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    Is a nerve conduction test painful?

    I have had pain in my arm for 9 months due to spinal stenosis from a disc fusion done in 1991. An EMG or nerve conduction test is advised. Is this a painful test on nerves that are already very sore?

    #2
    ((((((Traveler)))))) ~



    Welcome to BrainTalk!

    I have no experience with nerve conduction tests, but I did find this:

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    You might be able to learn more about this test on You Tube. Try a search there for videos about the test.

    Meanwhile, make yourself comfortable here, and get to know our wonderful community of caring folks. And be sure to let us know your test experience and what the results are.

    Hoping all goes well for you, and you find relief from your pain.

    Love & Light,

    Rose
    Mom to Jon, 49, & Michael, 32, born with an undiagnosed progressive neuromuscular disease. Angel Michael received his wings in 2003. Angel Jon received his wings in 2019. In 2020, Jim, their Dad, joined them.

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      #3
      Thank you for the warm welcome. Has anyone had the disc surgery which later caused pain down the arm because of stenosis and what did they do for it ? I would rather not have surgery. I also have Parkinson's with the side effect of altered posture over time (forward bending) which may have altered alignment in the neck. (Just guessing.) I am 71.

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        #4
        ((((((Traveler)))))) ~

        I recommend that you post in our Spinal Disorders and Chronic Pain Forums, where you are most likely to find others with similar experiences to yours.

        Spinal Disorders:

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        Chronic Pain:

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        We also have a Parkinson's forum, but I don't think that it is very active these days.

        I think your guess about alignment is a reasonable one.

        Have you considered non-traditional options, such as a chiropractor, acupuncturist, or naturopath?

        I hope that you don't need to have surgery.

        Please try posting on the Spinal and Chronic Pain forums to see if others there can help you.

        Love & Light,

        Rose
        Mom to Jon, 49, & Michael, 32, born with an undiagnosed progressive neuromuscular disease. Angel Michael received his wings in 2003. Angel Jon received his wings in 2019. In 2020, Jim, their Dad, joined them.

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          #5
          Traveler, are you referring to a SSEP test? (Sensory Evoked Potential). It's done with electrodes on your head and sensory pads on your legs and arms. She has an instability in her neck and this was to check he electrical pathways from her cspine to her limbs. It wasn't painful but a bit uncomfortable. Kind of like a little electrical stimulation I think.
          Mary Grace

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            #6
            I had the EMG (electromyography) test done on Wed. It is a nerve conduction test. It was somewhat painful, but tolerable. The tech did the first part where he gives a short jolt to certain places in the arm in my case. The Doctor did the second part in which he used fine needles (acupuncture size). He said I have spinal nerve #7 damage which he called "chronic". I had more pain than usual yesterday after the test but it seems to have quieted down some today. I will get a final report from the ordering doctor on Mar. 31.

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              #7
              ((((((Traveler)))))) ~

              Thanks for letting us know about your EMG. I hope your pain will subside soon, and that your doctor will have a course of treatment for you, after reading the final report on your test.

              Keep us posted, and as I said, try posting in our Spinal Disorders and Chronic Pain forums, where folks gather to discuss exactly what you are experiencing.

              Take care ~

              Love & Light,

              Rose
              Mom to Jon, 49, & Michael, 32, born with an undiagnosed progressive neuromuscular disease. Angel Michael received his wings in 2003. Angel Jon received his wings in 2019. In 2020, Jim, their Dad, joined them.

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                #8
                yes it can be

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                  #9
                  I've had a few EMG's and nerve conduction tests. The EMG they stick a small needle in different places in your muscle and there a small electrical charge they put threw it, it wasn't very painful but you do feel it. The nerve conduction test is a little more painful, the last one I had they neurologist used what looked like a Taser gun and the shock did hurt, he zapped me quit a few times in different places.

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                    #10
                    Traveler, I have had several Nerve Conduction test but I didn't want to get in to the pain part. The first one was horrible, but the second one I hardly felt. Since these test effect different people in different ways I did not want to scare you to death. I also think it depends on the Dr. A different Dr. did the second one and he was very gentle and made me feel like he was concerned about how it was affecting me. So you see, I've learned how to try relaxing and I find that helps.

                    I hope things will workout well for you.

                    take care, Julia s
                    Did you ever know that you're my hero and every thing I would like to be I can fly higher than an eagle
                    'cause you are the wind beneath my wings

                    for my brother Ben

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                      #11
                      Thank you for all of your responses. I had the EMG test and nerve conduction test. A couple of the jolts were painful but quick so it was tolerable. My arm was more painful for the next two days. The report : The nerves in the arm were normal but there was "chronic denervation seen in C7 musculature." And "there is evidence of old or chronic left C7 radiculopathy". "No evidence of peripheral nerve entrapment." So basically spinal nerve #7 that comes out of the Cervical vertebrae between C6 and C7 (which I had fused in 1991) is not firing and transmitting nerve signals like it should affecting the way the muscles works in the arm and causing pain in that arm. I have been going to a pain clinic and have had two steroid injections, one in shoulder and one in lower neck. I think it helped some but not 80% to 100 %. I think somehow the fusion I had done in 1991 is putting pressure on either the C7 nerve or the spinal cord. What to do? Pain doc said he can give me another injection. I have been saying "no surgery" but since this report I am wondering if I need to pursue surgery. The MRI of the neck July 2014 did not show clearly what the problem was. There was a little "flattening " of the spinal cord on one side. What kind of a doctor should I go to? Would physical therapy specific to this problem be an option?

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