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I just recently had both done. I had a spinal done to test for MS. My tap was very clean, with hardly any bleeding, thus the reason for my blood patch the next day. THe blood clots the hole where the tap was done to prevent spinal fluid from leaking. The patch is the same procedure as the tap, just with a slightly larger tube. They will then take your blood (mine was from the arm) and inject that into your spine through the tube in your back. Both are reasonably quick procedures. The patch did seem more painful than the tap. I will tell you the headache for a spinal tap is not pleasant. STAY DOWN FLAT as long as you can. My experience wasn't good, but not to say yours won't be. In fact, my reactions and symptoms were realitively new to my neuro as well. It took me about a week and a half to recover. Good Luck!! I hope it goes well
[QUOTE=giraffe75;2285296]I just recently had both done. I had a spinal done to test for MS. My tap was very clean, with hardly any bleeding, thus the reason for my blood patch the next day. THe blood clots the hole where the tap was done to prevent spinal fluid from leaking. The patch is the same procedure as the tap, just with a slightly larger tube. They will then take your blood (mine was from the arm) and inject that into your spine through the tube in your back. Both are reasonably quick procedures. The patch did seem more painful than the tap. I will tell you the headache for a spinal tap is not pleasant. STAY DOWN FLAT as long as you can. My experience wasn't good, but not to say yours won't be. In fact, my reactions and symptoms were realitively new to my neuro as well. It took me about a week and a half to recover. Good Luck!! I hope it goes well[/QUOTE]
I had the worst headache after my epidural spinal nerve block. It took 10 days before a doctor would do the blood patch. It has been over a month and if I get hot or am in the sun for longer than a few minutes that headache comes back. Does anyone know how long this will go on?





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