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What Is Nerve Test?

By August 23, 2012 - 8:00pm
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Hi, I've been having tingling,burning and numbing sensations throughout my legs because of a bug bite and I'm doing much better but I still do have these sensations in me which comes and goes a lot. I've been to neurologist for all this and I had a bunch of blood test done and told me everything is normal. She told me if blood test is normal she will do a nerve test, I want to know what is a nerve test exactly and is it anything painful? Can a nerve test show the problem I have if yes what will the doctor do to get all these sensations to go away? Please let me know soon.

Thank You,

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Thanks I do know you just cleared my mind. I'm actually kind of scared of this test. I hope it all goes well.


August 24, 2012 - 1:01pm
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Hi Melissa6666,

Welcome back!

In this test, electrical signals are sent down specific nerves of the arms or legs, where an electrode placed on the skin detects the electrical impulse ‘down stream’ from the first. The nerve is stimulated with a tiny electrical current at one point. A nerve stimulator placed over the nerve supplies the nerve with a very mild electrical impulse. This electrical activity is recorded by the recording skin electrode. When this happens, you will feel a tingling sensation that may or may not be uncomfortable. Between the brief shocks you will not feel discomfort. The distance between the skin electrodes and the time it takes for electrical impulses to travel between electrodes is used to calculate the speed of the nerve signal.  You need to discuss with your doctor the type of treatments in treating this condition. 



August 24, 2012 - 4:03am
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