Recovering from a C-section can be a difficult and painful road. While you may expect to suffer from pain associated with the healing incision, the reality is that it may not be the only pain that you experience. Spinal headaches after a C-section are also quite common. Did you know that these types of headaches tend to occur in 40% of those who undergo a spinal tap (lumbar puncture) or spinal anesthesia? Unfortunately, these spinal headaches can make the recovery process extremely complicated and long-winded. Here are the facts that you need to know.
- What Causes Spinal Headaches After C-Section?
Spinal headaches are almost impossible to avoid as they are a result of the spinal tap. During a spinal tap, a small amount of cerebrospinal fluid is withdrawn from your spinal canal. In order for this to happen painlessly, medication is injected into your spinal canal. The medication has been designed to numb the nerves in the lower half of your body. However, there is always a risk that a bit of spinal fluid may leak through the tiny puncture site during this procedure. It is this leak that ultimately causes the spinal headache about 48 hours after the spinal tap.
- What Is the Treatment for Spinal Headache After C-Section?
In most cases, these headaches should resolve on their own. Unfortunately, however, there may be times when they persist for weeks following the procedure. In certain instances, the headaches may also be accompanied by various other unpleasant side effects including nausea, vomiting, low blood pressure, a tingling sensation, and back pain.
If this is the case, it is worthwhile to seek out natural treatment.
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