Does a nerve conduction study hurt?
This may feel uncomfortable, but it usually isn’t painful. The entire procedure usually takes about 20-30 minutes to complete. In some cases, nerves may be tested in multiple locations, which can make the procedure take slightly longer.
Does an EMG for the feet hurt?
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.
How long does a nerve conduction study take?
Nerve conduction testing takes 15 minutes to an hour or more, depending upon how many areas are studied. Nerve conduction studies show whether the nerves transmit electrical impulses to the muscles or up the sensory nerves at normal speeds (conduction velocities).
Can I drive home after EMG?
When can I go home? 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.
What does nerve damage feel like in foot?
Gradual onset of numbness, prickling or tingling in your feet or hands, which can spread upward into your legs and arms. Sharp, jabbing, throbbing or burning pain. Extreme sensitivity to touch.
Can nerve damage be repaired in the foot?
Surgery—If nonsurgical treatments do not relieve symptoms, your physician may recommend surgery to decompress the nerve and repair or remove the damaged area. Specialists perform many foot and ankle surgeries using minimally invasive techniques.
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Can I be sedated for an EMG?
It is rare that patients need sedation. 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. Plan on resuming normal activities after the procedure.