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Getting a EMG test next week...what can I expect?

I am going for an EMG test since I have been experiencing tingling in my feet.

 

Anyone have one recently and what can I expect?

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Re: Getting a EMG test next week...what can I expect?

I had one a few months ago , it is not pleasant , but not bad in my opinion , it pretty strong shocks for a very short time on several different areas of legs  and arms. My neeurologist would tell me what to expect each time and then ask me if i was doing okay. I think the average person would do okay , unless you are a super sensitive person. Good luck and don't worry about this procedure. Report back and let me know if you agreed with me.

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Re: Getting a EMG test next week...what can I expect?

I had to have one a few weeks ago.  Same problem .... tingling in feet, cramping in toes during sleep.  Didn't like the test and I still have the problem.  No answers.

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Re: Getting a EMG test next week...what can I expect?

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I have CIDP which is an off shoot of MS, so I have  had several EMG'S  over the year's.  It feels like a am being electrocuted.  My nerve damage is on Ground Zero.  The last one was done by two students learning how to do them.  OUCH.

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@twinny70 wrote:

I have CIDP which is an off shoot of MS, so I have  had several EMG'S  over the year's.  It feels like a am being electrocuted.  My nerve damage is on Ground Zero.  The last one was done by two students learning how to do them.  


@twinny70 

 

I also have CIDP, the one-in-a-million disease.  I was diagnosed at Mayo.

 

@Nataliesgramma 

 

Sorry to say the ones I've had were pretty bad.  Maybe I'm a softie as someone else mentioned. 

 

My Neurologist said he never did them without pre-test pain meds. Unfortunately that was After someone else had already done my EMGs!  

 

Best Wishes to Both of you.

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@Drythe wrote:

@twinny70 wrote:

I have CIDP which is an off shoot of MS, so I have  had several EMG'S  over the year's.  It feels like a am being electrocuted.  My nerve damage is on Ground Zero.  The last one was done by two students learning how to do them.  


@twinny70 

 

I also have CIDP, the one-in-a-million disease.  I was diagnosed at Mayo.

 

@Nataliesgramma 

 

Sorry to say the ones I've had were pretty bad.  Maybe I'm a softie as someone else mentioned.  

 

My Neurologist said he never did them without pre-test pain meds. Unfortunately that was After someone else had already done my EMGs!  

 

Best Wishes to Both of you.


I remember you telling me that you have CIDP.  Our ds originally diagnosed me with GBS almost 20 years ago,  but then knew that it was CIDP as I had a terrible relapse.  I spent two weeks at the Mayo Clinic getting Plasma Pheresis (sp)?  I am getting IVIG infusions every 8 weeks at the Meriter Infusion Center and doing well.  My next one is on Monday.

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Re: Getting a EMG test next week...what can I expect?

@Nataliesgramma  The test itself is no big deal. No real pain, a twinge of tingling is about all. I hope you have a good result from your test.

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Re: Getting a EMG test next week...what can I expect?


@twinny70 wrote:

@Drythe wrote:

@twinny70 wrote:

I have CIDP which is an off shoot of MS, so I have  had several EMG'S  over the year's.  It feels like a am being electrocuted.  My nerve damage is on Ground Zero.  The last one was done by two students learning how to do them.  


@twinny70 

 

I also have CIDP, the one-in-a-million disease.  I was diagnosed at Mayo.

 

@Nataliesgramma 

 

Sorry to say the ones I've had were pretty bad.  Maybe I'm a softie as someone else mentioned.  

 

My Neurologist said he never did them without pre-test pain meds. Unfortunately that was After someone else had already done my EMGs!  

 

Best Wishes to Both of you.


I remember you telling me that you have CIDP.  Our ds originally diagnosed me with GBS almost 20 years ago,  but then knew that it was CIDP as I had a terrible relapse.  I spent two weeks at the Mayo Clinic getting Plasma Pheresis (sp)?  I am getting IVIG infusions every 8 weeks at the Meriter Infusion Center and doing well.  My next one is on Monday.


@twinny70 

 

I had 3 awful bouts, totally paralyzed.

 

Dr. started IVIG 4 hours each time, 2 days in a row, every 2 weeks for a year.

 

Then I started spreading them out, same dose, first every three weeks, waited 6 months or so, then every 4 weeks...

 

After 3 years I got them up to every 8 weeks, and still had no  symptoms.  

 

Told my local Neurologist, and Mayo Neurologist I wanted to stop IVIG.  No one could give me any advice about what might happen, etc.  I stopped 8-27-2019.  

 

I was SO Fortunate!  Still OK!  Fingers Crossed!

Wishing You All The Best.  

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Re: Getting a EMG test next week...what can I expect?


@Drythe wrote:

@twinny70 wrote:

@Drythe wrote:

@twinny70 wrote:

I have CIDP which is an off shoot of MS, so I have  had several EMG'S  over the year's.  It feels like a am being electrocuted.  My nerve damage is on Ground Zero.  The last one was done by two students learning how to do them.  


@twinny70 

 

I also have CIDP, the one-in-a-million disease.  I was diagnosed at Mayo.

 

@Nataliesgramma 

 

Sorry to say the ones I've had were pretty bad.  Maybe I'm a softie as someone else mentioned.  

 

My Neurologist said he never did them without pre-test pain meds. Unfortunately that was After someone else had already done my EMGs!  

 

Best Wishes to Both of you.


I remember you telling me that you have CIDP.  Our ds originally diagnosed me with GBS almost 20 years ago,  but then knew that it was CIDP as I had a terrible relapse.  I spent two weeks at the Mayo Clinic getting Plasma Pheresis (sp)?  I am getting IVIG infusions every 8 weeks at the Meriter Infusion Center and doing well.  My next one is on Monday.


@twinny70 

 

I had 3 awful bouts, totally paralyzed.

 

Dr. started IVIG 4 hours each time, 2 days in a row, every 2 weeks for a year.

 

Then I started spreading them out, same dose, first every three weeks, waited 6 months or so, then every 4 weeks...

 

After 3 years I got them up to every 8 weeks, and still had no  symptoms.  

 

Told my local Neurologist, and Mayo Neurologist I wanted to stop IVIG.  No one could give me any advice about what might happen, etc.  I stopped 8-27-2019.  

 

I was SO Fortunate!  Still OK!  Fingers Crossed!

Wishing You All The Best.  


Wow!  What a story.  I started getting IVIG infusions every 6 weeks for 2 days at a time in the hospital.  Then after my first & only relapse when I was paralyzed, I got infusions 3 times a week for 6 weeks.  Then twice a week for 6 weeks, then once a week for 6 weeks.  Then every two weeks for 6 weeks, Then once a month every 6 weeks.  It took a long time for me to get to the every 6-8 weeks plan.  I have been on  this plan for quite a while & it's works well when we did a lot of traveling.  That all ended last year in March.  We just got our 2nd vaccination & are hoping to be able to start traveling in the Fall of this year.  I am wishing you all the best too.  

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Re: Getting a EMG test next week...what can I expect?

@twinny70 

 

It took me > 3 years to work up to 2 days every 8 weeks.  Then I was able to stop.  Fingers Crossed!

 

I too miss traveling!   Have been fortunate to visit many countries.

Hope both of get our wings back soon.

 

Happy Trails To You!

 

 

 

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