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Spinal Headaches

Gabriel Santos - Friday, June 20, 2014

Payman Sadeghi, MD

Are You Suffering from Spinal Headaches? 

If you have suffered or suffer from spinal headaches, you will certainly know about it. These headaches are often described by sufferers as “the worst headache ever” or “a headache like no other”.

Spinal headaches tend to be worse when you are sitting or standing up and improve immediately when lying down.

What Causes A Spinal Headache?

A spinal headache can often occur after certain procedures such as a lumbar puncture, a spinal tap or an epidural block. In fact, over 40% of patients receiving these procedures report a spinal headache immediately afterwards. In most cases, these headaches disappear within 24 hours.

During these procedures, a thin needle is used to create a passage to the spine and this is when spinal fluid can leak. The change in fluid pressure around the spinal cord and brain can cause a spinal headache to occur. 

What Are the Symptoms of A Spinal Headache? 

The symptoms of spinal headache can include:

  • A dull and throbbing pain that can range from mildly uncomfortable to debilitating
  • Pain that increases when sitting or standing up but which disappears when lying down
  • You may also experience these additional symptoms:

    • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
    • Nausea
    • Dizzy spells
    • Light sensitivity
    • Neck stiffness

    When to See A Doctor About Your Spinal Headache

    As mentioned above, the pain experienced with a spinal headache can vary from person to person. However, you should go and see your doctor if your headache gets significantly worse when you stand or sit. 

    How Are Spinal Headaches Treated?

    The pain that is caused by a spinal headache can actually last for up to 5 days and sometimes more. The first thing to do when treating a spinal headache is to try to regulate the pressure within the spinal cord. Sometimes the patient will be told to drink beverages that are high in caffeine or on other occasions fluids will be administered through an intravenous drip. The patient may also be placed on strict bed rest for up to 48 hours.

    Speak to Your Migraine Expert in Miami for Professional Advice

    Are you suffering from a spinal headache? In the first instance, we would recommend that you visit your doctor to ensure there are no serious causes of your headache.

    If you continue to experience headaches and there is no serious underlying cause, we can carry out a full professional diagnosis and work out a personal treatment plan for you.

    Book Your Consultation at Miami Headache Institute Today

    Book a consultation with The Miami Headache Institute today for help with all forms of headache and migraine. We have helped many of our patients to experience life without pain and we can do the same for you.  Call us at  305.440.5969 or use our contact form to book a consultation

    Dr. Payman Sadeghi is the founder of the Miami Headache and Neurological Institute. He studied medicine at Nordestana University and finished his Internal Medicine internship and Neurology residency at the University of Texas.  Dr. Sadeghi has completed an electromyography super fellowship as well as many epilepsy and neuroimaging fellowships. At his residency in Neurology at the University of Texas Medical Branch Dr. Sadeghi gained extensive experience diagnosing and treating headache and migraine patients. That residency, along with Dr. Sadeghi's medical curiosity and his varied clinical experience, has made him a specialist in headaches and their treatment.

    Dr. Sadeghi was also a clinical assistant professor during his time at the University of Texas. He is a member of the American Headache Society, the National Headache Foundation and the American Academy of Neurology. Dr. Sadeghi is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Persian.


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