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I had a spinal leak after a c section just under 2 years ago.

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I had a spinal leak after a c section just under 2 years ago. the blood patch didnt work so I lay bed ridden for sometime. Over the montgs that past it slowly faded. I am pregnant again (5 weeks) and getting slight pressure headaches at the back of my neck and ears. can a csf leak start up again, will it come back as the pregnancy progesses and if so what can ido. I have 2 children under 5, im 42 and concerned for my health and children. how dangerous could this be.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 3 years ago.
Hello. I'm Dr. Phil, licensed and practicing internist. Excellent service is my goal.
are these headaches similar to your headaches from the spinal fluid leak?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.


Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 3 years ago.
Then yes it is very possible.
You have a few options
1)do nothing and hope it improves
2)try medication that is pregnancy safe
3)surgical intervention like another blood patch or surgery to close the hole
I would probably hold off for right now and see how it goes then try medicine first
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

am I at risk of a serious health risk? I have 2 children to consider, what could be the risk if I continue with this pregnancy. is the changes in my body whats causing this to return?

Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 3 years ago.
There really is no risk other than headaches
It can't hurt you.
Yes the pregnancy/hormone changes are causing the leak to come back
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

will the headaches get worse as baby gets bigger

Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 3 years ago.
However some things get better as pregnancy continues so it is hard to say
A lot of autoimmune conditions for example get better so this might too
I would hope it would. :)
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