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Is it okay to have terrible stinging pain after lumbar puncture (spinal tap)?
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Dr. Chintan Sampat
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
The lumbar puncture procedure can cause some local back pain.
The back pain should not last for more than 2-3 days after the procedure. It should not cause severe back pain. Talk to your doctor if you develop any headaches, numbness/tingling/weakness in the low extremities, severe back pain, or any difficulty with bowel or bladder function.

In brief: Yes
The lumbar puncture procedure can cause some local back pain.
The back pain should not last for more than 2-3 days after the procedure. It should not cause severe back pain. Talk to your doctor if you develop any headaches, numbness/tingling/weakness in the low extremities, severe back pain, or any difficulty with bowel or bladder function.
Dr. Chintan Sampat
Dr. Chintan Sampat
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
In brief: Occasionally, one
Can experience pain at the tap site for a day or two.
If it is radiating down a leg it means a nerve may have been irritated.

In brief: Occasionally, one
Can experience pain at the tap site for a day or two.
If it is radiating down a leg it means a nerve may have been irritated.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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