We’re acutely aware of the lack of advice for those of us recovering from a CSF leak and this is especially lacking when it comes to sensible steps to take after having an epidural blood patch.
To meet this need, we produced a new resource in the form of a postcard entitled ‘If in doubt, Wait it out!’ in consultation with doctors on our Medical Advisory Committee. It highlights some of the key precautions to consider after a patch, but you must still always consult with your doctor.
It is worth noting that blood patches can fail for unknown reasons regardless of how ‘good’ you’ve been, so following these precautions can be no guarantee to success. There is still so much to learn about leaks and patches, but by following this advice you’re doing the best you can to promote healing.
Our newly-updated collection of resources for aftercare, including general precautions, rebound high intracranial pressure, nutrition and physiotherapy is available at: www.csfleak.info/aftercare