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Headaches Post Op day 3 after Lumbar Lami and fusion.

vmwpvvmwp Posts: 1
edited 01/10/2015 - 6:49 AM in Recovering from Surgery
Hi! I am posting on behalf of my wife. She had a lumbar laminectomy and fusion on Wednesday and was doing ok in the hospital, some nausea and pain but not unexpected. She came home yesterday and has had a headche pretty much since then. It got a little better for a couple hours last night but has been there pretty much the whole time. it's not affected by her position, its there whether she is lying or standing. It's behind her eyes and around the back of her head (sinus areas). I am thinking it could be from pain meds, or the fact that she was lying on her face for several housr during the surgery. Has anyone experienced this? Or has anyone had atypical dural headaches from a slow leak? thank you!


  • LizLiz Posts: 8,835

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • i cant say i have experience with this but after an epidural (i think, it could have been a spinal tap im not sure) a friend of mine had horrible headaches and was told it was due to csf leaking from the puncture wound, the headache was normal it would heal over time and no longer be an issue. hopefully your wife has nothing worse than that but when new pain comes along after surgery make a straight line to call the dr. and have it checked out. better to error on the side of caution rather than risk serious damage from waiting.
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