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Needles in my Skin
Published on Thursday, November 15, 2012 by

First, the doctor puts a needle in to your skin until it hits the nerve.  Then he sends electricity through the needle.  As the electricity is going through your nerve, he tells you to move your hand or arm.  With the needle still in it.  That was my morning.  An Electromyogram and Nerve Conduction Study, or EMG.

But at the same time I was having this done, Meleah was facing yet another stick in her bad veins, preparing for a full bone scan.  As people were calming Meleah, do you know what she was doing?  She was encouraging ME!

The first time I had an EMG it was worse than childbirth.  My new pain doctor told me he was the MASTER of EMG’s.  And guess what.  HE IS.  Was it fun?  No.  Was it uncomfortable.  Yes.  But the pain was minimal.  I totally lucked out.

My doctor learned how to give this test as painlessly as possible in a very unusual way.  His teacher put all of his class in lockdown, stating they were not to leave until they had each performed 300 EMG’s on each other.


During that long night filled with electric shocks and needles, my physician and his fellow students learned, “Oh, if the hand is turned this way rather than that, it hurts less.  And if the patient is on his or her side, you only need ¼ of the electrical current.”

The test results were unexpected.  Fortunately, there is no nerve damage going down my arm.  Unfortunately, I have carpel tunnel syndrome caused by the accident.  All the pain that shoots down in to my hand along with the numbness can now be explained.  Bulging discs, whiplash and carpal tunnel.

bruising from emg

Out of all of this, I was struck by all the support and encouragement I received the morning of the test.  But even more, Meleah, YOUR encouragement meant the most.  Because my test was nothing compared to yours – and yet there you were, making ME feel better while you were going through tests as well.

Meleah, you are an inspiration.  THANK YOU!

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  • I remembered having this done a time or two but had completely forgotten about having to move my hand/arm or leg/foot and how irritating that was over time. I’m so relieved you have an answer that isn’t incredibly horrible. Mostly I’m thrilled that you had The Master of EMG’s performing the tests.

    • I must have had someone horrible that first time… if you remember having that done a time or two and it didn’t make you sick to mention it, I guess there are others that do it well too. Or you are tough as nails! 🙂

  • I have been traveling this week and am terribly behind on things. I didn’t realize you were haveing that procedure done. Ouch! I am shocked that the doc had to be in a room to do 300 of those. That might be just one of many reasons I would never be a doctor.
    I am not surprised by the “reaching out” from Meleah. After following her for the last couple of years, I perceive her to be one of the nicest and funniest people on the planet.

    • Meleah is so strong!
      You know, I could never be a doctor either for reasons JUST LIKE THAT. Nasty nasty stuff. Where were you traveling? 🙂

      • My husband and I decided to take a trip to Branson, Mo. It is wall to wall people here and all of them are WWWAAAYYYY older than us. I am loving this. I am one of the young ones…comparatively speaking.

    • OMG. I am SO touched! XOXOOX

  • Ron

    Katherine, when I first started reading this post about needles, I thought it was going to be about an acupuncture session you had for your pain. I’ve had acupuncture before and they will sometimes use needles with an electrical current.

    I’ve never had an EMG before, so it was interesting to read about. And as Cheryl shared, I’m so glad to hear that you had a Master performing the test!

    Isn’t Meleah the BOMB? Love that girl!


    • Yes she IS the bomb! As are you my friend! You know, I think I would try acupuncture now that I’ve been through this… have you ever had it done?

    • Awww. I love YOU too, Ron!

  • Barb

    That does not sound like a fun way to spend your day *yikes*!!

  • Mel

    I think experience is a great teacher! And I think that was an awesome intervention for the students and for their upcoming patients.
    I’m just sorry you got to be one of them.

    Here’s hoping for good results for Meleah…..*sending prayers*

    • The great news is this particular doc is now in charge of training the local medical students!!!

  • Oh, Katherine!! I love you so much. And I knew how scared you were about having that test done. I was very important to me to be there for you!

    I am so happy it wasn’t as painful as the last time you had an EMG. Sounds like your doctor really knows what he’s doing. That’s a BIG plus!

    I am terribly sorry they found bulging discs, whiplash and carpal tunnel. That really sucks. And I wish you didn’t have to go through ANY OF THIS. But I am so relieved you’re in good hands.


  • MikeWJ

    Meleah is amazing, I agree. You can feel her kindness in every word she she writes. And I’m glad this test went better than the last. Let’s hope this represents a good beginning to recovered health.

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