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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Lumbar Puncture (Definition)

To test for meningitis or multiple sclerosis or a variety of problems, a small needle is inserted into the lumbosacral cistern to obtain spinal fluid for testing ...Read more


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I had a lumbar puncture 7 hours ago and now I'm having somewhat severe back pain and I feel foggy. Is this normal?

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

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Is it normal to still have lower back pain nearly six months after a lumbar puncture?

Is it normal to still have lower back pain nearly six months after a lumbar puncture?

Post LP pain: No, it is not common to have pain 6 months after a lumbar puncture. Are there any other symptoms that you are having? It is time to consider what is causing the pain, and then what to do about it. ...Read more

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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

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

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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

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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?

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

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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.

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.

Need evaluation: 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

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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.?

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

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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

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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

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Is it okay to have terrible stinging pain after lumbar puncture (spinal tap)?

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 more

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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?

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

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What does a lumbar puncture actually help to prove?

What does a lumbar puncture actually help to prove?

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 more

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Should a lumbar puncture be done in a fused area of the back?

More difficult: The fused area sometimes does not have as clear an anatomy. ..... It will be harder to get the needle where it needs to go. If there is quite a lot of bone overlying the area, I will not be able to get him the pca. ...Read more

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What is a lumbar puncture like and how come you have to lie on your back afterwards?

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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Would heat help after a lumbar puncture?

Take it easy: Take it easy, drink plenty of fluid and try to do some walking. Any discomfort should resolve in a day or two. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is a spinal tap / lumbar puncture like?

Not bad: A small needle prick in the small of the back then some pressure and that is about it. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Back Pain (Definition)

Pain in the back is a symptom that can be due to a number of causes including musculoskeletal or neurological problems or due to problems ...Read more


Lumbar (Definition)

Refers to something related to the area about the lower part of the ...Read more