I herniated a disc at L4/L5 in the first week of April 2012. I had one epidural injection within a few days.
One week ago (Tuesday 5/8), I sprouted a mild headache. I was sure I was getting a sinus infection.
Then, gradually, came the neck pain close to the base of my skull just to my right of the vertebrae.
Then nausea...and vomiting (within about 3 days). The headache was intense.
I saw my GP on Friday 5/11, who said it "walks" a lot like uncomplicated viral meningitis but to watch the neck for stiffness that gets worse. No real treatment...no MRI or spinal tap or anything. Just advice to watch and wait.
Well, here I am. The neck pain pales in comparison to what it was last week, but the headache is the same or worse. It is nauseating, sensitive to light, and very sensitive to motion. The only way to ease it is to lie down with a towel over my eyelids to block the light.
I just read a post from the fall about someone with a headache after ESI. There was talk about postural or positional headaches. My headache fits the criteria for a postural headache, but my ESI was over 4 wks ago. That couldn't possibly be causing anything now would it?
Should I call my neurosurgeon? Anesthesiologist? Or is this common?
Thanks in advance.