Types Of Headache

Spinal Headache May Be Caused By An Error In Surgery!

Spinal headache is the kind of tricky as unlike other headaches, this type of headache is deliberate and is often caused by an error made at the time of surgery.

At the time of operation, a spinal needle is placed within the spinal cord to tap out the fluid surrounding the spinal cord so as to anesthetize the patient  by creating an epidural block. The things get alarming when necessary fluid leaks out of the pierced region more than usual. In that event, the patient is likely to develop a spinal headache.

However, in the recent years, spinal leakages have been on a decline since spinal anesthetic needles have considerably improved. Nevertheless, the chances are still there. If it does happen, it may last for five days and the patient is advised to take as much bed rest as possible.
One of the major symptoms of a spinal headache is the person experiences extreme pain when he stands up. The impact of pain is lesser if he lies down indicating a severe loss of spinal fluid. As mentioned before, the primary treatment for spinal headache is prolonged periods of rest. This is in a bid to recover naturally and in favorable circumstances, the patient recovers normally. However, there are ways to accelerate the treatment by providing surplus doses of hydration and  by increasing the pressure of the Cerebral Spinal Fluid (CSF).

At times, the patient is given high amounts of beverages containing caffeine alongside the routine bed rest. In extreme cases, the surgeon may also go for a minor operation by devising a blood patch in an attempt to try and seal the leak. Make sure that the next time the surgeon goes for the anesthesia; the needle should be inserted somewhere in and round the blood path. After giving due time to the clot to settle down, the patient begins recovering soon enough from the spinal headache.