My Nerve Conduction Test for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome HURT

by Ginger
(New York City, NY)

When I went in to get my Nerve Conduction Test for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, I was not prepared for the pain I was about to experience.

The electrical patches were placed on my arm and they proceeded to shock me. Although the shocks were minor my muscles and nerves went into overtime. I felt an intense pain down my arm and into my fingers. This wasn't good.

I had the sensation that I had been sweeping for hours or exercising the muscles in a way they weren't accustomed to. The strangest thing was when the doctor informed me that my results were 100% "normal".

I pressed the doctor to test my right hand, where I had already undergone Carpal Tunnel Surgery. The right hand was shocked, but I experienced no pain, just the odd sensation of muscles being worked by a machine.

I don't care what they say. I know I have carpal tunnel syndrome in my left hand and I'm having surgery next week. When I had my right hand worked on 10 years ago I was told I didn't have to have the surgery at that time.

Try telling that to a person whose hand goes numb on and off 24 hours a day. Numbness woke me up in the night, and I could only find relief by shaking my hand hard about 30 times (I counted).

When the same thing happened to my left hand a decade later I knew what was wrong. Spare me the splints and the hand/wrist exercises. I know what's wrong and am optimistic that the surgery will relieve these symptoms. I waited a long time when my right hand was involved. I wore the splint and did rehab, but to no avail.

I researched the condition and
found out that time is the biggest factor in determining if a person will be able to relieve the numbness through surgery. If an individual waits and continues to use the hand (it can't realistically be avoided) the condition worsens and surgery may not change anything, except the balance of one's personal bank account.


Joshua Answers:

Hi Ginger.

I'm a bit confused, so a couple questions.

1. Did you get a Carpal Tunnel Diagnosis on the left side?

2. You had Carpal Tunnel surgery on your right wrist a decade ago, yes?

Did it help? Did it fix the problem?

I'll assume so, and that's why you're gung ho for surgery on the left.

That's interesting that the nerve conduction test was painful on the left but not the right. I wonder why.

When are you getting the left side cut on?

And how did recovery go on the right side?

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Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
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Jun 02, 2016
I would rather give birth and pass a kidney stone at same time
by: Karen O.

About 10 years ago my Dr suspected I had Fibromyalgia and said to many are wrongfully diagnosed . So he sent me to a neurologist. Little did I know what I was about to endure.

First let me explain. I have a great tolerance for pain. Always have and still do. Broke my collar bone and didn't go to Dr. For two days. Back to my story, the neurologist best way to diagnose Fibromyalgia is nerve test. First he fid my hands. Not to bad but my hands are numb from CP syndrome. Then he did my shoulders. You see not only do they stick a 2" needle deep. They then move twist and dig around. I wanted to scream.

It was like somebody threw a smoldering dart in my shoulder. I would rather give birth and pass a kidney stone at same time. The my arms legs. Feet.

I truly believe shock took over because I was sweating, cold and tears just rolled out. I wad so sore for two days. Yep, Once he realized I did have Fibromyalgia he stopped test. Do to the flare up it was going to cause.

My advice if there is alternative ways ask and choose alternative. Please.


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Apr 05, 2017
Pd good money for Pain
by: Anonymous

I agree I will Never allow anyone to give me that test again, the pain was excruciating! To make it worse my med bill was 600 bucks, I paid some dr to torture me for 600 bucks, stupid !

Jul 16, 2017
Really necessary?
by: Eve

Have to go for this test and now I'm frightened!

Do you have to have this done before carpel tunnel surgery?

I'm in a lot of pain now, can't see having more!


Joshua Comments:

Hi Eve.

Well, if you're going to have surgery, it makes sense to do a nerve conduction test so the doctor can see if it's necessary.

For instance, the impingement of the nerve could be up at the neck/shoulder...and you wouldn't want to have surgery at the wrist in that case since it wouldn't at all help the impingement at the neck/shoulder.....and surgery tends to hurt....

Jun 10, 2018
Didn't hurt until I had Carpal Tunnel test
by: Lindsay

I went in and had a Dr. run all the tests to see if I had Carpal Tunnel. It has been 3 weeks since I had those tests and my left wrist still hurts and is very tender.

I know this is not normal. but what should I do now?


Joshua Comments:

What did the tests say?

Why did you have the tests if it didn't hurt before the test?

Jul 09, 2018
NCT & EMG ( you have nothing to worry about!)
by: Anonymous

After reading all these horror stories and making myself sick with worry I have to say the NCT and EMG was a breeze! I felt no pain at all just slight sensations with NCT and didn’t feel any pain during EMG just slight ache after from sights that where pricked. Honestly nothing to worry about. Don’t delay getting these important tests done. I’m a whimp. If I can do it anyone can!!!!

Nov 12, 2019
by: Trudy

Just had this test yesterday. The only discomfort I had was when she pricked the fleshy part of my palm by my thumb and that was merely uncomfortable. Not a bit of this was what I would call 'painful'.

If you dread this test and fear pain, please look into meditations that can take you to a better place while this is going on. I shut my eyes and I'm at the beach, calm blue water, gentle breeze, and then it's all over.

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