WHAT CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT SPINAL TAPS

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  1. FOYBOYFOY

    FOYBOYFOY New Member

    THANKS FOR RESPONDING
    AS YOU CAN SEE IN MY PROFILE IVE SEEN MANY DOCTORS AND HAD SO MANY TEST. THEY MENTIONED SPINAL TAP AT ONE POINT BUT YET TO HAVE THIS TEST DONE. WHAT CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT THE PROCEDURE AND WHAT CAN THEY TELL FROM THE RESULTS ? THX FOY
  2. pam_d

    pam_d New Member

    ....so I can honestly tell you I don't remember a whole lot about it.

    I DO remember that one of the cautions afterward is to lie completely flat for 30-60 minutes before raising your head and body. I even laid there a little longer since they weren't needing the room imminently. This is to prevent a killer headache that can occur after this procedure (and I have heard of rare cases where this headache can persist for month or years). The key is to follow the directions carefully. I had NO headache problems (and a headache IS common for the rest of the day at least) because I followed the precautions to the letter.

    Another thing a nurse told me was, drink caffeine afterward---even if you aren't typically a caffeine user. I stopped afterward and got a big caffeinated soda (as I hate coffee).

    I had no problems with either the procedure itself or headaches afterward. For me, I think they were looking for neurological stuff and Lyme disease---found nothing.

    Good luck!

    Pam
  3. Lendy5

    Lendy5 New Member

    Hi, I had this done a few years ago and unfortunately I developed the horrible spinal headache which is worse than any migraine could be. Here is some info on this procedure.

    A spinal tap is a procedure performed when a doctor needs to look at the cerebrospinal fluid. Spinal tap is also referred to as a lumbar puncture.

    Most spinal taps can be completed within 5-10 minutes.

    You are asked to lie on your side with your legs and hips bent (flexed) up toward your chest and your neck slightly bent forward. This position is often called the fetal position. (Some doctors place you in a seated position, where you lean forward and rest your arms on a tray or back of a chair.

    A numbing medication (lidocaine) is injected first into your skin and then into the deeper tissues of your lower back to numb the area completely. This injection causes some minor discomfort, described as a burning sensation.

    The needle is then inserted in your lower back, where the fluid is contained.

    About 5-30% of people who have a spinal tap get what is commonly referred to as post –lumbar puncture headache.

    Your headache may start up to 48 hours after the procedure and usually lasts for 2 days or less.

    The headache typically worsens when you are in an upright position and lessens when you lie flat.

    The cause of the headache is leakage of the spinal fluid from around the puncture site.

    Younger people and males have an increased risk of headaches after lumbar puncture compared with older people and females.

    You reduce your chance of getting one of these headaches by drinking plenty of fluids, especially caffeine products such as tea, coffee, and cola.

    Occasionally, a blood patch is needed. An anesthesiologist or pain management specialist injects a small amount of your own blood at the site where the spinal tap was performed. You usually experience relief within 30 minutes after this procedure.


    carolin
  4. FOYBOYFOY

    FOYBOYFOY New Member

    thanks for you time pam GOD BLESS FOY
  5. FOYBOYFOY

    FOYBOYFOY New Member

    THANKS FOR YOUR TIME GOD BLESS FOY