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Help me understand why this EMG test?

I have had two spinal fusions C3-5 in 2013 and C5-6 in 2015. People hear were great with their support and suggestions.  After my 2nd surgery I retired from teaching due to lack of stamina of keeping of with the changing tides of education.  After spending 5 wonderful weeks in Germany with my grandchildren at Christmas I showed signs of possible dementia stroke.  Quite a battery of tests and workups....SEVERE ATYPICAL MIGRAINES.  Now well under control.  Okay moving to June a freaky lawn chair accident caused me to roll backwards neck first. After 6 weeks and no improvement went to orthopedic group X-rays, MRI, CT, inflamation but fusion hardware in place.  They tried PT, steroid epidurals, a compounded pain cream but the pins and needle, shooting pain, numbness, and just plain sore neck continues.  So referred to a spine specialist in Boston.  Saw him yesterday.  Had new x-rays, Saw his assistant who asks questions, did the strength tests, ran through my history.  He saw me showed me my x-ray. Said no need for revision surgery good but he ordered the EMG test and would want me to see a neurologist.  End of appointment.  Of course now I have questions and not sure to call for answers.  Looking on line the EMG test doesn't look like fun.
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Comments

  • I just had one done last week it wasn't near as bad as everyone made it out to be..

  • Bruce EitmanBruce Eitman Akron, OH, USAPosts: 1,510
    EMGs aren't supposed to be fun :)  but for me it wasn't so bad, but I have read about members who didn't like it at all.

    Bruce

    Read my story at Bruce - My Story
    ACDF C4-C5-C6-C7, and getting better every day
    It has been a process of healing, learning, exercising, and resting - and figuring out when to do which.

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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 12,807
    If you dont mind a Tens unit, then an EMG is a breeze
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
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