LoveActually wrote:Hello wonderful people! I need your knowledge on the subject of a lumbar puncture. I think I'm nearing the point of needing one and I'm wondering all about what one can help the doc learn about me.
I've heard all about what to physically expect after one and needing to lay down and all that stuff, but I want to know the medical purpose of it. I know they're removing some spinal fluid for testing but what are they testing? What exactly are they looking for? And does a spinal tap tell a doc whether or not you have MS or what stage you're in?
I'm so confused. Any info would be greatly appreciated. I have an appointment next Wednesday in which I am going to bring this up but as usual, I like to have a little knowledge of the subject before I walk into his office.
daverestonvirginia wrote:I would not get one. I was dx 5 years ago with the results from an MRI. I do not know why doctors still what to have lumbar punctures performed anymore? If they can't dx with an MRI I would not agree to a lumbar puncture. Just my thoughts, lumbar punctures seem so yesterday.
jimmylegs wrote:LA, why not have a look into that whole hemachromatosis idea, if you have not already? have you got a good sense of the range of differential diagnoses for ms?
LoveActually wrote:Here's the condensed version of my story -
Diagnosed with RRMS Oct 2009....
..My MRI, according to them, is the same as my previous one a year earlier. They asked me, "why do you think you have MS?"
LoveActually wrote:I do not have a good sense of the range of differential diagnosis for MS. I just thought there was RRMS, PPMS, SPMS. And I figured that RRMS was the least severe on the scale.
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