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What does a spinal tap feel like? How painful is it?

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

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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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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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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Would a spinal tap feel like a nerve root block, facet joint injections or more uncomfortable?

Would a spinal tap feel like a nerve root block, facet joint injections or more uncomfortable?

Discomfort with LP : Depends on lots of things ( mostly technique I have found ) Often patients ask if it will hurt as I am finishing the procedure !! ( they felt absolutely no pain at all ) ...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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What kind of diseases and other things does a spinal tap look for and help rule out?

What kind of diseases and other things does a spinal tap look for and help rule out?

Good question: Infection-viral, bacterial, fungal blood- sub arachnoid hemorrhage inflammatory conditions affectng myelin multiple sclerosis, others spinal dissesemination of tumors. ...Read more

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Does a spinal tap hurt either during or after the needle?

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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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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