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does a spinal tap hurt either during or after the needle?

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Dr. Michael Fisher
31 years experience Dermatology
Spinal tap: While some people notice a brief pinch and some discomfort, most people don't find a spinal tap to be painful.
Answered on Apr 25, 2013
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