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Persistent headache?

NotGivingUpNNotGivingUp Posts: 33
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:02 AM in Chronic Pain
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.


  • Call whoever did your epidural injection, they might be able to help you with it.good luck!
  • take vitamin C to stabilize whatever is happening in the brain,

    alos some magnesium citrate to relax the muscles.
    Live to Pray
  • are no joke...See a doctor ASAP that can look in your eyes and see if you have any swelling of the retinal artery called papilledema, along with a basic neurological exam. Ask the dcotor that did the injection first, if he or your primary care doctor can't do it go to an ER. Viral meningitis should have ran its course already, 4 weeks out seems odd for ESI-induced leak. If your symptoms are from the ESI they can do a blood patch.
  • I had same issues about a week after 2 cervical facet injections (which I had bad reaction with) chronic headache for 4 weeks, didnt help to lie down, which annoyed me because that's all I wanted to do. My eyes also felt like they were going to explode. On the 12th of may one of my GPs prescribed "Endep" amitriptyline. Has worked really well, one less thing to worry about for now:)
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