I am not sure is this is very belonging here, but I have a quick question that maybe someone could supply me the answer with if it isn't a bother. I am personally an aerospace engineering major, so please excuse my lack of medical knowledge.
Earlier this year I was tested for meningitis via a lumbar-pucture test. It ended up I did not have the illness, but just some sort of flu. Anyway, for about a week and a half after I was having horrible headaches whenever I was not laying down. I would try and do my various assignments, and I just could not think at all. So I went back in for a blood patch.
Immediately my pain went away. But more happened, about four hours after the procedure I was up late doing my make-up work that I missed for being out for a week. Now I do not mean to brag, but I am rather high in my class, and it still takes me many hours just to do one night's worth of assignments and studying. However, the night I got back, within two hours time I finished all of my make up work, and all of the work whose deadline hadn't even come yet. I was flying through these air flow control problems like they were nothing! Honestly I finished a good twenty pages of calculus and physics problem in such a short time. I just now bring it up, because as I went back recently to study the material that was covered when I was sick, I struggled very much to relearn it, or to redo my old homework problems for review.
A relative of mine had an epidural blood patch once too, and said that she also experienced a sort of "heightened intellectual state". The mental clarity that I experienced for about two days after the procedure was amazing. Does anyone know why this started? Or even better, why did it go away?