I won't lie, my Nerve Conduction Test WAS NOT PLEASANT, I have actually had this test performed 3 times.
Hi :) I am 38 year old female and an artist.
In the early 90's I started dropping things and maybe did not even know my hand had released...they sent me for Nerve Conductivity and an EMG...everything was normal.
Things would progress and wane...sent again this time the results were ABNORMAL CTS and my non dominant hand was actually worse than the dominant hand and at the time I was not doing art work or working outside of the home, my house duties were being greatly reduced by a loving and supportive husband.
My neurologist was quite confused and he, my regular doctor and the Orthopedic Surgeon I went and saw did not think there was any point to surgery for the type I had.
I again went in 2008 and had a full neurological work up and had the Nerve Conductivity and EMG done down both sides of my body including my face to my feet. Various levels of reduced sensitivity were observed and this time I did get a positive for carpal tunnel but it was very slight in their opinion.
MY infant son who has a genetic annomalie at 13 months was also tested with EMG and Nerve Conductivity which is what rushed me for my third test hoping they would find something in mine and then elect NOT to do his...no such luck.
So why am I telling you all of this? BECAUSE I have been there, it is NOT pleasant, I passed out one time before having blood drawn at a much earlier test so that goes to show you I DO NOT LIKE this type of thing.
I have two medium sized tattoos and that was more bearable and YES I was completely sober for them. I have Hashimotos thyroiditis disorder, autoimmune disease and full panel of allergy skin tests done twice, have had numerous blood draws due to these conditions and allergy shots, Gestational diabetic both pregnancies and had initially planned to use Lamaze for the delivery of my first child but we ended up with a C-Section and complications...SO I have had my fairshare of pain and needles and medical tests.
BUT what I am going to suggest worked REMARKABLY WELL for me the last two sets of tests I used the breathing that they use in Lamaze prior to and during delivery...TAKE a deep breath fill your abdomen cavity full of air right prior and then Slowly release that breath through the test at each site...It did NOT remove all of the pain or discomfort but did reduce it greatly.
Also I found out many of the Doctors who are preforming this test have NO idea what it feels like for they have never done or had this done to them for a reference...my last tech had though as part of her certification SHE thought the breathing/lamaze breathing was a great idea and planned on having her patients do this in future testing.
SO HANG in there it YOU WILL survive and try to relax as best as you can...I am a self confessing control freak so I know HOW hard relaxing can be. Some techs or doctors will let you listen to headphones also so ask when scheduling your test to see if they will allow them.
BEST wishes to you and your test results.
Thanks for sharing your experience.
Two other things.
1. What did they mean, exactly, when they said you had 'Abnormal Carpal Tunnel Syndrome'??
2. You, my friend, have severe Gluten Intolerance.
This accounts for all your auto-immune issue, and Carpal Tunnel Symptoms.
It can also cause Leaky Gut, which among other things, causes nutrient malabsorbtion, which causes all sorts of problems, including Carpal Tunnel Symptoms.
This also makes it incredibly likely that your child is also Gluten Intolerant to some degree or other.
The only accurate test for this is to go off ALL gluten for two months and see how you feel. And then have a pizza, and -then- see how you feel.
If you don't know anything about Gluten Intolerance (it's clear that your doctors don't), check out my Kerri's website www.easy-immune-health.com. She works with people with auto-immune issue and chronic pain/fatigue, and gluten intolerance is a MAJOR factor.
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