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Epidural Blood Patch
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
An epidural blood patch is a procedure used to relieve a headache caused by spinal fluid leak after a dural puncture. A caregiver will inject a sample of your own blood into your back, near the dural puncture site. The blood will clot, which may patch the leak. An epidural blood patch may also help reduce other spinal fluid leak symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, hearing or vision trouble, or a stiff neck.
After the procedure:
You may have mild back, neck, or leg pain, or a higher temperature for 1 to 2 days.
Do not lift anything heavy, bend, or strain for 2 to 3 days after your procedure.
- NSAIDs: These decrease pain and fever. NSAIDs are available without a doctor's order. Take as directed. This medicine can cause stomach bleeding or kidney problems if not taken correctly.
- Take your medicine as directed. Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Follow up with your primary healthcare provider or specialist as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Contact your primary healthcare provider or specialist if:
- You have back or leg pain that does not go away in a few days.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Seek care immediately or call 911 if:
- Your increased body temperature worsens or remains longer than 2 days.
- You cannot make facial expressions as you could before the procedure, or areas of your face feel numb.
- You feel dizzy, faint, your ears are ringing, or you have trouble walking.
- Your headache does not go away or comes back.
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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.