Super Headache, Round 2

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).

ache-1297598_1280In 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.

  3 comments for “Super Headache, Round 2

  1. Dave
    January 7, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    How are you doing, Steve? Hope you’re doing better.

  2. Ellen
    April 21, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    Steve, I hope you will follow up with this blog. I hope your headache is gone. Headaches are the worst. I had a headache several days after my laminectomy, waking me in the night, but now I am 17 days post op, and it’s gone. I have back pain to the left of my incision, but my pre-op spinal stenosis pain is gone.

    • April 21, 2017 at 3:01 pm

      Incision pain is normal. That will take some time to go away. If you have relief, that is great as there will be swelling from the incision that will cause some pain.

      I’m feeling good. Good enough I haven’t updated this site in too long.

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