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How painful is an emg (electromyogram) test?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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.
Dr. Michele Arnold
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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Is an emg test painful?

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Dr. Steven Arbit
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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