Spinal headaches resolve on their own with no treatment.
- A spinal headache is triggered when Cerebro Spinal Fluid leaks from the spine, disturbing the fluid pressure around the brain and stretching the nerves, causing head pain.
- Spinal headaches last from a few hours to a few days and usually require no treatment.
- People with such headaches experience relief when lying down but the pain gets worse when sitting up or standing.
A person should consult a physician immediately after a spinal tap if -
- Severe headache for more than 24 hours
- If spinal headaches recur
- Difficulty in urinating
- Loss of feeling in the back or leg
- The risk factors for getting this type of headache include -
- Having a recent spinal tap done
- Ruptured cyst on the spinal cord
- Head, face or skull trauma
- 18 to 30 years old
- Low BMI (body mass index)/underweight
- Females are more likely to get a spinal headache
A persistent, dull, throbbing headache,Unilateral Headache,Headache that worsens when standing, sitting, coughing or sneezing,Neck pain,
neck stiffness,Nausea, vomiting,Dizziness,Ringing in the ears,Hearing loss,Blurred vision or double vision,Sensitivity to bright lights
Intense dull or throbbing headache that starts in the front or back of the head,Headache pain that increases when sitting or standing,Headache pain worsens when coughing, sneezing or straining,Tinnitus
Drugs like Gabapentin, Hydrocortisone, Theophylline and Ibuprofen,Hydration and using an IV drip help raise cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) pressure,Drinking a beverage high in caffeine e.g Coffee,Create a blood patch with the patient's blood to seal the leak,Use natural remedies like Lavender oil, Peppermint oil, and Rosemary oil to absolve pain