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Hi,my name is john, I had a lumbar puncture done about a month and a half ago but still my back ache hasn't decreased ...in fact it has become much worse...my back starts paining very easily now...I got the M.R.I and the X-ray of my back done and showed it to a bone specialist...but the doctor said that there isn't any problem and I need to do some back exercises... doing which, I feel,actually aggravates the problem more. After lumbar puncture I remember that I fell back to sleep and woke up not in the flat back posture which I believe is the best posture after someone gets this procedure done....in fact I could not have woken up in that posture because my hospital bed had been raised from my head to back and nobody in the I.C.U cared to lower it down. When I talk to my neurologist ,he says that give it more time, how much more time does it take?...and is it actually possible for post l.p back ache to last so long and in fact increase?....do you know of the correct posture to sleep at night ....I tried to sleep flat on my back but that hurts....then I tried sleeping on the side but still it hasn't helped me ....I have heard sleeping on the chest is a bad posture post l.p but I find lying down on chest most convenient while sleeping(however I don't lie in this posture because I am worried it might get worse)... would lying down on chest make it worse?....moreover no matter how I sit , I can't find relieve from this pain....can my back have been severly damaged during this procedure?...kindly advice
thank you,
regards,
john
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replied March 14th, 2010
Extremely eHealthy
hi
i suppose its possible the needle irritated a nerve root. any ill affects from the procedure should have eased by now. have any of your reflexes change. how about muscle strength. what does your dr say about the condition of your spine. where is your pain. do you have numbness and tingling. if so where is it?....pete
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replied March 14th, 2010
hi pete, thanks for replying.....my reflexes haven't changed.I am not sure what you mean by muscle strength but yes I have become weak all throughout my body and of course my back muscles must be weak because I find it painful to bend forward.My doctor said to wait...this will pass away.The pain is in the back...to be frank I have tried to pin point it for myself but couldn't exactly....I do feel a lot of pain in the lower most point of spine and a different kind of pain a little above where I think the needle entered
Any insight would be welcome
thanks,
john
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replied March 14th, 2010
Extremely eHealthy
i guess i'm having touble understanding the condition of your spine now compared to before the LP.
it sounds like it used to be fine and all the trouble started after the procedure.
then why did you have the LP. where they trying to see if you has meningitis?
if the lp appears to be causing all your problems then you certainly need answers.
it might be good to get the opinion of a neurosurgeon who specializes on the spine. i dont think it would relate to leakage of fluid or you would be experiencing headaches. by strength i meant leg strength. if the needle touched a nerve root it would have caused leg weakness and pain somewhere in your legs. lack of that means the needle probably missed a nerve root.
so what did the needle do? is there a low grade infection? im not a dr but if it was me that would be my cencern.
hopefully the surgeon who is more knowledgeable regarding spine can determine the problem.
if it was me i think i'd be reluctant to exercise until i got an answer. if you had no spine problems prior to the lp then i dont see why you couldnt sleep on stomach if it helps pain.
so get the 2nd opinion and we shall see.
keep us posted. i sure hope you get relief and find cause of trouble.....pete
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