[INDENT]I am sorry to hear that you are still in pain. I do agree with you on requesting that your doctor send you for an EMG. It took me so long to finally persuade my neuro surgeon to give me a referral to have this test. He had first sent me for a Cat Scan, MRI and then Myelogram. He then told me that my leg and foot pain was probably Fibromyalgia and sent me to a Rheumatologist who only confirmed that diagnosis. When I only got worse and told him this and asked him to please send me for them, he told me that I was only torturing myself. Well, you can read my very long signature to see my results.... I now have to make an appointment with my rheum to ask if I do indeed have Fibromyalgia...
As for the EMG, they did the electrodes part first to test the nerve signals as Alan stated. The part that hurt me was the upper part of the legs. The bottom of my legs didn't hurt as much, and I didn't feel the signal's in the feet. Two nurses had performed this part of the test on me. Afterwards the neurologist came in and he conducted the needle study for the muscles at Mel had explained. I did have three Emg's as I had both legs tested and one arm. My test lasted for two and a half hours. Much longer than scheduled because they had found some problems. Also the neurologist then asked if he could check my neck and back with the needles as well. He had wanted to find where the damage may be coming from. But my muscle study came back fine. The first couple of needles did hurt a little but then I got use to them and they really didn't bother me. Good Luck...[/INDENT]
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Posterolateral Fusion & Infuse with Laminectomy & Discectomy on L4,L5,S1 June 2003
Instrumentation = 2 Rods, 6 Screws, 2 Disc Spacers
[U]Lumbar MRI 1/20/04[/U]
Small amout of post operative fluid collection at level L4 which does not appear to communicate with the thecal sac.
Encasement of the thecal sac at L4-5 level by enchancing soft tissue, consistent with epidural fibrosis.
Displacement of the left S1 nerve root, consistent with epidural fibrosis.
[U]Lumbar Myelogram 2/26/04[/U]
Mild indentation on the subarachnoid space is noted at the level of L4-5 & L5-S1 where there is non-specific soft tissue slightly displacing the subarachnoid space.
[U]Lumbar Post Myelogram 2/26/04[/U]
L4-5 non-specific soft tissue is noted in the dorsal & ventral epidural space..
L5-S1, there is non-specific soft tissue noted in the ventral epidural space slightly displacing the dural sac posteriorly.
Distal Peroneal Neuropathy Bilaterally
Bilateral Chronic L4 versus L5 Radiculopathy
Straightening of the Normal Cervical Lordosis.
Mild Congenital Narrowing of the Spinal Canal.
C4-5, C5-6, C6-7 Herniated Discs
C4-5 & C5-6 , Cord Flattening at these levels.
[B]Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Bursitis, Tendonitis, Diabetes,
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