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Things That Can Go Wrong During Lumbar Puncture
Bunionectomy: There are many bunionectomy procedures and each can have their potential complications. Generally, these are rare and compliance with post-op instructions is very important. Possible complications: infection, slow healing of bone or soft tissue, failure of the fixation (screws, pins, plates, etc), over-correction, under-correction of the deformity, anesthesia issues (any surgery). ...Read more
I have cervical spine stenosis at c2 and c3, can it cause problems with tripping up stairs. What could be done to fix it.
Blood clot on sciatic nerve in lumber area, very severe spasm pain, can this be fixed to stop this nasty pain please, anybody?
New back pain 2 weeks after first visit to chiropractor. It hurts worse when moving certain ways. Could this be from the manipulation? Spinal tumor?
Rare: This a rare but very serious problem. It can occur when amniotic fluid gets into the blood stream and sets up a reaction that can b e life threatening., . ...Read more
Is there anything a patient should NOT do b4 getting a spinal epidural injection(chronic pain) that could make it so the dr couldn't do the procedure?
Depends.: Follow the instructions given beforehand for the procedure. Obviously, don't drink alcohol or use recreational drugs. Other limitations may be given, depending on how immediately it needs to be done. Check with the doc who ordered it or with the doc who is going to do it to be clear on this. In an emergency situation, the requirements are different. ...Read more
Can Xanax (alprazolam) or ambien cause your optic nerves to swell up. Got a spinal tap they said there was no pressure that could cause them to swell.
No: This would exceptionally unlikely as a cause. ...Read more
What could happen to crack or even crumple vertebrae, but it happens all the time to crush a healthy lumbar vertabra?
Without osteoporosis: it takes a lot of force to fracture a vertebrae - e.g. falling from a considerable height, high speed motor vehicle accident, significant direct blunt trauma to the spine. Unless there are other problems in the vertebrae, like a tumor or growth in the bone that eats up the bone rendering it weak. ...Read more
Lumbar puncture (LP): Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) bathes brain & spinal cord (cns). CSF may be abnormal in some diseases. In an lp, you are either on your side or sitting. Md feels lower back for interspace between 4th & 5th lumbar vertebrae, below end of cns. Lidocaine is injected. 3” hollow needle is inserted thru interspace & into sac holding CNS & csf. Md collects CSF (usually ~1 tsp) into 3-4 tubes. CSF sent to lab. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Spinal canal narrowing no cord compression seen on MRI but could this cause my sciatica pain to go all way down to near outside ankle of right foot?
So it is possible an inflamed nerve in lumbar spine can cause feeling to urinate? My doctor said mri next will this find it?
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
Can a person experience an imbalance when walking due to a cervical bulged, herniated or slipped disc or would this hardly ever happen at the neck?
Can you have a bulging disk that only presses on nerves causing pain sometime when you twist or move a certin way? Thanks
Yes: Yes depending upon the location of the herniated disc, you can turn in a fashion that brings the nerve closer to the disk and injuring it transiently. This accounts for the pain when you move in a certain way. Thereafter you have muscular contraction in your back that is present for several weeks. ...Read more
Does arthritis in your hands make you drop things? Is there anything that can be done to help me stop dropping things? I'm only 35.
Depends: It would help if you elaborate more on your symptoms and the work up you have had at the hospital. 'Pain in the kidneys' - Is it on only one side or both? Have you had any urinary symptoms along with it? For how long? Have you been having any fevers? Any history of kidney stones? Was imaging done? Was Urine checked for infection? If all negative - see your pcp. Could be muscle spasms as well. ...Read more
Can you make yourself worse after a bad whiplash injury by not resting enough and doing things that cause pain esp in neck? 9i.E. Computer work?)
An nondiagnostic esi caused a protective back flattening spasm to go away leaving me in more pain. How do I get it back?
Confusing: Not really sure what you are talking about. Discuss with the doc who did the esi. ...Read more
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