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Spinal Fluid leak issues and headaches after L4-L5 Microlaminotomy surgery

guitarjeffgguitarjeff Posts: 1
edited 10/26/2015 - 2:18 AM in Recovering from Surgery
Hi all, would like to tell about my experience and some advice to help me recover from spinal fluid leaks after having Lumbar back surgery on L4-L5. I am male age 52, started having lower left back pain back end of July. I also had sciatica and numbness down my left leg, pain got so bad, could barely walk and after sleepless nights had MRI done. MRI results were I have spinal stenosis and bulging disk up against my spinal nerve L4-L5, needed surgery and have been off work since August 10, 2015. I had my back surgery on Sept. 19, 2015, went well no problems, immediate pain relief no more sciatica but still some numbness around shin area left leg. A week after surgery started having bad migraine headaches ( I hardly ever have headache problems), called doctor and was admitted in ER Emergency for blood patch for spinal fluid leak. Went home next day woke up still bad headache, doctor told me to go back to ER Emergency and have another blood patch, first one did not work and this time had to stay in hospital for 3 days and stay on my back to heal. I went home after 3 days and took me a week just to recover from hospital. Everything seemed to be fine my left leg and back has healed fine and walking much better now but last week started having headaches again, not as bad but noticeable. I had another MRI and doctor says he sees some spinal fluid leakage, he says I may have a pin hole leak and now have to have surgery to repair so on this coming Wednesday will be having surgery again. This whole ordeal just delays me to get back to work, frustrating, need some advice so that this does not keep happening, maybe I am being too active, trying not to be, hard not to bend over sometimes , laying around most of the day watching TV and can drive only short distance. This time I am going to be very cautious so that I can heal, not easy though.


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