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Sciatica After Lumbar Injection During Infancy

When I was two months old, I was hospitalized with a fever of almost 105 F. The doctor worried that I might have had spinal meningitis, so he ordered a lumbar puncture. I didn't have it, but the doctor never figured out what caused my illness. I am 18 now, and I was recently diagnosed with sciatica. It only flares up for a couple days at a time every couple of weeks, but when it does I experience a piercing pain in my lower back with nerve pain shooting all the way down to the bottom of my feet. It started about three years ago and has been pretty regular ever since. Is there a possibility that the sciatica is related to the spinal tap at such a low age? If so, how can I go about an official diagnosis and treatment?


  • Wow KaylaLee. your experience is almost identical to mine. I had bacterial meningitis when I was 18 months old and was in quarantine for 2 weeks. Of course I don't remember any of it. I did have a spinal tap but y orthopedic surgeon who performed my first lumbar surgery in 1994 said that there is really no known long term effects from meniningitis that he knew of. I have always wondered if this may have affected my back and have researched for yrs. and haven't found any info. I hope you find the answers you are looking for and if you have any questions or info please dont hesitate to PM me.

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