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Old 05-05-2003, 01:12 PM   #1
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Question IS A SPINAL TAP PAINFUL ?

I heard that it is a very very painful procedure. I need to have a neuropathy evaluated but am afraid I will need a spinal tap. How painful it is? Why can't I be put top sleep to have it done? Thanks.

 
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I have never had a spinal tap but you can find the procedure on the internet. Sounds like they numb the area and you don't feel much except maybe some pressure. It says you may experience headaches and should stay quiet and lay down for the first few days afterwards.

 
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I had a spinal tap, done in an ER setting, and it went much better than I would have thought. There was no pain involved at all, just a "funny bone" sensation shooting down one leg into the feet, and it only lasts for a second, at the very end of the procedure. Otherwise you'll feel next to nothing, the area will be fairly numb. If all goes well this is literally a 5 minute procedure. You should lie down afterwards and drink a soda with caffiene as well as some water, to prevent a headache. Good luck.

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