I had a Lumbar Puncture, and it wasn’t anywhere near as bad as I thought it would be.
The Neurologist carrying out the LP explained everything calmly and clearly as he was doing the LP, he was also assisted by a nurse. I think there was maybe a mild local anaesthetic applied to the area, but I’m not sure. I felt mild discomfort for a short while, but certainly no pain.
Something else that did help was a lovely Nursing Assistant who stayed in the room throughout the procedure, facing me, holding my hands, and being very calm and reassuring - this was great.
After the procedure (which took about 30 minutes all in) the main thing is to lie flat for a good hour, but drink PLENTY of water and other fluids, this really does help you to avoid the apparently horrendous headache you can get if you don’t do this. I drank all the time, and I didn’t have a headache - big relief!
I felt absolutely fine after the LP (all I had was a small sticking plaster over the LP area), and can say quite honestly it really isn’t too bad a prodecure at all - just make sure everything is explained to you - that really does make a difference.
You’ll be absolutely fine Avril.
Hope this helps.