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

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Dr. Kenneth Joel
Anesthesiology
6 doctors agree

In brief: 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..

In brief: 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..
Dr. Kenneth Joel
Dr. Kenneth Joel
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Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery
4 doctors agree

In brief: Lumbar puncture

With no headache and fever the neck stiffness is likely due to the blood patch, that should resolved over the next several days.
I assume you have a follow up appointment with your doctor and if not then make one.

In brief: Lumbar puncture

With no headache and fever the neck stiffness is likely due to the blood patch, that should resolved over the next several days.
I assume you have a follow up appointment with your doctor and if not then make one.
Dr. James Goodrich
Dr. James Goodrich
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Dr. Thalia Lopez
Obstetrics & Gynecology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Spinal tap

You should call and talk to the on call doctor covering for specific advice.

In brief: Spinal tap

You should call and talk to the on call doctor covering for specific advice.
Dr. Thalia Lopez
Dr. Thalia Lopez
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