Anesthesiology/Blood Patch

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Thank you for responding to my question so thoroughly a couple of days ago. I have since been to a neurologist. He suspects I have either irritated meninges from the blood patch 5 weeks ago, or I may need another blood patch based on a few symptoms (head pressure, lightheadedness, foggy-headed, nausea, and no appetite). He has given me a round of steroids to see if my symptoms calm down if the issue is indeed irritated meninges. If not, he recommends another blood patch for a potential mild leak. What are your thoughts? Would it be ok to move forward with another EBP if the steroids do not help? Would it be dangerous or harmful to have the EBP if I don't absolutely have a leak? I honestly just want to feel better!
Thank you so much!

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In competent hands an EBP is simple and safe. But getting someonesjilledatthis procedure is the key.  I don't think it will hurt to gets other blood patch.  But there is always potential that During the blood patch another hole is created. If thememninge are irritated a blood patch is likely not going to fix that problem.
But if steroids fail I can see how it would be worth a try.
Just get someone skilled with this. Any board certified Anesthesiologist should be competent.

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Rex Russell

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Any question dealing with general anesthesia issues. With particular emphasis on regional anesthesia.

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I am a board certified anesthesiologist, graduated from residency in 2004 from Johns Hopkins Hospital. I have since worked as an anesthesiologist first in the Air Force for three years and then most recently in Texas in Private Practice.

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Texas Medical Association Texas society of Anesthesiologists American Society of Anesthesiologists

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BS, BYU MD, U of Texas, Galveston Intern-St. Joe's Hospital, Phx, AZ Internal Medicine Residency-Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD

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