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Old 07-17-2005, 11:36 AM   #1
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Question LP headache

Is it unusual to get very bad headache a day AFTER LP and for it to get worse each day? Have tried 800 mg ibuprophen and Advil Migrane (not at the same time) but it barely touches pain. Neck sore now, too.

 
Old 07-17-2005, 12:24 PM   #2
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Re: LP headache

That's one I can't answer, but I am here to nag, er uh...encourage you to call the neuro! Don't wait. Sometimes a worsening headache is an indication that the puncture did not completely seal and spinal fluid is slowly leaking.

Don't worry! Your body will replace the fluid - if that iswhat's going on - and the "leak" is easily repaired....just don't let it go on and on...

 
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Old 07-17-2005, 12:46 PM   #3
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Re: LP headache

Dang it, it's Sunday. Argh. Was supposed to work this afternoon, instead sleeping. Rats...Should have slept the day I had it done...

 
Old 07-17-2005, 01:38 PM   #4
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Re: LP headache

When I had my LP I felt awful the next day, could not look at bright light wanted to cover my eyes my head hurt so much, had headache like I have been hit with a lump of 2b4 and my back hurt, this went on for a few days, doctors said it was normal. Not nice but it will ease off keep your chin up.

 
Old 07-17-2005, 02:07 PM   #5
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Re: LP headache

Thanks, Yorkie, that pretty much describes it.
My Yorkie, Charlie, has been snuggled up to me all day!

 
Old 07-17-2005, 02:15 PM   #6
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Hi Lilc

I don't actually have a yorkie, but live in york,UK. anyway hopefully Charlie has been keeping you company . I am sure the headaches will ease off soon. take care

 
Old 07-17-2005, 02:53 PM   #7
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Re: LP headache

Lilac, sorry for your unneeded pain. When I had my LP done I was in the hospital and the dr. told me not to raise my head for 24 hours ... I had to lay absolutely flat. He had told me if I didn't I would get a real bad headache. I did just what the dr. told me and didn't have any problems or pain afterwards! Hope your headaches get better.

 
Old 07-18-2005, 08:15 AM   #8
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Re: LP headache

I had terribile headaches after a LP years ago becus i didnt listen to doctors who said LAY DOWN FLAT for hours after the LP. I think the headaches lasted several days; call y our doctor to see if there's anything else you can do about it, but otherwise you may have to tough it out. Good luck.

 
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Call your doc- he'll call you in a prescription and starts drinking lots of water. Good Luck -- I know how it feels and it is awful.

 
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Re: LP headache

neuro said only 30 mins lay flat, thought i was ok cuz no headache that nite. called neuro thi morning, she said take advil.

 
Old 07-18-2005, 09:51 AM   #11
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Re: LP headache

as i recall, my doc said (this was about 20 years ago) like 4 hours or so...

 
Old 07-18-2005, 10:41 AM   #12
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Re: LP headache

Lilc,
Hope you're feel better soon. I had 3 spinal taps back in the late 60's - early 70's (In Chicago) and they weren't fun at all! (Very primitive back then. They strapped to you a board upside down and the pain was unbelieveable!) I was told to lay flat for 24-48 hours and with two of them, I still became violently ill with headaches and vomiting. I don't recall the drinking water part though. Hang in there!

 
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