Wednesday, August 3, 2011

What Nerve!

A few weeks ago, I had a sore wrist, which radiated all day until i could hardly move the arm.  It kept me up most of the night (just when I thought my sleep couldn't get worse...) and I woke with the inability to move the arm without major pain.  I made an urgent care appointment (it was Sunday, of course) and saw a doc.
He was quite nice and understanding.  He talked me through his thought processes. We ruled out a pinched nerve due to trauma, but we both agreed it was a pinched nerve, we just didn't know why.  So, he referred me out to see a specialist.

Fast-forward to a week ago-the nerve specialist's office called. They want to do a nerve conduction study to see how signals travel along my nerves. What they do is stick a bunch of electrodes all over me, then trigger impulses.  The insert of the appointment reminder said that it is not painful.


They also want to do an EMG.  This is where (according to the insert) they use needles placed in the skin to test the tissue for disease. Alternately, this is where (according to a colleague) they JAM HUGE NEEDLES THIS LONG (hands placed about 12 inches apart) INTO YOUR FAT AND THEN SHOCK YOU, LEAVING YOU IN PAIN AND BRUISED. AND IT HURTS SO BAD, AND THE NEEDLES ARE BIG (please, stop....) AND YOU ARE GONNA BE SO SORE, BLAH BLAH BLAH..................

I am now planning on NOT going back to work that day. 

More soon....if this test doesn't kill me. 

PS-Thank you, random co-worker, for having the guts to be the only person who will be honest with me.  Remind me to not have you break bad news to anyone.  Ever. Kisses!