EMG?

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  • January 16, 2012 at 5:50 pm #6497

    prisoneroftoday
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    Hey guys, has anyone here had an EMG done? I’m scheduled for one in the spring and a bit nervous about it (I’m not sure if it will involve needles or not). Not scared of needles but for some reason this test is psyching me out a bit, more so than an MRI.

    January 16, 2012 at 9:57 pm #7009

    MiyaTsu
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    Hi prisoneroftoday,

    I had an EEG done which is similar but with your brain and not your muscles. This one involved needles and my boyfriend says the EMG does too. But the needles were not that bad. The hard part was to relax as much as the doctor wanted me too. But it was just…hard. Everything else was okay but maybe I’m just handling stuff like that differently…

    I hope I didn’t freak you out even more…

    Yours,

    MiyaTsu

    January 17, 2012 at 8:46 pm #7010

    prisoneroftoday
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    Hi MiyaTsu, thanks for the response :) (you didn’t freak me out, it’s ok)

    I can’t stand it when they tell you to relax during a test. That just makes it worse because you just become more aware of how tensed up some muscles are :P I’m really curious to see how this test will turn out. I’m getting a consultation with my neuro’s colleague the day of the test, I think she’s getting a second opinion before doing more invasive testing (like a spinal tap). It’s been such a long road, I just want it to be over with already…

    January 18, 2012 at 5:55 am #7011

    Tracey
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    I’ve had this test done (EMG). It does involve needles being inserted into various muscles–mine were mostly focused on my legs where I experienced numbness; The results for me showed up as normal function–which made me happy. I don’t recall it being painful just not enjoyable cause I am not a fan of needles. I had this one done before I had my MS diagnosis (during the year of trying to figure out the cause of my numbness)….perhaps that’s why it was not super stressful for me (ignorance is bliss).

    Good luck with the test!! My thoughts are with you. T

    February 14, 2012 at 11:19 am #7012

    prisoneroftoday
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    Hi Tracey,

    sorry for the late reply, been really busy! I guess I just needed some time to get used to the idea of the test, it’s not freaking me out anymore (though I’m sure I’ll be nervous as I go in for it). I’m honestly not expecting a whole lot to come of this test, but it will still be interesting to see what (if anything) the results say. I go in about 3 weeks for the test, but since it’s been ordered my GP has put me on a really wonderful anticonvulsant that is taking care of pain and spasms, so I have to call the hospital to see if I have to stop taking it before the test (I’m guessing I will, but I want to be sure before I ween off it).

    March 27, 2012 at 10:45 am #7013

    prisoneroftoday
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    Well that wasn’t bad at all! No pain during the test, it was really fascinating, and everyone involved with the test (the tech, the neurology resident, and the neuromuscular specialist) were absolutely wonderful. Most positive experience I’ve ever had in a hospital.

    The results were for the most part normal, with 1 slightly unusual thing (when I flexed my foot upward it kinda got stuck in that position and the resident had to push my foot back down). Ruled out a muscular disease that my neurologist was concerned I might have (though I can’t for the life of me remember the name of the disease…). Spinal MRI on Friday, no idea if contrast dye is being used or not but I’m hoping it is. Unfortunately I won’t be getting any official results from my neurologist for 2 months.

    Going through the diagnosis of exclusion game takes forever, but I suppose there is some comfort in it.

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