Convulsions Post Nerve Conduction Test

by Jeanette
(Bellevue, NE)

I have undiagnosed muscle pain and weakness and was referred to a neurologists for a nerve conduction and EMG testing.

That night my entire body experienced uncontrollable jerking similar to convulsions.

It was the worst night of my life as I was conscious throughout the whole four hours I had no control over my body. It was also painful.

Then next day I phoned my neurologist and she said she'd never heard of what I had experienced. She is a young MD, however I was in disbelief at her lack of interest in what had happened to me.

The test was in Dec 2009, my symptoms appeared in June 2009 and I am approached the ONE YEAR mark still with no answers. My PCP just brushes me off without doing any research and gives me pain meds and anti anxiety medication each month, however I really need to know what is going on with my body so I know how to fight this.

I see him again today and I'm going to bring up the possibility of some sort of myositis because my condition is getting worse as time goes by. I am frightened.

I have to daughters, and elderly parents that need me to be well. Hopefully by posting this someone can help or I can help someone else just by telling my story.

In good faith,


Joshua Answers:

Hi Jeanette.

That response is certainly 'rare'. I've never heard of it.

I can imagine that your doctor hadn't heard of it before either.

And I agree, the lack of interest is a big problem. No curiosity as to why or how?

That's my big complaint with the current medical mindset. It's all pharmaceutical drugs thrown blindly at symptoms, with no interest in WHY a problem is in existence.

Tendonitis for instance. Every doctor prescribes the usual 'standard of care', and will continue to do so, regardless of results or lack thereof, because that's what the AMA says
they should do (and are therefor covered from lawsuits).

Even if it didn't work on the previous hundred people, the prescription will be the same.


If I had to take a guess just from what you've told me so far, I'd guess that you are significantly deficient in at least one of a variety of nutrients, mainly Magnesium and B12 (and Vitamin D).

Both play a HUGE rule in nervous system chemistry. If your chemistry is off, it makes sense that the electricity introduced by the NCT could, essentially, send extra energy into the system that it's not able to handle, and you were left with 'echoes', or little explosions of chemical process gone wrong. (The nervous system is nothing but electrical/chemical process)

Mostly we go right to 'I have a disease' or some other problem, but most ailments are, ultimately, nutritional deficiency.

If you don't have the right building blocks, your body can't work correctly.

So what do you do about that?

I'd talk to Kerri at www.easy-immune-health.html.

I could say a lot more about all of that, but I'll leave it at that Kerri is the person you want to talk to.

Please reply using the comment link below. Do not submit a new submission to answer/reply, it's too hard for me to find where it's supposed to go.

And, comments have a 3,000 character limit so you may have to comment twice.

Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
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May 28, 2010
PART 2 - Thank you - Convulsions Post Nerve Conduction Test
by: Jeanette

I will definitely add those to my supplements.

I never thought of it in the way you presented it.

Thank you for your prompt response as I have been struggling with this without proper treatment and/or diagnosis for almost one year now.

It's a relief that you have at least attempted to suggest what happened to me after the test. Not one doctor I have seen (out of six thus far) has even offered an educated guess. ??? The fear of malpractice suits has to be set aside so that real helping can occur. Frivolous lawsuits have certainly taken their toll in medicine as well as many other aspects of our society. Most unfortunate. Thanks again for your prompt response.


Joshua Comments:

Yeah, don't get me started on the doctor thing...

Granted, sometimes things just happened randomly, but still, it's just good bedside manner to be A LITTLE bit interested as to how and why.

A little bit of concern and interest, in a hospital setting, would go a long way I think.

Feb 11, 2012
Nerve Conduction Test Seems To Have Made My Carpal Tunnel Worse
by: Laurie

The nerve conduction test was definitely not fun, but not that horrible either.

It is now 1 week after the test though and I am having much more pain in my hands (at least 100% worse then before the test)and it is very difficult to use them-and the pain keeps me awake at night-unbearable.

I haven't seen much about others having this experience and supposedly there are no side effects or negative effects of having the study. (mine showed carpal tunnel in both hands) Not sure what to do now-I feel like something happened during the testing.


Joshua Comments:

Hi Laurie.

I don't see it much either, but it happens.

Some people's systems just aren't happy with the jolt and shock of the emg nerve conduction tests. In my opinion it's more of a nutritional thing. As we can have pain and other symptoms from our body not working correctly from nutritional insufficiency and/or nutritional deficiency, it also stands to reason that in that same scenario it can't handle the added stressor of the electrical stimulus.

Plus the pain causes the brain to think you're being attacked, so it ramps up with it's already doing to protect you...which makes the symptoms worse.

Jan 07, 2013
Joshua Comments on crappy doctors
by: The Tendonitis Expert

It's not just you, and it's a sign of a poorly trained and inexperienced doctor to not know that side effects are possible from nerve conduction testing. It's also a sign that that doctor is an if he's going to throw the 'it's psychological' label onto you so that he doesn't have to take any responsibility nor ask any questions.

2 minutes on the internet and he'd know that the electricity induced into some people's bodies by the nerve conduction test can cause some negative responses.

Your doctor doesn't qualify for the 'Your Doctor's Smoking Crack' award, but he certainly deserves a heaping of scorn.

See other comments and replies in this thread.

Jan 07, 2013
Stinging burning pain in fingers, palm, leg, and foot on left side after the Nerve Conduction Test
by: A

I have had stinging burning pain in my left leg on the outside from the knee to the hip. I also suffer from weakness and fatigue in my legs. Also suffer from daily sometimes debilitating migraines which causes drooping of left eye lid, temporary eye loss, blocked vision, prism looking zig zags, severe nausea, passing out, vomiting.

So I get a second opinion with a new Neurologists. He suggest we do a Nerve Conduction test and then a test where they insert needles into the muscle. Well the day of my appt. the doctor has an emergency and is unable to do the needle part of the conduction test so the techs. do only the nerve conduction test which consisted of putting little pads in different places of my hands and legs and an electric current shocks you.

It was all fine until they put the hand held zapper to the front of my pelvis bone on both sides and tears came because it literally felt like my inside of my pelvis was in boiling pain.

They continued to hold it there for what seemed like a long time like they just kept the zapper on for a long period of time on both sides.

Well I was told to come back the next day to finish the needle part of the test because it had to be done by the Neurologists. Well I went to my car and began driving home and began to get burning stinging pins and needles and pain in my fingers, palm of hand, down the arm to the elbow, same pain down the outside of the leg, and my foot. It was only happening on my left side and not my right.

It even hurt to squeeze and grasp anything with my left hand and hurt somewhat to walk with the foot feeling the way it did.

I called the doc office and explained what was going on and to see if this was normal symptoms following the nerve conduction test. They told me that the test did not cause physical pains like that after the test. So when I go in next day for the needle part of the test I tell the doc the whole story. His comment was that it is psychological. That there are no physical pain that follows the test.

Well I can say I had more pain when I came out than I did when I went in. I insisted it was NOT PSYCHOLOGICAL! I know how bad the pain was! Has anyone had this happen to them also?

Thanks for listening, I am just at the point where I don't believe doctors take the time to truly care and find out what is going on. My symptoms went all day until I went to sleep and I took some Advil to see if it would help the pain.

The next day things were better. Thank you!


Joshua Comments:

Hi A. Thanks for sharing.

Also, next time you see that doctor please tell him that he's A. not a psychologist and B. a crappy, crappy doctor.


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