Is it possible that a spinal injection caused the severe backaches and discomfort ?

Q. Will a spinal injection cause long-term nerve damage in me?

Answered by
Dr. Kiran Kumar Kolla Gopalkrishna
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Apr 18, 2023

Hello doctor,

I had spinal anesthesia before my foot surgery. It has been more than a week since my operation, yet I still get severe backaches and discomfort in the back of my skull. I have discomfort after standing or sitting up for longer than five to ten minutes. Is this normal? I use painkillers to lessen the discomfort. Is it possible for me to develop long-term or nerve damage? How should I proceed? Kindly help.



Welcome to

I read your query and can understand your concern.

The pain and suffering caused due to spinal injection is called post dural spinal headache.

It happens very rare due to spinal needle. It causes stretching of meninges and cause spinal fluid leak. It is very rare nowadays, as anaesthetists use thin gauge needle.

Anyway, kindly hydrate your self well, drink atleast three litres fluids.

Painkillers will help. Try painkillers with caffeine in addition. Maybe when you have headache, coffee also works.

There should be adequate bed rest for atleast three days.

It will slowly subside, needs time to heal and stop leakage of spinal fluid.

Adequate hydration after surgery is very important, that has been missed.

If pain persists for one week after this measures, kindly consult anaesthetist who treats this persisting pain. You may need epidural blood patch.

I definitely recommend not to go to the anaesthetist who did spinal anaesthesia.

Maybe a senior anaesthetist at a referral center.

I hope this helps.

Thank you and take care.

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