Typing from my hospital bed via Wifi on my work laptop....
Well...I had my LP today. I wanted to tell you all that it didn't hurt, but I can't say that.
The needle placement didn't really hurt but when the radiologist (one whom I work with on a daily basis) was trying to get into the spinal canal, he knicked a bundle of nerves. The pain was quite intense running down my leg. It didn't last long but happened several times. He could not get into the first spot because of the nerves and had to move further up my lumbar spine using a bigger 20 guage needle. After the second injection, I had no problem....no more nerve issues and he was finished in abou 5min. So now the spinal fluid is off to the lab to get confirmation.
A note of good news though...I had another MRI of my head and entire spine just before the LP....there are no lesions on my spinal cord. I was SOOO happy to hear that. So, everything is contained to my brain.
The neurologist wanted to rule heart/vessel problems as well (because of the stroke like sytems I had). So after my LP during my 4hrs prone the cardiologist did a TEE (transesophogeal echo) of my heart. So I was sediated with anthesia and had that checked...which helped pass the 4hrs on my back. That turned out ok.
After two days in the hospital and visiting all of my coworkers in other depts in radiology...I have a new appreciation for what my patients go through. It's all very humbling. I'm 27 y/o and shouldn't be having these kind of things...but...tis life.
Good luck to everyone else. I do not want to scare, but did want to be honest.