About 5 weeks after my surgery, I went through three or four days of a really bad headache. I called it a migraine. It went away. For a while. Now, it is back every time I stand and there is some concern I have a dural leak (CSF leak).
In consulting my internet doctor, Dr. Google, a common description of the dural headache is “the worst headache of my life” and that is a pretty good description. After a while of standing, the headache builds to the point of nausea and basically I am debilitated.
Right now, I am waiting on an MRI, so I don’t know for sure I have the dural headache, but my symptoms indicate that I have a slow leak. The pain builds and is worse when standing or sitting. Ringing ears, dizzy and nausea accompany the pain. Sometimes it takes 5-10 minutes for the pain to start, other times it takes a few hours.
This fits into the less than 1% complication. It reared up as I started to do more and removed the brace. If I do have a CSF Leak, then there may have been a weak spot from the prior damage and surgery that started to leak. If I do have a CSF Leak, I hope to get it fixed soon. I do have a really bad headache when I get up.