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Shashi
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   Posted 1/5/2007 2:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Does a normal EMG rule out MS?  Mine was normal this morning (except for being diagnostic of severe carpal tunnel syndrome in my left hand.) 
 
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Lisa ~
 
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Negative MRIs + Negative LP + Positive symptoms = A lot of confusion + A ton of frustration!


shellypoo
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   Posted 1/5/2007 3:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lisa,
No, it does not rule in or out MS!  An emg is diagnostic for pinched nerves, carpal tunnel etc..
 
I hope you get some good answers soon.  Take care. :-)
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uppitycats
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   Posted 1/5/2007 5:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Shashi said...
Does a normal EMG rule out MS?  Mine was normal this morning (except for being diagnostic of severe carpal tunnel syndrome in my left hand.) 
 
Thanks.

No.  An EMG is testing for *peripheral* nerve damage -- nerve transmission problems in your extremities...and while you say it was "normal", you go on to say that there was a "diagnos(is) of severe carpal tunnel syndrome in your left hand"...which would indicate that indeed the EMG was NOT normal, at least in that left hand.  The peripheral nervous system can work well if a person has MS, because the problem is not in those nerves, but in the transmission of signals from the brain (or spinal cord) -- the central nerves -- to the peripheral nerves.
 
MS is a disorder of the *central* nervous system, and would not appear on an EMG.  So in your case, the EMG showed that there was a problem with your left hand (which can cause tingling, buzzing, weakness, and other problems, not just in the hand, but in the wrist and up the arm).
 
 
...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....


Shashi
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   Posted 1/5/2007 5:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, uppity. I guess I needed to clarify that a bit more. The EMG showed that I do have severe carpal tunnel in my left hand, and mild to moderate carpal tunnel in my right hand. The nerves conduct well until they get to my wrist, then the nerves in my hands are all messed up. The rest of the test on the nerves in my legs and in my muscles was normal.
Hugs,
 
Lisa ~
 
Living in Limboland!
 
Negative MRIs + Negative LP + Positive symptoms = A lot of confusion + A ton of frustration!


uppitycats
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   Posted 1/5/2007 6:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm sorry you have carpal tunnel, by the way! That can be a real challenge; very painful and debilitating, sometimes. Did your doctor give you any advice on how to treat it?
...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....


Shashi
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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 1/5/2007 9:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I have a referral to a hand specialist. I saw him back in June and had a cortisone injection into my left wrist for pain I was having then. I may elect to get another injection, which will hopefully hold me over until the summer when I'm off from work during our break and maybe then I can have surgery.

The funny thing is, I had a nerve conduction study done last January, and my left hand was fine with no trace of carpal tunnel at that time. The doctor I saw today and I are both baffled as to how my left hand progressed to severe carpal tunnel syndrome in a year, especially since I'm right handed.


Hugs,
 
Lisa ~
 
Living in Limboland!
 
Negative MRIs + Negative LP + Positive symptoms = A lot of confusion + A ton of frustration!

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