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How often do you get a persistent spinal tap headache after a spinal tap at the e.R.?

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Dr. Michael Fisher
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In brief: Spinal tap

The most common side effect from this procedure is a headache, and this headache can be quite severe and last days after the spinal tap.
In order to minimize the chance of a headache developing you should restrict all activity for the day of the procedure. However, if you do experience a headache, limited activity consisting of bed rest, fluid intake and caffeine usually helps the headache resolve.

In brief: Spinal tap

The most common side effect from this procedure is a headache, and this headache can be quite severe and last days after the spinal tap.
In order to minimize the chance of a headache developing you should restrict all activity for the day of the procedure. However, if you do experience a headache, limited activity consisting of bed rest, fluid intake and caffeine usually helps the headache resolve.
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