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Can anyone tell what it was like to get a EMG\NCV exam.

Sep 28, 2016 4:59 PM

I have read about the exam and I am having quite a bit of anxiety. It sounds fairly horrible.

Sep 28, 2016 6:01 PM

It's different for everyone. For me it wasn't too bad. It just felt a little prickly. Others say it's painful. I did some deep breaths before hand and I stopped looking things up so I wouldn't go in with preconceived ideas. I think that helped too.

Sep 28, 2016 6:53 PM

Thankyou for responding. I was given an address to read about the precedure. I will go in and have it done but i just dont do so well with needles. The pain I will work through, I always do. The needle issue about makes me want to heave.
I found nothing on how takes.

Sep 28, 2016 8:49 PM

Nothing on?
I don't do well with needles either.. Even as a nurse. Lol. I just don't look anytime I have needles. (shudder)

Sep 28, 2016 11:42 PM

Mimikay didn't know you were/are a nurse. I was years ago then had an accident and had to stop nurs
Ing. Went back to college and got a degree in psych...end of story got diagnosed with Parkinson's and AS, etc and my career was officially over. Worked as a counselor for 3 years. Life can bite at times can't it? But we go on, we have to.

Sep 29, 2016 12:00 AM

It sure can Painwarrior. I was an older student. Graduated top of class and received my LPN license. Lol. I took the test and it cut me off pretty quickly. I cried all the way home thinking I had flunked it. 2 weeks later found out I had aced it. That was in 1996. Before that I was a nurses aide in Pediatric Oncology. After my license I worked as a home health nurse. Absolutely loved it. Later that year came the Fibromyalgia diagnosis. By 1999 my doctors told me working was killing me. :( So I ended up leaving a job I adored and fighting for disability. Off and on since then I have worked as a home health aide - but let my nursing license expire. With the Fibro Fog I didn't trust myself to dispense meds or provide treatments.

Still miss it. :(

Sep 29, 2016 12:10 AM

What kind of nursing did you do? And to then go on to get a Psych Degree. That's wonderful. I bet you made an awesome counselor, you have such a caring way about you. ❤ I always wanted to go back for my NP degree but life has other plans.

I hope today treated you well.

Sep 29, 2016 8:17 AM

Cimerone, I am sorry you have to get this test done. I had it done 3 times and swore I would never have it done again!!! For me it was very painful but I've got RSD/CRPS which I am sure made it worse. Just try to breathe through it. My neuro was very nice and tried to calm me but when they use the electricity on the muscle and then push the needle through the spasm, it's quite painful. (At least it was to me). I know folks that had it several times and said it wasn't too bad depending on the doctor. I send good karma, positive vibes and well wishes your way for a smooth go and not a lot of pain. {{{Hugs}}}💕🙏🏻🌻😊

Sep 29, 2016 10:16 AM

Cimarone, it is different for everyone. But it also depends on the experience of the doctor or technician who administers the test. I've had probably 8-10 EMG's in 30+ years, mostly performed by doctors. They were mildly uncomfortable, especially the needle sticks (but I hate hate hate needles, so I'm sure I tensed up).

Two years ago a tech did one and I absolutely demanded she stop the test! I'd never before nor since had such pain as she caused. Nor did anyone else ever shove the needles in like she did. You really shouldn't feel more than like a finger prick. It turned out she was not only new, but the facility had not been doing them very long either. I didn't learn until later she dishonestly dictated the test was normal. My word against her's; she won any I lost. Lesson learned: go straight to their supervisor immediately!

I've had another one since and I do have nerve issues from my neck and back. Hugs love and prayers you have a really good person to do the test, and you get the results needed! 🙂💕🙏🌸

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