Hi Denim, I've had a number of them done, I had a very pleasant experience with my doctor, though it's not very fun, it's necessary to determine the amount of damage you have. They stick a couple needle wires into your skin, fairly deep, and they give you a little shock within, and your reaction to it tells the amount of nerve damage.
Now at the same token, my boyfriend also had it done and HATED it, it was very uncomfortable for him. I would talk to your doctor about it too. I think it might have to do with the doctor and their aggressiveness with the shocks. The guy that did my boyfriend wasn't very gentle and shocked him too much, but my doctor was VERY gentle and didn't have to shock too much to get what he wanted. I have nerve damage down my WHOLE right side. I've had the EMGs, or ECGs done on both legs and feet, and on both hands and arms.
I wish you luck! I hope that you are able to get some relief! Stay positive! I'm sure many people will have plenty of good advice for you too, everyone here is SO great!!
Hi Susie, only now, did I see your posts. Apparantly every doctor that has looked at my mri, stenosis, disks and all, have said it looked "fine"--I have to laugh, but no kidding. I've seen orthos and neuros and each said nothing looked like it would require surgery and pretty much treated it lightly. I know I haven't been the same since July 2005 and am thinking it through. If I choose to see another neuro, it would have to be one not part of the group I had gone to. I believe I saw 2 there and they both said the same thing. Thanks for your input. I appreciate you taking the time to respond. I do see my doctor next week and plan on speaking to him about it. I don't see the point of having a test if it's not conclusive, which I've heard and if I keep getting doctors who agree that my spine doesn't look bad and they wouldn't do anything, it gives me pause--if I knew of an intelligent doctor, maybe willing to do another mri, it would change my mind. We'll see. Thanks again.
Dear Susie, I just wrot u and it got lost--I will try to remember the jist of what I was saying. I have seen 2 Neuros, are they both wrong or is it possible they are both right that my mris aren't that bad? It is a tough call. I know something happening to me in July 2005 but I don't have an answer. I am grateful for these good days when my focus is not on pain-I've had those days--and when you get out of that cycle and enjoy getting out of the house or drive, it's such a blessing. I will speak to my doc next week to see what he thinks, all of this is so wearisome. I wish I could get a standing mri and super intelligent doctors, I have a hard time dealing with no answers for things--and my husband has been going through his own afflictions without answers at the same time--double wammy--but when we are both ok, that is able to enjoy the little things we are so happy. I am grateful, I am able to get a good night's sleep and I am grateful when I feel improvememnts. It has been mysterious. I so much appreciate your concern and replies and I love this board. There are the nicest most caring people here and I appreciate you all. I'll be in touch and wish you well, Love, Barbara~
After reading straydog's response, if you have spinal stenosis, I agree, you will most likely have nerve damage, because the stenosis impinges the spinal cord, pressing on key nerves that causes the pain, inflammation, etc. So, I would talk to your doc again about getting the EMG and tell him your concerns! They don't really treat any different, I don't think, whether they KNOW you have nerve damage, or whether they SUSPECT you have nerve damage! So, I would do some good research, and I'm sure you could find some good ones online somewhere, maybe someone here may know a good site to try?!
I also agree in finding a good doc, though if you're comfortable with yours, by all means, stay with him, but there is no reason that you can't get other opinions, right?! Just to make your decision easier, and to give you basis on your decision! Always, up to you! I wish you luck with everything! I hope that you are able to find some relief!
Best wishes to all and wish you all relief, or at least a good day!!
This somehow got posted in a separate posting. But this was my reply...
Thank you Tom and Susie. I am in Green Valley Arizona, about 40 minutes from Tucson. Like I said the 2 neuros and other docs I've seen say they see nothing outstanding from my mri. Whenever I would speak of the stenosis, it was treated lightly. Like there was never anything showing that indicated I had a big problem. I have seen many doctors, and not one but a chiropractor told me why he thought I had as much pain as I did. And he said that was from multiple layers of bulging disks. So, honestly the ordeal of going to different docs and walking away empty has been very tiring, yet right now I am not feeling too bad but I am also taking pain pills. If the stenosis was that bad, I think (just think) I would be in more pain--I don't know. When I read boards and the pain and the amts of drugs people take and how they can't sleep at night, I feel so bad for them. That's why I feel blessed I can sleep and sleep well. Thanks for both of your posts and concerns. I am also limited as to who I can see. But if the doctor takes Mercy Care, I'm good, if not, I can't pay out of pocket. Thank you both so much! My blessings to you both.
Dear Tom, you are a wonderful person to care about me and go out of your way, when esp. you have many problems yourself. I do appreciate it very much. I do think the chiropractic helped. But that was paid out of pocket and I spent thousands but it wasn't permanent.
I always feel there are answers to things, not a shrugging of shoulders, which is what I get. I am on a small amount of pain medication that has helped and allowed me to have a good week last week. I was able to not feel like an invalid and drive and walk better. I know I must enjoy the day for what it is and have been, I have to put my faith in God also and not the doctors, cause I go back Thurday and have no idea what he will say. It's for a follow up. I was suppose to get the emg and haven't and want to discuss that with him. The dr. he lined me up with is not in my plan and the dr. they picked already blew me off. I know I'm not making up the pain and though the pills don't take everything away, it takes a great deal away and I'm grateful but I know this doctor is strict and don't know how long I should stay on the pills or what. I also think too much. Thanks again and I wish you the very best also, you have gone through so much yourself. I have never gone to a pain specialist for pills, do they say it's okay to stay on the pills if they are helping or try to get you off? I've been feeling pretty good and I'm afraid that this doctor will stop the pills, but I may be just thinking the worst. Thanks again.
And Lindaloo, you are a sweetheart also. Tom is fantastic. I have always said this board is the best. God bless you all, I sincerely mean it. People who are suffering themselves, I'll use Tom as an example going out of his way to help me, someone he doesn't know but has compassion for. It is such a blessing to come here and meet all of you. I am sorry when I read the stories here and when I think to pray I should remember to pray more for all of you.
I had a nerve block that set me screaming, it's a good thing my husband wan't right there, I think he would have punched the doctor out. That's another reason I am questioning, do I want to go through more pain? If it was a nerve problem, I am thinking I would feel worse. Although when this ordeal started, I would get tingles down my legs that seemed like it indicated a nerve problem. That stopped a long time ago and honestly I don't like the fact that I'm on meds but lately have been feeling better and don't really want to be stuck. The other thing is, I haven't found a doctor I totally trusted. Some I felt I knew more than and the rest all acted like nothing was showing outstanding.
Anyway, Lindaloo, I thank you, Tom, I thank you, and Susie I thank you and if I left anyone out I thank you. Blessings to you all---Always!! Barbara~
Hi Susie, you are so sweet. How thoughtful of you to think of me and write. I admit, I, for the most part do not put a lot of faith in doctors. The one I see tomorrow in my pcp. He has gone along for the most part with anything I have asked of him. I must admit this last med he gave me, I didn't ask for, is an extended release and these past couple of weeks have been the best I've had in quite some time. I don't feel like an invalid which I was feeling. I've been driving and walking a little and that alone brings me so much joy. As I said I was rarely home before, hated being in the house, so this affliction was like a cruel punishment, taking away what you love the most, the outdoors and exercising, besides the fact I couldn't sit in a car very long or even think of doing much and would find myself jealous of others, which I didn't like about myself, nor could I even think about working. I feel if I stay on this, I would be able to work. But, I am just afraid, since nothing definite serious has been found, only my word, that I'll be dropped from the pills and I hate the thought of feeling the pain and never sitting comfortable, etc. I don't know how he feels about it, I am happy that I am doing more and want to do more. Of course, I wish I didn't need a pill but I do now in my life and pray for a miracle that someday I won't. I am afraid he'll say you can't stay on this pill and I'm thinking ahead. We'll see, I hope it goes well.
I am sorry what you are going through and understand you grieving your life as it was. That's how I felt. I came out to Arizona and said I wanted to get more rugged and hike and bam one month later, pain. I thank you sincerely for reaching out to me and having concern for me. I wish you the very best life has to offer and pray that you feel better,
Blessings to u, Barbara and thanks again, you are so kind, I wish I could help you in some way, but will pray.