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Denda
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   Posted 12/27/2006 9:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi All -
I'm having my LP today at 2:00.  I'm drinking lots of water per dr's advice.  Here's what the script says:
 
tube 1: glucose protein vdrl
tube 2: viral antigens
tube 3: cell count, diff, cytology
tube 4: ms profile serum for glucose olig-bonds
 
Does anyone know how long it takes to get the test results back?  I asked my dr and she stated "some we'll have right away and some will take weeks."  Well, of course, I didn't ask what ones we'll have to wait for weeks (ms ones?).  I'll see what I can pull out of the anesthesiologist at the hospital, but thought I would ask here too...
 
Thanks for the info.

Shashi
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   Posted 12/27/2006 10:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Denda,
 
When I had my LP in October, it took about a week to ten days to get the results back.  (Mine was negative for everything.)
 
Are you having the LP done with fluroscopy?  For me, that's the only way to go.  It's a lot easier and less painful because the doctor can see exactly where to insert the needle instead of poking around at your back.
 
I hope your test goes well and you get the results you need soon.
Hugs,
 
Lisa ~
 
Living in Limboland!
 
Negative MRIs + Negative LP + Positive symptoms = A lot of confusion + A ton of frustration!


Denda
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   Posted 12/27/2006 10:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Shashi -

Thanks for the quick reply! No, no fluroscopy. I've had an epidural before, so I'm not too worried about that. With the abnormal MRI, the whole family is kind of freaking out, as well as myself (but keeping that to myself). :o)

Thanks for the well wishes, hopefully the holiday's won't hold up the results too long. Thanks again

tropical dreams
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   Posted 12/27/2006 10:36 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Denda,

I work in a hospital and lab and most of these test are sent out to a reference lab and can up to 7 days for final reports to come back and get to your Dr.  The cell count and glucose are done in the hospital lab.  Cytology is sent to the pathologist at the hospital.  Your Spinal fluid will arrive at the lab with the order, the lab will pour off the correct amount of MLs into sterile containers using sterile pippetts.  The specimens wll be picked up by the refence lab by the end of the day.  The next day the reference lab will set up the test and start the process.  Most times the hospital get the final reports within several days but then they need to go to the Dr.  I had to wait 2 weeks for mine.

Good luck today, I know you will be fine just relax, take deep calming breaths.  It didn't hurt me and I did not get a headache so I'm sure you'll do fine.  I know how hard it is to wait.  I hope this helped explain why it takes as long as it does.  If you need more info let me know and I'll try to anser your questions in more detail.  Hang in there sweetie.

 

Hugs


***Carla***
 
EVERY DAY I WAKE IS A NEW POSITIVE BEGINNING
 
Dx 08/02/06 MS
Betaseron
Citalopram
Gabapentin


Denda
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   Posted 12/27/2006 11:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks a ton Carla! It does help.

I worked as a biller in a hospital for 12 years, so I do know that side of it, but the actual process of the specimens is what I lack. Your explanation helps a whole lot. The waiting is the worse, but whatever comes we'll tackle it head on. I'll report back when I know more. My next appointment isn't until March, which at that time we were going to do a 2nd EEG (sleep deprived and possibly another MRI), but I'm sure I'll hear from her before then. I'll give her until mid-January and then start bugging them. :o)

Thanks again for your help!

ConfusedGal
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   Posted 12/27/2006 12:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I had a lumbar puncture about a month ago as well. Mine was positive. Like I said, I was diagnosed officially last week after further changes in my MRI. Took 4 months for an official diagnosis since the symptoms started. I suppose I am "lucky" to not be in limbo any longer... My LP did not hurt in the least. Good luck to you!

Kimber
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   Posted 12/27/2006 2:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Denda,
 
   It's been a few years, but results were back in about a week or so.  Just wanted to wish you luck today! 
 
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uppitycats
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   Posted 12/27/2006 2:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Good luck with your lp. I hope all goes smoothly.
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rhondab
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   Posted 12/27/2006 5:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Denda

I hope u'r lp went well today and u had no prob with the headache. Many do very well and don't experience it. Please let us know what u hear..and try not to worry too much. I've learned that the worry only makes u miserable and gets u nowhere fast! Keep u'rself busy with other things as much as possible and maybe the time will go faster. Best wishes to u!

rhonda

Denda
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   Posted 12/28/2006 8:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi All -
It was so nice to log on to the forum this morning and see all the well wishes! Thank you all so much.

Everyone was right, it was a piece of cake. The anesthesiologist had me sit up with my feet over the side of the bed on a chair in a kind of hunched over position, numbed me and the needle was in. He was very nice, my hubby got to watch everything. It seemed to take forever for the fluid to get all the sample tubes filled, but of course, it didn't fill them just a few drops in each. We all carried on a nice conversation during the whole thing about why I was doing this and what my MRI showed, it kept my mind busy. I had a little residual headache most of the night, but I'm sure that was nerves and nothing to do with the lp and I'm a little stiff today, but glad that test is done and waiting for the results. I'll keep everyone informed. Thanks again for everything! :o)

tropical dreams
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   Posted 12/28/2006 11:54 AM (GMT -6)   
So glad it went well for you and your feeling ok. Keep us posted as you find out any results.

Hugs
***Carla***
 
EVERY DAY I WAKE IS A NEW POSITIVE BEGINNING
 
Dx 08/02/06 MS
Betaseron
Citalopram
Gabapentin


Denda
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   Posted 1/4/2007 1:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone -

Just thought I would update the group. I'm kind of bummed at the moment. My neurologist office just called and told me that the anesthesiologist didn't pull enough spinal fluid for the ms profile to be performed. All the other tests came back OK, but of course the biggies couldn't be done. I have to go back in to the hospital for another LP tomorrow. And my dr told the anesthesiologist to make sure and 'fill it to the brim' with spinal fluid. I'll keep you all updated. Keep your fingers crossed.
I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow.
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shellypoo
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   Posted 1/4/2007 3:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I hope all goes well......sheesh, tell them to turn the tap on full force! Take care!:)
Michelle ><>
 
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Denda
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   Posted 1/4/2007 3:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Michelle -

It was awful nice of you to pop your head in here for me when you've got all of what you've got going on! Thanks! I hope you start feeling better!
I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow.
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tropical dreams
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   Posted 1/4/2007 4:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Denda, so sorry to hear that you have to have this darn LP over again. I know for part of the MS profile they need a min of 4 MLs and that is only for part of the profile. Hang in there at least part of your tests came back ok. Will be thinking of you:)

Hugs to you
***Carla***
 
EVERY DAY I WAKE IS A NEW POSITIVE BEGINNING
 
Dx 08/02/06 MS
Betaseron
Citalopram
Gabapentin


rhondab
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   Posted 1/4/2007 5:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Denda

Geez!! What a bummer!!! I guess things just happen, but maybe this time they can get enuf to last awhile...and get ALL the testing done! I'll keep u in my prayers and hope it'll go well for u. Let us know how it goes and how u'r feeling.

rhonda

Kimber
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   Posted 1/4/2007 9:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Denda,
 
   Wow I'm sorry you have to do it again, least you know what to expect this time though :-) Best of luck tomorrow and keep us updated.
 
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