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Leg pain during lumbar puncture. Unpleasant pain in soles

Hi i had lumbar puncter on monday to release csf pressure from BIH it was my 7th LP so knew what to expect. Whist fluid was draining out i had the dreaded electric shocknpains down my legs and then i fainted.. Im fine now dr couldnt get closing presure which is not to bad! But since, i cant put weight on my left foot as i get a unpleasnt pain on the sole of my foot, could this be due to the LP??? Laura
Asked On : Sun, 25 Nov 2012
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Neurologist, Surgical 's  Response
electric shock down legs is when LP needle touches the nerve roots during procedure not to worry but pain in left sole may be becouse of facsitis rerely due to LP procedure.If they need so frequent LP then they should contact neurosurgeon/aneasthetist he can put lumbar drain so that no repeated puncture required and can drain CSF just opening the drain and closing when not required.This drain can be left for 5-7 days.
Answered: Sat, 29 Dec 2012
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Neurologist, Surgical Dr. Visvanathan K's  Response
Hi Laura,

A lumbar puncture can sometimes cause injury to the nerve roots which are bathed by the spinal fluid that your doctor released to improve the symptoms of BIH. Usually the symptoms settle with simple painkillers and other neuromodulatory medications. So there should be no reason to worry. I would advise you contact your doctor who can examine you and reassure you.

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