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EMG Confusion

westej48wwestej48 Posts: 1
Hi all. A month ago I had a baby and during delivery noticed my left leg was numb, pins and needles, and I couldn't move it. Everyone said it was the epidural and it would wear off. The next day when I still couldn't feel it, and after badgering the staff to do more, I received a neurology consult and they scheduled an EMG. The EMG was today and the doc said the baby's head jammed against my pelvis and crushed some nerves. I was expecting a timeline of when I can expect the nerves to regrow but what I got was, "you have a really good chance of getting most of the function back at some point" which is pretty much the most ambiguous thing I've ever heard. Needless to say, I'm upset, not to mention terrified that I'm going to be crippled for the rest of my life at only 28 years old. My confusion is this; the doctor said that my nerves are still functioning and that the problem was with the needle part of the EMG. He didn't tell me anything else so I don't know what this means. Anyone have any idea? Thanks in advance!


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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,842
    I do not believe anyone can tell when the problem/damage to nerves will correct itself.

    As far as vague answers, nerve problems can take from 6 months up to 18 months to heal.
    Too many variables to even list them
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  • Yeah I agree. Nerves are pretty much still an unknown in the neurology world. They seem to be having a mind of their own.
    Also EMGs according to my neurosurgeon and in my opinion also are useless and they do not give you an accurate reading of what really happens. I had it done and I regret that painful and avoidable experience.

    You will be fine just give it time and see what your doc says about physiotherapy.
    Talk to a neurologist and dig deeper into this.

    Also let us know how you are doing once in a while.
    P.S. Congrats for the baby :)
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    Just to add, you might want to double check with doctor to see if you need to limit certain activities for a period of time.
    And feel free to talk with your doctor again about anything you don't understand.

    its important to have clear communications both ways....so neither of you are assuming.

    I also say congrats on the baby! If I were you, I would practice good body mechanics and alignment, esp while caring for infant...all the lifting, bending, twisting..... Take care of yourself too!
    Keep in touch with how you are doing!
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