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EMG Questions

Hi Everyone,

I had an ACDF where they basically fused C3 all the way to C7. Never been in this much pain in my life. I'm seeing multiple doctors because my Neurosurgeon keeps telling me I'm getting better and that's not the case at all.

My question is about an EMG I have coming up on the 2nd of September. Are those painful? I read one lady said something about a snapping/cracking noise. That would absolutely terrify me. My test is scheduled to be 3 hours long since they are testing my entire body to see which nerve roots are damaged and which peripheral nerves are dead/dying. I'm very anxious about this and I don't know what to expect.

Anyone have any advice/pointers/experience with this? I'd appreciate anyone's information, stories!

Thanks in advance!
ACDF's from C3-C7. Osteoarthritis in T1-T2


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,842
    Though if you are really skirmish about needles, you might not like the test. Depending on where they are doing the testing (upper arms or lower legs) they use different needles and the impulses need to be different.


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  • Hi there,
    I had one of these recently and I was really worried about it too. Mainly because the cervical epidural steroid injections I've had in my neck brought me to tears and some people say those don't hurt. My emg/nerve conduction test lasted about and hour. It didn't make me cry! It hurt, but it only lasted a few seconds. It is tolerable. And I say that having had someone do it that needed to be supervised. Yes, there was a doctor in the room watching him do it - not promising, I know. But my point is that it's tolerable.
  • Thanks for the advice! I feel a lot better about it now. I am terrified of needles, but as long as I don't watch them, I think I will do okay. The test is supposed to last 3 hours and they are going to do my entire body. That's the part that made me nervous. That's a long time to be stuck with needles everywhere. Yikes!
    ACDF's from C3-C7. Osteoarthritis in T1-T2
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