I had a L5-S1 microdiscectomy about 3 weeks ago after suffering for 8 months with severe low back, buttock and left leg pain. I felt excellent for the first 10 days post op with lots of walking (upto 4-5kms) each day. Then all of a sudden I started experiencing horrible headaches that did not feel like any other headaches I ever had in my life.
When I consulted my surgeon he found out that my incision did not heal too well and tried to take a swab test. The moment he put a bud into my incision and moved the top layer of skin aside, the CSF poured out like a fountain which scared me to death. After that my surgeon gave me a drug called acetazolamide for 7 days. Then he restitched my incision and asked me to take ample rest and tried to assure me that it's all gonna be all right soon.
Now, after a week of bed rest, my headache is minimum as I have been literally stuck to bed almost all of my day..with my incision still sometimes leaking mildly.. My question hear is to know if anyone here ever had such an experience before and can a torn dura heal all by itself without any repair surgery. I can't insist my surgeon to perform a repair surgery as I am not an expert or a doctor myself but I am not sure whether my doctor himself is too sure about what to do.
Any advice will be greatly appreciated... The prospect of long term headaches is really frightening tme o the point that now I feel my sciatica was much better than all this mess.
Thank you ever so much!!
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