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

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

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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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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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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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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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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When can you take band aid off of puncture wound after spinal tap?

When can you take band aid off of puncture wound after spinal tap?

Remove a bandaid: I would give it about 12 hours and then remove it - there should NOT be any fluid or blood leaking once you remove the bandaid. IF so - you need to call whoever did the tap.
Puncture wounds made with needles heal rapidly ...Read more

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After a spinal tap is it normal to have stinging pains lower than the puncture site on one side of your back?

After a spinal tap is it normal to have stinging pains lower than the puncture site on one side of your back?

Yes but improving?: Yes it is occasionally not alto experience minor numbing and tingling sensations following a spinal tap but it should be improving and not worsening in which case you should emergency contact your physician. ...Read more

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I got a spinal tap / lumbar puncture today?

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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After spinal tap (lumbar puncture) done in january 2013, my back is still in a great amount of pain. What could this be?

After spinal tap (lumbar puncture) done in january 2013, my back is still in a great amount of pain. What could this be?

Not the tap: It would be unusual for a spinal tap to cause lasting symptoms. Your pain may be related to the condition that warranted the spinal tap in the first place. ...Read more

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Spinal tap / lumbar puncture headache, is there anything I can do to relieve this?

Yes: Rest, fluids, caffeine, over the counter medications. If these do not work, a blood patch may be needed. This is where any anesthesiologist injects your own blood in the region of your lumbar puncture. The blood clots over the hole left from your lumbar puncture and your pressure rebuilds again. ...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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I had a spinal tap three days ago. I developed a spinal headache, a numb right leg, & a knot at the puncture site. What kind of a recovery time am I looking at?

Eternal: Go back and have the hole in your dura sealed back up with a blood patch! You're leaking spinal fluid where you had the lumbar puncture and it won't heal itself. The fastest way to take care of it is to have blood drawn, repeat the spinal tap, and inject those platelets into the canal to seal up the puncture where you're leaking. Your headache will be gone very soon thereafter. ...Read more

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Does spinal tap hurt?

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

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Is a spinal tap safe?

Invasive test: All invasive tests carry risks, but the conditions they are testing for (and sometimes treating) can be much worse than the test itself. I always make sure the person having the test understands the balance between risk and benefit, and any potential alternatives, if any. ...Read more

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What is a spinal tap?

What is a spinal tap?

A DIAGNOSTIC TEST: Spinal tap is a diagnostic test
they make the patient lay on their side in fetus position knee bends and head down pushing the back out
sometime they use sedation they clean the area of the lower back with anti septic solution
they the injected the skin with numbing medicine, they place long needle in the spine to sample fluid to analyse it
it is uncomfortable but not painfull. ...Read more

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How painful is a spinal tap?

How painful is a spinal tap?

Not bad: Usually only takes 5-10 minutes to perform. Although it can be a little uncomfortable, it is usually well tolerated. ...Read more

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What medication is in a spinal tap?

What medication is in a spinal tap?

Lidocaine: No medicine is injected in the spinal canal in a diagnostic spinal tap. Small amounts of anesthetic are injected in the soft tissues to control local pain. ...Read more

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Is this normal spinal tap if negative?

Yes: Yes, a negative result means it is normal. ...Read more

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What is the cause of my spinal tap pain?

Spinal tap pain: Sometimes patients have a "spinal headache" following lumbar puncture ("spinal tap") because a small amount of fluid continues to leak from the site. In other patients, pain occurs because bleeding or infection has occured in the area. In any of these cases, it is exceedingly important to report these symptoms to your doctor so that you can be diagnosed and managed appropriately! ...Read more

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How serious are spinal tap complications?

How serious are spinal tap complications?

Spinal Tap: Most common is headache & nausea, serious complications are extremely rare such as bleeding or infection or CSF leak. ...Read more

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What does a spinal tap experience feel like?

What does a spinal tap experience feel like?

Bee sting: The worst part is numbing the skin on your back. After this, you should just feel pressure when the needle is inserted into the spinal canal to withdraw fluid.
It's not something fun you'd sign up for on a saturday night, but it's not that bad either. Experienced dr's make it much easier. ...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 does a spinal tap feel like? How painful is it?

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

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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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Can I lay on my side while recuperating from a spinal tap?

Sure: Just take it easy and drink plenty of fluids for a few days. ...Read more

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