Monday, April 12, 2010

Doctor, Doctor, Give Me The News...again

Today I had an appointment with a neurologist that I had seen before. He had the personality of a table lamp, only not as bright (ba-dum-bum). Neither Jay or I liked him and he totally irritated me. He was condescending and just, well, not nice.

For that reason I was looking forward to this appointment as much as I look forward to stubbing my toe during my 2am bathroom run....which is why I made Jay come with me.

You know the saying - Misery loves company.

We must have caught Dr. Irritating on a bad day during that last visit, because today he couldn't have been nicer.

I had 2 tests done:

Electromyogram (EMG) and Nerve Conduction Studies

Click on that link above to read about the tests and what they are. Make sure to not miss the best part which is on page 2: How It Is Done

Laying on the hard examining table for 45 minutes was very unpleasant, even before any testing started. I have been in a bad Fibro flare for 2 days now, which made it even more painful. My hips and shoulder blades were so sore by the time we were done, I could barely stand up.

The shocks delivered in my arms and legs were bad. Remember a time when you got an electrical shock? Maybe you plugged in a cord with a bare wire, some other fun occasion like that. Well, I had that done, but multiplied several times stronger. In some locations, it was done 10 times in a row! But putting needles deep into my muscles (especially with the flare) was just plain horrible. I even had that done in my groin! The worst place however was in my hamstrings. That had Jay begging for mercy as I nearly squeezed the life out of his fingers. By the time we were done, I was exhausted, in pain, and in tears. Even though it was painful I really was glad to have it done.

All the tests showed things were perfectly normal, which I am thrilled about. I had been told for 2 years that I have carpal tunnel, and for the past 6 mo that I have some form of neuropathy. The tests today showed that neither are true. Everything showing a normal result means I have no nerve diseases, damage, or disfunctions. Woot! Woot! The conclusion is that all of it is directly related to the Fibromyalgia.

So, the good news - no nerve disease or damage. :)

The bad news - there's nothing I can to about them. :(

Back to the good news - my toes and fingers aren't going to fall off. Can you imagine how tough typing would be with no fingers??? :)


sara said...

yikes! reading that made me cringe! I am so glad it is over for you and glad you got some good news. Hope it was home and into the hot tub for you!!

Joyce said...

whoa.... that would stink! I am glad you won't have to go through that again! Now take care of yourself.. your husband should treat you to something real nice...or maybe the other way around! Still praying for you!!! always!