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Spinal Headache

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I had a lumbar puncture over 2 weeks ago. About 30 minutes after the procedure I started to get pressure in my head, but was sent home after about an hour. I followed directions by laying flat for over 24 hours, drank plenty of fluids and caffeine. By day 2 the headache/neck pain was so bad that I had to call the doctor and go to the emergency room. They wanted to do a blood patch, but every time I have something invasive done I end up with more issues, so I talked to the anesthesiologist and decided to try and get better on my own. I had to stay in bed for almost 10 days due to the pain. I later started having pins and needles in my head and face, current type/crawling feelings around my head, continued pressure in head/face, intermittent stabbing pains, and heaviness. I also had major vertigo for days, but that has gotten somewhat better. I saw my doctor today and told him my concerns and he agreed that the blood patch might not be a good idea for me because of my other issues. He ordered a CT scan of the head to make sure everything was okay, and it came back normal. Though I can now sit up for periods of time, I am still having all of these issues going on and I'm wondering if anyone has experienced these things and how long it took you to heal. Also-I do not have a history of severe headaches and none of this was happening until I had the lumbar puncture. Thank you!
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