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neck epidural

Hello All, I have had one neck epidural. The doctor told me before the procedure that I will have a headache, be sore at the injection site, and that my legs will bother me. Everything he told me happened. After 2 days my headache returned in full force. After a week of headaches I called the doctor that did the epidural and told him about the headaches, his reply was "I should see a neuologist because the procedure he performed on my neck would not cause headaches" WHAT! This is not happening I said to my self. They want me to come in for more injections since the first did not help. I am not too sure I want to be lied to again. I have been on pain meds for a while and was hoping this epidural would help. Has anyone had these headaches after (14 days) the procedure?


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  • I've had 5 epidurals in the past, 3 lumbar and 2 cervical. Unfortunately the steroids in them cause me to get migraine headaches. took a while to associate the headaches with the meds, but after taking the 1st dose of a medrol pack and ending up with a migraine that lasted 2 full weeks, i no longer take any steroids. I actually list as being allergic to it for all doctors and hospital stays because i don't want to chase the steroid headaches with more meds. it becomes a vicious cycle.

    so yes, perfectly reasonable to have a nasty headache for weeks after a steroid injection. i found they typically lasted about 2 weeks at a shot.

    sorry you're dealing with this.
    Microdisectomy / hemi-laminectomy 6/2010 and revision 10/2010
    Cervical fusion C4-5 and C5-6 9/2011
    Lumbar Fusion L5-S1 6/2012
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  • NO randy! Headaches are not normal! You could have a dural leak! you need to go back to your doctor and get evaluated immidately! this can cause horrible things for the rest of your life such as Arachnoiditis.. look it up. horrible diease from a dura puncture from a steroid injection! PLease do not get any more injections. Do you know what kind of steroid was used? You need to look at your records. Let me know. Praying you get the assistance you need.
    Hannah Mueller
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