Help! Lumbar puncture headache

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   Posted 2/14/2012 3:57 AM (GMT -6)   
I had an MRI done and there were spots found on my brain. The doctor wanted me to have a spinal done So on Tuesday, 02/07/2012 I had a lumbar puncture. My doctor didn't tell me how painful the test could be nor did he describe the possible side effects from the test. Actually he said I maybe able to return to work the next day. Well the day after the lp was done I had the worst headache ever! I actually waited Til Friday to call the dr and he told me to come back in for a blood patch . I had the blood patch done Friday & I felt relief immediately but the headache came back on sat night. I am also experiencing so much pressure in my head that i cant stand at times. This is very frustrating I haven't been back to work and not able to fully care for my children! Has this happened to anyone else? When will this overwhelming pressure in
My head subside? I will not have a lp again !!
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   Posted 2/14/2012 5:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Could it be that the blood patch did not hold and that you may need another one done? Luckily I've not had experience with this and hope never to. BUT, a friend of mine had the experience you describe. Her first blood patch did the trick, but I just thought maybe yours may have let go and you may need another. Just a guess.

I had a horrific experience with a GYN/gut surgery that did not need to be done (upon review), many of the procedures done were not on the consent form, risk/ benefit analysis never done; I almost died and did end up losing half of my gut system. So far so good as I am, thanks to another doc who saved my life the best that could be done, but threat of future issues remain. So, though different issues, I hear you! Are patients ever really fully informed? NO! More is being left to us that is the docs' job to tell us prior to undergoing any procedure. I wish you all the luck in the world.

Sincerely, Rosemary
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