Originally Posted by mszee
Trying to get an idea of what an LP is similar to. For those women that have had an epidural is it similar? For those who have had Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injections is it a similar process? I have had 2 epidurals(was just fine) and 1 epidural steroid injection(that ish HURT). Just trying to figure out to see where I would want to have it done. I don't want the VA sticking anything in my spine.
As a male member of the human species, all I can tell you is that it is different based on the fact that the epidural is used to affect the nerve while the LP is the removal of cerebral spinal fluid which is not the nerve. The doctor goes past the nerve. The LP procedure is similar to the epidural I observed when my wife delivered our boys in that a local is administered prior to the procedure. When you have the LP you will usually lie on your side and draw your legs upward (fetal position) which increases the space between your vertebrae.
The last LP I had in 2002 was painless and it was quick.
Relax and breathe normally and follow the doctor's instructions and you should do well.