What should I do after the procedure?

  • Avoid strenuous or vigorous exercise for a day or so after the procedure.
  • If you have a headache, lie down as much as possible and drink plenty of caffeinated beverages.
  • Drink 2 1/2 quarts of liquid the day of the test and the day after, even if you don't have a headache.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 07/19/2014.


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