I had a spinal tap done two weeks ago, and a blood patch three days later. The blood patch worked but, I still get headaches and do not feel well at all. I have a swollen bump on my tailbone that hurts. I saw my doctor who did not seem too sure about it but, said there did not seem to be any fluid. I do not know if this is normal and do not want to go back to the hospital for no reason. I am on Tylenol extra strength.
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Thank you doctor,
Yes, that is what I had. They did a blood patch to stop the headache. After the blood patch is when I developed the swelling. My blood work was normal. They said it could have been a bad virus such as viral meningitis. I felt that I may have irritated it yesterday and have had had a headache since. It was nothing compared to the post dural headache though. My question is since all of my tests were normal, do you think it is going to take a while to recover from the spinal tap, blood patch, and virus? Have you seen swelling at the tailbone after a blood patch in your practice?
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Thanks for replying. The procedure was done by an anesthesiologist at a reputable hospital. It helped the spinal headache right away. Before the patch, I could not stand up without throwing up. I noticed the swelling a few days after. It is below the injection site on my tailbone. I never had a fever. A CT scan of the brain was done after the spinal tap but, not after the blood patch. I saw a neurologist after the blood patch. They did not do a CT scan but, said that I seemed to be okay. My worry is that I irritated the blood patch. My regular doctor looked at the swelling and said it does not seem to look infected but, she did not seem too familiar with spinal taps and blood patches. I am worried about the swelling.
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