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Post EMG -- how long will I be in pain?

Hi, I just had a lumbar EMG about 2 hours ago. They found a pinched nerve at l4. Hurt like hell when they stuck the needle in there. I took my pain meds when I got home but now the pain is increasing all the way down to my foot from my hip and my lower back is burning. Usually I only get this kind of pain if I try to sleep on one side. I need to figure out if I should have my employee cover my pm jobs (I am a pet sitter, I need to drive around).

Does anyone know when the Post-EMG pain might start getting better? Thanks.


  • Should not last long...normally any pain subsides immediately after the testing is complete. Perhaps you tensed up too much in anticipation of the pain and that is contributing to any pain you continue to experience.
    Results are usually not given right after the emg is performed, because they need to be interpreted .

  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,842
    there was no pain or discomfort after the test.

    The only discomfort depending on how deep the electrical impulses needed to go to trace a problem.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • I had some severe burning during the needle/wires insertions part in some areas but as soon as the needles / wires were removed, the pain dissipated.
    I haven't heard of lingering pain post emg.

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