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Hi-dont know if anyone can help with this--- I was diagnosed 4 years ago with degenerative disc disease. Prio to the diagnosis I had an emergency c-section where there were complications, then 6 months later a LP to check for meningitis. Then diagnosed with DDD. I had 3 steroid injections, which were partially sucessfull. Then a tear later another set that had no effect. In February, I was admitted to hospital with suspected menigitis. I was told I would need a LP. My husband explained the complications with my back already and the doctor dismissed it. She proceeded to do the LP. It was horrendous! I had pain going up and down and across my entire body. I was screaming in agony. After ages of pushing, squeezing and wiggling whilst I was still screaming, she huffed and puffed and said that where she was trying to get the needle in had 'calcified'. She then said that she had to do it again. Yet again, same lightening strikes everywhere, until I begged her to stop. She kept saying, nearly there, nearly there, until finally, she managed to get the fluid out. I laid there shaking in agony, crying. My husband was told that he should go home and get some rest as I would not be moved now after that trauma. 20 minutes after he left, they said they were moving me to a ward. What they neglected to say was that the ward was 2 flights of stairs up and the lift was brroke! They then proceeded to push and pull me up the stairs! I have today returned to my doctor after still having so much nerve pain down my legs into my feet, an aching nerve pain in my left buttock which is all new and not subsided in any way. Added to that, I still have all the original back pain. My consultant has now ordered an MRI scan and a nreve test. He stated how unacceptable the wholeordeal was. He said there may have been damage from the LP-nerve or a bloot clot? I was too shocked to ask any more and wondered if you could give me any more details or tell me what the nerve test would involve? Many thanks to you in advance beverly
Asked On : Wed, 28 Apr 2010
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First of all the cause of your back pain is still not diagnosed. It could be due to the C section as well. Now with a difficult LP procedure it has got worsened. But LP does require more than 1 attempt on most of the occasions, it is a cumbersome procedure. So cant put the blame entirely on the doctor. For now the nerve test would be due to the  pain in the leg which you are experiencing right now. It is a electrophysiological test without any invasive procedure, so you can breath a sigh of relief. I wish you the best of health.

Answered: Tue, 18 May 2010
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Thank you for that.I was imagining needles goingin everywhere again! phew.

Have had my MRI and nerve test in 3 weeks.

Hopefully, something will haen after that.


Answered: Tue, 18 May 2010
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