I am a 43 year old female (previous C6/7 fusion and L2/3 disctemony). On 4/20 I had a lumbar myelogram. On 4/22 I began a horrible headache when standing which significantly worsened and on 4/23 a lumbar bloodpatch was done. The terrible headache and severe nauseau lessened however, since I have had a "weird" feeling in my head as if the pressure is not right. At times I feel very dizzy and almost disoriented (none of which were present prior to the myelogram). When I bend my head forward (chin to chest) I begin to feel as if I am going to passout. Thinking clearly is sometimes difficult and requires a lot of concentration. Finally, my entire body has an internal "numblike sensation." It has been 2 weeks since the bloodpatch. What might be going on? Could I still be leaking CSF and is there a non-invasive way to determine that? Finally, do I contact the anesthesiologist who did the bloodpatch or my neurosurgeon who ordered the myleogram and did my previous surgeries? Thank you.
Sorry to hear about your problem. It might be that the blood patch did not work, I would call the anesthesiologist and let him/her know about your problem. If you headache gets worse with arising from the lying or sitting position, then it might be the continuation of a spinal CSF leak. Let him/her know your symptoms, especially if the headache worsens with postion changes.
Concerning blood patches and CSF leaks: How long could a CSF leak continue without spontaneously correcting itself? In a case like Cindy's, if a CSF leak were indeed the problem, what is the longest period of time she would be expected to have headaches from this? Is there a possibility of leaks that never seal?
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