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Will I feel pain during a lumbar puncture?

A lumbar puncture (LP) -- also called a spinal tap -- is scary but not at all dangerous, and most times, not even uncomfortable. The area in the low back where the needle is inserted is anesthetized and most people report feeling only some pressure.

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