I am 27 years old male from sweden who come to seek advice on this forum.
The 29th november I had a spinal tap/lumbar puncture that took about 15-20 minutes.
I lay on a bed with my legs curled up like a cat, no anesthesia.
I felt when the doctor pushed in the needle and pressure when he moved it around, initially everything went well. But suddenly I felt tingling pain in my left left leg for a few seconds, then it stopped, shortly thereafter it begun again and I told the doctor. After that I did not feel any more discomfort. The doctor had not warned be this could happen, so I was so shocked it took me a few seconds to alert him, which I regret deeply now.
Immiedately afterwards I did not feel anything but pain in my back, but after a few hours sensations begun on different parts of my left leg = vibrations, muscle spasms, chilling, pain, discomfort. The discomfort level was well below what I experienced during the procudure though.
These symptoms have now been constantly haunting me for the entire 3 days since the procedure.
Further more, I believed the symptoms would be limited to the left leg, which was the only place I felt discomfort/pain in duing the procedure.
But on friday I had muscle spasms in my right buttock from time to time, and strokes of pain in my left arm for very brief moments.
On saturday the left arm pain came back more frequently and on sunday the left arm pain went from blasting every time a few seconds apart to ache for 3 minutes straight, then it went away.
Today on monday the pain suddenly have switched to my right leg, arm and hip. I should state here that the pain is ONLY in ONE place at the time thus far fortunately. (knock on wood)
Should I be alarmed that the pain/symptom are starting to appear all over my body instead of only in the left leg? Shouldn´t the pain caused by the procedure be limited to the left leg only?
Is it possible that I could have permanent nerve damage? If its still temporary nerve damage, is there any way I can increase the chances of the inflammation/bleeding/soreness to heal? I know they give ER patients from car accidents high doses of cortisone for example. Could that be of use in my case?
I am extremely anxious and scared at this point and want to know if I can actively do something to help, instead of just waiting.
Any advise or help would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks in advance!
Ps. Sorry for my bad english.
hi i am 25from ukand i had a lumbar puncture july last year i am also going through the same thing as u my pains have got so severe that i am on crutches cause am unable to walk witth out support i have been referred to a skelotor muscular specialist as my dr has told me after numerous of xrays that its my nerves from havin the lumbar puncture i have been taking tramadol n naproxens for about 8 months now n they dont seem to be taking the edge off i am in constant pain n i worry that i am goin to be like this the rest of my life ive lost my appeti, cant sleep properly, loose feeling from the spine down it also sends me dizzy n causes me to collapse daily
I'm dealing with the same issues.
In my blog I tell my terrible experience. I didn't need the Lumbar puncture, and my nerves, legs, muscles were very damaged, burned when the nerves were touched by the needle, causing immediately my legs flying in the air, standing up by themselves in the air.
This has caused me immense damage in all my life since this terrible done Lumbar puncture.
The "doctors" just dissapeared, they didn't take charge or responsibility.
Kind Regards (from Mexico).
How long will it last ?