The standard tests done on spinal fluid include:
- White blood cell count
- Red blood cell count
- Protein level
- Sugar level
Depending on the reason for a spinal tap, many other types of tests can potentially be ordered as well.
The normal level of protein in the CSF is 15 45 mg/dL. There are some conditions that are associated with a lower amount of protein. But they are uncommon. If you now are feeling fine, dont be concerned.
If the spinal tap was done because you have had headaches and you had less pain after the spinal tap, there is one diagnosis you should discuss with your doctor. Its called benign intracranial hypertension. Its also called pseudotumor cerebri.