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If I have a Spinal Headche, do I need to get the blood patch? What if I don't get it? What can I do?

If I have a Spinal Headche, do I need to get the blood patch? What if I don't get it? What can I do?

Increase fluids: Also try to lay still for a few hours to allow for the hole to close. The blood patch is an option. Call ahead to let the hospital know if you are coming in for this. ...Read more

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Could a blood patch cause side effects lower in the back?

Could a blood patch cause side effects lower in the back?

Increased back pain: A blood patch can cause a pressure sensation or tightness in your low back. It may also cause temporary tingling in your legs. If these symptoms persist, or you experience a fever or signs of infection, you need to see your physician asap, as it could be a sign of a major issue. Temporary low back pain is probably ok. ...Read more

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Had a blood patch 4 days ago and am experiencing constant nausea...Should i be concerned?

Yes: It's appropriate to phone your anesthesia care provider with an update. Although the likelihood that your nausea was precipitated by your epidural blood patch is highly unlikely, communicating with your mds to help you sort out and put these symptoms behind you is the first step. Dehydration & persistent CSF leak should be ruled out. ...Read more

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What happens if you get a blood patch if you don't need it? Also can you be asleep for the procedure

What happens if you get a blood patch if you don't need it? Also can you be asleep for the procedure

Epidural bloodpatch?: I am assuming you are talking about an epidural blood patch for treatment of spinal headache. Usually they do not provide sedation for the procedure as it is done bedside and you need to be sitting up. Depending on your anesthesiologist, they may give you some sedation. If you truly do not need the epidural blood patch - do not get it, spinal headache can also be managed with conservative means GL ...Read more

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Okay got blood patch done in ER last night. Was fine woke up with headache but was advised might have one for next 3 days so that is normal?

Okay got blood patch done in ER last night. Was fine woke up with headache but was advised might have one for next 3 days so that is normal?

Blood Patch: A blood patch works by stopping spinal fluid leakage. Most patients feel better immediately, and are free of headaches and light sensitivity. However some who have had headaches for 4 or 5 days or more only gradually recover. Drink lots of caffeine containing fluids such as coffee, tea, cocoa and take tylenol (acetaminophen). Wear an abdominal binder or pantyhose. You will improve. A second patch is rare. ...Read more

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I've had problems with my lower back swelling and sharp pains. It only started occurring after i had a blood patch done. Should i be worried?

I've had problems with my lower back swelling and sharp pains. It only started occurring after i had a blood patch done. Should i be worried?

You should get : Evaluated. It is possible that the blood caused a neuritis. However, it is also possible that the back symptoms are unrelated to the blood patch. A neurologist will help you figure it out. The anesthesiologist who performed the blood patch will want to know and likely will help, you find a good neurologist. ...Read more

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