I live in a small town in Iowa with really good health care facilities. I saw the PM doctor for the first time Tuesday. It was his first day here after a second residency in PM. He was patient, listened well, and helpful. He sent me for an epidural which I had at noon today.
Afterwards, they told me I could get up and get dressed. The nurse took out the iv port (they put a port in but didn't use it). When I stood up I had a terrible head ache in the back of my head and neck. I thought "Oh no the famous epidural headache". So the nurse was panicking and trying to put the iv port back in and couldn't find a vein. The doctor came in all worried and apologetic.
Turns out the headache was probably caused by my clinching my jaw and neck muscles and it pretty much went away on it's own. The doctor came back and when he saw I could sit up he was elated. He said he had never had a person with a spine headache when doing this procedure and he didn't believe he had contacted spinal fluid. He said since this was his first week at the hospital he was really worried. I told him I would not go out and tell all my friends that he gave me a headache.
P.S. My back feels ever so much better!