Occipital Neuralgia or Migrane
About a year ago, I had a horrible headache that stemmed from the base of my skull, and radiate Air Max d pretty much to my entire head. I was told it was occipital neuralgia, and that trigger point injections of local anesthetic would work to break the cycle of pain. That time it did Air Max .
Jump to about a week ago, I had the same sort of horrible headache crop up. It started out tolerable but landed me in the emergency room by Friday night. I could barely think through the pain, my eyes were sensitive from light, and sounds hurt my ears. I couldnt eat because my stomach was so upset. I had tears streaming down my face and my hands were balled into fists when my Mother took me to the ER.
I told them about the bout with occipital neuralgia about a year ago, and that the pain was in the same area. stemming from the base of my skull on both sides, and radiating up around my entire head. The doctor wanted to be thorough though and did a lumbar puncture to be sure (he said he was looking for blood etc) Then he put me on an IV with ‘Procglorperazine’ and benadryl. And then a second IV bag with Dexamethasone (steroid?) He said he Air Max was looking at this as a ‘vascular’ headache.
My questions are this: I read that prochlorperazine is an antipsychotic? Would this have worked on occipital neuralgia? I did feel the medication ‘kick in’ and it seemed to lessen the headache. Could this have been something other than occipital neuralgia then. more specifically could I have had a migrane? I have not really had migranes before though.
Second question is. the origina Air Max l headache was dampened down quite a bit by the medication they gave me, but not totally gone. And now a few days after the ER visit, I have a different headache. If I stand up or cough or move around more, its worse. read that lumbar punctures can cause a headache. so I am wondering if this could be what I am experiencing now. I am hoping its not the original headache making a come back.
That my lower back has been very sore since the LP. I can not even lay flat on my back. The pain is centered in my lower back. I expected some soreness for a day or two but it’s now 5 days later and it actually seems to have gotten worse!
Overall, I feel terrible. the headache is getting worse again, and my temp is slightly up. It is 37.3 C (99F) right now. Am I just worrying too much, or could I have possibly gotten an infection FROM the LP? How long does the soreness last in your lower back after an LP?