September 13, 2009,
A.M. asks from Orlando, FL on September 11, 2009
Head & Neck Ache After Having a Baby
Okay i had a c-section less than 3 wks ago and when i went into recovery at the hospital i have had this pain on my right temple inside my head and it wont go away and when i move my right eye it hurts worse. Last night i was eating and then stopped because of the severe sharp pain that ran on my left side from my temple to my neck into my glands. i told my doctor about the pain on my right side and he said if it doesn't go away in 3 wks then they will do a cat scan. Now i did have a spinal but i don't know if that's why my head and neck is in so much pain. Ive also taking medicine but nothing seems to help. Anybody got a clue what it could be or what to do?
So What Happened?™
well i went to an urgent care doctor because the pain was so bad and he said that i had fluid in both of my ears & i had swollen glads i didnt feel really sick tho. he gave me medicine and ever since that sharp pain hasnt came back. now i still do have that pain in my right eye/right temple of my head. but that might just be nerve damage. Thank you everyone for the comments & suggestions!!!
T.B. answers from Miami on September 12, 2009
A., I had a spinal with my third c-section and the pain I had in my lower back was so unbearable that even my pain meds (for the pain for the actual c-section) did not touch it. I was in pain like that for two weeks. I also had a week long headache, that NOTHING I took made it better or go away for that matter. I DO think every woman's experience is different and I cannot say that what you are experiencing is from the spinal. Only your doctor can tell you that IF he'll tell you at all. However, my sister is a registered nurse at the hospital I gave birth and she, upon my request, asked the anesthesiologist if my lower back pain was from the spinal. Of course, he said it was unrelated BUT I had a spinal with my second c-section and had NO pain, no complications of any kind. The pain was debilitating in my back. The week long headache was no picnic either. I DID research on the headache and found that some women DO have what's called or known as a "spinal headache." I was fine if I was lying down, or sleeping but once awake and sitting up, the pain in my head was also to die for. I wish I could be more helpful. I can tell you that within 2 weeks the pains (back and head) went away. Since you say it's been 3 weeks now, I'd insist to your doctor that he (or she) take this seriously and INSIST that a ct-scan or MRI be taken. You should be happy now, not suffering.
D.B. answers from Tampa on September 12, 2009
Someone else posted about needing a blood patch, and that was my first thought as well. Before I had my son, I had asked about risks of the epidural, and this (headaches that won't go away) was mentioned. The anesthesiologist would be the person to talk to about getting the blood patch, if it is appropriate. 3 weeks is too long to wait.
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B.K. answers from Tallahassee on September 12, 2009
B.R. answers from Boca Raton on September 12, 2009
When the spinal was done some of the cerebral spinal fluid may have leaked out. This happened to me when I had my first (son 3 1/2 year ago) during the insertion of the epidural. Ever watch the cartoons when one of them gets rammed in on the head with a sledgehammer - that instant intense pain, that is what I felt. It went away a few days later. I would still go back to your doctor and have the cat scan done. It's probably nothing to worry about it, but it's nice to be on the safe side. Best of luck with your little one! If you don't already have it get The Happiest Baby on the Block by Dr. Harvey Karp. It's the best gift I got after my son was born. They have in paperback and in video format.
C.P. answers from Tampa on September 12, 2009
I had a spinal headache after a c/s delivery 4 months ago. My first symptom was severe neck and shoulder pain. Then I got more typical headache pain to the point that I was throwing up. I treated it by laying down and increasing my caffeine intake. The caffeine helped greatly. Now 4 months later I'm having neck & ear pain that feels like my glands are swollen, but I'm wondering if it was not related to my delivery.
Congratulation on your little one.
K.G. answers from Miami on September 13, 2009
yes....you could have what is called a "spinal headache". The anesthesiologist needs to see you. They will probably take some blood from a vein in your arm and inject it into your back....this is called an epidural blood patch. The headache will go away immediately. You can also try drinking lots of fluids, especially caffeine, and laying down....i'm betting it feels better when you lay down. But the blood patch is the best treatment. Call the hospital where you had the procedure and ask to speak to the anesthesiologist on call.
A.N. answers from Jacksonville on September 12, 2009
You need a blood patch! What happens is the spinal fluid leaks out and causes your brain to rest against your skull which affects your nerves. Please ask for a blood patch.
C.S. answers from Lakeland on September 12, 2009
sounds like you have an epidural headache. This is one of the common side effects they downplay, but basically a leakage of spinal fluid can cause an excruciating headache.
If this is what it is, you will need to go in for a procedure to fix it. Call your ob right away. The pain should stop as soon as they fix it.
Congrats on your new baby!