First let me say that after being on this forum for only a day, my thoughts are with all of you. I know there are a lot of you in much worse shape than me and I feel for you.
Briefly, I've been diagnosed with left leg radiculopathy resulting from multilevel stenosis at L3-L4, L4-L5 and L5-S1. Had an ESI at L4-L5 a month ago which helped for about 2 weeks. My severe pain and numbness is almost exclusively when standing and walking. I'm limited to about 5 minutes walking time before it spikes. Since then my PM doc has referred me to a Neurosurgeon for further consultation.
The neuro ordered an EMG/NCS before we do anything else and is suggesting a second (and final) ESI. If this one doesn't work we're probably talking about a laminectomy.
Anyway, looking for any feedback from the forum on their experiences with the and EMG and/or NCS. The tests were done lying on my back which is one position where the pain and numbness are minimal, around a 1-2. The doctor conducting the test said the results were within normal ranges.
I've read that the EMG has moderate false negative results with radiculopathy. Has anyone had similar results? Also, I meant to ask the doctor today, but does anyone know why this test is not done in a position where you are in high pain? I would think the results would be more indicative in this position.
Sorry for the long posting. Any comments are greatly appreciated.