Emg

EMG, otherwise called electromyography, is a diagnostic test done to assess the electrical activity produced by the muscles and the nerves that supply these muscles. The nerves carry signals to the muscles, which makes them contract or relax. This test is done to diagnose the cause of tingling sensation, muscle weakness, numbness, and limb pain.

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Are muscle twitching in arms, legs and shoulders with balance problem symptoms of ALS?

Query: Hi doctor,I am concerned regarding the symptoms of ALS. I have muscle twitching in my right leg, foot, calf, thigh, and knee. Along with tingling and popping sensations, I have a weakness-type feeling in my right leg and foot. Kindly go through the attachment. I also have twitching in my left arm, s...  Read Full »


Dr. Aida Quka

Neurologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through the attached photo (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Your EMG (electromyography) is normal. We can exclude ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) in your case. It is necessary to do some investigations to rule out the possible cause....  Read Full »

Is my twitching due to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis?

Query: Hi doctor, About two weeks ago, I started having twitching in the front of my right calf. The next four days, it began to spread to my left calf and thighs. Sporadically I will get them on peck, shoulder, triceps, back near the armpit, and shoulder blade. My lower body nearly always twitches, whi...  Read Full »


Dr. Aida Quka

Neurologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern and explain that a normal EMG (electromyography) excludes ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). The lack of weakness too. For this reason, I think that your symptoms are related to anxiety. Nevertheless, I would recommend checking thyroid hormon...  Read Full »

Why do I keep getting muscle twitches, especially after I masturbate?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 19-year-old male, my height is 6'2 and weight is 314 lbs. I have been dealing with muscle twitching for several years. I have been to a doctor and a neurologist, and they have not been able to find the reason for my issue. I get seven to eight hours of sleep a night, and I do not ...  Read Full »


Dr. Hitesh Kumar

Neurologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I would like to know some further details about your symptoms: Since when you started to have these twitchings? How many years? In which body parts you get these twitches? As you mentioned, it has been since many years, are these twitching increasing with time or is...  Read Full »

Could autoimmune disorder present with chronic fatigue, memory loss and hypothyroidism?

Query: Hi doctor, Before two years, I had some preexisting conditions. I had fibromyalgia, polyneuropathy, macular pucker in both the eyes, hypothyroidism, osteoarthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulitis, candidiasis, pelvic floor dyssynergia, and arterial hypertension. I had collagenosis and I g...  Read Full »


Dr. Parth R Goswami

Family Physician, General Practitioner, Hematologist, Pathologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is impossible for me to give a single diagnosis after reading your history. You can have some form of autoimmune disorder for which autoimmune disease workup can be planned. ANA (antinuclear antibody) investigation can be done preliminarily to check for autoimmune di...  Read Full »

Is EMG test reliable in detecting ALS?

Query: Hello doctor, I was smoking weed for almost six years daily. Last July, I stopped, and then I started to have panic attacks with heart palpitation. I went to a cardiologist and everything was fine. But since then I became so anxious and I was aware of everything going on in my body. After that, I s...  Read Full »


Dr. Upendra K Shah

Neurologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand the problem you are facing, it is partly due to anxiety and partly due to nerve and muscle hyperactivity. Coming to your specific questions: Yes, fasciculations and weakness in ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) come together, actually, weakness comes f...  Read Full »

I always have a dull unilateral headache. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, Three weeks ago, I had headache in late night. I managed to sleep, but it was still there in the morning. It was unilateral headache on the left side of my head. Pain is in my temporal area which sometimes radiates across my cheek and even down my jaw, as well as on the top left of my...  Read Full »


Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. My main concern here would be trigeminal cephalgia, the most common being trigeminal neuralgia. Trigeminal neuralgia is a sharp shooting unilateral headache that becomes extremely worse with nerve irritation that could be caused by shaving, brushing (hair or teeth...  Read Full »

Can hyperreflexia be neurological?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 37 years old. Three years ago I had spine surgery for herniated disc L5-S1. After the surgery strange symptoms began. Four hours after surgery when I tried to sleep I got myoclonic jerks. Then I had problem with ligaments. My ligaments started to stretch so easily that I began ...  Read Full »


Dr. Lalit Bansal

Paediatrician, Neurologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. With MRI brain, spine, EMG (electromyography) and genetic workup being normal, it seems unlikely to be neurological. One think to look at would be what anesthetic agents or medicine you received during your surgery. If it has any long term such side effects then please p...  Read Full »

I am concerned about my Bell's palsy recurrence. Shall I start steroids and Acyclovir?

Query: Hello doctor, I had Bell's palsy before few months, and it resolved within two months. I was treated by a neurologist then. But now I feel that my taste buds are blunt and I cannot taste very well, within the past day or so. I have no other symptoms of Bell's palsy yet, but this is how it started b...  Read Full »


Dr. Bharat Patodiya

Family Physician, General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Internal Medicine Physician, Medical Oncologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. Try finding any other cause of taste loss like consumption of any drug like Metronidazole. If you are sure that no other cause explains it then I will suggest to get NCV (nerve conduction velocity), EMG (electromyography) test because ...  Read Full »

According to my EMG report, it there any problem in my peripheral nervous system?

Query: Hello doctor, My EMG report is as follows. Pelvic EMG: Pudendal nerve motor latency: left 1.9 and right 2.4. EMG: Bulbocavernosus muscle and anal sphincter shows denervation with reinnervation and anal sphincter shows high voltage polyphasic potentials. Does this imply a problem in the peripheral...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary

Andrologist, General Practitioner, Geriatrician, Psychiatrist, Psychologist Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Sexologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concerns. Tests of any nature are interpreted with clinical information and it is almost never possible to interpret results without clinical information. The same is applicable for isolated information of electromyography (EMG). I fe...  Read Full »

C8 radiculopathy confirmed by EMG but not in MRI. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a female, 30 years old. Questions: 1) How and why do I have all symptoms of c8 radiculopathy confirmed by EMG but not reflective of MRI- c7/t1 normal? 2) What else if anything could cause c8 radiculopathy in last 2 digits per my imaging that would explain this medically? 3) Wha...  Read Full »


Dr. Atul Prakash

Fitness Expert, Orthopaedician And Traumatologist, Physiotherapist, Spine Health Specialist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You do have chronic C8 radiculopathy from your detailed description. The reason for mismatch between NCV / EMG findings and MRI can be explained on the basis of a pre-fixed or a post-fixed brachial plexus where in the nerve exiting the C7-T1 inter space is actually car...  Read Full »

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