This is a rare complication that may occur if a small hole is made in the fibrous sac and does not close up after the needle puncture. These small holes are only made in less than 1% of epidural injections and usually heal on their own. The spinal fluid inside can leak out, and when severe, the brain loses the cushioning effect of the fluid, which causes a severe headache when you sit or stand. These types of headaches occur typically about 2-3 days after the procedure and are positional - they come on when you sit or stand and go away when you lie down. If you do develop a spinal headache, it is OK to treat yourself. As long as you do not feel ill and have no fever and the headache goes away when you lay down, you may treat yourself with 24 hours of bed rest with bathroom privileges while drinking plenty of fluids. This almost always works. If it does not, contact the radiologist who performed the procedure or your referring physician. A procedure (called an epidural blood patch) can be performed in the hospital that has a very high success rate in treating spinal headaches.
I had three injections all of which worked for a few days to two weeks then stopped. The excruciating pain returned and only Vicoden 5 mg 3-4 times a day controlled the pain. Vicoden at that dose is the lowest dose prescribed. it worked perfectly for several years and doctors refused to prescribed opioids for fear of losing their license. My sister recently died of throat cancer and she complained constantly of pain. She died with unrelieved pain. As a cancer patient she was prescribed Morphine 2 mg. every 6 hours. That is beyond ridiculous but keeps our doctor’s license safe. Our doctors are violating their Hippocratic oath – Do No Harm. They had added a caveat “except when the government is breathing down your neck. Then the patient be damned. I am glad this helped you Randy. I don’t know your clinical status but I am sure it differs from mine. Do you have severe and crippling arthritis?
This is awful,and you need to understand that it’s not you. My belief from what you described is there is real damage to you cord, muscles, and nerves at the location. I personally went in for a C4-5 bone graft, and was woke with a C4,5,6,7 cage installation, 2 different neck cuts to access the site, and in pain as if the surgery was still being 4th day of refusing to leave,unable too. On 5th day I was able to stand and walk loaded with alot of IV pain discharged me that evening, 9 days later I barely made it in for visit,4 weeks later i found myself being dismissed when unable to walk, speak, lose control of my urine. In short it was the beginning of nothing else I can do, to i won’t see you again, and had me removed using the police. This was back in Dec3,2013, now I’ve got narrowing of the spinal cord at every level of the c2,3,4,7, now same at the L1,2,3,4,and S1. Since this I’ve been provoked to no pain meds, always u need pain pump,i injections, and suffering until insane. If I had the chance to go back in time, I’d went to assisted living where they had to manage the pain, and rest until I got better. In short I went to Florida, done nothing but rest for 7 months before I got to this point of variable pain. They are slow killing is, and don’t care what you go through as they dont even remember you doctor visits. It was hard to except. My point is, Everytime I listen to them instead of my body, I was just a pitiful mess. You need to get with the best spine people and pray they can fix it, but don’t worry about getting back to normal or even the simplistic things as it will take you back to hell and it takes longer Everytime you have flare it up. I laid like a vegetable for 18 months before I figured it out. Now I’m in bad shape and they are offering only injections, I’m thinking really hard, shame they are not made to get you better. This is what’s going on with society today, they’ll have to answer one day. But you make sure your not stubborn like I was and demand treatment it takes and the proper care. I’m praying for you, and I hope we get this country on the right track again as well as the compassion for others comes back