Question: I need help and my doctor has the day off today. Let me stress
that right now, I am comfortable. But on Friday, I had a lumbar puncture. On Saturday, I got a terrible headache. I am prone to migraines. I went to the ER and we decided the headache was merely a migraine, not a lumbar puncture headache
. The migraine was treated and I went home. Yesterday, I got the lumbar puncture headache. I took Fioricet
, and that took care of it. I was pain free for 15 hours. This morning, I got the terrible headache again. I took Fioricet again, the pain is gone again. The hospital called me this morning to ask how I'm doing. I told them all of this, and they told me to go to the ER. I then called the on-call nurse at my neurologist's office, and they told me to go to the ER. But I have no pain right now! Yesterday, my pain was 9/10. Right now, my pain is 0.5/10, if that. I'm staying laying down on my back, keeping up with caffeine, drinking a ton of water. The Fioricet was taken 7 hours ago and the pain has not returned. Do I really need to go to the ER and get the blood patch when I am not in pain right now? I will bet the headache will come back at some point. So do I go as a preventative measure? Or can I wait this out? My daughter has the stomach bug and wants me to stay home with her, to add to the chaos. I really feel okay right now and it seems silly to go to the ER. But I'm not knowledgeable, if you think it's best that I go get the blood patch right now, then I will.