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Full Question: Is there any relationship to low spinal fluid and headaches? How do you determine low spinal fluid and how to repair leak if any? Larry. Answer: Dear Larry; This is a complex question, despite its brevity. Yes, low spinal fluid pressure is related to headaches and they are worse when a person stands up than lays down. Pressure can be measured by lumbar puncture directly. MRI can sometimes show a CSF leak and a blood patch can be done to try to stop it. Good luck, John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert If you need to find a headache and Migraine specialist, please see our listing of patient recommended specialists . Another good source of information and support is our forum . To post to the forum, you'll need to register, even if you're already registered on the main section of our site. You can use the same email address and password for both registrations. About Ask the Clinician : Dr. Krus...
Lumbar spinal surgery is used to correct problems with the spinal bones (vertebrae), disks, or nerves of the lower back (lumbar spine).
Spinal surgery - cervical
Lumbar spinal surgery
The spine consists of bones (vertebrae) separated by soft cushions (disks). Pressure on the nerves that branch off the spinal cord can produce pain, numbness , tingling , or weakness.
Lumbar spinal surgery is done while you are under general anesthesia (unconscious and pain-free). A surgical cut is made over the area of the problem. The bone that curves around and covers the spinal cord and the tissue that presses on the nerve or spinal cord are removed.
The hole through which the nerve passes may be widened to prevent further pressure on the nerve. Sometimes, spinal fusion is necessary to stabilize the area.
Patients with spinal pain in the neck or back are usuall...
Failed Back Syndrome can be devastating after spinal surgery offers such hope to those with none. Unfortunately, some end up with a "failed" surgery. Failure to improve pain. Failure to improve quality of life. Failure to help. Where does a person turn when the pain mercilessly continues? Some turn to a futuristic treatment called spinal cord stimulation which is gaining more and more popularity. This operative procedure places electrical leads near the spinal cord. These leads are then connected to a "generator" which is implanted in the abdomen or buttocks. The electrical current generated near the spinal cord theoretically blocks pain signals. How successful is this pain treatment for failed back syndrome? What are the risks? Is it an option for you? Let's take a look.
When a spinal surgery failed in the past, a person's only option was to take pain medication or to try a reoperation. Another operation is always risky business. In 2005, a study compared the...
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