So I went to the neurologist today because I've been having numbness and tingling in my hands...they said they want to do an EMG...where they shock you and give you shots in your muscle? Has anyone ever got this done??...Not sure if this has to do with my being diabetic..but I'm kinda freaking out about this :( I go in 2 weeks to get this done...also have my endo appt. on the 14th? so I'm gonna talk to him about how I've been having so many lows lately.... until then!

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Comment by beechbeard on December 3, 2012 at 1:31pm

I have had the test. I had fallen and broken my arm and a few months later my hand was tingling/numb and my right forearm had sharp pain flashes.

It wasn't particularly uncomfortable, although the doctor kept apologizing. They attach adhesive sensors to the arm and then zap the arm with mild electic shocks. The arm twitches and they record the response to the stimulus. After checking out the right arm, he asked if he could do the left arm so establish a baseline.

Had cubital and carpal syndrome going on in my right arm. He could also "see" some neuropathy (mild) in my left. The left twitched a little less than a normal arm.

Comment by SEAGATOR on December 3, 2012 at 5:03pm

I volunteered in a Neurologist's office for 8 years. This is one of many tests. He might be looking for various things like Neuropathy. I am diabetic and have had all these tests. Please do not worry.

Comment by MM on December 3, 2012 at 5:25pm

I had this test also, and had carpal tunnel surgery.

When the the doctor got the results, he showed me where it showed 'absent'. I said what does that mean. He replied, time for surgery !. (meant there was NO response/twitching to the signal for one of the zaps.. Not good. Often the number is lower than normal, but not 0.)

I was getting more than numbness and tingling. I would get severe pain at night, that was helped somewhat with splits and advil. So I wasn't that surprised.

Comment by Brian (bsc) on December 4, 2012 at 6:40am

I have had this test. Like MegaMinx and others I have CTS. It is much more common for use, it is yet another form of peripheral neuropathy. Sadly, I let mine go pretty far before I submitted to surgery and I still have some loss of feeling. When I had the test, it pretty much showed I had lost significant feeling in my hands and almost all from two fingers in my right hand. Compared to the pain I suffered from the CTS, the nerve conduction test were nothing. I would say it is more like touching a 9v battery to your tongue. I would certainly recommend you be aggressive about treating your neuropathy.

Comment by Shayla on December 4, 2012 at 6:49am

Thanks everyone for the comments. He is going to do it to my leg and my right arm. I've been getting tingling/numbness in my thumb/pointer finger...it happens alot when I'm driving...I'll be 5 minutes into it and it will happen.. so.. still not looking forward to this test...but I'm not as scared as I was at first about it..

Comment by Shayla on December 4, 2012 at 6:50am

BTW Can I still wear my pump when he performs this test???

Comment by Clare on December 4, 2012 at 9:11am

Yes

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