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#1 Looking4answers

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Posted 11 December 2008 - 05:06 AM

Good Morning All! I hope everyone is doing well. Has anyone every had an EMG done on their arms and/or legs? I researched it a little on the internet and it appears that it tests for nerve damage and to also differentiate between nerve damage and muscle. I am hoping someone can provide a bit more info also VERY curious to know if the test is painfull. I am assuming it is painful due to the doctor sticking needles in your legs.

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Posted 11 December 2008 - 05:32 AM

I had this testing done on my legs last year. I didn't think it was that bad. The needles didn't hurt at all, but the reaction was a weird sensation. Compared to other stuff I have had done this didn't bother me that much. I do know the doctor that did the testing on me said that many people don't tolerate it too well. I was a lucky one. Good luck!
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Posted 11 December 2008 - 06:25 AM

I've had this done at least 3 times due to my sclero symptoms starting as peripheral neuropathy and my hands and feet going numb. This then progressed up to my knees. As a result my neurologist performs this test to keep track of the nerve and muscle damage. It doesn't hurt and it's just a weird sensation when he performs the test. When I said it doesn't hurt.............there may be some discomfort.................but it isn't intolerable by any means. With this test he was able to tell that I have muscle and nerve damage up to my knees and he can also tell if it's getting worse.

I wish you luck on this test and I hope you get some answers and the news is good.

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Posted 11 December 2008 - 06:27 AM

I just had the test done last month. It was only done on my right leg because that is the side I have a problem with the most. I, personally, didn't think it was that bad. It's like being sapped and doesn't last very long. The doctor told me that I have mild neuropathy in my feet (mainly the right foot). She also said that the methotrexate I'm on must be doing a good job, because the polymyositis was well under control as far as muscle damage. Glad to learn that!!!! On the 21st I'll start taking cymbalta for the neuropathy pain. It is also used as an anti-depressant.

To answer your question about pain.....I would rather have an EMG :D than a mammogram. :P

Hope this helps.

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Posted 11 December 2008 - 09:15 AM

I had this done. It is not that bad. A little discomfort but well in the tolerable range. Hope it goes well for you. Susie54.

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Posted 11 December 2008 - 10:43 AM

I have had emg's done for my upper body. Both arms the first time it was a bit uncomfortable and that was in 2006. The second one was done in 2008 about 6 months ago and I did not feel it at all. The needle marks lasted a long time little brown spots but I just figured it was part od sclero.

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Posted 11 December 2008 - 01:51 PM

Purr said it all: a mammogram is a LOT worse than the EMG. I've had it done once and it was like accupuncture - slightly uncomfortable, a little tingly, but nothing to write home about. Go for it!
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#8 Looking4answers

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Posted 15 December 2008 - 01:58 PM

Thanks for the input..........I have had a few mammograms and they never hurt so I guess I have no need to be nervous. I do have another question......I just received my blood work results and along with the normal....low Vitamin D, Anti-SCL-70 and the high ANA....they gave me something else to worry about. My Vitamin C is 0.0, I did not think that could even be possible but it is.

Does anyone have any idea on what the means. I have read a few things on the internet but I truly value everyone's opinion on this forum. This whole thing is just way too scary.