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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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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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Is it possiable to have neck pain and back pain after a acdf 7 months after? I have cervical sponilosis as well? Levels c 5-c7

Is it possiable to have neck pain and back pain after a acdf 7 months after? I have cervical sponilosis as well? Levels c 5-c7

All things are : Possible and the fact that you have ongoing neck pain needs to be evaluated to see if your fusion healed and if there are no adjacent level issues in the neck. The same process that caused your neck pain cold also be at work in your lower back. See your spine surgeon to have these issues evaluated. ...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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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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Need upper back pain relief, no doctor has been able to tell me if this is the cause but I do have 4 bulging disc in the neck and kyphosis could it b?

Need upper back pain relief, no doctor has been able to tell me if this is the cause but I do have 4 bulging disc in the neck and kyphosis could it b?

Doubt cervical disks: If the cervical disks are not causing a radiating pain, numbness, tingling or weakness, they may not be the cause of upper back pain. Congenital kyphosis is more likely. Physical therapy and a trans cutaneous nerve stimulator might be of help. Imaging of the thoracic spine may shed further light on the problem. ...Read more

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Is it normal to be still having back pains from a spinal tap done about 5 years ago?

No: These symptoms can only be adequately diagnosed only after a thorough evaluation by your doctor. This may include labs and other satudies. Once all of the information is in, your doctor can let you know what's going on, and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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How severe can lower back pain be at 5 weeks normal pregnancy? Will there be discomfort in every sleeping position when having retroflexed uterus?

5 weeks: At five weeks the pregnancy is so small it is not even visible on ultrasound and the uterus has not grown much beyond its normal non pregnant size. Back pain is not likely to be related to the pregnancy at this point. A retroflexed uterus is not an issue once someone is pregnant because the pregnancy basically straightens it out as it grows. Look for other causes at this time ...Read more

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How long does it take to get over a thoracic strain, and is it normal to still be having severe burning pain after almost 5 weeks of injury?

How long does it take to get over a thoracic strain, and is it normal to still be having severe burning pain after almost 5 weeks of injury?

Eval: Any pain that is persistent or progressively worsening should be reevaluated by a physician. Burning pain may represent a pain etiology other than a strain, or may respond to a specific type of treatment depending on the cause. Consider formal evaluation by physician. ...Read more

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Had a head CT after head injury which came back negative. Still having significant pain 12 hours later. When should I be reevaluated? Is there anything else to do for the pain besides tylenol (acetaminophen)?

Had a head CT after head injury which came back negative. Still having significant pain 12 hours later. When should I be reevaluated? Is there anything else to do for the pain besides tylenol (acetaminophen)?

YOU LIKELY HAVE: Post-traumatic headaches, but it is definitely favorable to have a negative cat scan. The pain typically either resolves over a few weeks, or transforms to a migraine or tension headache pattern which can be disrupted by a number of meds or otc items. The pain may respond to aleve (naproxen) or ibuprofen, the former preferred. Be patient, you will improve, and if persistent ha's, a neurologist can help. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have spinal headaches after epidural?

Is it normal to have spinal headaches after epidural?

No: A "spinal headache" is actually a post dural puncture headache resulting from leakage of cerebral spinal fluid from the subarachnoid space through the dura, which is the layer that contains the cerebral spinal fluid. So, it is possible to get a spinal headache if the anesthesiologist went too far with the epidural needle through the epidural space and through the dura. ...Read more

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Had injury 10 weeks ago have C7 facet fratures with pars is it likely that it can be displaced after this time have tricep pain last2 weeks?

C7 Facet Fracture: Most single side facet fractures are stable and heal in two to three months. If you are developing pain in the triceps and back of forearm after 8 weeks, this is indicative of irritation to the c7 nerve root. An injury to the ligaments and possible disk disruption need to be evaluated. Check in with your treating physician, especially if weakness to arm extension is identified. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have pain in my arm muscles and injection site 6 days after having blood drawn? Everything looks normal but pain persists. Thank you.

Is it normal to have pain in my arm muscles and injection site 6 days after having blood drawn? Everything looks normal but pain persists. Thank you.

Venupuncture pain: No it is not. Pain from venupuncture should minimal and not last more than a day. Bruising can persist longer, but pain lasting 6 days should be evaluated. ...Read more

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Is lumbar radiculopathy 4 life? Pain for weeks, ease up awhile, only to return again. No disc problem nor childbirth. What cause pain come/go?

Is lumbar radiculopathy 4 life? Pain for weeks, ease up awhile, only to return again. No disc problem nor childbirth. What cause pain come/go?

MRI: Pressure on a nerve root by a spur or disk may not disappear, but can be treated if an MRI documents their presence. A neurosurgeon could evaluate you for epidural injections or surgery for example. ...Read more

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I've had a constant headache on the left side and also neck pain. So afraid it can be an aneurysm? Been told 4 mo. ago it was possible pinched nerve. How can you tell the difference?

I've had a constant headache on the left side and also neck pain. So afraid it can be an aneurysm? Been told 4 mo. ago it was possible pinched nerve. How can you tell the difference?

Unlikely aneurysm: Could be due to dental or jaw, but maybe neck issue or thoracic outlet syndrome. Get this examined, just to be safe, and maybe your doctor will order testing to reassure you. Migraine is another possibility, and depending on cause, treatment should be quite successful. ...Read more

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What can i do for nerve damage from spinal during c section? Its been over 4 weeks and im still in excrutiating pain and can barly walk

What can i do for nerve damage from spinal during c section? Its been over 4 weeks and im still in excrutiating pain and can barly walk

Highly unlikely: It is highly unlikely that any nerve damage occurred to the spinal cord or its nerves or nerve roots during C-section. The extreme pain goes with the procedure once the anesthetic wears off. You'll get back to normal slowly. My wife couldn't walk properly for almost a week after our last one which was our FIRST C-section. ...Read more

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Having pain through spinal cord during orgasm. Had 3 previous lumbar surgeries. Is this likely a spinal problem? Having another epidural next week. They want to send me back to uro/gyne. It hasn't helped previously.

Having pain through spinal cord during orgasm.  Had 3 previous lumbar surgeries.  Is this likely a spinal problem?  Having another epidural next week. They want to send me back to uro/gyne. It hasn't helped previously.

More likely than not: Given your history of multiple spinal surgeries, it is very likely that your pain stems from an issue with a spinal nerve or branch thereof. The genital area if innervated by lower lumbar/sacral nerves. With a symptom like yours, previously pleasurable sensations are being mixed; cross over effect. Assuming no vaginal lesions, YOu need to consult your pain medicine MD or the surgeon. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Back Pain (Definition)

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Pain In The Back (Definition)

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