I am a 27 year old female that has had lower back problems/pain for the past 10 years. The pain would come and go (sometimes going, and leaving me be for up to a year at a time) but would always return to torture me.
I had a recent episode of the most horrifying back pain I've ever experienced, with extensive numbness down my left thigh/calf, and was given several MRIs (without contrast). The results concluded that I had a herniated disk at the L4/L5 juncture, as well as severe lumbar spinal stenosis/osteoarthritis. My neurologist prescribed me two drugs: Flexirol and Percocet. Both of these drugs do give me some relief, but not enough to enable me to function well enough to return to work. I am now classified as totally disabled.
After about a month of being on these medications, I returned to my neurologist for a follow-up and he insisted that I have an EMG test performed to find out which nerves were being affected by the herniation to cause the numbness in my leg. I was told that the test would "not hurt", and oh boy..was THAT a lie!
After telling the woman that performed the EMG that I was very apprehensive, SHE TOO told me not to worry, and that it "wouldn't hurt." I made it through about HALF of the first part of the test (just the electrodes/no needles yet) before I absolutely couldn't take the pain any longer. Each "tiny" jolt of electricity given to me to test the nerves in my leg sent such a shock wave up my leg and into my back, that I nearly passed out several times due to the pain
. It was AWEFUL!! My entire leg leapt off of the exam table each and every time. I wouldn't normally say this, but the pain was so intense with every shock, that if I'd had a gun in my hand..I would've blown my brains out. Ugh.
I left the office after having only 1/4 of the entire 2-part test conducted. Not only was I completely embarrassed, but I also couldn't help but dread being sent BACK there to have the test REDONE. Is there any way that I could be sedated, or "knocked out" for this exam? (FYI: I'd taken two of my Percocet pills an hour before hand/my normal dose) I just don't think I could handle pain like that again. I'm completely exhausted from worrying, and could really use any advice anyone out there could give me. Please help.