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Is it okay to have severe pain at the injection site of a lumbar puncture followed by leg weakness?
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Dr. Julian Bragg
Neurology
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In brief: No, get evaluated
While the symptoms you describe may simply be a result of nerve root irritation, they may represent a hematoma- bleeding from the lumbar puncture site can put pressure on the nerve root or the spine itself.
This can be extremely dangerous, and you should definitely get checked to rule out the possibility.

In brief: No, get evaluated
While the symptoms you describe may simply be a result of nerve root irritation, they may represent a hematoma- bleeding from the lumbar puncture site can put pressure on the nerve root or the spine itself.
This can be extremely dangerous, and you should definitely get checked to rule out the possibility.
Dr. Julian Bragg
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
In brief: Not typical but
The injection may have been more of a spinal rather than an epidural giving you pain and the weakness or it could be a bleed (epidural hematoma) or a coincidental progression of the disc herniation .
In any case, you need to be evaluated by your physician and may need a MRI if the symptoms are not improving.

In brief: Not typical but
The injection may have been more of a spinal rather than an epidural giving you pain and the weakness or it could be a bleed (epidural hematoma) or a coincidental progression of the disc herniation .
In any case, you need to be evaluated by your physician and may need a MRI if the symptoms are not improving.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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