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Blood Patch Whitney&Kyleigh+1♥ 2 kids; Texas 25896 posts
15th Aug '11

Have you ever had one done?



I had my son three weeks ago, and it took about 6 tries before he got my spinal in. Almost every single day since then I've had a headache..some days are worse than others. My OB said it could possibly be a spinal headache, and she told me to start drinking more caffeine because that can help it so I've been trying to drink a coke or two a day, but it doesn't seem to be getting much better. She said that I might need a blood patch, and I'm just curious if anybody else has had one. If you have, just tell me a little about it.

KhloesMommy[TNTC][BBM] 1 child; O'Fallon, Illinois 4166 posts
15th Aug '11
Quoting Whitney&Kyleigh+1♥:" Have you ever had one done? I had my son three weeks ago, and it took about 6 tries before he got my ... [snip!] ... that I might need a blood patch, and I'm just curious if anybody else has had one. If you have, just tell me a little about it."


i had one. my epi didnt work so i had to get a spinal.
and let me tell you the blood patch, was SOOOO worth it!!!!! i couldnt function without getting it done. and as soon as it was over, it was almost instant relief!!! i had SOME really bad headaches the first couple mths (if that) and i'm now almost 7mths PP and im back to normal.
its worth it.

Squeaky McGee [7 wks] Due May 7; 2 kids; 3 angel babies; Indiana 65195 posts
15th Aug '11

Were you having spinal headaches in the hospital? I'm surprised they didn't do a blood patch right then and there. From what I've been told, spinal headaches are a b***h! Basically, what's happening is the CSF (cerebrospinal fluid) is leaking out. When they do a blood patch, they use a sample of your blood to clog the injection site. I thought you were supposed to avoid caffeinated beverages, though?

psycho*spacey 18 kids; Grand Island, Nebraska 2229 posts
15th Aug '11
Quoting Whitney&Kyleigh+1♥:" Have you ever had one done? I had my son three weeks ago, and it took about 6 tries before he got my ... [snip!] ... that I might need a blood patch, and I'm just curious if anybody else has had one. If you have, just tell me a little about it."


I wouldn't do it. After my last I had spinal headaches, they are the worst headache in the world. I had to lay on my basement florr with all the lights off and just cry pretty much all day. The doctor told me they could do a blood patch but explained it could cause the hole to get bigger and maybe not work or need to be repeated several times. It will heal on its own. Lots of water, caffeine, and rest. If the headache isn't bad enough to make you scream it could be all the stress on your body from having a new baby and not getting enough sleep.

Whitney&Kyleigh+1♥ 2 kids; Texas 25896 posts
15th Aug '11
Quoting Squeaky McGee:" Were you having spinal headaches in the hospital? I'm surprised they didn't do a blood patch right then ... [snip!] ... they use a sample of your blood to clog the injection site. I thought you were supposed to avoid caffeinated beverages, though?"

I was having headaches in the hospital..but they weren't horrible. They were annoying, but not as bad as I've heard people say spinal headaches are.



But, they didn't think about them being spinal headaches then because shortly after my c/s we found out I developed a pulmonary embolism so I was started on a ton of medicine. I chalked my headaches up to all the new medications, kwim?
But she said the caffeine helps it, I forgot exactly how she said they help but a family friend is an RN and she said the same thing, that caffeine helps.

KhloesMommy[TNTC][BBM] 1 child; O'Fallon, Illinois 4166 posts
15th Aug '11
Quoting Squeaky McGee:" Were you having spinal headaches in the hospital? I'm surprised they didn't do a blood patch right then ... [snip!] ... they use a sample of your blood to clog the injection site. I thought you were supposed to avoid caffeinated beverages, though?"


they give you the option if you want one or not. You can get it before you go home, or as an outpatient procedure. yeah, spinal headaches are f**king HORRIBLE!!! scale 1-10 i was like a 12 or 13. i couldnt move or talk. i was gettin clamy and my vision was wiggin out.
laying flat is instant relief. they made all my visitors leave, turned the lights out, and told me to lay down for an hr. i thought my head was literally gonna explode..
and yeah, the CSF like you said is leaking. which in result cause the fluid around your brain to drain (this is wat the dr told me btw) and ur brain sinks down and thats why the pain is so excrutiating.
as for the caffeine, i dont remember.

KhloesMommy[TNTC][BBM] 1 child; O'Fallon, Illinois 4166 posts
15th Aug '11
Quoting spacey*is*pregnant:" I wouldn't do it. After my last I had spinal headaches, they are the worst headache in the world. I ... [snip!] ... bad enough to make you scream it could be all the stress on your body from having a new baby and not getting enough sleep."


"The doctor told me they could do a blood patch but explained it could cause the hole to get bigger and maybe not work or need to be repeated several times"



O.O! fareal!!! oh no, i woulda switched drs!!!
the only reason it shouldnt work is because the blood patch fell off prematurely because you werent laying flat for 24hrs

Squeaky McGee [7 wks] Due May 7; 2 kids; 3 angel babies; Indiana 65195 posts
15th Aug '11
Quoting KhloesMommy[TNTC]:" they give you the option if you want one or not. You can get it before you go home, or as an outpatient ... [snip!] ... the dr told me btw) and ur brain sinks down and thats why the pain is so excrutiating. as for the caffeine, i dont remember."


Damn. My mom was telling me a story about her spinal headache. I guess it happened in the middle of the grocery store and she couldn't stand and everything was spinning. She had two young kids - me and my brother - and he was just a baby. Nobody stopped to help her. Nobody. This was in the age before cell phones, so she had to drive us and herself home. She said it was awful.

KhloesMommy[TNTC][BBM] 1 child; O'Fallon, Illinois 4166 posts
15th Aug '11
Quoting Squeaky McGee:" Damn. My mom was telling me a story about her spinal headache. I guess it happened in the middle of ... [snip!] ... to help her. Nobody. This was in the age before cell phones, so she had to drive us and herself home. She said it was awful."

:shock: omg i couldnt even IMAGINE doing that!!!! that was probably the longest ride in her life!

psycho*spacey 18 kids; Grand Island, Nebraska 2229 posts
15th Aug '11
Quoting KhloesMommy[TNTC]:" "The doctor told me they could do a blood patch but explained it could cause the hole to get bigger ... [snip!] ... the only reason it shouldnt work is because the blood patch fell off prematurely because you werent laying flat for 24hrs"

It wasn'y MY doctor, it was the anesthesiologist. I had the headaches in the hospital but chalked them up to the stress of losing my daughter, when I got out they just got worse. I called my doctor, she wanted to see me immediately. I told her about it and she knew what is was and sent me over to the hospital to talk to the man who did my epi and discuss the blood patch. He told me that he remembered doing my epi because of the situation surrounding it. He then told me he knew he did not make a mistake and that both the doctor and I were wrong because he knew that he did everything right and didn't leave a hole, but that if I wanted him to patch it he could but that it might not work or need to be redone, or just make it worse. I cried the whole way home, and about 2 months later the headaches had slowly faded. When I explained to the doctor how he treated me, she was upset but nothing you can do about it.

KhloesMommy[TNTC][BBM] 1 child; O'Fallon, Illinois 4166 posts
15th Aug '11
Quoting spacey*is*pregnant:" It wasn'y MY doctor, it was the anesthesiologist. I had the headaches in the hospital but chalked them ... [snip!] ... headaches had slowly faded. When I explained to the doctor how he treated me, she was upset but nothing you can do about it. "


what a diiiiiiick!!!! u shoulda reported his RUDE ass