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Disc issues and soreness after spinal tap, i thought firm bed was best but too painful, what is best type of bed support for sensitive backs?

Disc issues and soreness after spinal tap, i thought firm bed was best but too painful, what is best type of bed support for sensitive backs?

Pain in an area: of your back after a spinal tap may take a few days to resolve. Avoidance of direct pressure to the site is generally advised. This can be accomplished with use of pillows especially those long skinny round ones to prop you up on your side in a comfortable position. If the problem persists after a few days I would contact your doctor and have them have a look at things. ...Read more

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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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1 1/2 years ago i got really bad headaches and all the symptoms of meningitis. So did my 21 year old daughter no tap. Beginning of this year started with small headaches.Now I have had severe headaches stiff sore neck no fever.Had spinal tap not meningiti

1 1/2 years ago i got really bad headaches and all the symptoms of meningitis. So did my 21 year old daughter no tap. Beginning of this year started with small headaches.Now I have had severe headaches stiff sore neck no fever.Had spinal tap not meningiti

Consider location: To be considered as you and your daughter had headaches Is if extended family members and/or remote in years family members have had similar headaches as migraines can be familial and come and go depending on triggers. When you and your daughter had problem initially had you traveled or been in wooded areas? An infectious consideration is Lyme disease if in these areas. Both see a neurologist. ...Read more

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How long will my lower back hurt after spinal tap? cant hardly set back.

How long will my lower back hurt after spinal tap? cant hardly set back.

Up to several days: It can persist several days. Watch out for progressive pain, fever, weakness in your legs or incontinence as these may be signs of post-procedure bleeding or infection. Back pain is fairly common after a lumbar puncture 10-25 % and should resolve over the subsequent 3-7 days. If not you should be evaluated by a medical provider. ...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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How long does it take to get spinal tap results back?

How long does it take to get spinal tap results back?

Pretty fast: The initial results of a spinal tap usually take less than 30 min to run in most hospitals. You should have the results of the cell count and the chemistry(glucose and protein)very fast.A gram stain to look for bacteria is also done very quickly. What may take longer is the definition of the type of organism(1-5d). Special tests for multiple sclerosis or prion disease may take longer(a few days). ...Read more

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My back aches after having spinal tap one month later, is this normal?

My back aches after having spinal tap one month later, is this normal?

Not really: Any focal back pain should have dissipated within days. Persistence makes me wonder about local bruising or infection, although rather unlikely. Have your doctor look at area and let you know thoughts.. ...Read more

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After microdiscectomy will a spinal tap affect back?

After microdiscectomy will a spinal tap affect back?

Likely Not: A lumbar microdiscectomy removes a portion of the herniated disc, a spinal tap removes fluid from csf. Unless your surgery was done recently, having a spinal tap done after a discectomy should not be a problem. ...Read more

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