Patient Comments: Electromyogram - Diagnosis

Have you received an electromyogram? Did it diagnose your condition, and if so, what was causing your muscle weakness?

Comment from: homewardboundNorth@g, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 30

I thought the first part of electromyogram (Tasering, cattle prodding, etc.) was extremely painful. It shook my whole body sometimes. It really messed up my nerves (head). I cried. I thought I would never do that again, but I need another one to see what is causing my pain this time. I'll be ready. I am not very tolerant to pain. It is probably one of the worst things I have had done to me, and I have had a lot done to me. The doctor inserting the needle was not very painful at all. I could feel it, but it is not like getting a shot or blood taken. He was very gentle. Too bad they have to do the 'torture treatment' first. It was awful. It did not diagnose my condition and we never got down to the cause, except thinking it was fibromyalgia. He did an MRI and I have a lot of issues with my back. It might be my sciatic nerve. I don't know if he checked for that or not, since my feet were bothering me more then and now it is my hip. So we do another; I hope it tells us what is causing the pain.

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Comment from: Teresa, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 02

I had an electromyogram (EMG) done in my legs (I have a high tolerance for pain but the procedure made me want to jump off the table). I have four slipped discs in my lower lumbar and was having pain in my legs and burning sensations in my foot. The EMG identified a pinched nerve.

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Comment from: JulieAnnJewelry, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 17

I had an electromyogram (EMG) yesterday. I didn't mind the test at all. The needle part was very tolerable and the electrical shocks were nothing to be afraid of! If you are having this test, don't stress, relax, and it will be fine. It was a piece of cake! Of course, my concern were the results. I have benign fasciculation syndrome. My muscles jump in my body causing cramps, pain, numbness etc. I never heard of this condition. It is not serious and there is no cure. It can go into remission. It is annoying, but a better diagnosis than so many dreaded diseases. It can be brought on by anxiety or stress. The doctor did put me on magnesium to see if that would help. If you develop this muscle twitching, don't assume the worst, it could be this condition that I have, annoying, but not life threatening. I did not have muscle weakness as a symptom.

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Comment from: kroy, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: August 04

I had an ECG on my left arm today. After the 6th or 7th shock apparently I passed out with my eyes open, in shock myself. They said they didn't have enough data for the test to be reliable. I no longer care if I have nerve damage in my hand as long as I never have to have that test done again. I didn't even make it to the EMG (electromyogram).

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Comment from: Daisymae, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 22

I just had an electromyogram (EMG) of the lower legs for extreme weakness and because of problems judging my ground which would cause me to fall. The doctor who performed the study said it was basically unremarkable so I guess they did not find what they were looking for in this test. From what I"ve read, this test is basically useless for most nerve problems and is only good at diagnosing superficial nerve loss. I don"t understand it except another way to gain money from a simply useless test.

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Comment from: Juju1963, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 23

I had an electromyogram years back and it was the toughest test, procedure or operation I've ever been through. My doctor wants to do another because I'm in so much pain. There has to be an easier way. I refuse to go through this again!

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Comment from: unique_lady, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 29

I had electromyogram in both legs the legs. It hurt me so bad I was crying. I didn't need both legs checked out, they did both and both legs bother me now. It has been over a month. I can't see the doctor until January. I was told I was at the borderline, that's all the nurse could tell me.

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