Yes, it is serious. Listen to what the doctor told you. Don't do anything different, as you have made it well thus far. Doing anything different, you
can run the risk of introducing bacteria, which can lead to meningitis.
Keep in mind, this is likely a tiny hole in the dura. This is not uncommon, but not common, either. A simple hard sneeze could have been the culprit,
sometimes, it is just spontaneous. But, the opening is a two way road, and you have been very lucky thus far, and had the flow likely keeping the
So, change nothing, keep your appointments, and the proceedure is simple. Sometimes a blood patch is enough, sometimes a small piece of tissue will
need to be placed. You will have to lay flat on your back 24-48 bours to assure the patch takes. You should not sneeze, blow your nose, try not to
cough, don't bend over or lift, and don't strain in any way. He will likely prescribe laxatives for a few days to assure you don't strain going to
In a few days to a week, it will be like new again. The only thing is, once you have had a leak like this, you are more likely to habe one in the
future, so stay alert and always be cautious if you notice the same symptoms again. It is not likely, just slightly more possible. Usually, once that
patch has healed, it won't leak there again unless a structural issue like an abnormal bone growth caused it, which is most unlikely. As I said, this
is usually spontaneous, or from sudden severe sneezing or straining. You may not even remember.
Relax, you will be fine, though it is a bit scary. With good reason. That's a two way highway to your brain, but you have come out fine, so just keep
doing what you are doing, it was all the right things! Be especially grateful for the doctor that was wise enough to check for it. This could have
gone misdiagnosed a long time! I see zero need for a second opinion.
A little research on Google should show you the truth, as well as revealing the huge amount of misinformation on this thread.
Good luck, and please keep us posted!
edit on 2-6-2013 by Libertygal because: (no reason given)