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How can I prepare for a lumbar puncture?

How can I prepare for a lumbar puncture?

Relax!: Simply said, your expectations and advice from others, regardless of how well they mean, can put a ton of stress and tension on you. A lumbar puncture is a fairly painless procedure. Staying as still as you can during and then laying down after are the two main things you should do. Otherwise, in experienced hands, the procedure is safe and fairly painless. ...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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How do a lumbar puncture and a myelogram differ?

How do a lumbar puncture and a myelogram differ?

See below: A LP involves withdrawing cerebrospinal fluid for study. A myelogram involves injecting a special dye for evaluation of spinal pathology. The placement and location of the needle are the same for both procedures. ...Read more

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What can I do to prepare for a myelogram?

What can I do to prepare for a myelogram?

Drink fluids: Maybe ask the doctor if he could get the information with a different less invasive test such as an mri? If you have to get the myelogram ask for the most experienced radiologist. ...Read more

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How can I prepare for a colonoscopy?

How can I prepare for a colonoscopy?

Bowel prep: Follow your doctors instructions on the oral bowel prep and diet. ...Read more

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How can I handle a spinal surgery?

How can I handle a spinal surgery?

Do some research : Ask your doctor for risks vs pros. Read up on the internet. Spinal surgery has become more accurate. my relative whos a Dr had spinal surgery and she was fine. The risks entail paralysis. Rehab is necessary for aftercare and time to get back into the normal routine and speed of your life. Ask for support and good luck! ...Read more

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Will I have to have help after spinal lumbar fusion and about how long to I need help doing the basics?

Will I have to have help after spinal lumbar fusion and about how long to I need help doing the basics?

Depends: The extend of fusion, bone quality, fitness, other medical conditions will affect recovery. Many can get up and perform self care within a few days. The surgeon, nurse, therapists can size up your individual needs. Many can be independent, but some will need help from family or home health. Some will benefit from time on an inpatient rehabilitation unit for extra therapy and strengthening. ...Read more

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How can I get a treatment for spinal pain?

How can I get a treatment for spinal pain?

See pain specialist: I would start with your pcp but if that fails i would suggest seeing a pain management specialist. ...Read more

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How can I get comfortable after a spine injury?

How can I get comfortable after a spine injury?

Hope superficial: If merely a soft tissue problem, should respond to heat, relaxation, perhaps massage or acupuncture. Recommend an otc anti-inflammatory such as tylenol (acetaminophen) or aleve. If things do not stabilize after a few days, check with doctor about more intensive evaluation. ...Read more

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How can I prepare myself for a cataract surgery

How can I prepare myself for a cataract surgery

Cataract surgery: Use preoperative drops as directed. Follow written instructions from your surgeon. Take it easy postop as you heal. ...Read more

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How can I prepare for a tonsillectomy?

How can I prepare for a tonsillectomy?

Tonsillectomy: Prepare by having realistic expectations about your recovery. You well need to be out of work for 1-2 weeks minimum. Sore throat will be expected. Have lots of liquids particularly icy liquids as hydration is essential. Soft diet, and advance to regular as tolerated. Your doctor will likely prescribe pain medication if Tylenol/ibuprophen is not adequate. Expect low grad temps, bad breath. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the difference between a lumbar puncture and a myelogram?

Injection of dye: They both involve a needle being placed into the spinal canal. In a lp, cerebrospinal fluid is removed from the canal, while in a myelogram a dye is injected into the canal. This dye allows very clear imaging of the spinal cord and nerve roots. ...Read more

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I will be having a 360 fusion at L5 s1 how long will the procedure take and what can I expect for a hospital stay?

I will be having a 360 fusion at L5 s1 how long will the procedure take and what can I expect for a hospital stay?

Depends: If this involves an incision that opens the abdomen, a few days on the hospital is topical, but you would need to check with your surgeon to be sure. Give them a call, and they will get back to you with the info. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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How can I prepare for a pregnancy?

How can I prepare for a pregnancy?

See link: here's a good link on tips to prepare http://www.fitpregnancy.com/pregnancy/getting-pregnant/ready-set-conceive best wishes Dr M ...Read more

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What can I wear for a myelogram procedure?

What can I wear for a myelogram procedure?

Clothes: When an interventional radiology procedure, such as a myelogram, is performed, you will most likely be given a hospital gown to change into for the procedure. Afterwards, you should be able to wear regular clothing. ...Read more

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Can I take pain medication before a lumbar puncture?

Ask doctor: Before any procedure ask doctor for 'approved medications' . Invariably, nsaids (e.g. Aleve, (naproxen) advil) are to be stopped 1 week before a procedure to prevent bleeding complications. ...Read more

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How should I properly prepare for a pyelogram?

How should I properly prepare for a pyelogram?

Unclear: If you mean intravenous pyelogram, then there is no specific preparation but need no heavy breakfast e.g. Clear liquids like juice since I.V. Contrast could cause nausea. But if you mean a retrograde pyelogram, a contrast injected in the urethra and bladder upwards to kidneys by the urologist, then you need to be fasting after midnight to avoid vomiting and aspiration during procedure. ...Read more

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How can you get a better sleep after a spine surgery?

How can you get a better sleep after a spine surgery?

Depends: Follow your doctor's specific instructions. A few generals tips would be to walk and exercise enough each day so that you are tired at night. If you need to nap during the day, limit the naps to 15-20 minutes and do not nap after mid afternoon. If you sleep too much during the day, you will not sleep at night. If pain interferes with sleep, use your medicine to get comfortable before you go to bed. ...Read more

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I just had a spinal fusion l4-5 to s1. How can I get pain relief without any medications?

I just had a spinal fusion l4-5 to s1. How can I get pain relief without any medications?

Depends: It depends on how recent it was and your pain tolerance. Having enough pain relief to carry on most of your daily activities helps you recover. If you are comfortable enough for these, you may forgo the medicine. Balance any side effects of medicine against your ability to get up and go. If it okay with your surgeon, you can use an ice pack or heating pack to the area of your surgical wound. ...Read more

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I'm curious as to what can I expect with a lumbar fusion?

Depends on extent: This would depend on the extent of the fusion, the reason, and how it was done. There are newer minimally invasive techniques that are done that decrease the amount of blood loss as well as the amount of muscle dissection that needs to be done.Patients are mobilized sooner and recover more quickly. If multiple levels of the spine are involved, then you would expect more extensive surgery and pain. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what's the best yoga/stretches/exercise for after a spinal fusion?

Could you tell me what's the best yoga/stretches/exercise for after a spinal fusion?

Avoid cobra: I would recommend avoiding the cobra stretch hyperextension is rarely comfortable in degenerative post fusion spine remember stiffness is part of fusion plan a stiff balanced spine that protects nerves was the goal i usually trcommend pilates and swimming use pain as guide replace running with elliptical or swimming. ...Read more

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Dr. Ira Friedlander
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Lumbar (Definition)

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