Patient Comments: Electromyogram - Experience

Please describe your experience receiving an electromyogram.

Comment from: pat, 45-54 (Patient) Published: December 24

The electromyogram was not painful at all. It is almost like acupuncture.

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Comment from: Ow!, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 28

My electromyogram (EMG) was so horribly painful I made them stop in the middle and refused to finish. I was in tears.

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Comment from: Maria, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 21

I got this done today. Electromyogram (EMG) is torture! On top of going through this the doctor still doesn"t know what's wrong.

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Comment from: NeverAgain, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 21

I had an electromyogram (EMG) done on my legs and back. It was horrendous pain. I was also not told about what to expect at all. I will never have one of these tests done again. I told my wife that she can push me around drooling in a wheelchair but never again... and to think that I paid for this torture. I may sound trite but I am dead serious; this was extremely painful.

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Comment from: Di, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 19

I just had the electromyogram (EMG). It was not so bad. I expected some pain but what there was, was quick and tolerable. The results answered our questions so I am happy to have had it done.

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Comment from: sj, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 11

The electromyogram (EMG) was not that bad. The shocks were tolerable and the needle part was easy - most of the time I did not even feel the needles go in.

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Comment from: Molly, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

I experienced an electromyogram. It was painful though not unbearable, which is what the doctor said at the beginning of the test. A couple of the needles hurt really badly. But I used deep breathing to keep calm. I was having the test to determine why I had so much pain and weakness in my muscles and to see if it related to a fall I had a year ago. It did give very useful information.

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Comment from: Pete, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 20

I was afraid this was going to be a painful test, but as medical procedures go I found it pretty easy. It helped, I think, that I know the neurologist well and we were having a pleasant conversation throughout the test. A nerve velocity study was done over my entire right side, with about 20 tests done. The resident helping warned I might find them unpleasant due to heavy musculature on my arms. A first I found the electric shocks unpleasant - joking that it reminded me of touching an electric fence, but after I got use to the shocks and realized they weren't doing any harm, I found them amusing and not painful at all. I think the pain is more a perception that something is strange rather than a real pain. The EMG needle test was done only on my leg and buttocks. I couldn't even feel the needles, and only a mild cramping when they had to move the needles about. Again, really not unpleasant as medical tests go.

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Comment from: ThanxDocGreen, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: May 09

Just had both tests done today on my right arm and hand. The tests do not cause any pain, other than the prick of a needle the same size as an acupuncture needle. I've had numbness in the forearm, my pointer finger, and my middle finger. My pain was excruciating for two weeks prior to being put on a steroid treatment. The cycle of steroids ended today, six day cycle, the tests were done this morning. Now I know there isn't any permanent damage and it can be treated.

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