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So my fusion is less than a month away now and my surgeon is asking me to have a CT scan done which I'm doing this week and he also wants me to have an EMG done. I'm going on vacation in a week and half and so had to schedule the EMG for only a week prior to surgery. He says he won't do the surgery without this test. Has anyone had an EMG done for leg pain and numbness that comes from lumbar DDD? Is it painful? Can anyone tell me more about their experiences with this test?
Thanks spineys!
Severe DDD in S1-T12. 5 disc herniations. 5 compression fractures. Had a 2 level lumbar fusion/decompression on June 12, 2013. L4-5 foraminotomy on Jan 8, 2014, Right SI fusion in Oct 2014. Scheduled for L4-5 fusion to existing fusion on Sept 28, 2015


  • charlie6017charlie6017 Posts: 412
    edited 05/13/2013 - 3:55 PM

    EMGs aren't terribly painful, but they can be uncomfortable. I haven't had this done on the legs, but have had them on arms and hands due to recent and progressing neck pain. The doctor performing this uses low-voltage currents in this test and it causes small movements.

    All in all, it's not a tremendously long test and somewhat uncomfortable.

    Good luck!
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