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I had a lumbar puncture with contrast on 11/9, now I have a massive headache worse when sitting up. Is this normal? How is this treated?
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Neurologist: Dr Uzair, Doctor replied 8 months ago

This is known as a post lumbar puncture headache and while the exact mechanism as to why it happens is still unclear, it is thought that it occurs due to the hole left in the dura causing CSF to leak in the sub arachnoid space. It can last up to a week after the lumbar puncture. the headache should resolve if you lie on your back and you can take tylenol, Advil or Aleve, any OTC painkiller that suits you or you have at home for this.

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