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Old 04-10-2003, 11:50 PM   #1
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Has anyone had this test done?? i am SO nervous about it and iv been putting it of for along time.. like 3 years.

Anyway i have to make an appointment now but im scared. Can you take an anti-anxiety med before you have it done?? thanks

 
Old 04-11-2003, 09:26 AM   #2
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I understand that the test has a little pain however i had a dr refuse to order it on me be grateful you can find out about your nerve damage with this test ask about taking something if you are nervous. the pain on this test i understand is short lived .
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Old 04-11-2003, 01:15 PM   #3
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Yes - I for one have had it done. There is some pain involved but it is "quick". You can find the procedure on the Internet. The "shocks" the doctor will give you are quick and to the point. My doctor told me in advance, this one will be mild, this one will be a little stronger, etc, so you are prepared. Call ahead and see if you can take something to calm you but it could affect your test. I have neuropathy in both arms and legs but they tested my "worst" side only saying that if anything turned up then they would do the other side. It was not that bad and it may help with a diagnosis for you. My results were normal but I still feel like crap!

 
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hi Avia, I go to the va Dr on wednesday Hopefully h will order the test for me the pain has been horrid the last few days driving me completely off the wall, aslo I finally have the physical with the disability dr on fri the 18th . things are starting to happen I will keep you informed.
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Old 04-12-2003, 05:44 PM   #5
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Hi! I have Charcot Marie Tooth. (Peripheral Neuropathy) I have had the nerve conductor test done three times on the arms and legs in the last 25 years. As the other prson said the doctor will tell you ahead of time. This one will be strong or this will be light.Many times you don't even feel the Zing as I call it. A doctor will almost always kind of walk you through it. There really aren't any surprises. It's quick and to the point. And for the little bit of discomfort that you will experience it is better to actually know what's going on.You really should ask the doctor about taking something first. It may not give the test the most accurate reading. It's not nearly as bad as your fears. My sister was so worried about the test then when it was over she said it was a totally different feeling than she had expected.
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thanks so much for your replys.

Im actually feeling better about the test, i think its just the thought of the needle more than anything else.

I dont think the test will show anything, its just more to rule out things.

Anyway the test is for may 7th

thanks again

 
Old 04-13-2003, 07:39 PM   #7
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I have PN and alot of other nerve damage, so I've had the EMG several times plus the dermasensory(sip)test and the discomfort for me was the needle insertion but the Dr let me know ahead of time this will sting or this is mild shock etc. Hey, the PN pain is worst than the test so go for it.

 
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I forgot to mention that I did not look at the needle the doctor was using but he said it was actually about the size of an acupuncture needle which is very thin. My husband was there and saw the whole thing and also said the same thing later. It was more like a sting than a stick. You can do it!!

 
Old 04-16-2003, 04:38 PM   #9
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I've had two EMG's done on me, one on my left side and the other on my entire body. And i don't want to scare you but it really really hurt! Then again i have severe muscle problems, and they are always flexed...so to have a shock that would flex them even more is like the worst charlie horse ever! The needle part wasn't THAT bad, it only hurt when you had to move your hand, leg, etc. I didn't have any results but i hope you do, and only have to have one EMG done in your life because i know that i never will again!

 
Old 04-20-2003, 08:10 PM   #10
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M150 - Again - Please do not let some of these experiences scare you. I have had very little done in the way of medical procedures/testing but I "lived" through my EMG HA! Some of the pain I have had is far worse than this tests - anyone will tell you that. Try to relax and if needles bother you (remember very fine, small ones) - don't watch. I did not see a thing and live to tell of it. Think about what you will do when the test is over or plan on going out to eat - or just anything that pleases you. We all are pulling for you. Let us know how things went. They will able to tell you the results while they are doing the tests so the good news is "no waiting". In no time you will be among the ranks of us old timers who have "been there and done that"! Consider yourself hugged!!

 
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Old 04-21-2003, 06:30 AM   #11
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M-150 Its really important to get the emg/nct done this is to your benefit. its a way to find out how much nerve damage is ther and the way to treat it properly thtu it, I am looking foward to having mine done as soon as the Va gets my schedules I am sure that little bit of uncomfort far out weights the pain that I go thru on a daily basis the pain is do bad in the index finger and pain meds only do so much Wehn is your test I will be praying for you.

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Old 04-29-2003, 12:05 PM   #12
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I recently had the nct done (no needles) and they didn't tell me early that it was the no needle sort of exam. While it was uncomfortable the test itself wasn't painful there was only one point that really made me jump and that did cause some pain for a short while. To make up for the discomfort a diagnosis - Ah so I wasn't crazy and imagining stuff all these years! That was worth while information to get

 
Old 05-01-2003, 10:36 AM   #13
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My first EMG is monday May 12th. I must admit to being nervous and scared. I hate needles. But I do need an answer.
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My name in Dianne. I have had several EMG and nerve conduction studies done. They realy are rather mild. The hardest part is the electric shock and I thought it was more like a 9 volt battery. The results you get from these test are well worth the little discomfort. Hang in there.

 
Old 06-05-2003, 05:06 AM   #15
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Sorry i havent replied for so long.. circumstances wouldnt allow me to do so anyway

About 2 weeks ago i thought i was going for the emg, after building myself up to it, it turned out to just be a consaltation.

Im having the test done on june the 7th

your words helped me alot, when i thought i was having the emg done, i actually felt relaxed because of what was said here.. ill still be glad once its all over thoe )

 
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