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BadDay
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   Posted 3/30/2014 5:35 PM (GMT -6)   
well its time Lumber puncture Tomorrow smhair
I had it postponed due to moving but now its the day why am I So Scared
Hubby is Really Not wanting me to do it says What if this or that
But I Have to do it if I want to get any answers

Bad Mojo
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   Posted 3/30/2014 7:18 PM (GMT -6)   
BadDay,

They are not as bad as they sound. The needle is so thin I didn't even feel it go in. I had an intern do mine and he couldn't find the right spot so he kept trying over and over again. Since he was hitting some nerves my legs were twitching as he poked around. Finally a seasoned doc stepped in and it was over in a couple of minutes. I had zero side effects afterwards. Moral of my story...don't let the intern practice on you!

BadDay
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   Posted 3/30/2014 8:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank You So much I needed to hear that. Sorry you had that happen I wonder why they let interns "practice" on us I know they need to learn but keep using a Dummy till they get it right then use a live patient
My Neurologist will be doing it he won't let anyone do stuff like that he even said he hates it when technicians do nerve conduction tests that the Doctor should do it
so I guess that should help
I know it needs to be done as the MRI showed Something there and this should confirm I guess
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   Posted 3/31/2014 7:36 AM (GMT -6)   
I had a very similar experience to Bad Mojo. My neurologist did it. He had to poke around a bit and that was a bit icky. But he found a spot quick and it was all over sooner than I imagined. I too had no lasting issues. I spent that afternoon in bed. The next day, I was fine.

I hope you get some answers that leads to relief. Best of luck to you. I'll be watching for an update.
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BadDay
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   Posted 3/31/2014 11:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi well as Hubby had been concerned about me getting it done also the drive home after so I rang hospital yesterday to ask & they said bring pillows for the trip home So OK we got up at 6am drove the 50min(1hr) into the Hospital with hubby scowling the whole time saying he was worried.
then Neurologist gets there and his Registrar (side kick ) comes in She was Very Nice She'd be doing it (oh oh) but ok
in goes first Local anaesthetic stung a bit but ok then can you feel this YES ok More Anaesthetic -- then again , then again, then push Pain then REAL PAIN so More Anasetic then push then Shooting pain down leg and feel nauseas, I think we got up to 6 anasetic needles and maybe 10 goes at the lumbar puncture -- not sure as I lost count as I was busy sweating , she kept saying " I keep hitting Bone " - Yep you sure did !
so anyway just as I was about to say hay I've had enough STOP - She turned to the Dr and said she didn't want to keep trying
she was really nice and it was no doubt my weird back that was the issue, I did feel sorry for her
But then they said I'd get it done under a CT scan Hmmm nono I might think about that
so I came home wrapped in my pillows and went to bed
oh yes Hubby keeps Saying I Knew Something was going to go wrong ! !

Bad Mojo
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   Posted 4/1/2014 7:34 AM (GMT 0)   
I warned you about the interns, lol! Sorry you had such a bad experience.

If your neuro said they'd be doing it and didn't, I'd be throwing a fit. I'm no doctor, but I don't see how a CT scan can provide the same results.

BadDay
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   Posted 4/1/2014 2:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi what they want to do is do a lumber puncture While under a CT scan so they pin point the spot ? but right now I really don't think I can do it

Gretchen1
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   Posted 4/1/2014 7:37 AM (GMT -6)   
That's awful!!!!! I can't believe they didn't get it done! They can do real-time X-ray (fluoroscopy). This usually makes it very easy to find a space to pull from. What a shame that they weren't successful. I'm very sorry.

I'd be very upset and insist that a doctor do this using the flouroscopy next time.
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BadDay
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   Posted 4/2/2014 2:35 AM (GMT -6)   
yes they did it by feel and as I have a bad back (osteoporosis and arthritis and disc bulges) I think the spaces may have been different or something. but I di think knowing that they should have used the xray-ct in the first place, and I think the headache is stress and I keep getting a sciatic type of pain down leg,and a hole and huge bruise on my back
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