How to Cope With a Spinal Headache

Cope With a Spinal Headache
Cope With a Spinal Headache

How to Cope With a Spinal Headache. Procedures that puncture the spinal cord such as an epidural or a spinal tap carry the risk of the puncture leaking cerebral spinal fluid and causing a terrible headache for the patient. This is known as a spinal, or epidural, headache. This can be an excruciating experience, but with treatment it can be gone in 48 hours. Without treatment, however, it could last up to 7 days.

Lie down. This won't get rid of the headache, but most people with spinal headaches get some relief from lying down.

Hydrate. Drink plenty of water. It is important to increase the pressure in the cerebral spinal fluid. It may be possible to do this just by drinking plenty of fluids.

Drink something with caffeine. Caffeine constricts blood vessels, which helps boost pressure in the spinal fluid.

Rest for 24 to 48 hours. This might be difficult if you just had a baby, but do the best you can to stay off your feet and in bed.

Contact your doctor if none of these methods help. A procedure called a blood patch is a final option an anesthesiologist can perform. This involves taking a small amount of blood from the patient, and then injecting it into the hole in the spinal column. The blood clots and stops the leak, providing relief from the headache.

Tips & Warnings

  • It may be difficult to determine if you have a spinal headache on your own. But contact a doctor if you experience a headache after a spinal tap or spinal anesthesia that gets worse when you sit up, stand, or cough.
  • There's not much a patient can do to prevent an epidural headache. It's really in the hands of the anesthesiologist. You can ask for references for anesthesiologists-some might be more skilled with spinal procedures than others.
  • Drinking plenty of fluids after your procedure can help prevent a headache, but it's not a sure thing.
  • You might need to go to a doctor's office or hospital for IV fluids. Thanks to a number of home health care services, though, a nurse can come to your home and set you up with an IV, if necessary.

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