Posted 10/15/2008 4:20 PM (GMT -6)
I have NEVER heard of a doctor asking a patient to wait 7-8 weeks for a spinal puncture or dural headache to go away...that is ridiculous.
Does he have anyone to cover for him? If he does, I would be calling his office and demanding that they do something for this.
If he does not, go to the ER, they can have the radiologist do the blood patch. Or a doctor in the ER, not a resident, but someone who knows what the heck they are doing, perform the patch. It is well within your rights to request that, in case you don't know.
It is not good to wait that long for the leak to heal itself. If it is going to, it will do so in the first few days. It does not take that long.
Truly, if you are in that much pain, then by all means, seek out care of a competent physician now.
PLIF/TLIF Fusion w/Instrumentation L4-5 Spondololysthesis L4-5.Laminectomies L4-5, foraminal stenosis L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, herniations L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, central canal stenosis L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1
POST OP CES 3/30-06
Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel, bilateral numbness legs and feet
Revision for failed Back surgery, pseudoarthrosis L4-5, hemilaminectomies L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, bmp added to revision fusion, replaced two bent screws that were reversing out of vertebrae - August 2, 2007
On going back pain and neuropathic pain, failed back surgery, consult for scs, decided not to do that at this point.
Adhesive Arachnoiditis also......just what I didn't need..9/08- adding bilateral ulnar neuropathy with severe compression to the mix. They want me to see a surgeon for ulnar nerve surgery, but I'm not biting.
I've seen enough surgeons over the last few years.