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11/14/2009 07:35 AM

back pain after spinal tap

triciaronny
 
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Hi I am concerned because my daughter had a spinal tap to find out if an infection is causing seizers. They tried it laying down but she is very athletic and her ligaments and muscles were to tight so they sat her up to do the tap.They stuck her like 10 times tring to get thru the mucsles and ligaments. Now she has back pain from the tap site. Does anyone know what i can do to relieve the pain for her or tell me if this is normal.
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11/14/2009 08:34 AM
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Hey Triciaronny,

How long ago did she have the spinal tap? It's not uncommon for back pain to occur immediately following a spinal tap, but it should clear up within a day or two. However, the fact that it took several attempts to get an accurate puncture is concerning, and I imagine that would cause some pain.

There is always a risk of headache, back pain, and infection following the procedure. Major risks include disc damage, bleeding, and leakage of the spinal fluid. You should have been informed of that prior to the procedure.

If she's having severe pain, you should call the doctor. If she has any numbness or tingling down her legs, she needs to go to the emergency room. Not knowing the severity of the symptoms, I'd say your best bet is to call the doctor or ER where the procedure was performed, just to be on the safe side. I'd hate to advise you on anything that might cause more damage at this time.

Once you've done so, I'd love it if you'd post here what they recommended, because it would be good for us to know what we could recommend in the future for others.

Good luck and hugs,

jen Smile


11/14/2009 08:48 AM
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Hi and thank you for the advice. This was thursday that she had the spinal tap and they were informed that her back was hurting the next day when she was able to move around. She was airlifted to the hospital with seizures on the left side of her body and they couldnt find anything in the blood work catscan so the did the spinal tap. They said that they had a hard time with it because she is so athletic. The said the ligaments and muscles were so tight around the area the needle was going in. the tap took about an hour to do. They tried it lying down at first but could not get to the site. so they sat her up with a nurse holding her like they would with you having an epidural for childbirth. She has about 10 punctures on her back from the needles. I asked the doctor about the things you said and they said she should be fine. I brought her home last night and she was still hurting and also said she was hurting today. She doesnt have anything coming from the site and they are clean. She is sleeping and not complaining of tingling. She just said it was hurting. My child plays high school softball and does weight training at school she runs everyday and is very active but she does know what pain means and the different levels of muscle pain. but she said this is different she said it is sore. Is this normal? Should I call another doctor?

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11/14/2009 09:11 AM
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Hey Triciaronny,

Have you considered consulting with her PCP/pediatrician (not sure who she sees), or her sports doctor if she has one? You can try to ice the areas where she is sore. With icing, be sure that you have something, like a shirt or a towel in between her skin and the ice, and that you only do so for 20 minutes. Let the skin return to room temperature before icing again. Frozen bags of food, like green beans, peas, or corn work well if you don't have an ice pack or ice on hand. Crushed ice works better than whole if you decide to make your own ice bag. Water in an ice bag works better than just plain ice, too. Just from experience.

I'd say likely if the pain is simply around the puncture areas, I wouldn't be terribly concerned. You can ice as often as she needs it (given the directions above) for about 48 hours. If the pain continues after that, then I'd consider that something more serious is going on, especially if she's developing a fever, etc. Given that this was Thursday, you may want to start using heat after 24 hours of icing. Or you can alternate heat and ice. You can use a sock filled with uncooked rice (not too full) and microwave it for about a minute and use the same directions as with ice to control the pain. If she finds the heat to work better, use only heat.

You'll have to see what works for her. I would expect her to feel better after 48 hours, as this is essentially 48 hours. Has she felt like being active at all yet? She she want to start resuming normal activities pretty quickly. I'd try to get her up and moving around at least a bit, so her muscles don't start to cramp and get sore. The worst thing an active teen can do is let their muscles start to atrophy! Even if it means just getting up and moving about the house, it's important to do that. I'd hate for her to just lay around and lose muscle tone, but if she's having a hard time even getting up and moving around the house, I'd be concerned there is more going on...

It's really hard with your kids, no matter how old they are. I don't have human children, but I have furry ones! I don't want to compare my pets to your child, but I do know how hard it is to watch kids suffer (seeing my sister's daughter fall off her horse and break both arms was pretty tough, and she's not my child!).

I hope that helped some, please keep us updated!

Hugs,

Jen Smile


11/14/2009 09:25 AM
triciaronny
 
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You helped me a great deal and you are more than welcome to compare your babies to mine as we have 2 4 legged daughters also. lol

I have iced the site with ice pack but did not know about the rice idea and thank you for that i will try it and let you know. I am going to contact her doctor monday but since they released her at 7:00 at night i will contact him monday morning unless there is an emergency. I am very glad i found this site and will keep you informed. As for her moving around she is still not her self but they said it will come back to her she did not have drugs to keep her still so i am thinking the seizures just really wore her out. She has been moving around a little though I hope she will be better when she sleeps enough. Thank you again.


11/16/2009 05:46 PM
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Hey Triciaronny,

I'm glad I could be of help. I'm sorry I wasn't able to get back to you before now. I myself had a rough weekend. Having FMS (fibromyalgia) really sucks some days--had a pretty rough flare starting Friday, which I didn't realize, just thought it was some physical therapy issues, but it turned out that it was the start of a flare that I'm hoping has ended by now. I ended up having to call my own doctor today!

I hope your daughter is doing well by now. My neice had seizures when she was very young, and it definitely takes a lot out of them, so I hope she's just been very tired. Please let us know how she's doing!

Hugs,

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11/23/2009 07:44 AM
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Hi she is actually doing well she only has a few here and there. Thank you for asking she goes the the specialist on Wendsday. I hope all is well with you now. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you again.

11/23/2009 12:54 PM
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Hey triciaronny,

I've gone and thrown my back out again! LOL You'd think by now I'd figure out what I can and can't do--chasing a semi-feral cat around the house is on the list of things that I simply CAN'T do! Wink

I'm glad to hear your daughter's doing well, tho! That's great news. I hope the visit with the specialist goes well. What is that for, exactly? Please let me know how it goes!

Hugs,

jen Smile


12/07/2009 10:26 AM
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Sorry it took so long to get back to you I have been trying to get my daughter back on track at school since she missed so much. The specialist was to figure out why she was having seizures. She thinks they may be coming from her head aches.. we will see. Her back still gives her a little bit of pain but so far she is getting better 4 days straight and no seizures yeah!!! I am so greatful for that. Hope you are feeling better. I know how it feels. I have been doing christmas lights and my back is killing me now!!lol Thank you for all your advice and thoughts and prayers. It means alot to me! I am glad i found this site!!!

12/07/2009 02:06 PM
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Hey Triciaronny,

Her back is still bothering her? Wow! That's pretty incredible. I'm really glad to hear she's been 4 days without seizures! That's great news. Excellent!

I hope she keeps doing well. What kind of headaches has she been having? Are they migraines, or do they know? Are they daily? Just out of curiosity, has she been bitten by a tick recently? Camping, anything like that? How long has she had the headaches?

I have migraines, and I have Lyme disease, so I was just curious to know what all was going on with her--I might be able to help a bit more.

I hope your back starts to ease up soon--rest for no more than 48 hours, and ice for the same amount of time, too. Then start back up with gentle stretching exercises. As far as ice--remember the directions above, and then you can start to alternate ice and heat to help speed up healing! Laughing

Hugs,

Jen Smile

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