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MEDICAL ENCYCLOPEDIA Homed-A Guide to Treating Low-Pressure Headaches: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Relief Methods Mar 26, 2024

A Guide to Treating Low-Pressure Headaches: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Relief Methods

Low-pressure headaches, often triggered after a spinal tap, are characterized by discomfort that intensifies when sitting or standing and diminishes when lying down. They can result from cerebrospinal fluid leaks due to needle insertion during medical procedures, cysts, or injuries. Symptoms include a stiff neck, nausea, and sometimes vomiting. Diagnosis is typically based on medical history or MRI imaging. Treatment focuses on pain relief, hydration, caffeine intake, and lying flat. Persistent cases may require an epidural blood patch or, rarely, surgery. MORE