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How are low-pressure headaches treated?

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Your symptoms may go away by themselves. Sometimes, rest, drinking lots of water, and caffeine may help.

A common treatment is something called an epidural blood patch. Blood is taken from your arm and injected into an area of your spinal canal. This may not work the first time, so you may have to go through the procedure several times. Your doctor may prescribe a medicine called theophylline.

SOURCES:

The Migraine Trust: “Headache.”

Mayo Clinic: “Headache.”

American Migraine Foundation: “What to Know About Low-Pressure Headaches.”

National Organization for Rare Disorders: “Spontaneous Intracranial Hypotension.”

Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports: "Spontaneous intracranial hypotension."

Spinal CSF Leak Foundation.

National Eye Institute: “Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension.”

American Migraine Foundation: “The Low Down on High-Pressure Headache.”

Neurosurgery : "Trigeminal Neuralgia in a Patient with a Dural Arteriovenous Fistula in Meckel's Cave: Case Report."

Current Treatment Options in Neurology: " Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (Pseudotumor Cerebri): Recognition, Treatment, and Ongoing Management."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Lumbar Puncture."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on April 11, 2018

SOURCES:

The Migraine Trust: “Headache.”

Mayo Clinic: “Headache.”

American Migraine Foundation: “What to Know About Low-Pressure Headaches.”

National Organization for Rare Disorders: “Spontaneous Intracranial Hypotension.”

Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports: "Spontaneous intracranial hypotension."

Spinal CSF Leak Foundation.

National Eye Institute: “Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension.”

American Migraine Foundation: “The Low Down on High-Pressure Headache.”

Neurosurgery : "Trigeminal Neuralgia in a Patient with a Dural Arteriovenous Fistula in Meckel's Cave: Case Report."

Current Treatment Options in Neurology: " Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (Pseudotumor Cerebri): Recognition, Treatment, and Ongoing Management."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Lumbar Puncture."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on April 11, 2018

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