Anyone had an EMG?

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   Posted 8/21/2009 6:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Had an EMG done today. In a few words.... ouch, that sucked. Anyone else had the pleasure of this procedure before?

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   Posted 8/21/2009 7:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, too many of them for my own taste in fact. For some reason , I get intense burning and horrible muscle spasms when it is done and I hate it.
In fact, my last one  ( my 5th in less than 18 months) I told the doctors flat out that I am NOT ever having another one so they had better make that one count. nono Sandi
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   Posted 8/21/2009 8:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had many too! Just one of life's little pleasures. They do sting and burn a little, but they are better then a head MRI with and without contrast. Those drive me crazy.

sorry you had to have the test. Let's hope they got some valuable information from it.  I guess you won't be having any accupuncture in the near future. (Just kidding)

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   Posted 8/21/2009 8:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I made the guy give me a copy (he didn't seem to want to for some reason) and tell me what he found during the torture. He said I have two pinched nerves. Now they are going to want to stick big needles into my spine, I just know it... *cringe

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   Posted 8/21/2009 8:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I have often thought an EMG machine would make a perfect torture device. No need for anything else if you find the "right" (or maybe wrong?) nerves.


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   Posted 8/21/2009 9:22 PM (GMT -6)   
They have mentioned doing this test for my 15-year-old because of muscle weakness and muscle spasms. She also has constant back pain (more muscle based, I guess). She has been having other health issues also. I recently mentioned that she probably should have the test with how weak she gets and how she gets the muscle spasms all over. Now, I'm wondering if that's such a good idea. She does fine when she has gotten IVs and they've had to draw blood. Is it alot worse than that? Thank you for any information you might have.

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   Posted 8/21/2009 9:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I just had an EMG done this month..... it was horrible..... horrible.... most of it was mental.... just the thought of seeing that cattle looking prong coming at you over and over again.... know the shock is coming

Don't know which was worse the part were you were shocked or the part with the needles..... very, very uncomfortable and unpleasant all wrapped into one!

I will be going over my results next week with my surgeon.

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   Posted 8/21/2009 10:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had them done twice. Once in both legs and another time in both arms. I would say they tests were very uncomfortable but not horrible. The key is to relax and put yourself some where else mentally. By the time the surprise hits you it is over with.

In my experience having an ultrasound test done with severe pancreatitis (sp?) was 100 times worse than the EMG test.
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