Let’s get this question out of the way!
The most common thing I hear in my practice is “My best friend came over last night and told me that this was the worst test in the world and I couldn’t sleep a wink.”
My response to this is twofold.
- First- it depends on who and how the test is performed
- Second-you might want to find a new best friend.
The most accurate nerve conduction study should use the least amount of stimulation to obtain the maximal nerve response. Therefore, our goal is to use the least amount of stimulation possible.
You should be in a relaxed position throughout the entire study. This will help in obtaining a better result at a lower stimulation.
Sensitivity to the needle placement during the EMG portion of the test can be diminished by the use of a freeze spray. There is usually no bleeding or bruising. Sometimes your muscles will feel sore following the study, as if you have been through a workout. There can be a slight amount of discomfort but this diagnostic test is usually very well tolerated.