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Old 02-16-2005, 05:16 AM   #1
Join Date: Feb 2005
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bonesey HB User
Please Explain An Emg Nerve Test

Hiya,i have a weak left foot and leg pain still,after 2 operations on L5/SI to trim the disc area.

can anyone explain what an EMG nerve test is??

what is used? anasthetic or awake? how long does procedure take?

do you think we have them in england too?

anywebsites that i could view about the EMG test?


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Old 02-16-2005, 05:48 AM   #2
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Re: Please Explain An Emg Nerve Test

They attach wires to you and you'll feel little electric shocks. No biggie.

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Old 02-21-2005, 02:10 PM   #3
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Re: Please Explain An Emg Nerve Test

EMG: (1) Nerve Conductivity and (2) Needle Examination -

(1) Wires are attached using electrodes, and there is a small "shock" to the location. The information is transmitted to a computer, which can identify whether the problem is deep or superficial.

(2) Thin needles (like accupuncture size) are placed in various locations, which identifies if any muscles are affected by the nerve.

Although it's not great, it doesn't hurt too much (that I recall - it's been 2 years).

Depending on the number of locations, the time may be variable. Could be anywhere from 30 mins. to an hour or so.

I'd go online and look up the keywords to see if you can get more info, as well as if this process occurs in the UK.

I agree with flyonthewall - really no biggie. Good luck and keep us posted.
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