Hello, I had my EMG this morning and I am wondering if anyone else had pain after having their EMG. Now 8 hours later my legs hurt so bad (which is where the EMG was done) they just ache, much more than they have ached in the past week or so. I just wanted to know if this was normal, also the Neuro I am going to see for the 1st time next week was actually the one that did the EMG and she said that there was no nerves or muscles pinched, which I figured would be the case. But what else can she learn from an EMG? Thanks Linda
I had my SEP on a Monday and NCS on a Tuesday along with my EMG. I did not have much more pain that Tuesday night but the next day I was in agony with spasms, cramping and shaking. I really feel that the tests being done so close together stimulated my nerves so much that it made me have a relapse of symptoms.
I copied this from wikipedia on what the EMG is used for:
An electromyograph detects the electrical potential generated by muscle cells when these cells contract, and also when the cells are at rest.
I understand this to mean that the doctor interprets the action potentials generated and compare these two states, contraction and rest. What I think they learn from this is whether the problem you are experiencing shows as a muscular problem or a nerve problem (NCS). I don't think this test is used to rule in or out diseases used by itself but I think it is more used as a clue to help guide a diagnosis.
Please someone comment if I am way off base on these things. Linda, since you just had an EMG and this involved the needles, I would try some extra strength ibuprofen for the pain tonight. That sometimes helps with my aches when I don't think it will.
Take care and rest!
Hello I'm so sorry that you are having this. I am going through the same thing. I had my EMG bilateral upper and lower on August 17. The neurologist doing the test told me I have MS. It's a week later and it's not getting better, today is the worst so far. I have severe pain in my lower back and my right arm and shoulder with spasms and weird muscle twitching. I am wondering if it will ever get better? I have left leg and foot numbness, weakness. I have had to use a walker for about 6 weeks at tiimes. It came and went until I had the EMG but now it's constant. I'm confused about it because I had a cervical discectomy and spinal fusion In May and these leg symptoms started about 4 weeks after I had surgery. I had them before the surgery but never this bad. The plate they put in my neck was tilted to the left on my xray yesterday so I don't know if it's MS or surgery gone bad. I don't know how to find out. The neurosurgeon said my xray is normal but I'm an xray tech and it didn't look right to me. If you know anywhere I can get some answers please tell me.
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