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AUGGIE
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   Posted 3/25/2007 2:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone...I have a question. My nuro wants me to get a emg test and before my surgry, this Feb. 12, 2007, he wanted me to have a spinal but now he wants the emg and then later the spinal. I have alot of weakness and burning in my legs when walking and esspecially going up and down stairs. I also have the same sensations in my arms and recently in the abdoman area. And let me remind you that last September I had optic nuritis, followed by facial and neck spasms, the nuro had the eye surgeons report in his hand. The nuro is taking me seriously now,but what do you think he is looking for and is it worth it to get 10 needles altoghether in my legs ? I have a needle phobia !
Thanks for the advice anyone. Thank you.

uppitycats
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   Posted 3/25/2007 4:21 AM (GMT -7)   
If he's asking you to have an emg -- before surgery -- it's likely he wants to be sure there is no peripheral nerve problems in your legs, or any blood vessels narrowed or blocked, which might leat to blood clotting and problems in the surgery.  It's a sort of pre-surgery prep, not so much to diagnose or confirm MS, but to be sure you're healthy enough for the surgery.  Needle phobia or not -- it's a very good thing to do.

...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....


rhondab
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   Posted 3/25/2007 10:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Auggie!!

Good to see u again! I think maybe u'r saying ur doc wanted the spinal tap before u'r surg that was done Feb 12th and now he wants an EMG?? I think that if u'r doc thinks u need this test, then u should do all u can to get thru it and have it done. I"m sorry u have the needle phobia, but u'r very strong and u can push past that to get this done and care for u'rself. U'r health is that important. This is just one more step in the journey of finding out what may be going on and it's in u'r best interest to follow ur doc's advice. Please let us know how it goes and how u'r doing. Don't be such a stranger!! ;)
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AUGGIE
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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 3/25/2007 4:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I already had the surgry back in February and the nuro said when I heal he wanted a spinal. I saw the nuro 2 days ago and he said he has been in touch with my eye surgeon and he already knows about the optic nuritis etc. and the weakness in my legs esspecially going up stairs where my muscles feel rubber and they burn like being on a stair master machine. Now the nuro wants them EMG first and then the spinal. I'm sorry I did not make myself real clear. Could you please get back with me on this ? Thanks

uppitycats
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   Posted 3/26/2007 5:53 AM (GMT -7)   
My advice is pretty much the same. Do as your doctor asks. The EMG will show whether there is peripheral nerve damage in your legs, and if so -- might point to something other than a disorder of the central nervous system (MS is a disorder of the central nervous system). If there is a peripheral nerve problem, that might be treatable, where MS is not. It simply sounds like the doctor is covering all possibilities, wanting to rule out anything other than MS which might be causing your problems.
...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....

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