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Anyone had "dural repair" during back surgery?

XenaPortlandXXenaPortland Posts: 33
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:01 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi all,

I was reading through my surgical notes and I came across a comment about them having to do a dural repair. When I asked the doctor about it, he said the nerve channel had narrowed so bad it was cutting into the spinal column and I was leaking spinal fluid.

Now, I've been suffering migraines for the last 3 years and they seem to be triggered by weather pressure changes. I "think" it may be connected, that when the pressure changes my spinal cord leaked more or less and that triggered a migraine (at least some of the time).

Does anyone else have any experience with having a spinal cord leak fixed that was possibly related to any other nervous system type issue?


  • jlrfryejjlrfrye ohioPosts: 1,110
    I had one during my posterior cervical surgery. Never knew anything about it until I requested my medical records and read it on the op report. Ive never had any related problems
  • Hi Jirfyre,

    Well, it could be unrelated to my headaches .... the docs dont seem too impressed with my theory either.

    I just hate migraines so much and I'm hoping this somehow helps :)
  • I had a dural leak from 2002 until 2006. The headaches associated with it were very distinctive and very non-migraine. My migraines were all on one side of my head and the dural leak ones were like a meat cleaver to the forehead with a hand ripping the skull back from there. They would abate when lying flat.

  • Hi haglanc,

    That is really interesting. I read elsewhere that a leaking spinal cord can cause "headaches, nausea, and light sensitivity". Now, that sounds a LOT like a migraine to me, or at least a lot like the ones I get. Also, I was migraine free from my late 20's to about 41, and then the headaches started up sort of the same time my back problems got worse, which seems like pretty strong connection.

    Mine always seem to be right behind my eyes. I feel really weird first, like everything is out of wack visually, and then the head pain starts along with a lot of nausea and extreme light sensitivity. Lying or standing did not seem to make a difference.

    BUT ... and this is the cool part ... I have not had a migraine since the surgery. Just a few minor headaches, but nothing like a migraine.

    I just don't know. I read that higher level spine problems can cause headaches, but never found anything connecting L5-S1 issues and spinal fluid leaks to migraines.

    I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this will at least help lesson the number of migraines I get :)

    - Xena

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