Many people who experience symptoms of intracranial hypotension due to a CSF leak are lucky enough that conservative treatment (e.g. bed rest) does the trick. Unfortunately, a significant proportion of stubborn cases require treatment. Treatment options can vary from non-invasive caffeine infusions to more invasive procedures (including epidural blood patches), and sometimes surgery.
We’ve published two new documents today called ‘A Patient’s Experience of an Epidural Blood Patch’ in which two spontaneous spinal leakers, Clare Joy and Robin Palmer Hosking, were kind enough to write about their personal experiences.
Although every person’s experience of a blood patch is different, and doctors approaches may differ a little between hospitals, we thought folk who've yet to have one would appreciate some firsthand accounts.