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Lumber Puncture

Lumber Puncture

So I have the dreaded lumber puncture this Friday and to be honest I'm scared. How bad is it and is there anything I can do to prevent the headache afterwards?? X

posted over 5 years ago
A MyMSTeam Member said:

Drink water lots of water, deep breathing and think about the beach. When I had one it was scary but fine. hope it goes ok.

posted over 5 years ago
A MyMSTeam Member said:

I see this question was 5 yrs ago. I'll give you my experience on car anyone is afraid or anxious about it. I've had 2. The first occasion I did exactly as I was advised (not generally something I'm good at tbh) in terms of getting the right position. I think the idea is to stretch the spine so that the needle can pop through more easily...
I felt no pain at all. I felt a sensation from the needle at some points I think. But honestly no pain. I like to ask the question, 'Why' almost all the time so I can understand things more easily... Afterwards I drank water and lay flat on the bed for a few hours. In fact I slept but I was in hospital at the time.
Whilst I was having the Lumbar Puncture, the doctor asked me, 'had I fallen asleep'. To which I replied, ' no I've done as you asked and I'm staying as relaxed as possible but please crack on and hurry up'.
The second time was pretty much the same. No pain either time.
I hope this helps at least one person 😊🤗

posted 2 months ago
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