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Can neurophathy emg test in lower back tell you if you have upper body or hand nerve damage as well?

Can neurophathy emg test in lower back tell you if you have upper body or hand nerve damage as well?

No: Emg of muscles in your low back and legs looks only at the lumbar roots, while nerve conduction studies (ncs) check nerves in your legs & feet. To check the cervical nerve roots in your neck you would need EMG of the muscles in your arms and hands, and possibly muscles in your neck. To check nerves in your arms and hands (carpal tunnel), you would need ncs of the arms and hands. ...Read more

Dr. Michele Arnold
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Electromyography (Definition)

Emg (electromyography) is a test of your muscles and nerves. It is typically performed along with nerve conduction studies (ncs). The EMG portion involves placing a recording pin (like a fine wire antenna) into various muscles, looking for 'muscle distress signals' that could suggest nerve or muscle diseases/problems. Nerve conduction studies involve stimulating nerves ...Read more


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Can you have pain after emg test? I have horrible pain on both legs I can't even lay down without pain. I feel pain lower back and hips.

Can you have pain after emg test? I have horrible pain on both legs I can't even lay down without pain. I feel pain lower back and hips.

Pain after EMG: Emg testing can cause temporary discomfort during the examination, but does linger. You may wish to rule out infection or blood clot. Assuming those conditions are not present, you may be experiencing stress-related myofascial pain, which can occur after an anxiety-provoking test. Fibromyalgia patients and patients with chronic pain and psychiatric conditions may be at risk. ...Read more

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When I lay on my belly I get pain and numb - like (not numb) feeling as a straight line from my lower back down to knee (normal EMG) what is this?

When I lay on my belly I get pain and numb - like (not numb) feeling as a straight line from my lower back down to knee (normal EMG) what is this?

Pressure: Pressure on some nerve while you are laying on your stomach, they need to repeat the EMG AND NCT while you are laying on your ABDOMEN not your back. For now no more laying on the stomach, figure out a different comfortable position like your side with a pillow between your legs ...Read more

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2006 I received an LP shunt in my back, and for the past year I've been suffering severe lower back pain and severe leg pain an emg show nerve damage?

2006 I received an LP shunt in my back, and for the past year I've been suffering severe lower back pain and severe leg pain an emg show nerve damage?

Please clarify: Sorry: Please repost and clarify: Are you saying that an EMG/NCS DID show nerve damage, or asking if an EMG/NCS WOULD show nerve damage? ...Read more

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Female 22, has chronic lower back pain w/fever, unsteady legs and shoulders pains. Eating makes her back feel worse. Emg clear, MRI c-spine ok. Opinion?

Female 22, has chronic lower back pain w/fever, unsteady legs and shoulders pains. Eating makes her back feel worse. Emg clear, MRI c-spine ok. Opinion?

Lower Back Pain: Your symptoms of fever with unsteady legs is very concerning to me and warrants an immediate workup if new. The cmri being normal is good, but what about the lumbar spine? I would like to know the cause of fever. ...Read more

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Have had emg ncv & mri. Tests show pinced nerves in cervical & lumbar spine. Personal trainer claims core exercises will cure condition. Thoughts?

Have had emg ncv & mri. Tests show pinced nerves in cervical & lumbar spine. Personal trainer claims core exercises will cure condition. Thoughts?

Let me explain: Those finding on the test you had means you have a mechanical changes, training or exercise will not change them it may improve your symptoms so you could live with it. ...Read more

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Right leg knee extensor weak. Can't lift lower leg 8in. No injury/pain. Lumbar MRI ok. Getting weaker. EMG-75% femoral reduction. Unknown. What is it?

Right leg knee extensor weak. Can't lift lower leg 8in. No injury/pain. Lumbar MRI ok. Getting weaker. EMG-75% femoral reduction. Unknown. What is it?

Complicated: Any atrophy? Strongly recommend neuro consult to begin with if no trauma and negative MRI LS spine. Make sure there are no impinging lesions on the femoral nerve along its path. ...Read more

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55 yo fe 8 mos feet pain top&ball of ft. Dpm denied neuroma. Feet/lumbar mris, emg, blood tests-ok except high b12, low d. Leg pain sitting/elevated?

55 yo fe 8 mos feet pain top&ball of ft. Dpm denied neuroma. Feet/lumbar mris, emg, blood tests-ok except high b12, low d. Leg pain sitting/elevated?

3 possible sources: Foot pain can come from local (foot) issues, from nerves that go to the foot or from the spine. If there is back or leg pain as well, look to the lumbar spine discs or the sciatic or peroneal nerves as the source of pain. If the pain is only in the foot, it could be nerves, tendons or joints of the foot. Since you wrote "feet" pain, I would worry about peripheral neuropathy from diabetes. ...Read more

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Fatigue, leg pain/weakness, balance/memory problems. 3 lesions on MRI brain. Lumbar puncture, labs, emg, and segmental pressure test all normal. Help?

Fatigue, leg pain/weakness, balance/memory problems. 3 lesions on MRI brain. Lumbar puncture, labs, emg, and segmental pressure test all normal. Help?

Neurology: Sounds to me like you should be under the care of a neurologist if you don't have one already. The reason for the lesion in your brain should be elucidated. ...Read more

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I had an EMG done today for leg pain associated w/back pain. When doing left, pain shot up to low back causing me to jump. Is this normal? Appt oct.

I had an EMG done today for leg pain associated w/back pain. When doing left, pain shot up to low back causing me to jump. Is this normal? Appt oct.

Not Unusual: The EMG. Sends a small. Electric current into the nerves to test their conduction. An Inflamed nerve may produce an exaggerated response like the one. You experienced. ...Read more

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Scoliosis progressing, L5 compression, EMG changes, lumbar spondylolisthesis, c4-6 narrow, PAIN. What are my options?

Options: A good Orthopedic eval is needed to go over all you have done already. Generally, conservative Treatment first with medication, Physical therapy, possible pain management with epidurals, and then if needed and no relief, a Neurosurgical evaluation may be needed to discuss surgical options. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Dr told me I had multiple cerv and lumbar radiculopathies mri report didn't note anything abnormal I had an abnormal ncs and emg on l and r arm. Worry?

Dr told me I had multiple cerv and lumbar radiculopathies mri report didn't note anything abnormal I had an abnormal ncs and emg on l and r arm. Worry?

See an expert!: Since neurologist is an expert with nerve and EMG/NCS will better assist you with exploring reason why having abnormal NCS report but normal cervical MRI. ...Read more

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Low back + distal lt. Leg pain. MRI negative but EMG/NCS says pinched nerves L4-L5 and S1. What can cause this?

Low back + distal lt. Leg pain. MRI negative but EMG/NCS says pinched nerves L4-L5 and S1. What can cause this?

Nerve impingement: Can be caused by being sandwiched between two spinal bones, pressed by a bulging. It can cause muscle spasm and back pain. Prevention treatment is always recommended. This condition must be professionally managed. See interventional pain management specialist for definitive diagnosis and management. It is the same as a pinched nerve. ...Read more

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My emg showed profuse fascinations in nearly all muscles tested. Acute and chronic denervation in my cervical thoracic and lumbar. ALS symtoms?

My emg showed profuse fascinations in nearly all muscles tested. Acute and chronic denervation in my cervical thoracic and lumbar. ALS symtoms?

Yes and no: An EMG is not a SYMPTOM of ALS, it is basically a diagnostic tool. While this finding could be seen in ALS, it can also be seen in many other conditions. Need to be asked many more questions to provide accurate answers. RJ ...Read more

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Job injury, low back pain that travels to left side of body, an left leg also, MRI normal, emg normal but after 7 months I'm still the same?

Job injury, low back pain that travels to left side of body, an left leg also, MRI normal, emg normal but after 7 months I'm still the same?

Spine specialist: Need to do consultation with a spine specialist or PMR physician. Repeat the MRI. Physical therapy focusing on stretching and strengthening. ...Read more

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Several very localized, intermitent, deep pains in left leg from groin to foot. Lumbar MRI clear. Emg clear. Neuro ruled out sciatica. Tired of pain.

A few thots: Have you had a NIVA venous study of leg just to R/O thrombophlebitis? Did the EMG test for problems within the lumbosacral plexus, such as pyriformis syndrome. Was a triple phase bone scan considered as there may be autonomic dysfnctn, such as CRPS? Perhaps if no other answer, get a QSART study. This can be diagnosed, and likely needs further consideration. Maybe additional opinions? ...Read more

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I'm am now 15 days late in my cycle and have been experiencing bad lower back pains and gaining weight but I have been getting negative test results?

Consider getting a: Second opinion or get reassurance from ur primary gyn. Check out these links. Take care! Http://pregnancy.about. Com/od/amipregnant/a/missedperiod. Htm. Http://www. M.webmd. Com/pain-management/guide/pelvic-pain. ...Read more

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Hello. So for the last few days I experience mild pain in lower back. Sometimes it gets worse when I make effort. Also, a bit of pain in my left test

Low back pain: Please find out the cause of the pain but seeing your doctor. After that consider searching the work of John Sarno, MD, who uses a mind body approach to helping pain. Peace and good health. Clinical hypnosis may be helpful also, but cause must be determined and treated first. ...Read more

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What tests are needed to fix lower back stiffness?

What tests are needed to fix lower back stiffness?

Low back stiffness: Tests do not fix anything. They merely help to possibly pin point the cause after a full evaluation and assessment by your doctor. ...Read more

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I was due on last month the 14th few day later my lower back was harting coming out in spots and boob s got biger so took a test and saying not?

I was due on last month the 14th few day later my lower back was harting coming out in spots and boob s got biger so took a test and saying not?

Pregnancy tests: Home pregnancy tests are very accurate. They are the same tests used in a doctors office. They can detect a pregnancy 7-10 days after conception. The best time to take one is when you miss your period. If you doubt the result you can repeat it in 1-2 days. If you were pregnant the hormone level would rise enough for detection. ...Read more