Electromyography (EMG)


What did the results of your electromyography (EMG) determine? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Calf pain, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 10

I had an electromyography (EMG) because I was having numbness and tingling on the lateral sides of both my legs. I was also having pain on my upper thighs. The EMG was painful. I now have had severe calf pain, ankle pain and foot pain, and also tingling in my feet and ankles now. It has been 3 months since the EMG and the pain continues daily. Some days I can barely walk. I was not like this before the EMG. Results were tarsal tunnel, and a slight peripheral neuropathy.

Comment from: Crystal, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 28

I was terrified to do this electromyography test. I have a lot of pain already so my pain tolerance is wiped out. It was not something I want to do anytime soon, but it was doable. I talked to the provider about my fear and asked her to go slow and to tell me everything that was happening. She was very reassuring. She said she thought I could handle it but I could opt out anytime. The first part (electrical test) was a little easier for me than the needle part. Take a stress ball!

Comment from: Vivian, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 21

I have severe peripheral neuropathy and cervical stenosis in 4 cervical spine discs. I underwent the electromyography (EMG) test 4 years ago. It was extremely painful and I have a very high tolerance for pain. The results were normal. I cannot understand this and no doctor could explain why. Since then my condition has worsened considerably and I am undergoing another EMG today. I certainly hope I will get some answers this time to make the experience worth the trouble.

Comment from: Jultot, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 05

Someone told me the shocks from electromyography (EMG) were like that of a TENS unit. I can’t believe! It was like being tasered repeatedly! It was horrible. The needles parts are just unpleasant. The shocking was pure torture!

Comment from: amy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 21

The pain from electromyography is severe not annoying! Mine was normal even though I have neuropathy! Useless torture test!

Comment from: Sharon, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 22

I had an electromyography (EMG) test done today, January 20, 2020. I survived the test but the electric shock part of the test is very unpleasant. I tolerated it, but it was not a fun experience. The needle part of the test was much more tolerable than the first part of the EMG test.

Comment from: Donna, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 28

My electromyography (EMG) was not bad at all. Neurologist gave me one 0.5 Xanax for anxiety. Worked like a charm. Soft touch with needles, no problems at all. No bruising and I take Plavix! Fear is overrated. No results yet. Follow up procedure due to stroke 10 years ago to access any progressive nerve muscle damage.

Comment from: naynay, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 28

Doctor ordered an EMG. At testing, room was quite and peaceful. Initial placement was uneventful. When the electrical currents started, the pain was SO bad, I stopped the testing. It was very intense pain. Why are patients not warned? It was not mild or moderate or anything similar. It was dreadful for me, personally.

Comment from: nvpatient, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: May 03

My name is Antonio, and I had an EMG test today. I did not receive any information prior the test from the health care, and they never told me how painful that could be. During the test when they inserted the needles, it was really painful. They moved the needle back and forth and inserted way deeper, causing a lot of pain, and the electric shocks, they were so intense that it caused my leg to shake really bad, I wonder if the person who was doing the test, tried to get any results.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 10

My EMG was normal in all muscles except the triceps which was normal at rest.


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