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What is the cause of my spinal tap pain?

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

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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I had two csections in less then two years. I am wondering is it possible that the spinal tap caused severe spinal pain in the middle of my back?

Possible: I believe you are referring to epidural anesthesia as spinal tap. Whether it is the cause of your back pain is hard to tell. It depends on how difficult/traumatic it was and what structures were affected. I tend to believe that pregnancy itself causes more stress on the back than a correctly placed epidural. ...Read more

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I've had people telling me that spinal tap can cause paralysis.. Is it true?

I've had people telling me that spinal tap can cause paralysis.. Is it true?

Highly unlikely: A lumbar puncture (spinal tap, lp) is a very safe procedure when done correctly. A needle is placed in the lumbar region (low back). The spinal cord ends higher up in the spine in most people and it would be very difficult to injure directly. Technically, there are risks to any procedure, but in experienced hands the chances of a severe complication are exceedingly rare with lp. ...Read more

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I read fibromyalgia can be caused by physical/medical trauma to body. Diagnosed shortly after spinal tap, any correlation? All other tests negative

I read fibromyalgia can be caused by physical/medical trauma to body. Diagnosed shortly after spinal tap, any correlation? All other tests negative

Not a risk: Headache and damage at the puncture site and bleeding are risks but not fibromyalgia. Here's info: http://www.emedicinehealth.com/spinal_tap/page2_em.htm The exact cause(s) are not known but there are things understood to be uninvolved. This is one. Look for relief - cause may not be known for a long time (if ever). Best wishes! ...Read more

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Can a spinal tap cause spina bifida?

Can a spinal tap cause spina bifida?

Unlikely: When was the spinal tap done? In utero? Later in life? It is unlikely. Spina bifida is usually the result of a cellular migration disorder and not from a spinal tap. ...Read more

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I can't get answers from nobody. Can I just have a list of possible causes of swollen optic nerves or is there not many causes? Already got spinal tap

I can't get answers from nobody. Can I just have a list of possible causes of swollen optic nerves or is there not many causes? Already got spinal tap

Optic Neuritis: Some causes of inflammation of optic nerves are Autoimmune diseases such as Multiple sclerosis, Sarcoidosis, Systemic Lupus, Infections such as measles or mumps or Herpes, or Drugs such as Tuberculosis medications. Hope that helps. Papilledema is the term for swollen optic nerve. If need more info., google the word Papilledema. ...Read more

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Could the EBV cause als? And what examination or tests is best to diagnose als? Spinal tap can it help?

Could the EBV cause als? And what examination or tests is best to diagnose als? Spinal tap can it help?

No relationship: Ebv is of interest in multiple sclerosis but not als. A neurological exam can demonstrate muscle twitching (fasciculations), weakness and atrophy, associated with highly brisk reflexes. An EMG study can help confirm, but make sure that such problems as hyperthyroidism, lyme disease, muscle disease and other nerve disorders such as multifocal motor neuropathy are excluded. ...Read more

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Mri showed white spots, suspected MS, but spinal tap normal. Neuro says white spots benign, but what exactly causes them?

Mri showed white spots, suspected MS, but spinal tap normal. Neuro says white spots benign, but what exactly causes them?

Nobody knows: ubo.(unidentified bright objects) http://neurology.about.com/od/cerebrovascular/a/What-Are-These-Spots-On-My-MRI.htm So are age spots. Indeed, age spots are very highly associated with diseases of aging like cerebrovascular disease..because they aren't in young people. Found in elephant man disease, stroke http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24936416 not so much MS. I've only seen them in normals. ...Read more

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Can white spots on MRI be caused by past trauma, such as falling and hitting head as a child? (Spinal tap normal)

Can white spots on MRI be caused by past trauma, such as falling and hitting head as a child? (Spinal tap normal)

Motion artifact ?: Any imaging test, especially an MRI, can have spots in them that are not a real abnormality, called motion artifact. Your radiologist should be able to tell if the spots are something real or not, because the dots can represent fluid collections as well. If some question exists about whether this is a real finding, you will need to repeat the study, sorry. Trauma can cause fluid collections... ...Read more

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I have mild levoconvex thoracolumbar scoliosis and i was wondering if that could have been caused by the spinal tap for meningitis.

I have mild levoconvex thoracolumbar scoliosis and i was wondering if that could have been caused by the spinal tap for meningitis.

No, definitely not: no. Spinal tap can be you acute and subacute headaches but will not change the curvature of the spine. ...Read more

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Can a spinal tap cause low heart rate? If not what could cause low heart rate? What am i @ risk of due to having low heart rate? How to gain normalhr

Can a spinal tap cause low heart rate? If not what could cause low heart rate?  What am i @ risk of due to having low heart rate? How to gain normalhr

Lumbar puncture: A spinal tap would not normally cause a low heart rate, if you have a persistent low heart rate that is symptomatic a consultation with a cardiologist would be the best route to go. ...Read more

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Can a spinal tap or bacterial meningitis cause lumbar radiculopathy ?

Can a spinal tap or bacterial meningitis cause lumbar radiculopathy ?

EXTREMELY RARE: Spinal tap is relatively complication-free other than occasional post LP headache, readily reversible with a blood patch. Bacterial meningitis a life-threatening infection and does require emergency treatment, but usually is also reversable, and does not typically involve complications with nerve roots. However, if medication is administered intrathecally, arachnoiditis possible, may cause rad. ...Read more

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Hubby small avm ruptured-caused diplopia. 3 neurosurgeons haven't linked infant spinal meningitis & plan radiosurgery . Should spinal tap been given?

Hubby small avm ruptured-caused diplopia. 3 neurosurgeons haven't linked infant spinal meningitis & plan radiosurgery . Should spinal tap been given?

No: a spinal tap may worsen the situation due to change in pressure gradient (usually there is some swelling with leaking avm's as free blood is an irritant) Gamma knife surgery makes sense. ...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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