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Date Joined Jan 2007
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   Posted 3/1/2007 11:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there, I don't post often but always love reading what's going on with others. I just have onequestion. . .my neuro called and I am scheduled for an EMG this week and I was wondering if anybody could tell me what's it's like? Thanks!

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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 3/2/2007 12:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Commett

I've had one done early on in my probs and can describe what they did to me. It's not too uncomfortable and is over relatively quickly. Basically they are trying to measure nerve impulses in the muscles. They'll do that by inserting a long, THIN, needle into the designated muscle or muscles and will test for not only conductivity, but sound. That means u'r muscles make certain sounds while at rest and other sounds while in movement. Abnormal sounds while at rest, for example, would indicate abnormal muscle or nerve activity. They'll have u move u'r muscle...for example, u'r leg...and they'll listen and prob count off the tonal sounds they hear. My test was done by my neuro so pretty much right away he was able to tell me a lot about the results. I had no nerve damage or abnormality in mine. Below is a link that may be helpful. When is u'r test scheduled for? U'll prob get u'r results at u'r next appt unless he does the test for u. Please come back and let us know how u'r doing and the results of u'r test.
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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 58
   Posted 3/2/2007 3:34 AM (GMT -6)   
I had one done last August when my journey began. It was at a county hospital (we didn't have insurance at the time) and my experience was really crappy. Hopefully my situation was unique because I haven't heard of anyone who said that it was that bad for them. I just remember feeling like I was being electrocuted. They actually didn't finish my entire test because I was so uncomfortable. Weird because I usually have a pretty high pain thresh-hold.
Hope I didn't scare you, just wanted to be honest!! Maybe I shouldn't post this...

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Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 185
   Posted 3/7/2007 8:45 PM (GMT -6)   
i had one done on my right arm and leg. they had to wrap me in damp, warm towels because of having reynaud's. then she dipped a handheld wand with twwo bumps on the end in goo and then teh fun began ;) she would zap me with different levels to take measurments. the worst were along my arm. it's kinda like the zap you get from licking a 9volt battery esp. if you have braces. i do not recommend licking a 9volt battery though. the tech musta thought i was going to faint or something because when it was over she kept asking if i was alright. it's not the worst test i have had, but it's not one i'll be rushing to have redone either. hope yours goes well!

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Date Joined Feb 2007
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   Posted 3/7/2007 9:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you so much. I am in the process of being re-tested for ms. Seeing a specialist on the 20th. Anyway, I was always wondering if there was a test out there that could measure electricity in me. Sorry to sound like a novice but I am excitied to maybe have someone confirm my feelings. I feel like and have said in a previous post that I always feel like I have a 9 volt on my tounge. Only know how to describe it as that, not as bad as a finger in the socket. My Dad used to make me test his 9 volts on my tounge to see if they were still charged up, that's the only way I had to explain it. May sound weird but I would like to have this test so I can get some answers, and maybe people would understand and maybe 'not all in my head' but on paper. Thanks again.
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