I'm all in favor of getting as many opinions as you can afford (as long as you feel capable of 'filtering' them), but I can't think of a single reason to insist on getting a second opinion before getting a spinal tap. There is no serious risk, and it may provide useful information.Greengood wrote:I have decided to get a second opinion before getting the spinal tap.
Though lumbar puncture is generally recognized as safe, it does carry some risks. These include:
Post-lumbar puncture headache. About 40 percent of people who have undergone a lumbar puncture develop a headache afterward due to a leak of fluid into nearby tissues. The headache typically starts several hours up to two days after the procedure and may be accompanied by nausea, vomiting and dizziness. Post-lumbar puncture headaches can last from a few hours to a week or more.
Back discomfort or pain. You may feel pain or tenderness in your lower back after the procedure. The pain might radiate down the back of your legs.
Bleeding. Bleeding may occur near the puncture site or, rarely, into the epidural space.
Brainstem herniation. Increased pressure within the skull (intracranial), due to a brain tumor or other space-occupying lesion, can lead to compression of the brainstem after a sample of cerebrospinal fluid is removed. A computerized tomography (CT) scan or MRI prior to a lumbar puncture can be obtained to determine if there is evidence of increased intracranial pressure. This complication is uncommon.
jimmylegs wrote:i agree re misdiagnosis. it happened to me, i feel. as for testing for which viruses, personally i'd be like who cares about that? i want to know my levels of infection-fighting anti-viral and anti-bacterial nutrients, like zinc and selenium (which tend to be low in ms patients). they kick serious butt - i have never had a cold sore since i got onto this nutrition program.
i take no meds myself because i have spent the last 6 years rooting out all my nutritional probs and fixing them. as a result, i have no relapses. i am not the kind of person who would tell you you're making a mistake by avoiding avonex. i AM the kind of person that would always say, fix the hydration and nutrition first, see what problems you might still be dealing with after that, and THEN consider meds or other interventions.
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