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amberjolie

Electromyography (EMG)

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Hi! I can't remember if I posted about this or not, but I had an EMG a couple of days ago because my blood work showed an elevated CK level, which can be a marker of polymyositis.

 

I found it quite unpleasant. The doctor put a needle in the front part of my calf muscle, and then the machine was sending shocks through it, I think. Then she asked me to flex my foot. I didn't even want to move! Then another needle in the inner part of my lower thigh.

 

The good news is that it's now over, and I don't have polymyositis.

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Hi Amberjolie,

 

I'm pleased to hear that the EMG was successful and that you don't have Polymyositis although it doesn't sound as if it was a very enjoyable procedure!

 

I have the positive antibody Anti-PM/Scl and slightly raised CK (creatinine kinase) and LDH (lactate dehydrogenase) levels which can also indicate Polymyositis, but thankfully so far I haven't developed the full blown disease (and hopefully I won't!! ;))

 

Kind regards,


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Hello Amberjolie

 

Not having polymyositis is a good thing although the test didn't sound it! Some people find this test really painful and some people don't, weird eh?

 

Take care


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Hi Amber, Jo and Amanda.

 

When I had an electromyography, I was being checked to see what stage my carpal tunnel was, which turned out to be the most advanced. The result stunned the doctor, as I (then) had great manual strength (for a woman). He thought I did very well during the test, as I moaned little; thankfully, he was unaware of how truly excruciating the pain of the test really WAS. The reason it was so painful for ME, is that (at that time), my nerve endings had terrific sensitivity. Also, down the road, I found out that my (undiagnosed) Scleroderma was the cause of the onset of carpal tunnel!

 

So, Amber...I can greatly empathize with your take of unpleasantness of the test, so I'm sending you lots of :emoticon-hug: s. (Sorry I didn't send them for you to use right AFTER the electromyography :( ). At any rate, I'm glad the results turned out as they did.

 

Hope you have a good weekend.


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