Spinal taps are the worst procedures ever!

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    Jun 09, 2011 4:05 AM GMT
    and Im sure anyone whose had one, will agree with me!

    I've never passed out in my life, and 5 minutes into mine, I'm out. one of the worst weeks of my life. icon_sad.gif

    sorry, just ranting
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    Jun 09, 2011 6:27 AM GMT
    so sorry it was so unpleasant, but that's the reason you never have a physician from some sub-tropical shit hole...I perform several each week and rarely do they take that long...you should have received some conscious sedation before the procedure was started...should you ever need another one, I recommend you insist on a physician with a last name like Goldberg or Rosenstein, not Patel or Hamaputra!
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    Jun 09, 2011 5:56 PM GMT
    Had a lumbar puncture a few weeks ago and had no issues during the procedure itself, just some diminishing headaches over the next week.

    Mine was done by an anesthesiologist. Honestly, I didn't feel a thing. Nice guy too, and cute.
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    Jun 09, 2011 6:16 PM GMT
    Just the thought of getting one makes me sick to my stomach.
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    pumpz saidso sorry it was so unpleasant, but that's the reason you never have a physician from some sub-tropical shit hole...I perform several each week and rarely do they take that long...you should have received some conscious sedation before the procedure was started...should you ever need another one, I recommend you insist on a physician with a last name like Goldberg or Rosenstein, not Patel or Hamaputra!


    Wow, racist much? So whether this procedure will be painful or not will all be based on your physician's ethnicity. Great advice, I'm sure you're an excellent "physician"!

    By the way, the poster is from L.A. icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 09, 2011 6:44 PM GMT
    pumpz saidso sorry it was so unpleasant, but that's the reason you never have a physician from some sub-tropical shit hole...I perform several each week and rarely do they take that long...you should have received some conscious sedation before the procedure was started...should you ever need another one, I recommend you insist on a physician with a last name like Goldberg or Rosenstein, not Patel or Hamaputra!


    lol yeah right, Jews and Asians are equally good in my book.. Asian doctors get the toughest medical education on the planet
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    pumpz saidso sorry it was so unpleasant, but that's the reason you never have a physician from some sub-tropical shit hole...I perform several each week and rarely do they take that long...you should have received some conscious sedation before the procedure was started...should you ever need another one, I recommend you insist on a physician with a last name like Goldberg or Rosenstein, not Patel or Hamaputra!


    Dude, you seriously just like....ejaculated globs of racism all over this thread.
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    Jun 09, 2011 6:45 PM GMT
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    pumpz saidso sorry it was so unpleasant, but that's the reason you never have a physician from some sub-tropical shit hole...I perform several each week and rarely do they take that long...you should have received some conscious sedation before the procedure was started...should you ever need another one, I recommend you insist on a physician with a last name like Goldberg or Rosenstein, not Patel or Hamaputra!


    Dude, you seriously just like....ejaculated globs of racism all over this thread.


    Not to mention he's pictureless and from Oklahoma, I call troll
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    Jun 09, 2011 6:46 PM GMT
    Greenhopper said
    dekiruman said
    pumpz saidso sorry it was so unpleasant, but that's the reason you never have a physician from some sub-tropical shit hole...I perform several each week and rarely do they take that long...you should have received some conscious sedation before the procedure was started...should you ever need another one, I recommend you insist on a physician with a last name like Goldberg or Rosenstein, not Patel or Hamaputra!


    Dude, you seriously just like....ejaculated globs of racism all over this thread.


    Not to mention he's pictureless and from Oklahoma, I call troll


    I second.
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    Jun 09, 2011 7:08 PM GMT
    Too bad you passed out. Spinal taps are actually pretty harmless and the risks of complications are low if the procedure is done and managed correctly even though some people might face varying degrees of hypotension like fainting.

    Have you heard of a trephine biopsy? Now that's more scaryicon_twisted.gif
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    Jun 09, 2011 7:14 PM GMT
    pumpz saidso sorry it was so unpleasant, but that's the reason you never have a physician from some sub-tropical shit hole...I perform several each week and rarely do they take that long...you should have received some conscious sedation before the procedure was started...should you ever need another one, I recommend you insist on a physician with a last name like Goldberg or Rosenstein, not Patel or Hamaputra!


    racist much?
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    Jun 09, 2011 7:15 PM GMT
    I've had several spinal taps, when doctors were trying to diagnose various sicknesses I had over the years. None ever showed a positive for any infection.

    The worst was in 1988, when I'd been sick for 3 weeks, running a very high fever and becoming delirious several times at home. The Army doctors were treating me for a kidney infection, and had even admitted me into a hospital room, but they finally decided that was wrong, and sent me back down to the basement ER for further diagnosis. I was rather shocked they couldn't do it where I already was.

    So I stayed in an ER room for 10 hours, lying half unconscious all by myself on a hard gurney, not even a bed, with no food or attention. Apparently emergency admittances kept taking priority over me, as I'd be periodically told as a nurse would pop in on me and then leave without doing anything.

    Finally around 8PM a doctor saw me, who decided to do some chest x-rays and then a spinal tap. From x-ray I was taken into a room with large exposed air conditioning duct work, that rumbled loudly and shook the whole room. I was placed on a gurney that vibrated from the din, and told to do a fetal tuck on my side while they entered my spine.

    But I was so dehydrated by then that no fluid came out. I was told to put my thumb in a my mouth like a baby and blow hard, to help force some spinal fluid out. Finally after 30 minutes they got a few drops. Then they left me in that incredibly noisy room.

    Around 10 PM a doctor returned, and told me my spinal fluid was normal. But he carried an x-ray, that he put on a light box. "See your 2 lungs?" he asked me. "Yes." "Do you see anything different between them?" "Well, one looks all white, and the other one isn't." "Exactly!" he triumphantly declared. "You have pneumonia!"

    Well why the fuck did it take you 3 weeks to figure that out, I wondered to myself. I was given some antibiotics, and sent home around 11 pm. To walk (or rather stagger) the half mile to my quarters, when I thought I should have been admitted at least for the night. After just having had a spinal tap, which normally requires some period of prone rest.

    Fortunately I responded to the antibiotics quickly, and by the second day after I felt much better. I had to return to the hospital to get a PT waiver, which they had neglected to give me, otherwise I would have been required to do my usual mile run, pushups and other group calisthenics 3 times a week.

    And BTW, I was an Army Major at this time, and this was the medical treatment I received. I can only imagine what enlisted Privates endured. icon_sad.gif
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    Jun 09, 2011 7:27 PM GMT
    See, this is why I need to change my name and appearance before I get sick. I've had too many nursing and pre-med students over the years who thought my class was too hard.

    Art_Deco saidI've had several spinal taps, when doctors were trying to diagnose various sicknesses I had over the years. None ever showed a positive for any infection.

    The worst was in 1988, when I'd been sick for 3 weeks, running a very high fever and becoming delirious several times at home. The Army doctors were treating me for a kidney infection, and had even admitted me into a hospital room, but they finally decided that was wrong, and sent me back down to the basement ER for further diagnosis. I was rather shocked they couldn't do it where I already was.

    So I stayed in an ER room for 10 hours, lying half unconscious all by myself on a hard gurney, not even a bed, with no food or attention. Apparently emergency admittances kept taking priority over me, as I'd be periodically told as a nurse would pop in on me and then leave without doing anything.

    Finally around 8PM a doctor saw me, who decided to do some chest x-rays and then a spinal tap. From x-ray I was taken into a room with large exposed air conditioning duct work, that rumbled loudly and shook the whole room. I was placed on a gurney that vibrated from the din, and told to do a fetal tuck on my side while they entered my spine.

    But I was so dehydrated by then that no fluid came out. I was told to put my thumb in a my mouth like a baby and blow hard, to help force some spinal fluid out. Finally after 30 minutes they got a few drops. Then they left me in that incredibly noisy room.

    Around 10 PM a doctor returned, and told me my spinal fluid was normal. But he carried an x-ray, that he put on a light box. "See your 2 lungs?" he asked me. "Yes." "Do you see anything different between them?" "Well, one looks all white, and the other one isn't." "Exactly!" he triumphantly declared. "You have pneumonia!"

    Well why the fuck did it take you 3 weeks to figure that out, I wondered to myself. I was given some antibiotics, and sent home around 11 pm. To walk (or rather stagger) the half mile to my quarters, when I thought I should have been admitted at least for the night. After just having had a spinal tap, which normally requires some period of prone rest.

    Fortunately I responded to the antibiotics quickly, and by the second day after I felt much better. I had to return to the hospital to get a PT waiver, which they had neglected to give me, otherwise I would have been required to do my usual mile run, pushups and other group calisthenics 3 times a week.

    And BTW, I was an Army Major at this time, and this was the medical treatment I received. I can only imagine what Privates endured. icon_sad.gif