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    Old 09-20-2013, 01:41 PM   #1
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    Post Myelogram headache

    I had a myelogram five years ago, and was kept in the hospital flat for six hours. I didn't have any headache afterwards. Yesterday, I had another myelogram and tried to stay as long as I could afterwards, but they finally shooed me out after only three hours . I reclined in the car on the way home, and stayed in bed 24 hours with the exception of going to the potty. I got up and moved about today, and got a horrible headache in the frontal lobe, and an intense pain in my lumbar. After laying down it has gone away. How long should I stay horizontal? Also, seems strange this happened over 24 hours afterwards. Any suggestions to make this go away (or not come back) when I get up again?

     
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    Old 09-22-2013, 02:08 AM   #2
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    Re: Post Myelogram headache

    Get yourself a Mt. Dew... Or anything with some caffeine in it. It does help out. Same a getting a "Spinal Tap" you run the risk of developing a pretty intense migraine. I had my meylogram back in February & was allowed as much time as needed to sleep & recoup afterwards. Then the staff brought me a tray to eat as well. I think I was there about 6 hours or so.
    If the headache/migraine persists you'll want to head to the ER as your release orders should state.
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    Old 09-22-2013, 01:37 PM   #3
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    Re: Post Myelogram headache

    Yes, I think the recovery time allowed after my first myelogram must be why I avoided the headache. This was at a different hospital. I went on to the ER last night, and it didn't go well. Crazy, but they couldn't find an anesthesiologist willing to do the blood patch. They said I needed one, but due to my two level anterior/posterior lumbar fusion I had in June, no one wanted to do it. They said I need a specialist with a fluoroscope, and those people are only available M-F. They said it wasn't emergent, gave me pain meds and sent me on my way. The good news is, I now know it is just a horrible headache, not necessarily dangerous. Secondly, my headache is much more manageable today. They told me it usually takes several weeks to subside, and if it comes back really bad, I will go to the specialist. If it stays like it is today, I think I am gonna ride it out. I had a lot of caffeine this morning per your advice (thank you) and maybe that is why it is better. Anyway, I am going to try to avoid the stupid hospital if I can, I have had one not so good thing after another happen there since my surgery, so I plan to stay away, lol. I even had an allergic reaction last night to the IV morphine and Zolfan they gave me. They had to pull it out and give me benedryl. I am hoping my doctor gets the information he needs from the myelogram, because I don't want to do this ever again! Thank you again for your advice :-)

     
    Old 09-22-2013, 05:33 PM   #4
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    Re: Post Myelogram headache

    Just remember not to take too much caffeine in as well it will cause a headache as well.
    It's a two sided coin there too little & you still hurt. have too much & you get the headache from the caffeine withdraws. I glad you mentioned the "Blood Patch" For the life of me I couldn't remember it.
    Glad you're feeling better there.
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