Re: Anybody have a spinal tap
I have yet to have a spinal tap although my neurologist suggested a nerve block to try and relieve the pain from my diabetic perepheral neuropathy which was a result of exposure to agent orange during Vietnam. If I understood him correctly it sounds like the procedure would be in the same area.
We have held off to date due to my having a colostomy, diagnosed with colon cancer 26 years ago and he's not sure if it'll affect my bowel function or not. I did have a myelogram shortly sfter my stroke 5 months ago (doc wanted to assess spinal compression before proceeding with therapy) again, not the same thing, but the procedure was painless..just a little bruising. I know from other injuries how frightening anything to do with the spine can be, but if we keep a good positive attitude and have faith in our doctors it should carry us a long way.
I find as we get older we just seem to "stumble upon" one ailment after another, I do agree with growagourd, there is no harm in asking for medication to either calm our nerves or help with the pain...life is difficult enough, we need not suffer needlessly.