This is a rare complication that may occur if a small hole is made in the fibrous sac and does not close up after the needle puncture. These small holes are only made in less than 1% of epidural injections and usually heal on their own. The spinal fluid inside can leak out, and when severe, the brain loses the cushioning effect of the fluid, which causes a severe headache when you sit or stand. These types of headaches occur typically about 2-3 days after the procedure and are positional - they come on when you sit or stand and go away when you lie down. If you do develop a spinal headache, it is OK to treat yourself. As long as you do not feel ill and have no fever and the headache goes away when you lay down, you may treat yourself with 24 hours of bed rest with bathroom privileges while drinking plenty of fluids. This almost always works. If it does not, contact the radiologist who performed the procedure or your referring physician. A procedure (called an epidural blood patch) can be performed in the hospital that has a very high success rate in treating spinal headaches.
Except for Rodriguez, it will never be over. His steroid-stained past will probably keep him out of the Hall of Fame. Rather than accept responsibility, he consistently shifted blame over the years or lied about PED use. When the end of his career was near, however, he finally changed his tune, telling reporters last week at his locker in the Citi Field visiting clubhouse that, “I’ve made more mistakes than anybody.” He also invoked a version of Lou Gehrig’s famous speech when asked if he felt he had been put in a bad position for the 2016 season. “I’m one of the luckiest human beings on the planet,” said Rodriguez.