ELectromyography (EMG) Test


Since I have herniated disc in my lower back and neck. I experience weakness and fatigue during movement. My disability fluctuates in severity everyday. My whole body from my head, hands, arms, neck, lower back, hips, legs, and feet are effected.. 2 major systems experience neurological symptoms.

The one thing, all of my doctors recommend is a conservative lifestyle.

So, I’ve chosen an Ayurvedic lifestyle. I know nothing is perfect and everyday is different. The more I rest and restore my body the more it can heal.

I use Ayurveda to help me in my daily life, and go to my doctors for test and labs. Understanding how each system can help, allows me to leverage the care that I need.

Since my condition calls for a lot of rest, I have to focus on keeping up with my strength and flexibility. I am limited in the things I can do, but I need to make sure that I am exercising everyday to combat atrophy. Finding the balance between rest and burnout is challenging.

I’ve experienced flare ups from Physical Therapy. It was frustrating because it took a whole month to heal. I took it upon myself to get my own certification in Yoga, so I can find my own ways to move and manage pain.

Nerve Conduction & EMG Test

EMG’s & Nerve conduction studies are recommended, for me, on an annual basis. Both arms and legs are to be tested, since the severity of my disc herniations.

My appointment contains 2 test.

Nerve Conduction Test

  1. “Shock” portion. Electrical signals are sent between 2 nerve points and are measured. This test looks for the health of the nerves. Making sure they are firing when stimulated.
    • This portion provoked a lot of numbness for me. Be sure to breathe with the pain.


2. ”Poke” portion. Needles with tiny microphones are inserted into muscle groups. The sound waves are measured and shows the strength of muscles.

  • This test is painful as they poke a tiny needle into your muscle, and you then have to flex/stimulate the muscle. The pain is sharp/dull and feels like pressure.

What helped me during both of these test was, deep breathing with the pain.

Keep being Brave! I believe in You!

Jenny C.

Published by connectedpines

Disabled Veteran traveling with chronic back pain & practicing Ayurvedic self care routines

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