Originally Posted by dame_wolf
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.