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So I've searched EVERYWHERE online and I cannot find anything related to this. Recently, at the end of November I fell really sick and had an attempted lumbar puncture, they tried 3 or 4 times but didn't get through. I've had constant back pain ever since. Now, over a month later I just had a small outbreak and have pretty bad constant back pain, lower back, 4 inches up from the spine. It's kind of a burning feeling, definitely nerves. My outbreak finished a day ago and I still have the pain, should I be worried about nerve damage or just wait and see if it goes away?

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I thought I should reply to this as I've had a lot of lumbar punctures (but only new to herpes and haven't had one since I was diagnosed). If they had to go in 3 or 4 times then there probably is some nerve damage but I think that it will go away. I've had about 10 lumbar punctures and some of them have been really horrific and I've been in pain for a while, but my body has always healed itself with time. I'd mention it to your doctor though - they will be able to tell you if there is anything you can do, or what sort of a time frame there is until you could try something else. I'm not sure about the outbreak - I have read that trauma to the spine can 'release' the herpes and I think lumbar punctures are definitely trauma to the spine. I am so not looking forward to the next one I have, now I have the herpes in tow as well. urgh.

also, if you do need to have another one, you can insist that they do it with an cat-scan/x ray machine, my neurologist told me I need to do this from now on because every time the doctors see me they think it will be easy because I am quite thin and my spine is easy to see and touch and they always make a mess of it and now I've got a lot of scar tissue which makes it harder, compounding the problem.

hope it gets better with time. Do you think it has gottn any better over the month since you had it?

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