My LP was one of the bad ones; I hope the radiologist that did it never gets to practice on anyone else; he wasn't even an interventional radiologist.
I seem to recall four vials, and that the fluid was pinkish instead of the clear I expected. The tech was very kind and concerned about me, and showed me what it was all for when it was over.
The needle was in me for a long time, with three punctures and the needle moved around in each until he was able to get my spinal fluid. He zapped nerves.
The table was tilted, moved several times, I was asked to move my legs, bear down, cough. When the fluid was final tapped, I was pretty much standing on one leg, the other bent, with the table rotated nearly upright.
I never heard if an opening pressure was taken.
I ended up with a spinal headache, and needed a blood patch.
The LP was normal (aside from being slightly traumatic, with pinkish fluid), so it didn't contribute to my search for answers. I was diagnosed in Oct. 09, with that normal LP in my records.
4 vials, maybe 20 minutes to do it all, pressure said to be normal, but I can't remember any numbers, all done lying in fetal position on a flat table, no tilting, pushing, coughing or anything of the kind. It was repeatedly stressed to me that I needed to drink lots of fluids both before and after the test, so I did, and I had no problems at all. No radiological guidance; the neuro's NP did it, and said she rarely has a patient with any problems at all. She does them day after day, week after week. I think the experience of the person holding the needle and the forced fluid intake are the keys, personally.
4 vials. Probaly around the30 minutes. The resident doctor was doing it and the supervising doctor told me as an experiment to push down like im going to the bathroom to show her that sometimes the fluid comes out faster when you have them do that and it did. I sat on the edge of the table, knees spreaded apart, elbows on knees, head down. Was fine for one day afterwards then got a spinal headache loaded myself on those red bulls shot ( most caffiene icould find!) and it went away on the 5th day... they said themselves its coming out fine pressure and such dont know the exact tho!
Lu, I had been cast off by your neuro's center by the time the LP was ordered for me. This was in the office of my neuro #4, who is also supposed to be a specialist in MS. Just up the road a couple of miles from yours, though.
#2 - just a couple of minutes once the needle was in (my GP tried for about an hour b4 he gave up and called in an ultra sound tech, who did the whole thing lickety split)
#3 - i was sitting up with my feet on a stool
#4 - they had me 'arch my back like a cat'
#5 - don't know, don't believe they took the pressure
went home, layed on the couch and drank a pot of coffee as recomended by the tech. No bad headache. Had a sore back for a few days, but with the failed attemps by my GP I had been poked over 2 dozen times.
I had two taps in 48 hours. First one was done with me on my side, curled up in a ball. The attempted tap took one hour and 15 minutes. Result, tap failed, I'm left with a huge bruise from the failed attempt and a constant tingling down my left leg.
Second attempt was done using Fluoroscope. Immediate success. Was done on a tilt table, with me practically standing straight up while laying on belly. Tap took about 20 minutes.
4 vials taken. Do not know the pressure. Was not asked to cough.
Spinal headache for about 5 days. The first failed attempt should have sent me running. It was traumatic, to say the least.
had first one done didnt pay much to it just wanted it over then got call said that the tecnition cometaminated it so 2 weeds later went in for 2nd one I paid close atention
#1 took 3 vials
#2 some what clear fluid
#3 needle was in about 10 to 15 mins at most cause the dr. said i was filling the up fast it took longer for the nurse to get me the coffee then the dr doing my tap.lol
#4 no coughing or pushing just a pillow to hugg and some what leaning forward and of corse holding realy still had 2 holse just put bandaid over them and back to work i went ( was on my lunch break )
#5 dont know about the pressure but this may or may not help I didnt have a single headach for about 3 1/2 to 4 months and no pressure in my head eather
not like i do now wonder if my neurowould give me one just to releave the pressure lol just knding i remember how ling that needle was lol about 3 to 4 inchs long but ant all of that went in my spin but just the thought that it could gives me the willys lol wel hope this helps
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