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Stenosis TLIF Headaches CSF Leak
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melvind1 posted:
Anyone have any experience with a CSF Leak that was caused by Cortisone injections, going away after TFLIF surgery. I had a leak that was treated with blood patch that worked for a bit but they came back. I have to take amitrypoline twice a day everyday to keep them at bay. I am told that I will have to take this steriod forever. Occasionaly I try to see what will happen if I stop taking the steriod or only take one tablet....but the headaches come back. I have to have the TLIF surgery on Nov30 and have hope that this surgery will trigger a response in the nerve syste that will stop the headaches. Can anyone shine a light of hope here?
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bj1208 responded:
Hi Melvind1 -

first - in regards to amitriptyline - this is an antidepressant and not a steroid -

http://www.drugs.com/amitriptyline.html

second - if you are having headaches from this recurring then I would either go to ER or see another spine specialist for evaluation and treatment. this doesn't seem right -

third - I think I would hold off on the upcoming surgery until you can get these headaches taken care of -

please let us know what you find out -
Take care~~

~~ Joy ~~


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