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How do I prep for a Nerve Conduction Test?

I'm scheduled or a nerve conduction test June 28. Anyone have any tips or opinions on how best to prepare for the test? Pain pills (sometimes tramadol; sometimes a single percocet) have been a part of my life lately --- can I still use them prior to the test? I desire to have the 'truest' results as possible --- and any help from any of you would be so greatly appreciated.


  • If the nerve conduction study is same as an EMG (assuming it is), there isn't a whole lot you can do to prepare for it. It doesn't really hurt, just a bit of a pinch & a few zaps. Be sure you wear something that gives them easy access to the limb they'll be testing - if it's your arm, a tank top, or short sleeve shirt with sleeves you can push up will do the trick.
    I didn't take anything prior to my EMG because I was driving myself, and it really wasn't bad - again, just a few pinches when they put the needles in, and zaps when they do the testing - really nothing compared to my normal back pain :)
    You could call your doctors office and ask if they have any suggestions for prep prior to the test.
    Good luck!
    Slipped on a wet stair case the morning of 10/31/11, landed flat on my tush & blew up my spine & both SI joints.
    3 level ACDF C4-C7 7/11/12 (collapsed discs & severe cord compression)
    lumbar fusion to be scheduled once healed from ACDF
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,569
    Guess, its hard to say how you can prepare for them. It starts off with a little prick from a needle and depending on what they are looking for , the electrical impulse shock can range from mild to a bit over medium. Nothing that is going to make you jump out of your seat.
    As far as your medications, I cant see how that will impact the nerve study. But the only true answer for that one can come from your doctor or the doctor that is going to perform the EMG
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
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  • The only advice I have is to not let your spouse tell you what a HORRIBLE test it is. (Wasn't *that* bad...) Also, remove jewelry, especially rings, before you get there.

    Good luck!
  • i appreciate the advice..... i HAD heard awful things about this test -- just not from my wonderful husband..... your comments are appreciated....today is the day of the test.....and then the awful wait again for more than 10 days or so to hear the results.............
  • i appreciate your 'tips' about the needle and mild/medium electrical impulses...... you've helped me be ready for my test today ---- my MRI results from Jan. show a possibility of 3 discs impinging the nerve that goes down the left arm......so with a myelogram and this nerve conduction my specialists hope to 'see specifics' on what/where this nerve is being impacted......... i thank you again.......
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  • i've read a bit about emg's -- and it sounds similiar to me too...... anyway, thanks for the 'tips' about the pinch and the zaps --- i know i can handle that. some ?friends? have told me how awful this test is --- and with the description you and others have given me here, i know i'm ready and can handle it. my specialists NEED to know the specifics of what is going on in my neck -- and where a nerve is being impacted............and how many neck discs are involved. i'm a '70-year-old-energizer-bunny' and i want my life back.......... i'm even willing to go thru the disc surgery if they believe i have a 95% chance of a good recovery........... i thank you again for the tips..... my test is today
  • my nerve conduction testing went very well -- and the descriptions you gave were 'right on'............mild to medium discomfort that was short-lived. the good news for me is that even tho i may have needful surgery coming up in my life i learned today that my body shows NO nerve damage......... which places my recovery %age waaaaaay up there........... it has been a good day for me to learn that --- even tho the repercussive pain from the test will probably 'lay me low' for the rest of the day.......i thank you again for the good help and honest tips...............
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