I'm going to have a spinal tap done soon and i'm very scared of needles. I've been putting it off for a long time but i recently had to go to the ER with my arm getting weak and a unexpected bruise on my spine and headaches. So they really want me to get it done to figure out whats been going on. I'm really scared i'm only 19 and i don't do good with pain. I'm worried that i will jerk when he gets the needle near me and i'm wondering if anyone has moved during this procedure and did it make things worse?
You will not see the needle. Your back will be toward the dr. Ask him to order a valium for you to take before the procedure. I don't understand the fear of needles because it isn't the needle that hurts its any medicine you're given thru it. I had a classmate who never saw a tap on someone else because she passed out every time he would get the needle close to the patient. I get 8-9 shots in my neck and back at a time.. The dr always comments on how still I am so you can't be the only one with that fear.. There's a trick to it. You think about something pleasant like laying on the beach and try not to think about what he is doing. You do have to lay still but they will help you.
If they warn you first (I ask them not to), very lightly wriggle your toes (ask them if this is safe) and you will forget/not notice the initial needle prick. They would not suggest it, spinal fluid sample, if it was a high risk procedure. As KM says; mention the anxiety and they will give you something to relax you beforehand.
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