A pain from your back to your head, it might be a Spinal headache.
1. A spinal headache also called a postdural puncture headache, Spinal headache is the typical complication of epidural, spinal, or combined spinal-epidural anesthesia. A spinal headache occurs as a consequence of a hole being unintentionally
made in the membrane that divides the epidural and spinal space with a big needle. This is referred to as a wet tap or unintentional dural puncture. The prevalence of wet tap is about 0.5-1% anytime a needle is inserted into the back for regional anesthesia. The possible risk of wet tap, the consequent hassle is the same no matter what kind of regional anesthesia you have.
2. How does a wet tap trigger a spinal headache? We’re going to use an analogy to describe the way the wet tap causes this distinctive kind of a headache. Your brain and spinal cord are a pencil that’s connected to the inner top of
the water balloon where you’ve tied the knot. When the epidural has been placed, a hole has been made in the water balloon that’s large enough that it doesn’t close over immediately which leads to fluid leaking out.
3. That fluid from the water balloon is a spinal fluid that your body makes daily. Nonetheless, there’s a maximum limit to the quantity of spinal fluid your body
can do in a 24 hour period so that the flow exceeds your body’s capacity to create a spinal fluid and the degree of water on your balloon drops.What that means is that when you’re upright, the pencil sags because it isn’t being held up by as much fluid.
4. This places tension on the mind and creates that throbbing headache. Whenever you lay down, that the force on that the pencil is in a different direction and it’s no longer being pulled down. That is a rather simplified way of
explaining why a spinal hassle is positional in nature. A spinal hassle is a special type of hassle. Clearly laying flat improves the pain, however, this is frequently not a practical solution. Medications like caffeine or sumatriptan have shown to help improve headache symptoms, but haven’t been fully evaluated.
5.The defacto standard for treating a spinal hassle is a procedure called an epidural blood patch. During an
epidural blood patch, we draw blood out of you in a sterile manner and inject it into your epidural area. The process is comparable to a labor epidural with that the additional blood draw.