Patient Comments: Lumbar Puncture - Experience


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Comment from: Matt, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: February 16

I had a lumbar puncture (LP) 9 days ago and ever since I've had an annoying tingling in my legs, especially the left one, sometimes associated with pain. I might have suffered permanent nerve damage. I'm sure the doctor hit my nerves during the procedure as my left leg suddenly went numb for a few seconds. I don't know why the medical staff are not honest with the patient. My doctor said the test has no risk and I've also read that nerve damage is extremely rare in LP. Yet that's what happened to me.

Comment from: Dusty, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 31

My neurologist sent me for a lumbar puncture (LP) to rule out multiple sclerosis. I have been dizzy, walking into walls and losing my balance even when standing still. I have had no pain in the back or lumbar region. I didn't suffer a headache yesterday, the day of LP, as I lay on my back for 8 hours following the procedure. The next day (today) I have had a medium headache. I am very spacey, feel blue, a bit confused, unmotivated, restless, and tired.

Comment from: HMC3 , 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: August 09

Days after the solar eclipse of June 2001 I developed a high fever and was admitted to the hospital. They did a lumbar puncture and I was found to have meningitis. I was also diagnosed with epilepsy and cerebral malaria. I was discharged from hospital after a week, but since then, I've never been the same. My body feels very weak always, I lose my balance when walking and I can't run like I did before getting sick 18 years ago. This is my story.

Comment from: Briddrone, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 24

I had a lumbar puncture to determine if it was pseudotumor cerebri or diabetes causing my optic nerve to be swollen and hemorrhaging. Three days later I'm using a walker to walk, 8 days later I'm in a wheelchair. After many MRIs and CAT scans I have no answers.

Comment from: Mystery 46, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 01

I had a lumbar puncture due to the fact of pressure in the skull, something called pseudotumor cerebri. My head feels real weird and I don't know what to make of it. This is my second spinal tap to check the pressure in my skull. They drained 30 cc of fluid off of my spine today even though my measures of red is 20/22. Now my head feels like it has chills in it, it's hard to explain. And I'm having dizziness and nausea but this was before the lumbar puncture also so I don't know what's going on.

Comment from: AWilliams, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 08

I had a lumbar puncture yesterday and experienced a really bad headache the day of the procedure. Today I have a mild headache and feeling kind of tipsy, dizzy and sleepy, but besides that I'm feeling fine. I plan on going back to work tomorrow.

Comment from: L1954, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 26

I was taken to the hospital because I was coughing and disoriented. They did a lumbar puncture in September and the pain is getting worse in my back. I had pneumonia. It’s been a month and it hurts worse every day. I don’t know what I need to do for it to stop. They took 5 to finally get it done and that was a physician’s assistant.

Comment from: CC, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 19

I was having numbness and tingle in my legs and they also gave out on me, so they did a lumbar puncture. They hit my nerves twice and I was bawling so I made them stop and never completed the test. Ever since then for the last 4 years I have chronic neck and shoulder pain, anywhere from minimal to intolerable especially on the right side. They say it is not from that but I was fine until then. This happened in the emergency room.

Comment from: Latoya , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 21

I had an MRI and it showed intracranial hypertension. My doctor told me to go to the emergency room to have a lumbar puncture on Friday. I feel worse, I’ve been in bed since Friday with a headache, a bad one. I’m really weak, my head starts pounding when I sit up from lying down. I’m scared.

Comment from: Special K, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 10

I had a lumbar puncture because I had migraines.

Comment from: Doll, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 27

I went to the emergency room after suffering 54 hours with the worst migraine in my life. My head felt swollen and my spine did too. I couldn't walk without throbbing pain or move from lying to standing or sitting without the intensity increasing. My body hurt like I had the flu. When they checked my blood my counts looked fine so they did the spinal tap. They made me lean over a tray table which hurt worse than the spinal tap. Turns out I have meningitis.


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Comment from: Sharonda76, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 19

I’ve been diagnosed with hypertension several years ago. Being that my previous doctor closed her office down without notice I didn’t have any medicines for about 3 months. In April 2018 I woke up 2 days straight with migraines and very blurry vision. I went to the emergency room and they immediately took me to get a CT scan which showed that I had high blood pressure in my brain. I was referred to see a neurologist that referred me to see an eye specialist that confirmed that I had swelling behind my eyes. So the neurologist scheduled me for the spinal tap to check the pressure in my brain. During the lumbar puncture procedure the doctor said the pressure was good.

Comment from: Snuggles2003, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: December 01

I had a lumbar puncture done in 1999 to determine if I did or did not have spinal meningitis. It turned out I did have it. I had myelograms done as well at a different time. Not a bad test.

Comment from: Pika84, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 27

I had a lumbar puncture today, the puncture went good, and then I had to go to the emergency room and lie down for 2 hours. But tonight being home my back hurts so bad it hurts to move and I'm so nauseous.


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