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Old 08-15-2007, 06:33 AM   #1
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EMG test really surprised DR.

Hi all, had EMG test not comfortable test at all, day of test alot of pain to began with, Doc (nice guy, wish he was my neuro) said right when he walked in he could see the pain in my eyes. perceptive,he asked all my symptoms, did quick exam, started on my arm, nothing showed, told me right from get go EMG's do may not pick up nerve problems, well he then looked alittle puzzled asked me roll on my side & proceeded with the upper back, well he got slight response & was surprised, said it is very rare for him to ever see anything in that thoracic area, he said if he would have bet money he would have lost thought it show in other area because of my symptoms, which he said are very complex. Also said many symptoms I have can come from The C6-7, or the thoracic area,asked right away if nuero ordered bone scan, told him had it done friday, he said that was one test he would have done on me, other is Myogram or Myelgram (not sure which one he said) in bit af pain after, shaking so bad had to have blood draw after & it made it a bit difficult. I asked if a slight reading was good enough, he said absolutly, I hope this is a starting point for Neuro or someone else to discover what the heck is wrong, so tired unreal not sure if it is the Lyrica or oxycodone, felt opposite until yesturday, could nod off @ any given moment, makes me abit nervous that. Any opinions on that? funny thing is not sore on arm, but real sore and tender on back(under scapula) where he did the test. OK guys any comments? Sammy

ps, He said my neuro had a rep for not giving his patients the time of day,great surgeon bad bedside manner, second one to say that, he said would forward results to primary care doc. to.

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Old 08-15-2007, 08:01 PM   #2
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Re: EMG test really surprised DR.

Sammy - I don't know if I can help much or offer too much insight, but when I read your thread it really struck me.

I have been so appreciative of all my Doctor's involvement in my case and I feel it's been very beneficial to have the various perspectives and indepth studies. Though, I agree an EMG is NO cake walk.

It's interesting because my spinal specialist (orthopedic), really has been incredible, but I wouldn't call him a "people person" either. However, he's very thorough and for me that's what counts.

The Neurologist I see for my migraines is the one that REALLY wanted the EMG, he was so thorough and felt the symptoms I was describing didn't match what was in the MRI report.

I also really liked the Neurologist that did my EMG and sure enough it showed an additional cervical level involved (C7) and that's what' was causing many of problems (prior to my recent ACDF). The first thing my Neurologist was get on the phone with my Spinal Specialist to let him know the findings.

At this point all I can say is it is confusing (I know it was for me) and it probably feels like every time you turn around you have another test - which is difficult because you just don't feel like MORE tests.

The good news is it sounds like your in good hands. I think at this point you're on the right path and all you can do is work with your Doctors to develop a beneficial plan based on the results of your many tests. The good news they are being thorough and that means the world.

You are in my thoughts.

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Re: EMG test really surprised DR.

Fionna Jo, yes it is confusing, I just want a diagnosis, have to get back to work, my husband had a bout with prostrate cancer a couple years ago and went for blood work and his numbers are up, very bad sign, so he has to start radiation this coming week, I need to be able to do more and contribute, so yes I have really feel pressure, life is throwing curves at me faster then I can catch them, my work is pressring me & there is nothing I can do but pray they find out what is wrong so I can get the proper treatment, get back on my feet. I am hoping the EMG is a start, will find out test result to recent tests tommorrow. Hear conficting stories about EMGs, did you per chance have any spots where the test was done that were sore or tender for any legnth of time?, never had one done just curious. Thanks for the input I wish I could let all of you know how much it truelly means to me to hear your stories & get your opinions. Sammy

Old 08-20-2007, 07:16 AM   #4
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Re: EMG test really surprised DR.

I had a laminectomy in 2003 C6/7 then a fusion in 2005 C4/5. I continued to have arm, hand , neck, shoulder and scapula pain. Dr. ordered EMG and it came back with nothing. I do not trust them. I have and had then a nerve being pinched at C6/7 and waiting now for surgery to be approved via workers comp. I have symptoms that range mostly from C7/8 area that involves the scapula area. I have a lot of pain in my hands pinky, ring, middle and pointer finger, side of hand and area along thumb. Both triceps hurt and I work out and when I do tricep workouts I cannot even feel my tricep working. I have some atrophy but am lucky since I do workout and try to keep it strong. My side neck muscles hurt very bad too.

I did not feel any pain at all when I had my EMG. Not sure why some of you do. I also have high pain threshold and certain areas do not feel hot (hate it when I run my baby's bath and it turns out so hot when I think it is warm. I learned to cool it more then I think it needs to be and it turns out right).

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Old 08-21-2007, 05:44 AM   #5
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Re: EMG test really surprised DR.

Gosh I feel so bad for you, is there a water thermomater you can use, I cannot even imagine my girls being that young & being in this pain, I had bad migraines way back & I worried about taking care of my girls being so sick with them. The EMG was painful for me, the spot under the scapula where it was performed still is tender. I am desperate & just glad it showed something for me, since my arm & shoulder area are so painful I am not surprised it did. The doc. performing it was very up front & told me the tests do not always pick up problems. I am not relying on that test alone by any means. Good luck to you & thanks for your input. Sammy

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