Vertigo/dizziness after spinal tap

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Last month I went to the hospital with a continuous headache and fever for a couple days, they wanted to check for meningitis. So I agreed to do spinal tap (guess what they call blind spinal tap, no xray used).

I didn't have a headache at first from the procedure, but about two days later they came on the back of my head. It lasted about a week or less, I was able to function with Tylenol. Then the headaches went away.

I thought a post spinal tap headache were completely normal? Especially since it stopped. That's why I didn't run back to the hospital.

But now I'm learning I should have went back for a blood at first sign of headaches?

Now a month later I'm left with no headache, but debilitating vertigo and motion sickness And nausea I didn't have before spinal tap.

My gp thinks there's no correlation, and that if I was having a csf leak I would have an excruciating headachewhich I don't.

From what I researched it's very rare but one can have a leak without headache. And I also read low csf pressure can cause vertigo and nausea.

Am I overreacting, that I want to look into to spinal tap as cause of vertigo?

My worries are CSF leak or aquired chiari.

I got some blood work done Friday and saw my primary and told then about this. I got standard blood work done, results were fine, so i guess isnt something that will kill me anytime soon. Its really debillitating, I can barly stand without cane and when I move my head to fast while standing. I can fall.

Can you have csf leak without headache?

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    To the best of my knowledge yes you can have a leak and not have a headach.

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    i had vertigo for a couple weeks after the lumbar puncture. i think it might pass on its own for you. It did for me, but like i said, it took a couple weeks for it to go away. I also had really bad nausea, but it also has subsided quit a bit with time. My dizziness is barely getting better and its been 2 months since i had my lumbar puncture.

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      they offered a blood patch 2 days after i got the lp. i couldnt stand up at all because the headache was terrible. but since i was traumatized by what i was feeling already, i said no to the blood patch. i still have headaches right now. theyre not as bad as they used to be. they are subsiding a bit, but in my opinion, they still create alot of discomfort. what are you currently feeling?

      i talked to my primary doctor about the headaches and pretty much she said they take time for them to go away on their own. she said since it can take time for the csf fluid to build back up, the headaches may take time to go away. im already two months in and i still have pain. are you feeling like a pressure/numbness type of feeling with your head along with headaches?

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      it has gotten better over time but i still feel the pressure feeling at times. i dont know if its just anxiety over it, but i feel it. do you feel like nerve pain in your neck that branches out into your head? the lightheadedness lasted a while for me. i always felt like a vertigo type of sensation. my ears were always felt that they were clogged.

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    did you get better with time

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    did you get better

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