lumber puncture NO 2 ?

HI everyone , been a long time since ive been on the site sorry so would like to say hello once again…ive still been seeing my neuro through out the year with still no DX !!!

However on seeing him yesterday he did examination ect my legs very brisk and on scraping my feet no flex at all ,he showed my mri of brain and neck , and he feels it is not MS

He then checked my bloods which may i add he had took last feb !!! the ESR and CRP were high ,we both looked at each other and i said well what does that mean ? he said inflammation so what was going on back then ??

well i replied i remember having eye pain ?

hes ordered me to have repeat LP…the last one dec 2009 passed as clear of MS and my god i was poorly afterwards ,so really not sure IF a second would be of any help ???

has anyone else had more than one which ended up getting them results ???

cheers sue x


The actual procedureL as you are aware is not really painful; in fact the only thing you feel is a scratch when the anaesthetic goes in. The actual removal of fluid is just a feeling of pressure if done properly. I must stress if done properly; do not let anyone practice on you insist on someone who is experienced.

It’s after you MAY get something called ‘the headache from hell.’ To cut down the chances of getting this you should lay flat for at least 3 hours do not even get up to go to the loo; use a bottle. Drink at least 2 litres of classic Coke, not diet; it’s the caffeine that aids replenishment of your CNS fluid. Being your drinking a lot take one of those bendy straws otherwise the bed will get more Coke than you. If you want a change of drink very strong coffee.

These things will drastically reduce your chances of getting a headache that could last about 8 days. If you have a couple of days off work and rest if you do not get the headache, if you do 10 days off work.

Good luck.


If the person doing the Lp is any good, you should have no problems afterwards. The guy that did mine was brilliant and I had no after effects whatsoever! Tree65


I’ve never had one done, don’t know if that’s good or bad, I’ve had plenty of ops though and it is easier if you can stay relaxed. I can’t really say anything but good luck and like others have said tell them you want someone that knows what they are doing.

Good luck

Yvonne x

Hi. I would endorse the comment that you need to ask for someone experienced to do it. I had one 2 years ago & it was done by someone learning (under supervision). He had 3 goes, but each time he hit a blood vessel, which contaminated the spinal fluid.

The final try, the experienced person took over & she was fine - but by that time the pain was bad (they had to give me a 2nd local anaesthetic).

Fortunately I didn’t get the awful headache after, but for over a week I felt very unwell (and looked it!). Many folk (who didn’t know I’d had the procedure) commented that I didn’t look well.

I’m thinking my Neuro may request another one next year as I still don’t have a dx. So yes - definitely request an ‘old hand’ at it!

Bren x