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ELEVATED SPINAL FLUID PRESSURE
Hey Everyone!

Does anyone know what elevated spinal pressure, during an LP could mean?  My doctor seemed a little upset but hasn't spoken to me yet about it.

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559187 tn?1330786456
How was your LP performed.  For example, where you sitting bent over, lying on your side?  I had a higher pressure when I had my last one as I was sitting up and bent over for this one.  The fluid comes out pretty quickly in this position.  My ICP was 30, but the doctor was not too concerned.  

There are other reasons for it to be high, but I would ask the doctor what he thinks rather than speculate on your own.  Do you know how high it was?

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Hi Julie
I was laying on my left side curled up into a fetal position.  He made a comment about talking to my neuro-opthal about redoing one of the vision tests.

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Increased spinal pressure can mean pseudotumor cerebri also called intracranial hypertension. It is frequently seen with swelling of the optic disc called papilledema. So that is probably why he wants you to see the opthamolgist again.

For adults: performed while you lie on your side, with knees slightly bent forward.
Normal pressure readings are generally below 200mm/H2O. (20)
Borderline high pressure readings are between 200-250mm/H2O.(20-25)
Anything above 250mm/H2O is considered a high pressure reading.(25)


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Hey,
I do have ON.  Would this be the same problem?

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ON and Paps are two different conditions.  

Optic neuritis is an inflammation of the optic nerve that may have optic nerve swelling associated with it, but usually doesn't.    Most cases of optic neuritis are self limited and get better on their own.

Papilledema is a condition in which the optic nerves are swollen but there is no inflammation and the underlying cause is increased pressure in the fluids of the brain.  

Here is a good site if you want to read about Intracranial Hypertension.  http://www.ihrfoundation.org/  
Check out the tabs to give you a good idea of the symptoms. Their are many forums for IH also.
Let me know if you want links to them.

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Is this elevated fluid, or this papilledema, a problem that can occur with ms.  I still haven't been dx, my neuro won't dx me with only one lesion, that's why he did the LP.
I have alot of the ms sx,  and did have an episode of ON, but has according to the Opthamalogist cleared up.  No one in my family has this other condition, but my sister has ms.  Can ms cause this problem?

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ON usually occurs with MS
Papilledema usually occurs with IH
However, there are people that are diagnosed with both.
Here is a link to an article.
http://content.lib.utah.edu/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/jno&CISOPTR=81
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