I wasn't sure where to post this but here goes. I had an EMG test performed several months before my surgery. It was recommended in order to identify the appropriate area to give my first epidural injection. The Dr that performed the test came highly recommended as one of the best in his field. The test revealed chronic nerve dysfunction ( in his exact words "nerve damage" at S1 that was irreversible). The PM doc thought of this test as a useful tool, as does the information I have read on this site. The spine specialists I saw almost brushed this finding off as if it were subjective. ( and maybe there is a difference if it were acute as apposed to chronic?) I know that no one is qualified to answer certain questions regarding this test, but I have always wondered if some of my sciatic symptoms may be related to this finding. I had about an hour of relief from the S1 injection, but my symptoms returned as the numbing agent wore off. I am just wanting to hear any personal experiences people may have had regarding this test (No medical advice) and whether their Doctors found the findings credible. MODERATORS- please feel free to add any input. I hope I have not overstepped by asking this question.
Chronic S1 Radiculopathy
Discectomy L5-S1 2002
Discectomy, Laminotomy/Foraminotomy L3-S1 January 2014
Bilateral SI Joint Fusion and 2 level spinal Fusion October 2014