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EMG results/Break through pain

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:34 AM in Degenerative Disc Disease
Hi, my name is Colleen. I have progressive DDD/Spondylosis of the L4/5/and S1. I have disc dehydration,loss of height,foraminal stenosis,pressure and flattening of the thecal sac,end plate changes throughout. I had an MRI as recent as 2 months ago, and an EMG last week. When he did the EMG he only looked at the right side. I have sciatica pain bilaterly, but he checked the foot,leg,and the lumbar spine itself. He found a week signal in the sciatic in the right thigh, but all the other readings were in his opinion normal. The "toothache" type pain will travel strongly to the knees, and periodically to the feet. Is it normal to have normal results from and EMG with this condition? And can anyone give advice on how to deal with the almost unbarable pain when break through happens? Thank you! I like to keep a positive attitude, and diversion tactics to help. Sometimes that's not enough though.


  • I have read that an EMG is only as good as the person interpreting it. Did he say why he only tested the right side?

    It is possible to have sciatic pain without having nerve damage. For example, the nerve could be irritated from a chemical that is given off when there is a rupture in a disc. It could also be irritated from inflamed tissue pressing on it. These conditions would not show up on an EMG.

    Do you get pain relief when you change position...like lie down?
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