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...
Full Question: I had an MRI early last week and received a call from my doctor today with the results. Since I was on my way to work at the time, I wasn't able to write down the exact phrase he used. What he told me surprised me - he said everything looked normal, but that the MRI showed a small hernia at the back of my brain that was putting pressure on my spinal cord. I'm planning to make an appointment with a neurosurgeon as soon as the weekend is over. I was hoping for any insight you could offer as to what I might expect from this process, as well as information on what might've caused the hernia (my doctor didn't mention anything as a cause for it). Christy. Answer: Dear Christy; Your physician may be referring to something called an Arnold-Chiari malformation. These can be associated with headaches or not at all. Causes included being born with it or trauma, as in brain injury. I've seen a number of case who had surgery and still had the head...
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