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Emg and mri results differ?

Joan62JJoan62 Posts: 21
hi again. Im very confused. My mri showed l4 mild disc bulge yet my emg showed s1 radiculopathy. i have back pain, downward curling toes, altered sensation on sole of foot, dropfoot, .calf atrophy .and i limp,. i cant make sense of this?



  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    I see you've posted before, but this is my first time reading. Nice to meet you. :)

    But of course, sorry for what you're going through.
    I've been dealing with similiar symptoms and spinal issues for years and I still can't make sense of it.

    If I wasn't living it, I'm not sure I would believe me... with all the bizarre pain and it moves around.. my feet and toes contorting to unbelievable positions.. and then the walk like is also all contorted. I'm quite a site :)

    Useing a cane has helped SO much! It helps with the pain and a more steady gait.

    Keep talking with your doctor and I for one would be interested in what he has to say. Thanks for shareing your situation.
    Take care!
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  • Hi.thanks for your reply. I just dont get why the mri says one thing and the emg says another. Any ideas on that?
  • Have you met with the doctor yet? They are different tests so hopefully, you doctor will have a more complete picture to help you.
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    I have gotten use to that. Sadly.

    Not only tests differ...but each doctor reading the CDs. If two docs are outside...I don't think they'd agree on the weather.

    Keep talking with the docs. Hopefully, there will be something that shows and help for your pain.
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  • hi. I have a neuro but he said that the s1 abnormalily shown on the emg is too low for the l4 disc. Hes sending me to see a neurosurgeon but only to see if he can do anything. Im so scared. If i get sent away then ill be stuck not being able to walk forever.
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