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Can i lay on my side while recuperating from a spinal tap?

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Dr. Kevin Vaught
Neurosurgery
4 doctors agree

In brief: Sure

Just take it easy and drink plenty of fluids for a few days.

In brief: Sure

Just take it easy and drink plenty of fluids for a few days.
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Dr. Jefferson Chen
Neurosurgery
4 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

When they tell you to lay flat for a couple of hours after a spinal tap, the goal is to prevent a spinal headache.
This occurs because of the new pressure differential between the back and the head. If you keep you head at about the same level of the back, even laying on your side, this should decrease the risk of a spinal headache.

In brief: Yes

When they tell you to lay flat for a couple of hours after a spinal tap, the goal is to prevent a spinal headache.
This occurs because of the new pressure differential between the back and the head. If you keep you head at about the same level of the back, even laying on your side, this should decrease the risk of a spinal headache.
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Dr. Bahman Omrani
Pain Management
3 doctors agree

In brief: Spinal tap

No recuperation is needed after an uncomplicated spinal tap.
You may be referring to dural puncture headaches, made worse with standing and improved with lying down. To the best of my knowledge, it does not make a difference if you lay flat or on your side.

In brief: Spinal tap

No recuperation is needed after an uncomplicated spinal tap.
You may be referring to dural puncture headaches, made worse with standing and improved with lying down. To the best of my knowledge, it does not make a difference if you lay flat or on your side.
Dr. Bahman Omrani
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