Spinal tap

March 18, 2007 at 11:08 am

Hi Dawn,
This is DawnKevies mom. We just had one done on Tuesday. I highly recommend valium prior to the spinal. If she does not have an iv in, she can take it oraly. The trick is to wait long enogh for the valium to work but not too long so that it wears off, as it did with my son. Staying still is essential. DO NOT let them use a resident! Our attempts lasted an hour and I finally said enough. They can also do it under general or as someone else mentioned with a scope. My son did have extreme pain in his leg when they kept fidgeting with the needle. Sorry to scare you but I think knowing what is possible helps you prepare in the event this happens to you. Good luck!
Dawn