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Nicole74NNicole74 Posts: 123
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:28 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I'm 4 days post op for a ACDF on my C5-C6. I've had a migraine since yesterday afternoon. There is nothing I do that can get rid of this awful headache. Is this something I need to be concerned with?


  • Someone is on call. He needs to know what is going on. I use to get migraines along time ago. The only thing that would help is a Demorol Shot. That will mask the syptoms. He needs to know what is going on.
  • You should call your Surgeon. There's should be someone on call to answer your question. Take care.
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
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  • I'm waiting for them to call back. This is awful. :(
  • Sounds almost like the spinal leak my DH got after a surgery - they were thinking all kinds of things like encephalitis and other majorly scary stuff - turns out it was JUST a spinal leak and after they did a simple patch his incapacitating (hospitalized for it) headache of 4 days disappeared.

    One dr. told him that since his leak was just from an epidural (as in needle-sized and small) he could have chugged a 6-pack of coke (caffeine and liquid for hydrating) and some aspirin and we could have avoided all the hospitalization.

    Since you've just had spine surgery - you really MUST get in touch with a dr. ASAP - go to the ER if you must.

    Also, despite my DH telling them ALL he had just had a spinal block for a knee surgery - it was like they were all idiots and totally ignored the possibility of him having a spinal leak.

    All he needed was a spinal patch - a blood patch that just stopped the spinal fluid from leaking out - Low spinal fluids give you incredible headaches!

    Best of luck!
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