Is an emg required to diagnose bfs?

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Is an emg required to diagnose bfs?

Postby garetharn on March 21st, 2014, 6:37 am

First of all I would like to thank the people who take the time to run this board because it has helped me with my anxiety so much.
I have had constant twitching in my calves 24/7 for the last five months I also get the odd twitches in my abdomen and back areas, other symptoms I have which I put down to anxiety is tinglin in my hands, slight shortness of breath and a bad neck. When I visited my neurologist back in December he checked my reflexes, done strength tests etc and diagnosed me with bfs. Can he make this diagnosis without performing an emg?
The problem I have is I start to come to terms and accept bfs, all is good and then the next thing I know my anxiety has gone through the roof for no reason and I start worrying about the dreaded illness we all fear.

Any advice would be most grateful
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Re: Is an emg required to diagnose bfs?

Postby ShawnW on March 21st, 2014, 8:24 am

No.

An EMG is needed to verify what the neurologist already knows.

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Re: Is an emg required to diagnose bfs?

Postby garetharn on March 21st, 2014, 9:10 am

Thanks for your reply Shawn that makes me feel better , I was a little concerned because most people suffering with bfs seems to have had a emg.
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Re: Is an emg required to diagnose bfs?

Postby ShawnW on March 21st, 2014, 10:04 am

garetharn wrote:Thanks for your reply Shawn that makes me feel better , I was a little concerned because most people suffering with bfs seems to have had a emg.
That is because we are neurotic and the neurologist conducts an EMG for our benefit not for any real diagnostic reasons.
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Re: Is an emg required to diagnose bfs?

Postby MarioMangler on March 21st, 2014, 12:15 pm

Yep. Most EMGs are done either because the patient demanded one and decided to pay for it, or a doctor ordered one to shut them up. Very few people here have ever truly actually needed one. And even fewer of that subset have actually ever learned anything from it.
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