I had my LP yesterday and here’s how it went.
Dr explained the procedure to me so i knew exactly what to expect. Into a wee room and lay on my left side, knees curled up and my chin as close to my chest as i could. The Dr explained that she was trying to ‘find the spot’ and had a gentle prod followed by a pen to draw some fetching lines on the skin.
A wee wipe down with a bit of iodine then the local anaesthetic was administered. A little scratch followed by a very brief nippy sensation and it soon took effect. With the Dr explaining things they made the first attempt. Nothing more than a feint sharp sensation and a bit of pressure, until i got some discomfort … not pain as such and certainly not a big problem … they stopped immediately as did the discomfort. a quick reposition and within seconds they had hit the mark and were collecting my sample.
Afterwards i lay for a few minutes and felt fine. A couple of bottles of full fat cola on the way home, a couple of paracetamol and taking it easy meant no headache and nothing worse than a dull ache in my back. I’ve taken paracetamol a couple of more times as a precaution but the headache has not arrived and the back ache is no worse than when I’ve previously pulled a muscle.
the long and short of my experience … LP was NOWHERE near as bad as i thought it would be. Just thought i’d share incase anyone is stressing about theirs.