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11-26-2007, 10:04 AM
I have been having trouble with my wrist for the past year and next week I am getting an EMG. I was just wondering if anyone else had one done befor ? What was it like ? Does it hurt ? Will I be able to knot/type on the keyboard on the same day ?
11-26-2007, 10:20 AM
hi there! I had one about 7 years ago. I was having pain and numbness in my hand. the EMG tests each nerve in the arm/hand to see where the nerve is being blocked by inflammation, injury or something else. they send a small electrical pulse through the nerve, to a detector at a different place, to see how the current flows.
Did you doctor give you any information about it? I was told to take some advil before going in, and to bring ice packs with me for when it was over (and more painkillers). I was sore the rest of the day, and while I can't specifically remember, I doubt I was on the computer that day at all. it wasn't pleasant, but it gave us valuable information about why my hand was numb.
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(use care when researching health conditions on the 'net- quacks and bad info are everywhere. I stick to sites like NIH, the Mayo Clinic, and sometimes WebMD....)
11-26-2007, 10:48 AM
As marykz has already said, the EMG is not a pleasant test. I had one on my leg and it was pretty unconfortable but not intolerable. The impulses they send are fast and it should be over quickly. You may be sore.
ditto - discomfort, a little painful but tolerable - I went back to work