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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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Can it be normal to have back pain 4 weeks after spinal tap?

Can it be normal to have back pain 4 weeks after spinal tap?

Possibly: It depends. If the "spinal tap" was done to get spinal fluid to test it and the "tap" was traumatic or difficult with the needle hitting bone you may have pain for a number of weeks. The outer layer of bone is called periosteum and has many nerve endings and can take some time to heal. However, the pain should not be severe. If continues get a work-up. ...Read more

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I have severe back pain following a spinal tap?

I have severe back pain following a spinal tap?

Let the doctor know: There are many reasons for there to be pain after a lumbar puncture. Let the doctor know and have them take a look. ...Read more

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Is it bad to experience severe back pain following a spinal tap?

Is it bad to experience severe back pain following a spinal tap?

Usually not: Not necessarily-usually resolves unless spinal headache is present which can resolve 99% of time with rest and fluids. ...Read more

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My granddaughter had two attempts today for a spinal tap. Was unable to get fluid both times. Tonight is in a lot of back pain. Is this normal?

My granddaughter had two attempts today for a spinal tap. Was unable to get fluid both times. Tonight is in a lot of back pain. Is this normal?

Back pain: Likely the back pain is from the tap procedure and in most case this resolves over a day or two. If the pain last longer than 3-4 days then I would contact the doctor that did the tap. ...Read more

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Can I have a back massage after a spinal tap? I had a spinal tap 2 weeks ago and still have severe back pain. Nothing seems to help with the pain yet.

Should be ok: After two weeks, the area where the spinal tap was done should be healed. Also, you could always call the doctor that did the spinal tap to be sure. Hope this helps, and I hope you feel better soon! ...Read more

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I had a spinal tap done about two months + ago, and a blood patch 3 days later. I now have the worst back pain that is only getting worse every day?

Back pain: Need to check with your doctor that you did not have any other complications such as an infection or nerve damage from the needle. ...Read more

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Severe lower back pain after spinal tap weeks later. What is going on?

Severe lower back pain after spinal tap weeks later. What is going on?

Not clear: Complications of spinal taps could cause you headaches or leg symptoms, but isolated back pain weeks later might not be related at all. Perhaps the condition that prompted the spinal tap could be the culprit. Rarely, an impromperly performed tap can be associated with ectopic tissue growth along the needle track in a very delayed fashion. ...Read more

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I had a spinal tap done 10 months ago to test for MS... is it normal to start having back pain in that area again after so long?

I had a spinal tap done 10 months ago to test for MS... is it normal to start having back pain in that area again after so long?

How much pain?: If there is sensitivity but only mild that may not be unusual. The pain if severe is unusual in this area but might have bruised a nerve if severe. See your doctor to better describe the severity and see if it is related to something else going on. ...Read more

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Nothing helps my back pain 7 years after a spinal tap what can I do? I was going to pay 250$ to go to a clinic but then what...Refer me to a surgen?

Back pain: First question is why did u have the tap and are those symptoms resolved. It's uncommon to have isolated low back pain for 7 years after a spinal tap so other causes must be looked for. You should probably see a pain specialist or physiatrist that specializes in spine as I doubt that there is a surgical issue if this pain truly resulted from the tap. What other work up have u had. ...Read more

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I had spinal tap 3 months ago and still have bad lower back pain mostly when bending over or sitting too long. Is this normal? Will it go away? Thanks!

I had spinal tap 3 months ago and still have bad lower back pain mostly when bending over or sitting too long. Is this normal? Will it go away? Thanks!

Spinal tap: This is somewhat normal. May last 6 months. As long as no fever, vomiting or headache associated, this shouldn’t be too concerning. ...Read more

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Would standard lab test show anything for spinal tap complications. Leg tingles headache lower back pain started a week after it was performed?

See below: Sounds like you have hypogylcorrhachia, or a spinal tap leak, which creates postural headaches, perhaps back and neck pain, and conceivably explains your tingling. If this is indeed the case, a blood patch could fully reverse these problems. ...Read more

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I have a syrinx in my spinal cord that causes a lot of back pain. Is it safe to have nerve block injections?

I have a syrinx in my spinal cord that causes a lot of back pain. Is it safe to have nerve block injections?

? location of syrinx: Depends upon location and extent of syrinx.? Possibility of test injection with local anesthetic e.g. Marcaine. Discuss with neurosugeon. ...Read more

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What causes spinal canal narrowing please? And could this be the cause of my sacroiliac area  back pain as well as burning in cervical area.

Many possibilities: There are several causes for si joint pain but spinal canal narrowing is not one of them. Narrowing of the spinal canal in the lumbar spine does not cause neck pain. In short, none of your symptoms seem to be due to canal narrowing. This doesn't mean they can't be treated. Both of these symptoms are eminately treatable. ...Read more

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How do I know the difference between back pain caused by cancer or just regular spinal/ lower back soreness?

How do I know the difference between back pain caused by cancer or just regular spinal/ lower back soreness?

X ray: Back pain from cancer is due to metastatic disease. If there are no symptoms of malignancy then rare to have spread. Common lesions are lung in the male as well as prostate in the older male. Other lesions usually advanced with the primary causing symptoms. When questioned by a physician dx established by showing lytic lesions expanding vertebrae as seen on MRI. ...Read more

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Can getting a spinal block cause long term lower back pain? I received one for a c-section and was stuck multiple times.

Can getting a spinal block cause long term lower back pain? I received one for a c-section and was stuck multiple times.

Prob Not for Long: This condition is very rare but seems to occur more often with c-sections. It's possibly related to some of the skeletal changes that happen with pregnancy combined with the spinal injection. This condition almost always resolves with time. Some pt treatments may go a long way to help resolve your situation. ...Read more

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Can spinal stenosis or disc herniation cause back pain and weakness in legs?

Can spinal stenosis or disc herniation cause back pain and weakness in legs?

Spinal stenosis: Both spinal stenosis and disc herniation can cause both back and leg pain along with weakness. ...Read more

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Ten years of back pain troubles caused ddd and spinal stenosis, seems to be lumbar spondylitis related. Tried 1 celebrex (celecoxib) 200mg and helps! Any advice?

Ten years of back pain troubles caused ddd and spinal stenosis, seems to be lumbar spondylitis related. Tried 1 celebrex (celecoxib) 200mg and helps! Any advice?

? obvious answer?: Celebrex (celecoxib) is still on the market for exactly such situations, particularly if "garden-variety" nsaids have not worked. You need to discuss the risks of long-term use vs. The benefits of treatment / pain relief with your dr to make educated choice if long term use good for you. ...Read more

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How is gabapentin for burning in legs, feet etc caused by back pain from spinal lumbar stenosis? And is yes, is it worth the side effects?

Yes: Gabapentin is a very good drug with minimal side effects, especially at the lower doses. It is used for neuropathy, chronic pain and fibromyalgia, etc... I would proceed with your doctors advice and try the medication. ...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?

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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Back Pain (Definition)

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Pain In The Back (Definition)

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