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zap. [Jan. 18th, 2008|02:00 am]
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Having electromyography (EMG) isn't so much fun. First they zap various parts of you with electrical current, and then they stick needles in you and make you strain your muscles.

This was the second time I've had it so it wasn't as bad, because I knew what to suspect and that it wasn't going to kill me. But yecch.

Fortunately, it seems that the nerve conductivity in both of my arms is fine. And to be fair, the only time anyone HAS an EMG is when there's something sufficiently nasty going on that you're willing to have 45 minutes of discomfort.

The interesting part was listening to my muscle electricity as noise, rather like the static on a short wave radio. When I strained against pressure as instructed, I made VERY LOUD static.

[User Picture]From: kiteflier98
2008-01-18 10:12 am (UTC)
I wonder if that's anything remotely like being tested for carpal tunnel. That was a bitch, too. Like you said - yecch.
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[User Picture]From: substitute
2008-01-18 12:30 pm (UTC)
the very same test, yep!
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From: judgefudge
2008-01-18 12:42 pm (UTC)
The funny thing is that it did me no good for finding out my problem. I've got ulnar tunnel syndrome, which apparently is very obvious given my symptoms - the first doctor I didn't see had no clue when I described them, and then made me ouchy with the EMG, and said my nerve conductivity was 'fine' - the second and third opinions I had said "Ulnar Tunnel" with some basic squeezing type tests.
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From: judgefudge
2008-01-18 12:43 pm (UTC)
so unless the test is hard wired to check for carpal tunnel or something, I think the first doctor was a tool.
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[User Picture]From: mendel
2008-01-18 01:13 pm (UTC)
Oh, wow, small world. I think that's what coffeechica's been subjected to lately too.
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[User Picture]From: coffeechica
2008-01-18 03:22 pm (UTC)
Yep, the same thing. Ig, you have my sympathies for having to go through that. Twice.

Glad to hear the conductivity is fine, though!
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[User Picture]From: brainflak
2008-01-18 02:33 pm (UTC)


Perhaps you're just not aware of it, but I've always heard very loud static when you used your muscles. I assumed it had to do with your super powers. Made it hard to hear you play the piano, though.
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[User Picture]From: maps_or_guitars
2008-01-18 03:19 pm (UTC)
Only a matter of time before that's turned into a musical instrument. einsturzende mybody!
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[User Picture]From: trinnit
2008-01-18 03:28 pm (UTC)
I've had 2, the first was "inconclusive"

After the 2nd, I said "I don't care no more"
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[User Picture]From: theslatch
2008-01-18 04:10 pm (UTC)

pagging dr fun

It's amazing how much pain you'll deal with in order to not have any pain.

Hang in there!
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[User Picture]From: kasheri
2008-01-18 04:41 pm (UTC)
"I swear to practice and prescribe to the best of my ability for the good of my patients, and to try to avoid harming them" and to stick them with needles when it amuses me to do so.
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[User Picture]From: kerebearus
2008-01-18 06:15 pm (UTC)
Dude. EMG sucks. I have had it 2 times. I was supposed to have one final before my settlement, but I was newly pregnant and they thought it would be too much stress for the baby. Does that say anything about how painful it is or what? Glad all nerve conduction is working for you though. I hope they figure out the problem soon. The diagnostic guessing game is awful when you are in pain.
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[User Picture]From: eyeteeth
2008-01-18 08:51 pm (UTC)

(normal nerve conductivity)++

You should remix that static and turn it into the club track backing those pulsating images of your brain.

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From: besskeloid
2008-01-20 07:43 pm (UTC)

Re: (normal nerve conductivity)++

Those animations still scare me, especially when TEH EYSE pop through.

Glad all that electrosadism's over for now, Con!
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[User Picture]From: dorothy_parka
2008-01-19 02:31 am (UTC)
man, i hate that thing. sometimes i think the doctors that administer it enjoy it a little too much.
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