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post #11 of 15 Old 09-11-2008, 12:57 PM
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They aren't bad. The most you will feel is the tiny needle of the initial freezing; after that it's a walk in the park. If you get a good doc, chances are you might be able to get some sedation in which case you even know it's happening.
Just let the doc know you are nervous. They will take good care of you.
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What tiny needle of the initial freezing My2G? I got a big needle and no morphine or sedation of any kind. They didn't even offer and at that point in time they were trying to rule out a stroke (why that would show up in spinal fluid and not the CAT scan is beyond me) and meningitis. I was admitted not knowing who I was, where I was, couldn't talk, headach, vomiting, and numbness in both my hands. Most of my ER stay is a blank but I remember the spinal and also remember I was still confused and scared out of my mind. I would say that I have a normal pain tolerance and it was the worst thing I ever experienced, you Dash and Moxie are the only people I know that describe it as uncomfortable or not bad. My sister has one of the highest pain tolerance of anyone I know and she says if it's anything like getting a shot in your spine she wants nothing to do with it. They actually brought 2 extra nurses into the roon to hold me down before they even started.
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Quarter Pony, I'm glad you're doing okay. I'm there with ya girl!
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What tiny needle of the initial freezing My2G? I got a big needle and no morphine or sedation of any kind. They didn't even offer and at that point in time they were trying to rule out a stroke (why that would show up in spinal fluid and not the CAT scan is beyond me) and meningitis. I was admitted not knowing who I was, where I was, couldn't talk, headach, vomiting, and numbness in both my hands. Most of my ER stay is a blank but I remember the spinal and also remember I was still confused and scared out of my mind. I would say that I have a normal pain tolerance and it was the worst thing I ever experienced, you Dash and Moxie are the only people I know that describe it as uncomfortable or not bad. My sister has one of the highest pain tolerance of anyone I know and she says if it's anything like getting a shot in your spine she wants nothing to do with it. They actually brought 2 extra nurses into the roon to hold me down before they even started.
Well it sounds like you got a really cruddy physician. Not all patients qualify for sedation but ALL patients get freezing before the actual tap is done. You may not realise you had it done but everyone who gets them done, or epidurals for that matter, will have some freezing injected prior to the spinal needle going in.
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I must have gotten a cruddy physician then cause I asked the friend that was in the room with me and she said no just the spinal. They could have left the additional man power out and given me some sedation!!!
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