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Dural tear Repaired after 4 weeks but CSF Headache symptoms persist

icallingiicalling Posts: 1
edited 08/01/2013 - 6:43 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hey everyone, Long story here.... The short of it is that I'm still having bad headaches after my Dural tear repair.

I'm an other wise healthy 31 yo m. I had a L5-S1 Discectomy on June 21. Things were going fine, but a week after surgery I felt something happen in my back and developed CSF leak symptoms when standing up the next day. Went in for my 10-day checkup, but my surgeon was gone on vacation. He is the only back specialist at the Hospital, so the other Ortho suggested that we take a wait and see approach until my Surgeon returned. After suffering terrible Headaches whenever standing for a month, I finally got my Dural tear repaired in a second surgery a week ago (almost a month after the initial Dural tear). I was sent home that day, but my headache symptoms returned a few hours after surgery. My doctor went in for a nother repair 2 days later and inserted a subarachnoid drain to help the tear heal by decreasing pressure on it. The drain never worked and didn't accumulate any fluid. I spent 4 days in Hospital and was discharged yesterday. I am still having significant headaches at the back of my head and eyebrows, and tinnitus/ear pressure discomfort.

Has anyone else had Headache symptoms continue after a CSF leak repair? This surgery was supposed to give me my mobility back, but instead I've been stuck in bed for 5 weeks unable to even walk. I can get around now but the headaches are still debilitating enough that I can't work.

My surgeon thinks my Meninges are irritated - Any suggestions for treatment?

I'd really like to move things along so I can enjoy a bit of summer.


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    edited 08/01/2013 - 7:44 PM
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