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EMG....what to expect. Suspected nerve damage in lower legs and feet.

Oct 11, 2014 12:39 PM

i am scheduled on Monday and have lots of anxiety with pain. I don't do injections and when I have to get trigger points the pain of injection is like 20 bee stings. so the thought of having needles injected into muscles and then getting a zap scares the hell out of me. I can't even tolerate a tens unit due to pain it causes

Oct 11, 2014 12:58 PM

I had to have several EMGs performed after a car hit me head on at 55 and I have nerve damage in my neck and lower back. if you are able to relax the procedure is not bad at all it is only painful if you cannot Untense your muscles. tell the doctor performing the test that you have anxiety and are extra sensitive and he should give you a temporary prescription 4 the purpose of being able to complete the test both as an analgesic and something to relax you mentally and musculoskeletal. ( ie muscle relaxer, mood stabilizer and pain killer) Also if still sensitive some local anesthetic can be used not much to not scew the results of the test but some as they feel necessary.
I will be honest with you my doctor did the test on my upper side I could barely feel it due to the nerve damage I had reduced sensation. the lowers were a little more intense but If you have nerve damage and pain from that the EmG will not compare to the pain you experience from your injury, and once it is done it is over and then you will know for sure.
lastly the needles that they use for the EMG testing are much much smaller than what they use for trigger point therapy I have had plenty of that as well. they are so small in diameter in fact that I kept bending The needles And I ended up wasting as many or more than the doctor used to perform the test due to this
I hope this helps. you will not be injured from the test and soon after you will forget it and be happy that you have whatever results that you get I hope they are -

Oct 12, 2014 9:50 PM

wow... I wish I could say that was my experience. I have had two EMGs and would suffer before I had another. It was so painful that when I came out of the procedure, my father, who brought me, thought that I looked like I had the crap beat out of me. I was so rung out afterwards, I went home and slept for hours. I'm sorry if this frightens you... please know that every patient is different and that all doctors handle things differently. best of luck to you. I pray you get the answers you need to help with your pain.

Oct 18, 2014 1:51 PM

The needles themselves are very small and won't hurt very much at all. The electrical current, though, is another story. This is going to be pretty uncomfortable for you, but it tells them so much about any nerve pain/tingling/numbness you may be experiencing.

Oct 28, 2014 11:22 PM

hey all. i was playing badminton 12 days ago and got my right foot twisted very badle. its still swollen since 12 days and the doctors say there is nothing to worry about. but i am scared of the swelling and have a severe pain in my anckle on the right side .

Oct 29, 2014 2:00 AM

whoa what timing. i have to have an emg too. im in Rome italy and am not sure if i need a specialist for this or can go to any clinic. the doctors i have seen so far have not been very good and its taken me 3 months actually years to finally have a true diagnosis based on hard evidence. first doctor said it was all in my head and that i was depressed. other docs said fibromyalgia. finally an mri shows 4 herniated disks in my neck and two in my lower back. so i have to have an emg asap! good to find you all and hear your stories too!

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