An LP (Lumbar Puncture; AKA Spinal Tap) is a procedure in which a needle is placed between two vertebrae of the lumbar (lower back) area of the spine to extract cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). CSF is a clear liquid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord and is usually extracted for diagnostic purposes, for example, diagnosing Multiple Sclerosis (MS) by looking for myelin proteins in the CSF. MS attacks the myelin around nerves which causes pieces of myelin to break away into the cerebrospinal fluid around the brain and spinal cord.
There are only a few reasons you are looking at this article… Most likely you or someone you love is experiencing some odd symptoms whether they are settle or severe; whether they have been persisting for weeks or for years. What could it be? You want to know so bad… You need to know. After doing some research you were led to think that maybe what you or your loved one has is Multiple Sclerosis (MS). So what is the next step? I’ll explain what you need to do to check if you have MS or not but more importantly is why you need to do this.