A 42-year-old member asked:
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what is a spinal tap / lumbar puncture like?

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Dr. Barry Handler
31 years experience Plastic Surgery
Not bad: A small needle prick in the small of the back then some pressure and that is about it.
Answered on Sep 12, 2012
Dr. Otto Placik
33 years experience Plastic Surgery
Usually well tolerat: This is usually a well tolerated procedure and should not cause you excessive or undue fear or anxiety. I am sure you can contact your anesthesiologist or the nurse practitioner to discuss your concerns prior to the procedure. Typicall some medications may be prescribed prior to the tap or delivered through an IV to ease your stress.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014

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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.
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Dr. Luis Villaplana
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Yes: Same thing, different names.
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Dr. Edward Hellman
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same: They are the same.
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Dr. Alon Seifan
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Not the tap: It would be unusual for a spinal tap to cause lasting symptoms. Your pain may be related to the condition that warranted the spinal tap in the first ... Read More
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