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Where In The Vertebral Column Is A Lumbar Puncture Generally Done
In the canal: A lumbar puncture is typically used to get cerebrospinal fluid from the spinal canal. It includes a needle inserted in the back between the spinous processes and lamina of the spine and then through the dura - which is the blood brain barrier around the nerves. Generally, the puncture is performed around the l4-5 levels. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Low back: Most often in the lower back (between L4 and L5 or between L5 and s1). ...Read more
I have lower back pain 2 inches away from vertebral column.It is like a toothache pain.With the X-ray no herinated disk found.Could it be fibromyalgia
It could be a number: Of things including a disc problem realizing that an x-ray does not reveal a disc problem which is best evaluated by MRI or ct. The psi could be muscular, arthritic, disc related or even non spine related like an ulcer or kidney stone. If it persists or worsens, see your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does lumbar puncture go into muscle and/or near discs? One year later and still back pain that did not have before. Wonder if procedure was done right
Unusual: The pain you are experiencing is not usually associated with a lumbar puncture. It is usually limited to a couple days to a week or so. A routine lumbar puncture should not damage muscle or a disc as the needle only penetrates the midline lumbar spine deep enough to obtain a small sample of the fluid. I suggest seeing your doctor, he or she can help pinpoint the cause of your pain. ...Read more
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
Today i had a lumbar puncture done but my back is absolutely hurting so much its incredible. The spinal fluid was clear by the way and the pressure was 19 but he said that was normal because of slight stress. But my back is hurting like crazy sinds the pu
Sorry to hear that: Sometimes LP's can result in lower back pain. Your doctor should've prescribed something for your pain in case it developed. Also, you should drink plenty of fluids and be taking it easy from heavy exertional activities for a couple of days. It'll get better. But if it gets worse or something feels like it's swelling in the low back etc. you should contact the doctor right away. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I had a lumbar puncture done in an ER...I am now having severe spinal headache, I cant even sit up at all!! I vomit and have to lay back down. HELP?
Post-LP headache: First thing, lay down. Don't get up. Second, hydrate - water/Gatorade/Powerade. And third, caffeine and ibuprofen (per instructions)! If not better in 72-96 hours post-LP, would contact provider who performed LP for possible epidural 'blood patch.' Most post-LP headaches resolve with the above instructions. Laying down is most important. ...Read more
I had a lumbar puncture done 4 weeks ago. I am having horrible back pain, headaches, numbness,weakness and pain in my legs and hips.
Need evaluation: The issues start with why you had the lumbar puncture. What were they looking for? Why was it done? Then, how long after the LP did the syndrome evolve? Changing? Do you have objective fever (actually measured fever)? Have you had a lumbar MRI scan? What did it show? Do you tend to get pain (background headaches, other pains, recurring pain problems)? Go for further evaluation. ...Read more
Lumbar puncture done 3+ years ago & still no one can massage/press on that site + about 2-3" around it. Now right foot and calf numb+lower back pain. ?
2 events?: Three years later, and ow there is foot numbness? For a problem like this, it is wise to start the evaluation over, with an interview, exam, and perhaps some testing, such as a nerve conduction test. It is conceivable the local pain was from a local injury, but it should not have caused foot numbness 3 years later. ...Read more
LP: A lumbar puncture is a procedure in which a physician will insert a needle into the spinal canal to collect spinal fluid. After a hole is placed into the sac which contains the fluid, fluid can leak out which can result in headache or what is referred to as a spinal headache. Lying flat after the procedure reduces the likelihood of this happening which is why patients are told to lie flat after a lumbar puncture. ...Read more
I had a lumbar puncture 7 hours ago and now I'm having somewhat severe back pain and I feel foggy. Is this normal?
Any headache?: #1 adverse effect of lumbar puncture is post-procedure headache, which is treated with lying flat and drinking lots of water besides the pain meds. Back pain where the LP was done, if persistent beyond 48 hrs, may indicate infection, but more likely nerve involvement during the procedure. Mental lethargy should not happen unless you had meningitis. Was meningitis what LP was done for? ...Read more
Would results from a lumbar puncture give any indication of lupus? My results came back negative and I wonder if lupus is still a possibility
I've been diagnosed with papilledima taking Acetazolamide and have done the lumbar puncture once. I'm afraid of losing my eyesight. will tat happen?
Not likely: With aggressive treatment it is unlikely that you will loose your eyesight but it may not return to baseline prior to the attack. ...Read more
I had a lumbar puncture done 3 days ago. Starting the next day I am having headaches that are light but not very bad. Do I have to get a blood patch?
Is it normal to be in pain after a failed lumbar puncture. Had one yesterday and hurts to bend over and sit down. In a lot of pain and back tender?
Sometimes: If they tried multiple times to do the lumbar puncture, but failed, it could certainly be sore. The needle is being passed through tissue and you could have a bruise or hematoma causing the pain. You need to be aware of leg pain, numbness or weakness. Should those symptoms develop, seek immediate care to rule out an epidural hematoma. ...Read more
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