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How often can you get spinal headaches?

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Because the design of spinal needles has been improved, spinal headaches after a spinal tap or administration of spinal anesthesia are rare. When epidural anesthetics are placed, however, the likelihood of headache is low. It is higher if the epidural needle should inadvertently pass through the dura matter (covering of the spinal cord).

A spinal headache may occur up to five days after the procedure is performed.

From: Spinal Headaches WebMD Medical Reference

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Mayo Clinic.

Thoennissen, J. , Nov. 13, 2001. CMAJ

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 27, 2018

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SOURCES: 

Mayo Clinic.

Thoennissen, J. , Nov. 13, 2001. CMAJ

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 27, 2018

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