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: Hello doctor, I am concerned about the symptoms caused by ALS. I have muscle twitching in my right leg and foot, calf, thigh, knee, and foot. Along with tingling and popping sensation in feet, I have weakness type feeling in my right leg and foot (which appears to be thinner than my left leg). Plea...  Read Full »


Dr. Aida Quka

Neurologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I passed carefully through your question and reviewed your uploaded photos (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and would explain that as two recent EMG have resulted normal. We can completely exclude ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) in your situation....  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 »

What do recurrent muscular fasiculation indicate, ALS or MND?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 25-year-old male. I have had muscle twitches all around my body but primarily in my legs for three months. I had the same twitches last year which lasted about a month. The twitches seemed to subside shortly after I had an EMG done as I was petrified and convinced that it could...  Read Full »


Dr. Prakashkumar P Bhatt

Internal Medicine Physician, General Medicine Physician, Neurologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your history and events. I wish to know more about muscle twisting. Which parts of the body are affected? Are those twisting and painful? Is there any stiffness in limbs? Is your illness affecting your activities of daily living or occupation?  Read Full »

Apart from ALS, which other conditions cause muscle twitching?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 24 year old female. For the last three days, I have noticed continuous twitches on the thenar aspect of my right palm. Today, I searched on the internet and it showed it could be ALS. I am worried. Also, I noticed that my right thenar prominence is a little less than the left. I do...  Read Full »


Dr. Rajyaguru

Neuro Surgeon, Neurologist, Spine Surgeon

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I do not think this to be ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). ALS will have little more extensive twitches and at times they are visible on the muscle surface and a number of muscles having the flaccid type of weakness. Fasciculation only for three days without any weak...  Read Full »

I am getting constant twitching in my right biceps consistently without a break. Please help

Query: Hello doctor, For almost two months, I am having widespread fasciculations. It started from my right arm and became widespread. After some time, I began to notice my right shoulder, and knee started to get fatigued quickly. I have visited my primary doctor so many times until I was given a referral...  Read Full »


Dr. Aida Quka

Neurologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I reviewed, and I am glad to confirm that we can exclude any possible motor neuron disease, neuropathy, or muscle disorder. I would recommend checking vitamin D, plasma levels for possible deficiency, and thyroid hormone levels for possible thyroid gland dysfunction....  Read Full »

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