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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 normal to have pain at the lumbar puncture injection site with leg weakness?

Is it normal to have pain at the lumbar puncture injection site with leg weakness?

Possibly: Pain directly at the lumbar puncture injection site should only last a few days. Injection of contrast material for imaging study or medication for therapeutic reasons can create temporary irritation of the nerves. This will result in weakness. Don't wait on this, please consult with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can a lumbar puncture affects my legs? Because after one year, mine are stil weak. Thanks

Can a lumbar puncture affects my legs? Because after one year, mine are stil weak. Thanks

Doctors can evaluate: A lumbar puncture just collects some of the fluid that surrounds the spinal cord, so it shouldn't leave symptoms like weak legs. A neurologist and a physical medicine doctor (physiatrist) can evaluate and work to diagnose what is going on. ...Read more

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Is the severe pain at the injection sight of a lumbar puncture followed by leg weakness normal?

No: Call the physician who performed your lumbar injection imediately. There is concern accross america for those who received steroid injections without preservative from a compounding pharmacy in mass. After may 12, 2012. For complications (fungal infections.). ...Read more

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Is it normal during a lumbar puncture to feel a zap or jolt down one leg or on one side as they are moving the needle inside?

Is it normal during a lumbar puncture to feel a zap or jolt down one leg or on one side as they are moving the needle inside?

"Normal"?: Having an LP isn't "normal;" it's done to rule in or out an ABnormality. Do the symptoms you report occasionally happen during an LP? Yes. The needle may brush past and stimulate a nerve root. You feel the sensation in the body part from which the nerve root transmits sensory input to the brain. I suppose rarely the needle injures the root but I've never had that happen. ...Read more

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Is it okay to have severe pain at the injection site of a lumbar puncture followed by leg weakness?

Is it okay to have severe pain at the injection site of a lumbar puncture followed by leg weakness?

No, get evaluated: While the symptoms you describe may simply be a result of nerve root irritation, they may represent a hematoma- bleeding from the lumbar puncture site can put pressure on the nerve root or the spine itself. This can be extremely dangerous, and you should definitely get checked to rule out the possibility. ...Read more

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Had lumbar puncture 2 weeks ago, negative. 5 days ago felt tingling and slight prickly feelings in torso and legs. Is this common and will it resolve?

Had lumbar puncture 2 weeks ago, negative. 5 days ago felt tingling and slight prickly feelings in torso and legs. Is this common and will it resolve?

Not common: This is not common, but also, not likely to be dangerous. A lumbar puncture can leave residual symptoms if there is continued leaking of fluid out of the dura or blood products outside or inside the dura. The good news is that you are two weeks out and very likely out of danger. The symptoms will likely resolve. ...Read more

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I had a lumbar puncture done 4 weeks ago. I am having horrible back pain, headaches, numbness, weakness and pain in my legs and hips.

I had a lumbar puncture done 4 weeks ago. I am having horrible back pain, headaches, numbness, weakness and pain in my legs and hips.

Need evaluation: The issues start with why you had the lumbar puncture. What were they looking for? Why was it done?

Then, how long after the LP did the syndrome evolve? Changing?

Do you have objective fever (actually measured fever)?

Have you had a lumbar MRI scan? What did it show?

Do you tend to get pain (background headaches, other pains, recurring pain problems)?

Go for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Would both brain MRI and lumbar puncture be needed to diagnose ms? Have l side numbness, spasms around l chest, l leg spasms, t3/t4 lesion on cord foun

Would both brain MRI and lumbar puncture be needed to diagnose ms? Have l side numbness, spasms around l chest, l leg spasms, t3/t4 lesion on cord foun

Possible MS: If you have a lesion in the spinal cord but not found in brain, the next approach would be to use spinal fluid, looking at possible oligoclonal bands and other immunological parameters. If negative, repeat brain MRI in 6 months. The sooner this can be confirmed, the sooner meds can start which will eventuate in control and protection. Would start vit d supplementation now, in any case. ...Read more

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Hair loss, tremors in arms, hands, legs and feet, loss of balance and strength, numbness in legs and feet all after a lumbar puncture, why?

Hair loss, tremors in arms, hands, legs and feet, loss of balance and strength, numbness in legs and feet all after a lumbar puncture, why?

Unrelated: Why did you need an LP. Problems from spinals affect areas below the spinal it lower torso, legs, urination etc, It would not affect hands or make you shake,
It may be part of why they wanted to examine your cerebro spinal fluid. Discuss with your MD or neurologist ...Read more

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8 days ago I had a lumbar puncture and during the procedure I had a hot burning pain in the lateral thigh that radiated downward. Still on going?

8 days ago I had a lumbar puncture and during the procedure I had a hot burning pain in the lateral thigh that radiated downward. Still on going?

Lumbar puncture pain: A pain (usually sharp) that radiates down the legs is suggestive of a nerve pain. I suggest you go back and discuss this issue with the health care provider who performed the lumbar puncture to make sure that these symptoms are not related to the procedure and that they need to be addressed. ...Read more

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Can a lumbar puncture that caused explosive pain in the thigh cause nerve damage and muscle weakness in the same area? Is that damage permanent?

Can a lumbar puncture that caused explosive pain in the thigh cause nerve damage and muscle weakness in the same area? Is that damage permanent?

Could: Whether there is damage (let alone whether it is permanent) can be best determined by a good neurologic exam and may require an emg. ...Read more

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Lumbar puncture done 3+ years ago & still no one can massage/press on that site + about 2-3" around it. Now right foot and calf numb+lower back pain.?

Lumbar puncture done 3+ years ago & still no one can massage/press on that site + about 2-3" around it. Now right foot and calf numb+lower back pain.?

2 events?: Three years later, and ow there is foot numbness? For a problem like this, it is wise to start the evaluation over, with an interview, exam, and perhaps some testing, such as a nerve conduction test. It is conceivable the local pain was from a local injury, but it should not have caused foot numbness 3 years later. ...Read more

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Is there a lot of leg pain after lumbar laminectomy?

Is there a lot of leg pain after lumbar laminectomy?

Could Be: How much pain pain you are in depends on the type of surgery and how much nerve damage you had before that. In many cases the leg pain goes away when the pressure is taken off the nerve. How quickly that happens may depend on how long you have had the problem and whether or not there is any nerve damage. In most cases people do improve. The is what is the exact diagnosis and the best treatment. ...Read more

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Can lumbar tap cause back and leg pain?

Yes: The needle enters the spinal canal through muscles, tendons and along spinal bone, all of which can get scratched/irritated and hurt for days after the procedure. Leg pain is from hitting/irritating one or more of the spinal nerves (cauda equina) which run inside the spinal canal (surrounded by cerebrospinal fluid). These nerves run into the legs - therefore the leg pain when they get irritated. ...Read more

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