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SoSickAndTired
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   Posted 9/24/2011 1:20 AM (GMT -6)   
My back specialist took a look at my xrays that were done over a year ago and what I was told was only a 45 degree curve, is actually a 65 degree curve. He's sending me for ANOTHER friggin xray. And a EMG... I've never had one done, but I know what it is, and I know its painful. I don't want to do it. Not at all... Has any of you had it done? How bad is it? When I asked my doc, he smiled and said, "well, its not as bad as childbirth"..... cry cry cry
Bi Polar 1
Anxiety/ Panic disorder
Major depressive disorder
PTSD
Anhedonia
Epilepsy
Severe Scoliosis/ Degenerative disc disorder/ Arthritis/ 65 degree curvature of the spine, and 2 of my vertebrae are fused together.

Meds:
Lamictal 300mg daily
Abilify 20mg daily
Klonopin 1mg as needed
Xanax 1mg as needed
Norco 10/325mg. 3 times per day
Mobic 15mg

SmurfyShadow
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   Posted 9/24/2011 4:24 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm not familary with it hon, but you gotta do it. The curving in the spinal cord could need surgery. He's only looking out for you.
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sore42long
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   Posted 9/24/2011 5:23 PM (GMT -6)   
HI, I know you don't want this done ,but its necessary and it will not take that long alittle uncomfortablity now is alot better than tons of pain and lifetime problems to come .Iwould advise to just get it done and over with,its better to know for sure what your dealing with !Try not to worry about it !Take care from Michele

NiNi53
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   Posted 9/24/2011 6:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Here is the truth as I felt it, it is not as bad as child birth, this is true, it hurts like he.., but if it must be done, it must be done.  With child birth, at least at the end you have a precious blessing.  At the end of the EMG, you have the results of a test you need.
 
So, maybe take a anti anxiety med, like valium, or xanax and get thru it.  I was lied to by my doctor (who is no longer my doctor), she told me it was nothing, and looked at me with scorn when I was cursing at the pain it caused me.  Well when it was over, I suggested she have one done, while I look on.  She did not find me amusing, but then I was not kidding, so there was nothing to be amused about.
 
We are asked to go thru the most grinding tests on there way to finding out or at least trying to find out what is wrong with us.  We are made to pay for these tests to try to find out what is wrong.  I know it must be done, I know that many things are asked of us, so that maybe we can finally get the help we need.  I think what should be asked for is a little compassion, and alot of truth.
 
Take care, hope you find out what you need to know to help you have a quality of life, it can be done, even if it hurts on the way.
 
Kat
degenerative disc disease, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, neuropathy, lumbar laminectomy july 1998 no help, rechargeable neurostimulator unit low right back w/lead wires to left side and right leg unit not working just sitting there.i am 57 years young in may will turn 58. i have 2 grown daughters, 25 and 29. i have 2 grandchildren, 9 year old grandaughter and 5 yr. old grandson

White Beard
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   Posted 9/24/2011 11:58 PM (GMT -6)   
SoSickAndTired I have have quite a few EMG's done on both my arms and my legs. I will admit they are not the most pleasant things to have done, but  I personally do not think that they are all that bad. You must remember everyone experiences pain differently, What I might consider to be extremely painful, another person might not think that at all  and barely feel the pain! The only thing I can tell you is,  this test can tell the doctor allot about what is going on, with your nerves in your spine and your nervous system. It is a valuable test, and if it will help the doctors to get you a firm diagnosis and  possibly  help you, well............then .....I personally would think a little discomfort would be well worth it!!! Of course being a male I can not compare it to child birth, but I can compare it to  some other things, as an example getting a myelogram, ( that is where they stick a needle in your lower back and inject dye into your spinal canal and then hang you up side down and let the dye run down your spine toward your head and then they take xrays of your spine with the dye in there.) I have had a couple of those done and in my oppinion, I think they were much, much, much worse than any of the EMG studies I have had. Anyway as food for thought try and not think about the pain the test can cause, try to concentrate on of the answers it can provide, to find out what is causing your problems. I do wish you well!
 
Please keep us informed on your progress, and how things are going for you.
 
Good Luck to you
 
White Beard
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After spending nearly 22 1/2 years in the USAF, I retired in Sept, 1991. I then went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, and I worked on Oncology and then a Med Surg Unit, I became disabled in late 1999 and was approved SSD in early 2002!-- DDD, With herniated Disk at T-12 and L4-5. C5-C6 ACDF in Sep 2009, C6-C7 ACDF in Mar 1985, 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 I am White Beard with a White Beard!

Post Edited (White Beard) : 9/24/2011 11:06:54 PM (GMT-6)


Trudy2
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   Posted 9/25/2011 11:45 AM (GMT -6)   
I have also had several EMG's done in the past. I did not find them to be extremely pleasant, but I also did not find them to be that bad. An epidural during childbirth hurts a lot more in my opinion. I also found the pain to be nothing at all like childbirth.

I also find a toothache to be more pain than childbirth. So I probably have a pretty high pain thresh hold, but I really do not consider the slight pain from an EMG to be that bad.

It is a very important test and will tell the doctors a lot. I had to have it done by 3 different doctors and then I had to have yet another to check for Small Nerve abnormalities. The first EMG's all came back normal and finally the last person that did my EMG recommended this Small Nerve test and my doc agreed to it and we finally found out that my small nerves do not register - they are just not there. It causes me not to sweat. Which explains why I cannot cool down like other people. When I am in hot conditions, I overheat every time and sometimes pass out. So finding this out was very important to me.

Trudy in Ohio
DX pyoderma gangrenosum, Acute Myelogenous Leukemia, Bone Marrow Transplant, Chronic Pain syndrome, Chronic Kidney Disease Stage 3, Major Depressive Disorder, Radiculopathy, Bilateral Hip Pain, Insomnia,Left Groin Hernia, Bulging Disk in Lumbar Spine, Tear in Lumbar Spine, Tendonitis and Bursitis in both hips, hypoxia due to sleep apnea and new problems with my lungs. Have had 2 abnormal CT scans.

SoSickAndTired
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   Posted 9/25/2011 9:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow... Thank u all..... I do believe I tolerate pain pretty well (considering the fact that I was born w/ scoliosis and have suffered with it my entire life as it does nothing but get worse)... I tend to freak myself out and hype myself up, then realize it was all for nothing. When I got my cortizone injections in my back, I was soooooo scared to get them done, but they really weren't that bad. And I had nothing other then a "freezing spray" to numb the area.

As far as childbirth, that wasn't as bad as I thought it would be the first time around. I had the epidural placed, then replaced because they couldn't fit the catheter into the space because of my scoliosis. The epidural wasn't that painful, and in comparison to the contractions, it was a breath of fresh air!!!..... With my second labor, on the other hand, it was a complete nightmare. The epidural had to be placed 3 times and was still not able to fit into the narrow space. So it was a natural childbirth. Not to mention, my daughter flipped and faced the ceiling instead of the floor (which is the way they're supposed to come out)... They said she was "sunny side up"... And pushing out my little 6 pound baby girl, the doctor said, feels like the equivalent of pushing out a 9 pound baby!!!!..... At that point, I promised myself I'd NEVER have another child!!!!! All in all, although labor was painful, I handled it pretty well... But, then again, you forget about all the pain as soon as you hold your baby... Unlike with the EMG......

I'm scared as hell.... And I'm not a very pleasant person when I'm scared and in pain. I don't know... Its so frustrating being so young and having to go through all this crap. I'm only 25.... But, I've been poked, prodded, tested, and xrayed my whole life... What's one more test, right?! (Sighs).
Bi Polar 1
Anxiety/ Panic disorder
Major depressive disorder
PTSD
Anhedonia
Epilepsy
Severe Scoliosis/ Degenerative disc disorder/ Arthritis/ 65 degree curvature of the spine, and 2 of my vertebrae are fused together.

Meds:
Lamictal 300mg daily
Abilify 20mg daily
Klonopin 1mg as needed
Xanax 1mg as needed
Norco 10/325mg. 3 times per day
Mobic 15mg

desert
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Date Joined Feb 2011
Total Posts : 93
   Posted 9/26/2011 7:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi SoSickAndTired. You've already had a lot of great responses. I just thought I'd pipe up a little too. I've had a few EMG tests. The first one I had was with a sports medicine doctor. I wouldn't recommend that. The process isn't any worse, they just aren't trained well enough to read them well. They think they can do it because they're practiced at acupuncture. If you get a good one, I'm sure they can do an adequate job. I had a much better experience with the neurologist and the neurosurgeon. They really know their stuff. They were also much more understanding (most of their patients have spine issues). And instead of acting like I was stupid because I couldn't relax a muscle (that they said most people can't), they took care of it by resetting the needle somehow.

More to the point of your concern. I was very nervous going in as well. I wouldn't call it a fun test. I agree with WhiteBeard, everyone experiences pain differently. So I'm not even going to try and find a common experience I can compare it to. I think, though, that it is a test that does sound worse than it is. And like everyone else has said, it is worth it if it can lead you to better treatment for your existing pain. Being another male, I cannot be certain, but I don't think "not as bad as childbirth" is a good way of putting it. After all, there are many things I imagine are not as bad as childbirth. Like stubbing my toe, or a static shock from a door knob, probably even a paper cut wink. I imagine that your doctor has probably never had an EMG done to them (as this isn't exactly a test usually suggested by a GP), so perhaps they can be forgiven for throwing a wide net. I imagine the last thing a doctor wants is to tell you something and have you come back irate that it was more painful than they said.

For the test, if you have a sociable doctor, it is a test you can talk to them during (except when they're listening to the machine). I don't know about others, but I'm much more comfortable when I can talk to my doctor and they can tell me what they're up to and how it's going. My neurosurgeon stopped at one point to let me listen to what nerve damage sounds like. It all just sounded like broken static to me, but apparently that told him something.

Anyways, I hope your test goes well, that it hurts way, way less than you imagine, and definitely that it helps you and your doctors improve your treatment plan and make everyday better for you.

SoSickAndTired
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Date Joined Dec 2010
Total Posts : 226
   Posted 9/26/2011 10:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Lol you're silly for the papercut comment, I do agree tho, I'd rather break my toe then get a papercut ****. I just wish this was something I could be sedated for... I'm definitely going to take some klonopin b4 I have it done!
Bi Polar 1
Anxiety/ Panic disorder
Major depressive disorder
PTSD
Anhedonia
Epilepsy
Severe Scoliosis/ Degenerative disc disorder/ Arthritis/ 65 degree curvature of the spine, and 2 of my vertebrae are fused together.

Meds:
Lamictal 300mg daily
Abilify 20mg daily
Klonopin 1mg as needed
Xanax 1mg as needed
Norco 10/325mg. 3 times per day
Mobic 15mg
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