Question: How Long Does A EMG Take?

Is having an EMG painful?

Yes.

There is some discomfort at the time the needle electrodes are inserted.

They feel like shots (intramuscular injections), although nothing is injected during an EMG.

Afterwards, the muscle may feel a little sore for up to a few days..

Can you eat before an EMG test?

Do not eat or drink foods that contain caffeine (such as coffee, tea, cola, and chocolate) for 2 to 3 hours before the test. Wear loose-fitting clothing so your muscles and nerves can be tested. You may be given a hospital gown to wear. Take a shower or bath before your exam to remove oils from your skin.

What happens if EMG is abnormal?

An abnormal EMG result means there is a problem in an area of muscle activity—turning on and off, when it is active, how much it is active, if it is more or less active, and fatigue. This can offer a clue in diagnosing various nerve and muscle conditions. Learn more in 10 Conditions Diagnosed With an EMG.

Can I drive home after EMG?

You may need to stay in the outpatient facility or hospital for a short period after your EMG. Your team will apply warm compresses to your injection sites to reduce pain. You will not be able to drive for about 24 hours if you had sedation because you will still be drowsy.

Why was my EMG so painful?

The Pain of an EMG. Pain is the most common complication of EMG2 causing some level of discomfort in all patients either from the nerve conduction portion or the needle examination. Most surveys find pain more common in the needle portion.

How do you prepare for an EMG?

To prepare for an EMG, please do the following:Bathe or shower on the day of the test; wash arms and legs well to remove body oils.Don’t use lotion, bath oils or creams.Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes, and remember to bring shorts and a short-sleeved or sleeveless shirt.More items…

What diseases can an EMG detect?

Conditions that EMG testing helps diagnose include:Carpal tunnel syndrome.Pinched nerve.Radiculopathy.Sciatica.Neuropathies.Muscle diseases.Muscular dystrophy.ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease)More items…

Do you get EMG results the same day?

Your doctor may review the results with you right after the procedure. However, if another healthcare provider ordered the EMG, then you may not know the results until you attend a follow-up appointment with your doctor.

Can you take pain meds before an EMG?

You may need to stop taking blood thinners, NSAIDs, and aspirin 24 hours before the test. Do not have caffeine or smoke for 2 to 3 hours before the test. Do not apply lotions or creams to your skin on the day of the test. Wear loose-fitting clothing to the test.

Can I take a Xanax before an EMG test?

If you feel you need something, Valium or one of its relatives, (Xanax, Ativan), is usually prescribed. You need to be awake for the procedure, so whatever you take should allow you to be relaxed and not asleep.

What does a normal EMG sound like?

The sound of positive sharp waves have been described as, like ‘claps of distant thunder’, and fibrillation potentials a higher pitched and shorter duration sound, like ‘rain on a tin roof’.

Why would someone need an EMG?

EMG results are often necessary to help diagnose or rule out a number of conditions such as: Muscle disorders, such as muscular dystrophy or polymyositis. Diseases affecting the connection between the nerve and the muscle, such as myasthenia gravis.