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Back Pain After Lumbar Puncture
Back pain after lumbar puncture it feels like a stick is not letting my back flex nor bed had lumbar puncture 3/10/13 what could it be?
Went to the ER w/ severe back pain after having a lumbar puncture on 12/24. On the CT the lumbar site looked ok but they found a kidney stone w/ hydronephrosis in my r kidney. How closely should my dr watch this and should I ask to be sent to a urogist? H
I had a lumbar puncture 7 hours ago and now I'm having somewhat severe back pain and I feel foggy. Is this normal?
Any headache?: #1 adverse effect of lumbar puncture is post-procedure headache, which is treated with lying flat and drinking lots of water besides the pain meds. Back pain where the LP was done, if persistent beyond 48 hrs, may indicate infection, but more likely nerve involvement during the procedure. Mental lethargy should not happen unless you had meningitis. Was meningitis what LP was done for? ...Read more
Does lumbar puncture go into muscle and/or near discs? One year later and still back pain that did not have before. Wonder if procedure was done right
Unusual: The pain you are experiencing is not usually associated with a lumbar puncture. It is usually limited to a couple days to a week or so. A routine lumbar puncture should not damage muscle or a disc as the needle only penetrates the midline lumbar spine deep enough to obtain a small sample of the fluid. I suggest seeing your doctor, he or she can help pinpoint the cause of your pain. ...Read more
Lumbar puncture 2 days ago, having a lot of back pain and it feels like there is a baseball sized lump in the area anytime I sit back. I this usual?
Spinal tap: No....This is not usual. A small amy if pain is normal but not a lot of pain w a bump. Please be seen asap. ...Read more
I have alot of back pain- ONLY around area of injection site of lumbar puncture performed one year ago, and no prior back issues. What doctor to see?
Your doctor: Your primary care physician or family doctor will be your best starting point. He or she will decide based on the history and physical exam the need for further tests and/ or the next therapeutic step. ...Read more
I had a lumbar puncture done 4 weeks ago. I am having horrible back pain, headaches, numbness, weakness and pain in my legs and hips.
The issues start with why you had the lumbar puncture. What were they looking for? Why was it done?
Then, how long after the LP did the syndrome evolve? Changing?
Do you have objective fever (actually measured fever)?
Have you had a lumbar MRI scan? What did it show?
Do you tend to get pain (background headaches, other pains, recurring pain problems)?
Go for further evaluation. ...Read more
Lumbar puncture done 3+ years ago & still no one can massage/press on that site + about 2-3" around it. Now right foot and calf numb+lower back pain.?
2 events?: Three years later, and ow there is foot numbness? For a problem like this, it is wise to start the evaluation over, with an interview, exam, and perhaps some testing, such as a nerve conduction test. It is conceivable the local pain was from a local injury, but it should not have caused foot numbness 3 years later. ...Read more
Severe back pain x5 days that is getting worse. Paun started after lumbar puncture 12/24. Ct result= 3mm bulge l5-s1 & hydronephrosis r kidney larger than left. W/ worsening pain at what point do I go back to see my dr?
Now.: This may not be true back pain with those findings seen in terms of the kidney and the ureter with the hydronephrosis. It could be referred pain from an obstructing kidney stone or other issue. You need to get this worked up further with your doctor possibly including further tests like an ivp or intravenous pyleogram. ...Read more
Have had severe back pain x5 days that is getting worse. At what point do I go back to my dr. Ct scan says 3 mm bulge at l5-s1 and hydronephrosis r kidney larger than left. Had lumbar puncture on 12/24.?
Unrelated: I am a kidney doctor. Back pain likely from disc bulge. Hydronephrosis on both sides is from blockage. It means your kidneys are unable to drain urine. You may need to see a kidney doctor (nephrologist) or urologist for this. Back pain will also need help from internal medicine doctor. ...Read more
Can a lumbar puncture cause nerve irritation or disc inflammation to the point of bad pain after a year? No infection but alot of back pain still
Yes: The lumbar puncture procedure can cause some local back pain. The back pain should not last for more than 2-3 days after the procedure. It should not cause severe back pain. Talk to your doctor if you develop any headaches, numbness/tingling/weakness in the low extremities, severe back pain, or any difficulty with bowel or bladder function. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What should normal inter crainal pressure be during my last lumbar puncture my beginning pressure was 38 I was just wondering I also ha e iih?
Positional: In the side-lying position intracranial pressure as measured during lumbar puncture should be between 100 and 150 cm of water pressure. If pressure is measured while sitting upright, pressure level in fluid column should extend to base of skull (foramen magnum) but numerically will exceed 150. The rest of your question is unclear. Are you asking about a post-spinal headache? ...Read more
Spinal fluid answers: The question: does the patient have intracranial bleeding? (presence red cells or xanthochromia) or infection present? (presence of white cells, bacteria, viral culture/antigens) or multiple sclerosis (presence of abnormal proteins). Also a l.P. (lumbar puncture) may show a high opening pressure which is a sign of pseudo-tumor (cause of chronic headaches). L.P. 's are safer now done under xray. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Spinal tap: This is a procedure for evaluation of the fluid that bathes the spinal cord and allows the brain to float. It can be done with or without x-ray. You have to lie on your back because the hole that is made by the needle to draw the fluid out needs to seal. If you sit up, gravity will allow too much fluid to drain and your brain will sink. This may cause bad headaches and occasionally brain bleed. ...Read more
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