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Nerve Conduction Test - for what?
« on: February 27, 2014, 08:54:58 AM »
Hi

I'm seeing a(nother) neuro on Monday (I've not seen him for over 2 years so it's time - new symptoms etc) and he wants to do a nerve conduction test.

Can anyone tell me what these are for apart from ALS? I'm not overly concerned about ALS as many of my symptoms have been around over 5 years and I'm still healthy and active, but that's the only thing I know is tested for with NCTs.

Also, do they hurt?

Thanks
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Re: Nerve Conduction Test - for what?
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2014, 09:05:06 AM »
I have been having pain in my elbow, arm and hand from shoveling snow and I was looking things up and they do it for ANYTHING that involves possibly a pinched nerve too.   (carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndome, etc.  So don't think the worst.)
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Re: Nerve Conduction Test - for what?
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2014, 09:19:17 AM »
I've had a nerve conduction test done twice, and they can be done for many reasons.  I was (and still do) have a prickly sensation in the skin of both legs, so the test was performed.  Neurologists perform the test just to see if the nerve impulses are normal.  They could be abnormal for many reasons, such as nerve impingement, disease etc.... Many of the reasons aren't serious in nature.

What type of symptoms have you been experiencing?
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Re: Nerve Conduction Test - for what?
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2014, 06:37:14 PM »
I just had one for possible MS or neuropathy (sensory issues) - they check to make sure your nerves are still working correctly.
It can be a bit painful in some spots (underneath my leg hurt), but if you relax the tech can get the reading on the first try.
Its really nothing more than a weird pinch with a little more force behind it.
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Re: Nerve Conduction Test - for what?
« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2014, 11:05:31 PM »
I actually thought it was kind of fun!

(is that weird? I also thought the MRI sounded neat)

The brain potential thing is cool also, when you have to look at the light...its sooo fascinating!
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Re: Nerve Conduction Test - for what?
« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2014, 02:14:55 AM »
Thanks for all the replies - @mydogisnamedslippy I don't mind MRIs that much but I hate the scans that include an iodine drip - hate needles and hate that feeling of heat running through me.

Anyway I'm having the test due to 3 years of facial sensations / neuropathy and most recently a ripple like movement of muscles in the one side of my face (happened 2 x lasted a few seconds but damn scary) - of course google tells me these are either MS or brain tumour or something worse :( so am terrified not of the tests but of the results. :( Assume another scan will be done.

Am less concerned re tumour as two previous brain scans (last in 2008 I think) were 100% clear. But was never given a spinal MRI so concerned about MS or worse (apart from this face stuff I also have other symptoms, some of which are no doubt just anxiety, others.... not sure)

Anyway thanks again.
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