NEUROMUSCULAR Testing

Posted by gcranor @gcranor, Jun 28 2:56pm

How do the do a complete body NEUROMUSCULAR test? I am being tested for ALS will this help determine if it is my spine fusions or ALS?

Hello @gcranor, Did your doctor mention they are trying to determine if your pain is due to previous spinal fusions or possibly Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)? Mayo Clinic has some information on their website that talks about diagnosing ALS that may answer some of your questions — https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20354027

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Hello, I’ve heard of Thermography to detect pain. It’s invasive, no radiation. Not sure if it can detect ALS. What kind of pain or problems are you experiencing?

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Here is a little info about a nerve conduction study. Ive had them – not very uncomfortable at all. They confirmed a diagnosis of Muscular Dystrophy 2 in my case – so they are very effective at ruling in or ruling out issues.

“Electromyogram (EMG). Your doctor inserts a needle electrode through your skin into various muscles. The test evaluates the electrical activity of your muscles when they contract and when they're at rest.

Abnormalities in muscles seen in an EMG can help doctors diagnose or rule out ALS. An EMG can also help guide your exercise therapy.”

The above is from the link that was shared earlier by John:
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20354027
A good link for an explanation of the procedure:
https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/emg/about/pac-20393913
Also here is a good link that describes the procedure in good detail and what to expect:
https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/treatment-tests-and-therapies/electromyography-emg
Peace
Larry H.

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