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Old 05-15-2003, 12:03 PM   #1
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Post EMG-does it hurt & how accurate?

I'm getting EMG to tomorrow. How painful is the procedure and how accurate is the result?

 
Old 05-15-2003, 01:44 PM   #2
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Hi,

I have had to EMGs over the past few years. I find them to be uncomfortable but not painful. The test itself is not that lengthy so I always tell myself that I can endure any kind of test knowing that it will be over soon.

I guess the test is only as accurate as the person administering it and reading the results. This again is true of any procedure that is done. Good luck tomorrow and I hope that the test gives you the answers that you are looking for.

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Old 05-15-2003, 03:26 PM   #3
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I had the EMG last week . It was uncomfortable .The only place that it hurt was on the inside part of my left foot .It swelled up some and i had to ice it after i got home . But the pain was gone by the next day .

 
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I've had several EMG's and they're very uncomfortable and can be painful in certain areas. I've had them in the neck,arm and hand as well as low back,down leg and into foot. They're little tiny needles that the dr sticks in you.
All my test came back normal though I have all the symptoms of pinched nerves. Two of my drs have told me that an EMG is very unreliable 'cause unless you do every nerve in the body, it's so easy to miss the affected one.
Sorry to give you such a damper on this test, but that's how it was for me and what I've been told. Good luck with your test. If you're having symptoms of nerve impingement etc then I hope they hit the right nerve to get you the treatment necessary! Take care and let us know how it goes!

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Old 05-16-2003, 01:05 PM   #5
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I was scheduled to have an EMG but my spine specialist told me to do other tests first before going thru that procedure. She said that going thru tests that cause pain and don't give the desired results to help treat a condition are really not a good idea. I have spreading pain and numbness and getting concerned about what all is going on
Are the tests being done to support the idea of surgery?
OR are the tests being done to see what is wrong?

She said to always evaluate what you are putting yourself thru and the reason for it.

It makes sense if the pain is worse or there are other changes of course, but sometimes a dr wants a patient to feel that they are being taken care of and doing everything possible.

I hope I worded this in a way that makes sense......


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Old 05-16-2003, 02:18 PM   #6
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Hey guys, I have my EMG and Myelogram scheduled May 28th for my L5 bulge. I'll be so glad when it's over with. Doesn't sound good that they have to pinpoint the right nerve to see the results. Sheeeeeesh......
The last thing I feel like hearing is that I have negative tests with all the numbness I have. That would be very depressing , like trying to prove you really are experiencing those symptoms. I was hoping these tests would help in diagnosing what to do next to get better.

I also called in to my nerurologists nurse because the place higher up on my back that I began having pain in after mechanical traction was pretty severe yesterday. I was in tears the pain was so bad. I told her that if they are doing a myelogram can't they check that place too(between shoulder blades) , so that I don't have to have it done later on down the road. Once is enough for me. She said well they'd have to check with W/C. I called W/C myself and told her what was going on. And she said they had no complaints about doing the whole back if the doctor thought it was necessary. I'm just stressed and wish there were easy answers to this whole thing, but I see there's not. I just want to be well again ! Lisa
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Diagnosed with strained back and given 3 weeks PT
Continued pain -sent to neurosurgeon MRI showed bulge at L5- continued PT
May appt showed no improvement and increased weakness in right leg. Ordered Myelogram and EMG on May 28th
Myelogram and EMG moved to new date/ June 19

Myelogram showed no impingement. EMG showed nerve damage to the anterior tibialis.
Have drop foot and numbness in thoughout right leg/moving sometimes to left leg.
Numbness in perineium area.
Constant pain treated with Soma and Loratab 10.5.
Was hospitalized for a week after myelogram with ringing ears and pain.
Visited neurosurgeon July 10 and told that I'm having post myelogram syndrome and he believes all my symptoms will pass.
No improvement thus far with nerve damage.

 
Old 05-16-2003, 02:33 PM   #7
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i don't think my EMG was very reliable either . They said mine came back normal too .My whole left leg goes numb and i have pain down my right leg .I also have pain that goes across my right hip . They would not do my back because i just had the myolgram a few days before . I do not know why they scheduled the EMG so close to my myolgram . I was just glad when she got to my back and said that she was not going to do it .

 
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Hi all-
This is very strange. The minimal leg pain accompanied by moderate tingling in the bottom of my foot showed up loud and clear as a pinched nerve on my EMG. However, it is the L5 nerve that is affected. They have been treating me for the L4 level, but the pm dr. said a bad disk at a higher level can affect the nerve that actually exits at a lower level. Anyone ever heard of this? Is this confusing, or what?

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Old 05-16-2003, 04:30 PM   #9
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That is odd about doing them so close together. The nurse told me that if I had my myelogram before the EMG, I would have to wait 3 weeks before I could have the Myelogram. Dunno,,,, I think all doctors are different. They are doing both of mine in the same day but the EMG done first. They said that the Myelogram can irritate the nerves or something and give a false reading on the EMG.
I'm just ready to get my tests over with, my right leg is becoming drastically weaker. It feels like I almost have to just drag it around. It trembles when I try to lift it. I sure hope they get some answers out of my tests, but after seeing what you guys all get, I'm not too sure? I think there is no certain test to show what exactly is going on ,other than I've heard folks say that the discogram shows everything. But I'd have a cow if they ordered one, everyone talks about the dreaded discogram lol! I'm freaking out over the myelogram lol..... Lisa
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Accident at work March 24, 2003
Diagnosed with strained back and given 3 weeks PT
Continued pain -sent to neurosurgeon MRI showed bulge at L5- continued PT
May appt showed no improvement and increased weakness in right leg. Ordered Myelogram and EMG on May 28th
Myelogram and EMG moved to new date/ June 19

Myelogram showed no impingement. EMG showed nerve damage to the anterior tibialis.
Have drop foot and numbness in thoughout right leg/moving sometimes to left leg.
Numbness in perineium area.
Constant pain treated with Soma and Loratab 10.5.
Was hospitalized for a week after myelogram with ringing ears and pain.
Visited neurosurgeon July 10 and told that I'm having post myelogram syndrome and he believes all my symptoms will pass.
No improvement thus far with nerve damage.

 
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