Well I had the EMG done this afternoon, I think it is kind of funny, a couple of months ago I guess I made an appointment with my neurologist for a follow up after he sent me to a clinic in Chicago, while at that appointment I told him about
the problems I have been having with my arm and neck, he ordered a cervical MRI and a follow up appointment with him 5 or 6 weeks later. He was very curt with me at that appointment and I kind of felt like he was blowing me off, or he was just real busy that day! Anyway a few days later I went to my Pain Doctor for my monthly refill appointment I mentioned to him about
my problems with my arm and neck. As you might remember from my post, he ended up ordering a bunch of test, including another MRI, lots of Xrays and blood work and a EMG of my left arm. Well today I got the EMG done, by the same Neurologist that I had seen and who had ordered the MRI of my neck. He acted like I was a stranger and like he had never seen me before??? He asked me who ordered the EMG and why? I told him that I had mentioned to my pain Doctor about
the problem I was having and then he ordered all these test and how after looking at that first MRI of my neck that he ( the neurologist had actually ordered) my pain doctor had given me the Epidural injection at the fusion site and I was sceduled for another Epidural on the 10th the same day I am suppose to see him about
the results of the MRI, he gave me real odd, kind of quizzical look, and then proceeded with doing the EMG, he was thorough and explained everything, as he was doing it. I even commented to him that I appreciated the explanation of what he was doing and why! But he still acted like he didn't know me, or had ever seen me before??? Anyway the nerve conduction study part, ( where they tape electrodes onto you and then shock you ) that was all normal. Then the other part of the test that measured the electrical activity of the muscles, this is where he puts a needle into the different muscles and then has me contract that muscle by moving my arm or hand in different ways and pressing against the resistance of his hand. Anyway he said if they were normal that would be the end of the test , if they were abnormal he would have to do further testing and he would have to put the needle into the different muscles in my neck to further test the origin of the problem! Well I ended up getting the needle into the muscles in my neck, all of this portion of the EMG test was all abnormal. He even kind of acted surpriised by the reaults as he was doing the test, and asked me about
where I had my disc fusion! Anyway after it was over and as he was walking out the door he made a statement, but didn't explain and he did not stick around for me to ask what he meant. He said, "well this test proves you are not making this up! you do have a legitment problem with definite denervation, I will get the results to your Pain Doctor so he can determine what he wants to do next" I thought that was an odd statement to make, I know for fact my pain doctor did not think I was making this up, I am wondering if maybe he did???, as I have only seen him a couple of times. And the last time I saw him I thought he was blowing me off. Now all I have to do is wait till the 10th for my follow up with him and then the second epidural.
I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disalbility!--Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV