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Are You Thinking of Having An Epidural? Please Read My Epidural Headache Story

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Old 11-24-2009, 02:34 PM   #1
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Are You Thinking of Having An Epidural? Please Read My Epidural Headache Story

In 1998 I gave birth and my severe postural headache from an epidural did not start until THREE weeks later!

It took another three months for it to be finally diagnosed correctly as the other specialists I had seen said that this could not possibly be caused by a csf leak because it started three weeks after the epidural and that that was not possible. I was constantly told I had a tension headache.

Please understand that epidurals serve a very useful purpose and side effects are just part of any medicine. I knew the risks involved, but I developed complications during a long labor and the epidural was recommended for several reasons. Recognising the side effects of epidurals when they happen and treating them when possible are what I consider to be important.

These headaches were excruciating. I literally had to crawl around for the three months with my head down. I ate lying down, choking at times on my meals. After two weeks my hearing went strange and I could hardly hear and had loud ringing in my ears, at that time I also developed severe neck spasms. The only thing that helped during this whole time with the terrible pain was caffeine. I had a new baby boy and could not have cared for him without constant care from my family. Still, at this stage I was told I had a tension headache and just needed to relax! Fortunately, as I mentioned previously, a csf leak was eventually diagnosed and a blood patch done at the same position the epidural had been placed.

< edited > If you ever have a headache that is made worse standing up and relieved immediately on laying down, there is good chance you have a csf leak (leaking spinal fluid) and it needs proper attention.

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Old 12-05-2009, 08:22 PM   #2
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Re: Are You Thinking of Having An Epidural? Please Read My Epidural Headache Story

Thats horrible...I had a c section with a loooong slow actually helped quicken my progress after I got it. My second baby was natural delivery...I would have opted for another epidural but there was a waiting line and the anesthesiologist had to go into a surgery so I didn't get it in time.

I have one friend who also got the post epidural headache but she went in and was diagnosed right away. Not sure what they did exactly but they fixed it right away. She was the only person I know that had any issues with their epidural so I assume they are fairly rare.

How is your headache and back now? Were they able to fix the issue?
Mom to Kierra (born August 9/02)
and Kaden (born August 19/05)

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