Lumbar Puncture

June 21, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Sadly, it is my opinion, based on my recall of literature reviewed, that a Lumbar Puncture, by itself, is rarely definitive.

It is only when all the appropriate tests are taken into consideration, along with your personal clinical presentation, that an experienced neuromuscular specialist will help you rule in and rule out any particular disorder.


In my case, for example, my two lumbar puncture test results were unremarkable. And, there are several things they can test for with one puncture sample of fluid.

lumbar puncture

March 21, 2007 at 6:05 am

i had epidurals with 2 of my children and i have to say it was exactly the same … if anything it was easier than trying to curve my back whilst heavily pregnant! If you can curve your back (either sitting up leaning over or lying in the foetal position) it apparently opens up the space and makes it easier. i had a local anaesthetic and can honestly say it wasnt painful and not even all that uncomfortable. I was lucky and have not had any of the side effects such as headaches.

It took 7 days for my results to come back (they had to go to the nearest capital city) and by that time i had already been in an induced coma and had 5 days of ivig so they just confirmed what the docotrs already suspected / had already treated me for. Still, it was nice to have the diagnosis confirmed.

Your daughter has had kids … just remind her anyone who has been through childbirth can do anything!!!!

Lumbar Puncture

November 11, 2006 at 6:29 am

I have undergone the said puncture too. After this I was advised to lay down immediately having downward slop towards head (w/o pillows of course) for about 6 hours. Sever headache started one day later and was given one Crocine tab for every after 4 hours. The headache lasted for two/three days. Horrible experience it was.

Any way all the best. God is there to give us the strength to bear it.