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Can local anesthesia (chalazion removal surgery) cause headaches?

Asked by bluish (473 points ) July 24th, 2014

So… after that chalazion thingy got out of my eyelid, I’ve had these all-day-long headaches. Can anesthesia be the reason? Or they’re just random headaches? It’s the third day, ugh…

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trailsillustrated's avatar

I am not an ophthalmologist however am a dentist. I too have had a chelasion removed. It’s possible that the headaches are caused by the procedure, because what they do is, create a tiny cut in the eyelid and scoop out the goop. ( said to be ‘marsupialised’) so depending on how nicely or not your lesion was ‘marsupialised’ , could mean more scraping and what not. It’s the procedure probably and not the anaesthetic, which is a few drops infiltrated superficially, not a nerve block. Give it a few days, paracetamol, and you should be right as rain.

bluish's avatar

@trailsillustrated Yup, paracetamol has been a good friend. I’ll wait then… I thought coffee might help because it feels kind of like that sort of headache, but noooo…

Mariah's avatar

Did you get hydrocodone or oxycodone after the procedure? That class of painkillers can, paradoxically, cause headaches too.

bluish's avatar

@Mariah No, but I got a chocolate bar and went home to drink coffee and sleeeeeep :)

Lightlyseared's avatar

One of the listed adverse effects of lidocaine (a very common local anaesthetic) is a headache but you would have to get quite a lot administered locally before you’d expect to see systemic side effects.

gondwanalon's avatar

Last week a dermatologist removed a football shaped piece of skin from my arm (5 cm x 2 cm) and used four 1 mL syringes of 1%lidocaine with epinephrine and anesthesia. And I did get a slight head ache.

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