So you just had an epidural or spinal, and are basking in the joy of your new baby, when suddenly you get up to use the restroom and realize you have a terrible headache… Unfortunately you may be one of the unlucky women experiencing a Post-Dural Puncture Headache (PDPH) or “spinal headache”.
This month at the “Ask the Doctors” forum we review spinal headaches and specifically their causes and treatment. A spinal headache can occur in anyone who has an epidural or spinal anesthetic. In fact, it can happen any time a hole is made in the “dura” (the tough layer of the tissue surrounding the brain and spinal cord. As we previously discussed on other “Ask the Doctors” topics the difference between an epidural and spinal is based on the location and the type of needle used to enter around the spinal cord space.
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