"i think my lumber punch damaged my nerve"

About: Royal Shrewsbury Hospital

Im realy not sure if im doin this right but i was sent to rsh by my doctor due to severe headache i was given great care treated very well in fact. The problam i have is that i was given a lumber punch there were 2 female doctors doing the procedure the one that started my lumber punch tried 4 times on the fourth try i got a tremendous pain in my left hip and all the way down my left leg. Since then my leg back and hip have been terribly painful i got hot spots were i feel my leg is burning, feelings of wings fluttering against my leg waking me up in the night, i have had to buy a walking stick because the pain and numbness affect my walking im only 43 yrs old and i love walking

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Response from Royal Shrewsbury Hospital

Dear Deborah Kenyon Thank you so much for contacting us via the NHS Choices website. Now, unfortunately we are not able to provide medical advice via this website, and NHS Choices does not provide us with your contact details in order to discuss this with you direct. This NHS Choices website provides information about Lumbar Puncture and the possible after effects at http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/lumbar-puncture/pages/introduction.aspx. This describes that there can be side effects following a Lumbar Puncture and states that "you should seek medical advice if you develop a temperature or sensitivity to bright lights, or if the lumbar puncture site becomes painful and swollen." You appear to be describing continued pain following the lumbar puncture and therefore it would be appropriate to seek advice either by ringing NHS 111 or by arranging to see your own GP on Friday to check your symptoms. Your GP will be able to advise on an appropriate course of action. I am also sorry to hear that you found some discomfort at the time of the procedure and would invite you to contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) on 01743 261691 or pals@sath.nhs.uk if you would like to discuss any aspect of your care or treatment with someone from the Trust. Thanks again for contacting us, and please once again accept my apologies that we are not able to provide medical advice via this website. Adrian Osborne Communications Director

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