Any experience with the EMG or nerve test?

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   Posted 5/17/2010 7:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Just wondering because I just started with the aches and pains and so far have just seen a neurologist. Now I am wondering if I should have seen a Rheumotologist first instead. However, my first thought was to check the nerves because I had hip pain for six months and after that myi main symptoms were tingling in my right foot and both hands. It wasn't until later I started getting the aches and pains all over. So I am thinking my symptoms seem more like Fibro but it is too early for a diagnosis since it hasn't bee a full three months with the all over ahces.

so the neuro wants me to have a nerve test, but many people have said how horrible it is . just wondering if any of you have had it and what it was like for you. also, if you think it is worth it or if I should just wait and get tested for Fibro first. I did already have all the blood work done.

I am also so mad at my neuro's dr. office right now because they want to charge me a $75 fee for not coming today to my appointment. However, I called this morning to cancel b/c my daughter threw up this morning and I really wanted to husband to take me . We live a half hour away from the doctor (small town) and I can't drive that long distance by myself b/ of the pain and tingling.

I got so angry over the phone with them and now my husband is waiting on a call from the supervisor to complain. It is not like i could have called yesterday anyway since it was the weekend.

so now i don't even feel like going back there to that office, but the other neurologists in that town either have a bad reputation or don't have an appointment until June 22nd!

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   Posted 5/17/2010 7:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, sorry the neuro office is giving you a hard time about the missed visit.  I had the nerve conduction testand even the guy doing the test said it wasn't pleasant but truthfully it didn't really bother me and I am a wimp when it comes to pain............hahahaha, some forum to admit that on. 
Unfortunately they have to do a ton of teststo rule out everything else before the fibro diagnosis.  Good Luck
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   Posted 5/17/2010 7:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had the test years ago and it wasn't to bad. I too hate needles. The worst part for me was when he had stuck me on my right shoulder and I looked at him and asked him when he was going t stick the needle in me and both my husband at the time and the Dr looked at me and then I looked down and this needle was sticking out of my arm.

I got as white as a ghost.

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   Posted 5/17/2010 7:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Rheumatologist is more qualified to diagnose fibro. I haven't had much luck with neurologists either, but my pain doc (calls himself a physiatrist) did my nerve tests and gives me spinal injections for my sciatica. Fibro will usually be negative for most tests unless there is something else going on in addition.

I have a lot of osteoarthritis in my spine, found out that tingling means a pinched nerve. In hands it can be coming from neck, shoulders or arms. But since it's bilateral it is coming from spine. In foot it can be lumbar spine or hip or knee.

You need an MRI. Pain doc can prescribe. They usually can get you in soon.

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   Posted 5/17/2010 9:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Bridget, I found the EMG not to be bad at all. I was expecting some discomfort and I was
surprised because I was told also that it was unpleasant.

My rheumy was the one to refer me to the neurologist. I have Fibro and an autoimmune
disease, MCTD. I went because I have some atrophy and weakness in my right arm due
to the MCTD.

Fibro is diagnosed after blood work rules out any Connective tissue diseases. The neurologist
will help determine if a neurological disorders are going on. Hang in there! Sometimes it
does take awhile to figure out what is going on.

If you checkout Fibro 101, you can read What else could it be? There is alot of good info in
that thread. It is the second thread page one. Good luck to you and keep us posted1

Hugs, Robin
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   Posted 5/17/2010 11:55 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks for the replies. Yes, I am also having an MRI of the lumbar spine next Monday. I am not too nervous about that, more so about the EMG, but it is good to know it wasn't too bad for you. A friend of mine just really scared me about it when she told me about her experience. Although the neuro she went to was not nice at all and may have been a tad bit aggressive, I don't know. now, my question is, do I pay the $75 or not? I am hoping to at least get it down to $25. don't you think $75 it too high?

I don't want to be on the neuro's bad side, but maybe he won't care. I don't care what the office thinks, though it is a small office and it woudl be awkward going in there. That's all I need is a rude staff to make me more nervous about the test.

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   Posted 5/18/2010 6:05 AM (GMT -6)   
I hope you get the fee reduced...$75 is a lot.

I saw a reheum. for my diagnoses but I did go to a neuro. for the brain fog.
I struggle with FM,Raynauds Syndrome,gastroparesis, IBS and depression. I trust in God with all things. Been a tough journey and it's not getting any easier but thanks to God and my family I am not alone.

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   Posted 5/18/2010 6:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Did the neuro have anything to say about the brain fog? I would have expected the rheumy to know more about that and maybe say it's just side effects from the meds.
I find that I wake up foggy but my tramadol fixes me right up.

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