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Nerve conduction study

Have any other members had this test? I am having it on my leg due to an on and off tingly and burning type of pain. I also have a pain pump implanted into my back and metal rods from scoliosis. One question is is if other members found the test painful, and another question is if it showed any results. Before I had the pain pump implanted I would constantly have back pain that no one could ever find the cause of. I'm afraid this is starting all over again, and that this test will show nothing as well for my leg pain. Any feedback or advice would be very helpful, thanks.
2000- spinal fusion, complete spine due to scoliosis
2012- pain began, started treatment for chronic pain
2013- install of pain pump, procedures to address complications
2014-blood patch, spinal fluid leak


  • LC84LLC84 Posts: 599
    edited 03/31/2014 - 5:01 PM
    I had an EMG that included the nerve conduction study. The shock was uncomfortable but bearable. They will start with a milder shock, then it will gradually increase. It's a strange feeling as the shock shoots along the muscle path they are testing. There was some leg twitching as well, it was also strange but bearable. The needle test only hurt because that was my problematic area. The needle test showed chronic S1 nerve damage consistent with S1 Radiculopathy. I had this test for sciatic pain.
    Progressive DDD
    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
  • That's what it felt like to me. Not pleasant, but not the worst pain in the world. Lots of twitching too. Confirmed neuropathy in my leg. It's one more piece of the puzzle, & I think worth having done.
    We can't always control the cards we are dealt in life, but we can control how we play the hand
  • I have also had an EMG, I am 15 and although it wasn't comfortable it wasn't that bad. The hardest part for me was to have my muscles relax for the test but other than that nothing big. Nothing was shown the first time around, I am going to be getting another one done in the near future for some unexplained pain and symptoms. Hope that this helps, let me know how it went!
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