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Post Spinal Headache

Spinal tap or spinal anesthesia is given by puncture in the tough membrane that surrounds the spinal cord. A small amount of cerebrospinal fluid is withdrawn, and the drug is injected into the spinal cord. Sometimes there might be leakage of the spinal fluid outside the canal, resulting in a post-spinal headache. The pain caused due to it is dull throbbing kind of varying intensity, and it worsens on standing or sitting and will get reduced on lying down. Usually, it gets better on bed rest and having plenty of fluid. But if the pain lasts for more than a day doctor might inject a small amount of blood over the puncture hole to form a clot and seal the hole.

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How to manage post spinal headache?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 31 years old. Four days ago, I had a C-section to deliver my baby. I had a spinal anesthesia and they also tried to put in an epidural catheter, but they could not. They just kept poking at me and eventually gave up. They told me that I had a difficult spine since I have a bit of ...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to As you know, there were multiple punctures and that lead to meningeal irritation. I mean to say that chest to chin thing is indicative of meningeal irritation and it does not mean you have meningitis. Although, a high index of suspicion should be kept and ask your doctor...  Read Full »

I have been suffering from headaches since four to five months. Do I have a brain tumor?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been suffering from headaches for the last four to five months. The pain in my head is episodic and even radiates to my ears. I consulted a doctor who suggested the pain was due to bad posture. I fear having a brain tumor. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Sugandh Garg

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. However, I have a few questions, 1. Do you wear specs or contact lenses? 2. How much water do you consume in 24 hours? 3. Do you sleep well? 4. Do you spend a lot of time on screen? 5. Do you have constipation? 6. ...  Read Full »

I have a pain near the tailbone after a blood patch was performed. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, 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 ...  Read Full »

Dr. Vansh Priya

Answer: Hello,Welcome to most probably experienced a post dural puncture headache (PDPH), for which you were administered an epidural blood patch.Your signs and symptoms are more suggestive of a meningeal irritation due to some infection. I would suggest you consult a neurophysician for the...  Read Full »

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