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Lumbar puncture anxiety!

I have my lumbar puncture tomorrow, and I’m not going to lie, I am somewhat freaking out. The most I’ve ever had medically is blood tests/injections and dental injections, which used to send me into a blind panic as a child/teen, but over the years, I’ve become a little more relaxed about them. Having read about the lumbar puncture procedure and some quite unhelpful posts online, I can feel my heart rate and anxiety soaring! Family telling me not to worry and that it’s just like an epidural is really not helping and is only making me feel worse! Has anyone asked for a sedative/anti-anxiety medication prior to the procedure? And does the hospital provide this, or do you need to see a GP before the appointment? What I don’t want is to get there and have a panic attack on my way into the procedure, which I feel might happen!