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Back pain after spinal tap
After spinal tap, 2 days later, I had a terrible headache. I laid flat on my back 2 days. Now my back has hurt so bad it makes me holler out when I raise up & when I get up to go to bathroom I have to move carefully and slowly to keep from causing excruciating pain. It is a constant pain while lying down but when I get up...wow!! Why is this happening? Do I need to go back to Dr.? He called in Lortab for me & it hasn't helped.
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Hi,
     How are you? A spinal tap is a procedure performed when a doctor needs to look at the cerebrospinal fluid. Although infrequent, several complications can occur as a result of a spinal tap, like headache, bleeding, herniation and epidermoid cyst. Headache may start up to 48 hours after the procedure and usually lasts for 2 days or less.

Headache typically worsens when you are in an upright position and lessens when you lie flat. Drinking fluids, especially caffeine products such as tea, coffee, and cola can also help to reduce headaches. Your puncture site may be sore for 1-2 days.

As with any procedure where the skin is punctured, the area should be monitored for signs of infection. Redness, swelling, pus from the area, or tenderness to touch should prompt immediate attention from a doctor.
I would suggest that you visit your doctor to rulr out infection or herniation which might be causing headaches.
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