I know we discussed this in chat, and I’m sorry you’re still having the headache. I was flat on my back with the headache for almost a week, but then I gradually became able to sit up for longer and longer periods of time before the pain would come back. At the one week mark I could sit up, but after an hour or so the headache would come back until I went back to bed. It can be very discouraging, but the best thing to do is to lie back down when you have the pain so you can heal, and drink plenty of fluids. In most instances this is something that will resolve on its own, but it can take 7-10 days. Below is some info on how to deal with the headache (scroll down to the bottom of the page), and if you continue to have problems you should notify your doc one more time.
Hi again Mpj,
I am certainly not a doctor and can’t tell you if you have MS or not, but I believe the post lp headache is caused by the lumbar puncture itself, and it totally unrelated to MS. In fact, anyone who undergoes this procedure can develop the headache (as I recall it is caused by a small CSF leak). Hang in there…I know the waiting is really scary, especially when you don’t feel well. You will get through this though, and we are here for you.
my son just recovered from a spinal headache. The doctor wanted to go with the wait and see method but with bedrest and believe it or not had to drink 2 Redbulls per day. Caffeine helps this condition. We talked about the blood patch but we didn't have to do that. It took 2 weeks but it finally resolved by itself. Good luck to you!!
I just had a lumbar puncture Sunday am........It is now Tues. afternoon & I CANT get up! The pain in my head is SOO severe. When I lie down, its fine.
I feel pressure in my ears too. I've been lying here for 2 days.
I'm hoping to get some help/questions answered by you,
The ER told me come back for a bloodpatch.
My MD told me wait 1 week?
What exactly am I waiting to happen?
Will the spinal fluid come back or will I be like this forever?? Is it dangerous not having this fluid & how does it reguvinate?