If My Opening Pressure During A Lp Was 28 And Last One Was 34 Does That Mean I Am Getting Better?

Question

Asked by Janelle Eichler

If My Opening Pressure During A Lp Was 28 And Last One Was 34 Does That Mean I Am Getting Better?

How long should I get relief after a lp? I felt great for five days and now I feel like @#$%! again. So sick of this.

Answer

Janelle,

The "normal" opening pressure is 10 - 20. However, "normal" doesn't necessarily fit everyone. Often, if the opening pressure seems high, the doctor will draw off enough fluid to get it into that normal range, then try to assess what's right for the patient based on how they feel at the lower pressure.

Have you actually been diagnosed with Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension? You can read more about it in Pseudotumor Cerebri (IIH) - The Basics.

When cerebrospinal fluid pressure is too high, it is usually not managed with repeat lumbar punctures because the fluid will build back up over a period of about two to three months. Usually, fluid is drawn off to put the pressure into normal range, then medication is prescribed to maintain that level. If medications fail, a shunt can be placed.

Hope this helps,

Teri