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How Painful Is A Nerve Conduction Study
See below: There is plenty of information about EMG/NCS studies on the Web. Start with http://www.medicinenet.com/electromyogram/article.htm. ...Read more
The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more
EMG: This test evaluates nerve and muscle fnctn to determine if it is normal. Testing of nerves involves applying an electrical shock over a nerve and recording the response over a muscle connected to the nerve. Results can be compared to normal values for voltage and velocity, and both motor and sensory function can be included. The muscle can directly be tested using a small needle. Very safe! ...Read more
Maybe uncomfortable: Most patient's tell me it was not as painful as anticipated. The ncs involves electrical stimulation of the nerves, the EMG involves inserting a very small needle into several mucles. I think most patients describe the test as uncomfortable not painful. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hi, I am schedule to undergo a Nerve conduction Study on 6/2/15 for pains in my wrists, what illnesses are they looking for?
Both needed: Both are performed at the same time and both are required for the most accurate diagnosis. ...Read more
I had a nerve conduction study last year that showed a little slower reaction than normal. Neurologist not sure what to make of it. Could it be msa?
Very Hard: I would suggest if you can't figure it out, you speak with the doctor that either ordered it or the doctor that performed it. Ask them to speak in lay terms with you. Otherwise unless you have prior medical background it will be another language for sure. ...Read more
Apart from the nerve conduction study, I was prescribed a diprofos injection, why was this prescribed, is my illness a serious one than I had realized?
Not possible to tell: You've been given a steroid prescription suggesting that you possess an INFLAMMATORY condition of some sort but that's all it tells us. Therefore, without more details it's impossible to say the level of severity of your condition. If you'd like to look me up at www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi to set up a virtual appointment or send me details through email I can help further. ...Read more
See below: The EMG portion uses a small needle to directly examine muscle function, and the nerve conduction part uses electrical shocks to measure nerve function. Together the study gives a good idea of the nature of the pathology and location, but can also assess the prognosis and character, and gives often guidance towards an eventual diagnosis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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