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Problems with BM and surging pain in back of skull.

grayboy79ggrayboy79 Posts: 13
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:53 AM in Recovering from Surgery
Hello all,
I hope someone here can help me with advice. I has a microdiscectomy L5-S1 about 9 weeks ago. It has been a slow recovery, due to a lot of nerve pain in my leg but mostly in the buttock.
I got up this morning as ususal to see my wife and son off to work and school. i felt the need to have a BM, and went to the bathroom accordingly. I was working a little harder than usual but nothing real tough. All the sudden I felt a surge go up my spine and into the base of my skull. It was so bad I could not keep my eyes open comfortably, it ran up and into my head and quickly became the worst headache I can recall. I do not have a history of migraines but this has happened 1 time I can recall when I was about 20 years old, and it was the same situation. I went to lay down and nausea came on just as fast as the headache. I threw up and laid down covering my eyes and breathing deep. It persisted full on from 6:30 am til about 2:00pm today. Eventually it subsided to just a bad dull headache that was what
I would consider to be a "normal" headache. It has not gone away and is present as I type.
Family history is as follows: heart disease,high bp and cholesterol,colon cancer and rheumatiod arthritis. These are conditions of of immediate family and also grandparents on both sides. I am 31 so I am unsure what will affect me in the coming years.
I called my doctors office and did not get a return call,since he is my primary no one else can really do much without talking to him. So I am asking ya'll what I should do. My wife called the fire dept fearing a anyeurism, I efused the ride because I don't need any more bills and it didnt seem emergent to me.

Hope someone can relate and give me good advice. Thanks guys


  • I would still try to get a hold of your Surgeon and there should be someone on call 24 hours. I hope you're taking a stool softener as you shouldn't be straining after back surgery. Bearing down or doing a vasovagal maneuver when you bear down can cause headache and a decrease in blood pressure could also happen and maybe trigger the headache. I'm not a Dr. so can't really say that's what happened but hope you let your Surgeon know and hope that doesn't happen again. Take care and hope you're healing well after surgery. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
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