A 36-year-old member asked:
How painful is an emg (electromyogram) test?
2 doctor answers • 3 doctors weighed in
Neurology 52 years experience
Mild?: Emg needles vary in size; the monopolar needles quite small, even close to acupuncture size, and the coaxial needles quite larger in comparison. Any size needle may leave a small painful bruise. The electrical shocks will make a limb jump, and may be irritating. Thus, pain may be secondary to choice of technique, but also, due to anxiety level in the patient. Pain usually mild, well tolerated.
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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 22 years experience
Tolerable discomfort: Emg and nerve conduction studies are typically performed together. Nerve conduction studies feel like a short electrical impulse and are, in a word, annoying. Several nerves are tested. Emg involves placing a fine wire pin into various muscles-- the pin is about the size of an acupuncture needle and feels like an insect bite-- not as bad as a shot, iv, or blood draw. Several muscles are tested.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Is an emg test painful?
2 doctor answers • 4 doctors weighed in
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 33 years experience
Uncomfortable: Like a lot of medical tests emgs are not fun. I tell patients there will be some discomfort but it should be tolerable and not last too long.
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Last updated Apr 27, 2016
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