Lumbar Puncture

About Lumbar Puncture (Procedures)

A lumbar puncture, also known as a spinal tap, is a diagnostic and at times therapeutic procedure that is performed in order to collect a sample of cerebrospinal fluid for analysis, or occasionally as a treatment to relieve increased intracranial pressure.

Learn more about Lumbar Puncture in our Lumbar Puncture Community Report.

PowderCat's Lumbar Puncture History (Ongoing)
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PowderCat's Lumbar Puncture is for…

  • Other

PowderCat's side effects of Lumbar Puncture…

  • Very bruised, sore and stiff for a week after May 25, 2005
  • Spasms in back May 25, 2005


May 25, 2005

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Severe (very bruised, sore and stiff for a week after, spasms in back)
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Advice & Tips
Not sure. My husband had a lumbar puncture and he didn't have any problems. ? Maybe try taking Valium before the procedure, but ask your doctor first. ? The cost is only the money I didn't make from not working.
$200+ monthly