Originally Posted by Angus
I've had EMG 10-12 times as part of an autoimmune condition. It's not that bad- pretty much as topaz described. Some of it depends on how rough the physician is, but no matter what, it's not awful and you'll get through it. It isn't torture.
Unless they hit a nerve. Ouch.
That's where your a good portion of your back pain is coming from now, by the way. Longer term usage of oxycontin (or other opiates) ends up contributing more to the pain that it relieves- it depends on how long you've been on it, though. Gabapentin is great though, if it is working for you.
How do you know they "botched" the surgery? Sucks.
I've got a new group of surgeons working on me now, after the head surgeon at the group that did my surgeries mysteriously got FIRED.
When I went to the new group, they took one look at my files and determined that I spent the last three years being a "guinea pig" for these other quacks. They pointed out all the mistakes and showed me the damage that was caused.
As for the Oxy, I have good days and bad days. I use 5mg Oxycodone for breakthrough pain, and time released oxy twice a day, plus the Gabapentin three times a day (800mg x 3!!).
When the first group decided to try acupuncture, the tech put one of the needles in and I felt it slide along the nerve. One of the worst feelings you could imagine. I've had increased pain in my legs ever since, and fall randomly several times a week. My hips just stop working and lock up. Even worse when it gets cold. Winter is now my mortal enemy.
After the first group was done with me, my pain was much worse than when they started. They wouldn't admit to it, of course, but as soon as my symptoms got bad, they stopped returning my calls. Then I found out that the guy that did all these crazy "tests" and basically flipped a coin to decide what to do next, was fired from the practice. My guess is to avoid a malpractice suit from someone else, or possibly even me.
The new group has all but come straight out and said the words, that I was experimented on and that they botched the fusion.
So I'm left, at 42, with the spine of a 90 year old. When the pain is at it's worst, I can feel every needle and every incision, every paper it I've ever had. And the only thing that helps, is marijuana, which unfortunately isn't legal yet in PA.