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Is it okay to have terrible stinging pain after lumbar puncture (spinal tap)?

Is it okay to have terrible stinging pain after lumbar puncture (spinal tap)?

Yes: The lumbar puncture procedure can cause some local back pain. The back pain should not last for more than 2-3 days after the procedure. It should not cause severe back pain. Talk to your doctor if you develop any headaches, numbness/tingling/weakness in the low extremities, severe back pain, or any difficulty with bowel or bladder function. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Ingerman
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Lumbar (Definition)

The lumbar part of the spine is the low back. It is made up of five bones (most of the time) stacked one on top of the other. They are connected by disks, facet joints, and ligaments. These soft parts allow for movement controlled by the spinal muscles; the muscles can also keep it stiff when need be. The lumbar spine also contains and protects nerves to ...Read more


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How long can a lumbar puncture/ spinal tap headache last?

Days: Varies, but often can take a few days to completely go away. If the headaches are increasing or accompanied by other symptoms (stiffness, fever, neck pain, etc) you should see the physician that did the spinal sampling. It takes a bit of time to restore the volume of fluid drawn during that time headache (alone) are not uncommon. ...Read more

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For how long does a lumbar puncture/ spinal tap headache last?

For how long does a lumbar puncture/ spinal tap headache last?

Duration: It can last from two days to rarely a month, cured immediately most of the time with an epidural blood patch. ...Read more

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How much time does a lumbar puncture/ spinal tap headache last?

How much time does a lumbar puncture/ spinal tap headache last?

Post LP Headache: Post lumbar puncture/spinal tap headaches last until the tiny hole in the dura seals. This can be years but is usually a day or 3. Typically, the cure is to lay flat for 24 hours to keep the pressure low and allow the tiny hole in the dura to heal which it almost always does. Lots of caffeine is helpful too. You may want to call your dr and ask about a blood patch. ...Read more

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My lumbar puncture(spinal tap) pain in head 10x worse than before?

My lumbar puncture(spinal tap) pain in head 10x worse than before?

Please let your : Doctor know. 32% of people develop headaches after lumbar punctures. ...Read more

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Can i go to an amusement park a day after a lumbar punture? Spinal tap was done yesterday, going to great adventure in the morning

Not recommended : After a spinal tap is done there is a small opening in your spinal canal that has to heal. I would wait 1-2 weeks before going on rides as it may lead to the opening breaking open and leading to significant symptoms of CSF leakage. ...Read more

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What are the complications of having a lumbar puncture (spinal tap) to check for bacterial meningitis?

What are the complications of having a lumbar puncture (spinal tap) to check for bacterial meningitis?

Many but rare: There are many potential side effects and some are serious but most are rare with the most common being a slight headache. These should be discussed with the individual performing the tap but the benefits usually outweigh the risks. ...Read more

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I got a spinal tap / lumbar puncture today?

If you have a: Specific question about the procedure or symptoms afterwards then please clarify and re-ask the question. ...Read more

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What is a spinal tap / lumbar puncture like?

Not bad: A small needle prick in the small of the back then some pressure and that is about it. ...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