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A 39-year-old member asked:

Spinal tap / lumbar puncture headache, is there anything i can do to relieve this?

1 doctor answer5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Matthew Kozminski
Neurology 17 years experience
Yes: Rest, fluids, caffeine, over the counter medications. If these do not work, a blood patch may be needed. This is where any anesthesiologist injects your own blood in the region of your lumbar puncture. The blood clots over the hole left from your lumbar puncture and your pressure rebuilds again.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

How long can a lumbar puncture/ spinal tap headache last?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
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Few days: Usually stop after few days, lay down that will help if the headache got bad go back to see your doctor.
A 36-year-old member asked:

I got a spinal tap / lumbar puncture today?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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If you have a: Specific question about the procedure or symptoms afterwards then please clarify and re-ask the question.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What's the difference between a spinal tap and lumbar puncture?

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Dr. Kevin Vaught
29 years experience
Same thing : Lumbar puncture is the proper term.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What is a spinal tap / lumbar puncture like?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Not bad: A small needle prick in the small of the back then some pressure and that is about it.
Last updated May 16, 2016


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