If you’re reading this and this is the first you’ve heard about all of this, sorry. I’ve kept it pretty much to myself because 1) I didn’t want to worry anybody and because 2) I’m not worried.
8/2/10- ETA- I didn’t have to worry cuz all tests came out NEGATIVE! So, everything going on with me is either genetic or related so some other non-neurological reason. GREAT news.
But, just had to post this little PSA about spinal taps.
Considering a Spinal Tap? Always curious about what a needle into the spinal column would feel like? Well, unless it’s a life and death situation, do not, I repeat, do NOT do it! Tell your Dr to suck it!
So, I had to have a spinal tap. And, it sucked ass.
I have this weird vision crap going on and my Dr is trying to see if there’s a neurological cause. So, I had to have a bunch of tests done including an MRI (which was normal) and a dang spinal tap.
The spinal tap was last Friday. While the procedure itself wasn’t too bad (minus one brief second when the Dr hit a nerve with the needle and I screamed out and cried like a little baby), the aftermath was horriffic. Absolutely ballz to the wallz crazy.
So, I got this thing that 20% of patients get after the procedure called a “Spinal Headache” which basically involves the pressure in your spinal column going beserk due to the removal of the cerebrospinal fluid as well as a small leak in the punctured membrane that surrounds your spinal cord and brain. Basically, they puncture the membrane containing the cerebrospinal fluid to draw it out (4 test tubes worth they told me) and the hole doesn’t seal so you’re leaking spinal fluid into surrounding tissues which results in pressure loss which screws up the positioning of your brain. From what I understand, in an upright position, due to the low fluid amounts and weird pressure, the membrane, with your brain inside it, “floats down” and sits on the base of your skull. When usually the brain is floating about all happy in your skull enveloped in this fluid-filled membrane, you see. And, when the fluid is low and the leak is screwing with the pressure, you see, the brain sits in the base of your skull, you see, and….. it hurts like a BITCH. I’m talking 100% incapacitating pain- like nothing I’ve ever felt- absolutely excruitating. I was on bedrest for 5 days straight. If I was upright for 30+ seconds, the pain set in- like if I was getting a drink in the kitchen or something, I’d literally RUN back to my bed, crying from the pain. Oh, and if I was up for 2+ minutes, I started vomiting, which was another nice surprise. I finally had to be readmitted to the hospital so they could do a procedure to fix it. It was the worst 5 days of my life health-wise. 100% sucky. 100% frustrating cuz I was stuck in bed and didn’t get to hang with Luci. 100% crazy-awful-horrible. And 100% tramatic.
Oh, and all in all, it cost me 2 full days in the hospital, 3 unexpected missed days at work AND $800 bucks outta pocket. Awesome.
So, don’t get a spinal tap. Don’t even think about it.
I know, all gloom and doom and woe is me here. But, not really cuz:
In other, more exciting and happy news: Date night tonight! AND, vacation in a little over a month! Going to Vieques Island, Puerto Rico. Then, NYC trip for work (and will get to see my sis!)! And, I just got off of work and get to hang with little Luci and Craiggie for the rest of the weekend. Oh, and Luci turns 2 on Aug 4th! WOW!