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My name is carolyn bunch chronic migraines for about 16 years eveything i take help ive had three spinal blocks one in 1996 when my daughter was born and one in 2001 was my son daniel was born and one in 2002 when my son elijah was born i wonder if that could cause them.

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  • Katie M. Golden moderator
    4 years ago

    Carolyn,
    It is very possible that receiving an epidural during childbirth can cause severe Migraines. The article below outlines that it is possible during the process to puncture the dura matter around the spinal cord, which contains cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). This can cause CSF headaches, which present as Migraines.

    Laying down typically helps this type of headache because standing up makes it worse. Lots of fluid and sometimes caffeine can be helpful. A procedure called a blood patch can also be helpful in relieving the symptoms, although I’m not sure it can be performed years after your last birth.

    I am NOT a doctor, but you may want to ask yours about this as a potential cause. Did you ever have Migraines before childbirth? This article suggests that these types of headaches go away 4-5 days after giving birth. But your headaches are chronic, so I’m not sure if this would have started your Migraines or not. Again, something to ask your doctor!

    http://migraine.com/blog/epidural-for-childbirth-and-migraine-what-is-the-connection/

    http://migraine.com/headache-types/spinal-headaches/

    I hope this info helps!
    -Katie
    Migraine.com Moderator

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