Electromyography (EMG)


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Comment from: Heaven , 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: September 23

I had an electromyogram (EMG) done due to pain in my neck that radiated down my left arm to my fingertips. The EMG, from the insertion of the needle to the electrical shocking of the muscle, was so painful, I was in tears for the whole procedure. The procedure should be called an OMG! Never again.

Comment from: Shergie, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: February 05

I have taken 2 EMGs (electromyograms) and I’m scheduled for a 3rd tomorrow. Dreadful, intense, severe all sound about right. I could only get 1 arm tested last time because it was so painful.

Comment from: chapstick81, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 24

Reading up on this electromyogram (EMG) test was the worst thing I could have done. The test was not that bad. First they do tiny shocks externally and make measurements. The second part was small needles inserted and you flex your muscles and they get some kind of reading from it. I have basically no pain tolerance and this test hardly felt like anything. Don't read all this comments and make yourself terrified.

Comment from: mike, Male (Patient) Published: November 22

I just took this electromyography (EMG) test and at first I was shocked. I was startled by how much it affected my hand movement. After a few minutes I just relaxed and it was not that bad. I can see why they can’t tell you what to expect because it is different for each person. If you can’t relax and you tense up instead, it is a lot worse, at least it was for me.

Comment from: W2m, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 13

I had an EMG test earlier and I wasn't sure what to expect. I had the bilateral upper extremities tested (arms). First, they did the electrical shock part and that was quite painful. I jumped at first not expecting that level of shock. After the first few it was ok and I knew what to expect. I did get woozy and needed to lie down for a minute. The doctor then came in to do the needle part and I stayed lying down. The first needle and the ones in my hand were quite painful, the others were ok, but in my mind no needle is good, so it was just tolerated! I had watched a You Tube video prior to the appointment but I don't think I had an idea of how much it would hurt. Now a few hours later my arms are hurting. They told me most people don't get bothered by the shocks or the needles, guess I'm a wuss, but that hurt.


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