A spinal headache is an uncomfortable headache that may occur after spinal and occasionally after epidural anesthesia. While this headache is unpleasant, it is temporary – it will go away by itself in time.

While a spinal headache is unpleasant, it is not dangerous. No permanent harm has been done.

Spinal headaches are more common in young patients, where the chances might be about one in one hundred. Older patients have a lesser likelihood of a spinal headache.

There are some precautions your anesthesiologist can take to minimize the chance of spinal headache, but he cannot eliminate the possibility.

Treatment of spinal headache includes bedrest, fluids, abdominal binder and mild pain relievers such as Tylenol. For headaches that are especially uncomfortable, or last a long time, you surgeon or anesthesiologist may suggest an epidural blood patch. This therapy has a very high success in treating spinal headaches. It usually relieves them immediately.