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    Fluid collection after surgery, and severe headahes
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    Dolphinlover_68 posted:
    Hi, i have a few questions, and hopefully you can answer them. I had back surgery on June 13th of this year, and developed a fluid collection. I moved out of state and dont have a spine doc or pain doc yet, but its coming to the point where i think i need one. Can a fluid collection cause menegitis? And with the headaches and neck pain, aren't those symptoms of menengiis? Any info you can give me would greatly be appreciated.
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    davedsel57 responded:
    Hello.

    I am not a doctor, but from what I understand these symptoms can indicate something serious. You need to find a local doctor - even a primary doctor - and get evaluated asap. You may do best to go to a local urgent care clinic or hospital emergency room.

    I think that you need medical attention asap.

    I pray you can get this resolved soon. Please update us after you have seen a doctor.
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    jls826 responded:
    Hello,

    sorry to hear of your headaches and other symptoms. Considering you had back surgery, the other symptoms should be looked into sooner rather than later. They could be nothing, just normal fluid collection post-surg or indicative of other things...such as a dural leak, etc.

    Try calling your surgeon, his office should be able to order a MRI even though you are in another state. If not, don't let other doctors (er, urgent care, etc) touch you unless you've had proper imaging done, since you've had surgery they should be willing to order a MRI.

    Best,
    Jen
     
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    Nomaan Ashraf, MD, MBA responded:
    You should seek out rapid care from a spine specialist. You may have a spinal fluid leakage which is giving you the neck pain and headaches. If this becomes infected it can lead to meningitis. This may be very serious and you should seek immediate care.


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