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Does a spinal tap hurt either during or after the needle?

Does a spinal tap hurt either during or after the needle?

Spinal tap: While some people notice a brief pinch and some discomfort, most people don't find a spinal tap to be painful. ...Read more

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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Got to have a spinal tap to check levels of pressure but have a huge needle phobia and panic when around them. Is it possible to be sedated or under general anaesthetic during the procedure?

Got to have a spinal tap to check levels of pressure but have a huge needle phobia and panic when around them. Is it possible to be sedated or under general anaesthetic during the procedure?

Tough one..: although it would be possible in theory, to conduct general anesthesia or sedation safely one often needs an intravenous line, i.e. more needle sticks.. Spending time with your doctor and discussing possible use of oral anti-anxiety medicine might be helpful.. Good luck ...Read more

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Had a fluoro-guided spinal tap that ended up being dry. Needle was put in 2 spots, but no fluid. Does this happen often, even w/ fluoroscopy guidance?

Had a fluoro-guided spinal tap that ended up being dry. Needle was put in 2 spots, but no fluid. Does this happen often, even w/ fluoroscopy guidance?

An unsuccessful : spinal tap happens in a very small percentage of cases. Usually it is due to spinal deformity, severe degenerative arthritis, or inability of the patient to hold still. ...Read more

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Will a spinal tap hurt at all or just feel odd?

Depends: It the spinal needle enters the canal without difficulty, they will be minimal discomfort. Should the needle hit bone or spinal nerve, pain may be severe. ...Read more

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What should my daughter expect during a spinal tap?

What should my daughter expect during a spinal tap?

Spinal tap: This is painless. She will be given instructions post procedure that she should follow - like keep drinking fluids, no straining etc... ...Read more

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Reasons to do spinal tap does a myelogram hurt?

Reasons to do spinal tap does a myelogram hurt?

Spine evaluation: A myelogram is a common diagnostic study that most patients tolerate well. The physician will place you on a flouroscopy table, prep your lower back, inject a local anesthetic, place a needle in your back, inject dye, remove the needle, place a bandaid and summon the radiology tech to take x-rays. Then you will have a ct. You will be observed for several hours and be discharged. ...Read more

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