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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?

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Dr. Ilene Ruhoy
Neurology
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Ilene Ruhoy
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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management
2 doctors agree

In brief: Not recommended

Most patients notice an improvement in their spinal headache after a few days and feel able to manage.
However, physical activity is not recommended.

In brief: Not recommended

Most patients notice an improvement in their spinal headache after a few days and feel able to manage.
However, physical activity is not recommended.
Dr. Paul Grin
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Dr. Clarence Grim
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Spinal headache

Up to 40% will have a headache for a few days.
But why was spinal done? Diagnostic or therapeutic? Ask your team how many have headaches in their office after ST. Again ask them about running? Do you mean a mile, 5 miles or a marathon?

In brief: Spinal headache

Up to 40% will have a headache for a few days.
But why was spinal done? Diagnostic or therapeutic? Ask your team how many have headaches in their office after ST. Again ask them about running? Do you mean a mile, 5 miles or a marathon?
Dr. Clarence Grim
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Dr. Raeford Brown
Anesthesiology

In brief: Spinal Headache

Typical after lumbar puncture and would be exacerbated by running.
Caused by continued CSf leak. Treatable with analgesics and hydration. Epidural blood patch is nearly. 100% effective if the headache is refractory to conservative measures.. Again running will exacerbate the headache until the dura has completely healed. 1-2 weeks.

In brief: Spinal Headache

Typical after lumbar puncture and would be exacerbated by running.
Caused by continued CSf leak. Treatable with analgesics and hydration. Epidural blood patch is nearly. 100% effective if the headache is refractory to conservative measures.. Again running will exacerbate the headache until the dura has completely healed. 1-2 weeks.
Dr. Raeford Brown
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