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How bad does an emg (electromyogram) test hurt?
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Dr. Michele Arnold
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Tolerable discomfort
The EMG pin is like a fine wire antenna that records from muscle; typically a 28 gauge, a tiny bit larger than an acupuncture pin, but smaller than an injection needle.
It feels like an insect bite. Not as bad as a blood draw or flu shot. Typically 2-8 muscles are checked for each tested limb. Nerve conductions studies are usually done alongside, and they feel like an annoying electrical pulse.

In brief: Tolerable discomfort
The EMG pin is like a fine wire antenna that records from muscle; typically a 28 gauge, a tiny bit larger than an acupuncture pin, but smaller than an injection needle.
It feels like an insect bite. Not as bad as a blood draw or flu shot. Typically 2-8 muscles are checked for each tested limb. Nerve conductions studies are usually done alongside, and they feel like an annoying electrical pulse.
Dr. Michele Arnold
Dr. Michele Arnold
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Dr. Mark Gujer
Anesthesiology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Just
Had one myself on thursday for neck pain into right arm. Took 45 minutes and was very tolerable.
I would not describe as pain just twitching. The needles are tiny and not painful. Sort of like acupuncture needles. I highly suggest having a physician ( either physiatrist (pm&r) or neurologist preform and interpret the test).

In brief: Just
Had one myself on thursday for neck pain into right arm. Took 45 minutes and was very tolerable.
I would not describe as pain just twitching. The needles are tiny and not painful. Sort of like acupuncture needles. I highly suggest having a physician ( either physiatrist (pm&r) or neurologist preform and interpret the test).
Dr. Mark Gujer
Dr. Mark Gujer
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