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Newbie with upcoming EMG test. I am terrified and not sure what to expect?

TxtraceyTTxtracey Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:02 AM in New Member Introductions
I was recently involved in an auto accident that resulted in a herniated disc in my L 5 about 3-4 mm. Name of Medical Institution removed I have a nerve test (EMG) on Wednesday and I am a little scared. I am not sure what it will be like and any insight would be greatly appreciated. Pain has been my constant companion for about 3 months now and the lack of sleep is the worst part. I am usually one of the most positive people you will ever meet but right now I am very low. The medication prescribed is a joke. I am taking lortab 3 times a day, Robaxin 2 times a day and Nuerontin 3 times a day. Will I recover or is this pain my future?

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  • I'm glad to hear you are one of the most positive people anyone would ever meet. I understand your fears, as I believe many here do. I'd love to be able to tell you everything will be fine physically, but I'm no doctor. However, it may take a bit of time and you will need that positive attitude through it. Sometimes it'll bring you down and sometimes you'll just be able to maintain it. Do all you can to hold onto that positive attitude.

    I had an EMG once. It seems long ago with the issues I'm now having. It was definitely an uncomfortable experience. It's hard to say to someone don't be scared. Everyone is so different in their experiences. The condition (for which I had the EMG) it took 5 months to recover and get back to work. So like I said, it may take a bit of time.

    There are many positive resources like Chicken Soup has a book title Positive Thinking, there's a great devotional about spending time in His presence called Jesus Calling. I've found setting even small goals throughout my day (even though the only thing I could do on my own was go to the restroom! I think that was just out of 'good ole Texas' Spirit!) It helps some to be able to accomplish something or to plan ahead to something. It's a day by day process.

    Hope this helps some, even a little. :)
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