Doctor insights on:
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Had spinal tap plus two blood patch. I'm still having bad headaches along with pain in my neck & along a back. Its been going on for a week. I need he?
I had a spinal tap and a blood patch and am now running a fever and having severe pain in my hips?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had a spinal tap done about two months + ago, and a blood patch 3 days later. I now have the worst back pain that is only getting worse every day?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Just wait a few days and start slowly to see how it feels. ...Read more
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?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer