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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,670
I haven't had an explanation of my MRI yet but have had a nerve conduction & EMG with abnormal results. Haven't talked to my doc about the results but the person giving the test said I had a definite pinched nerve in my left side and nerve damage in my right side. Should I be worried? My pain has actually decreased just before the EMG and I get along with minimal pain 0-4 on the scale. The last few weeks I actually am able to walk upright with little pain & tingling in my lower left leg & foot. Just wondering if anyone experienced anything similar. I have an appt with a neuro-surgeon the end of the month but wonder if it is even necessary now.


  • f I were you, I would not be worried, but I would go to the appointment with the neurosurgeon and discuss the findings with him/her. In my opinion, the better educated you can be about your medical problems, the more you can interact with your doctor and be an active participant in decisions pertaining to treatments, etc.

    Regarding the EMG and nerve conduction study tests, they are like a snapshot in time. The test can determine that there has been damage done to a particular nerve, but it does not tell you when the damage occurred. Some damage may show up on the test that is sufficiently minimal that it is no longer a source of pain.

    I would go ahead and meet with the neurosurgeon. If you are going to be prone to back problems, it is a good idea to have a specialist lined up "just in case" you need him/her in the future. If you have seen the doctor before, you will be able to get in sooner, and if you should have an emergency, you would know who to ask for at the hospital rather than taking your chances with whoever is on call. Plus, you will have a diagnosis, so you will know what to do to hopefully avoid further incidents.

    Glad to hear your symptoms are resolving on their own.
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