Just wanted to stop by and share with everyone my LP experience. While I was waiting for my LP i done lots of reading & video watching and this made me terrified of what was to come. Also I found that telling friends & family about needing the LP and judging their reactions of terror and disgust made me feel HORRIBLE.
I bravely went to the hospital this morning, trying to convince myself that I was fine and it was all good. I faught back the tears and held it together and found that actually, it was fine.
There were two bits that were not very nice and that was having the numbing solution in the first place, it stung and hurt but thats the only painful part. Then when the needle was going into my back, it hit a nerve and made my leg feel like it was being shocked. I was told about this but you can’t prepare for it and the sudden sensation made me jump which is obviously not too good at that time.
The entire thing took about an hour and that is only because of how slowly the fluid drips out. it’s boring just laying there and having to keep still but I was really lucky to have a lovely nurse and anesthesiologist doing my procedure who chatted away to me and helped me feel right at ease.
now it’s about 11 hours later and I feel fine, I have a small back ache and i’m moving a little slower than normal but that is all. I have no headache (for the first time in forever) and I’m in total shock at how well it all went. I have been drinking lots of water to keep hydrated and made sure I done this for a few days before I went. Now i’m just taking it easy and will continue to rest and keep my fluids up.
Just wanted to let others that are waiting for an LP know it’s not all horror and terrible, like the stories make you believe. I’ve had a really positive experience and am so happy to be on my way to diagnosis. I hope this helps people to relax and not panic while they wait for their LP, I know I was in a bad place before mine & do not want others to suffer if it can be avoided.
Good luck to anyone waiting