Having electromyography (EMG) isn’t so much fun. First they zap various parts of you with electrical current, and then they stick needles in you and make you strain your muscles.

This was the second time I’ve had it so it wasn’t as bad, because I knew what to suspect and that it wasn’t going to kill me. But yecch.

Fortunately, it seems that the nerve conductivity in both of my arms is fine. And to be fair, the only time anyone HAS an EMG is when there’s something sufficiently nasty going on that you’re willing to have 45 minutes of discomfort.

The interesting part was listening to my muscle electricity as noise, rather like the static on a short wave radio. When I strained against pressure as instructed, I made VERY LOUD static.

15 thoughts on “zap.

  1. The funny thing is that it did me no good for finding out my problem. I’ve got ulnar tunnel syndrome, which apparently is very obvious given my symptoms – the first doctor I didn’t see had no clue when I described them, and then made me ouchy with the EMG, and said my nerve conductivity was ‘fine’ – the second and third opinions I had said “Ulnar Tunnel” with some basic squeezing type tests.

  2. Static
    Perhaps you’re just not aware of it, but I’ve always heard very loud static when you used your muscles. I assumed it had to do with your super powers. Made it hard to hear you play the piano, though.

  3. “I swear to practice and prescribe to the best of my ability for the good of my patients, and to try to avoid harming them” and to stick them with needles when it amuses me to do so.

  4. Dude. EMG sucks. I have had it 2 times. I was supposed to have one final before my settlement, but I was newly pregnant and they thought it would be too much stress for the baby. Does that say anything about how painful it is or what? Glad all nerve conduction is working for you though. I hope they figure out the problem soon. The diagnostic guessing game is awful when you are in pain.

    1. Re: (normal nerve conductivity)++
      Those animations still scare me, especially when TEH EYSE pop through.
      Glad all that electrosadism’s over for now, Con!

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