Whilst I was in the tunnel I decided to ask them if they'd got any good images I could use on me christmas cards, but I forgot after the injection hoo haa, probably for the best, not the best joke I've ever come up with, but yes, I'm also very curious as to what all my insides look like!
All the best for your neuro appt. and results, my appt. is a few days after yours, so we'll have to compare notes again!
The tests were ok, blummin long day what with hospital transport and all. Mind you, door to door delivery for free - can't complain!
Thought I'd describe the tests in case anybody else is going for them and is interested.
I had the SSEP first (Somatosensory Evoked Potential) which is to check what happens to the messages between my hands/feet and my brain. The very attractive man measured my head, made marks and stuck electrodes on my head and neck, maybe 5 or 6 I think? Leaving my hair looking fairly haystacky! The exfoliating stuff he used to be sure the electrodes picked up clear signals was a lil uncomfy, and it did take off the top layer of skin in a few places, but compare the discomfort of that to joint pains and it was nothing. The grazes will heal up in no time, I didn't realise I had grazes till afterwards. I didn't much enjoy having him push in different directions on my head (poor bendy neck), but I didn't have to say/do much for him to start getting more gentle with me, and he did indeed get progressively more gentle as the test went on, good stuff, observant man more than communicative me!
When he tested my arms I had electrodes on my shoulder and forearm too, and he strapped on a lil thing which gave me teeny electric shocks in my wrist, just enough to make my thumb and a couple of fingers twitch. The electrodes on arm, shoulder, neck and brain picked up the signal as it passed through my body. There was a medical student there who helpfully chatted to the guy about it and I did my best to eavesdrop, it sounded as though my signalling through my arms was normal, but the guy did emphasise that everyone is different. Though I did expect a normal result for my arms as they are fine.
For my legs, they took electrodes off my forearm and shoulder and stuck them behind my knees and put the shocks into my ankle, making my toes and arch twitch. They chatted for longer over the results of my legs, I overheard all sorts of electrical terms, but couldn't quite hear well enough to understand what they were saying, how annoying, but the med student did exclaim 'how interesting' at one point... Interesting legs eh?! Heh heh heh. So it looks as though that test may have picked something up.
The EMG (Electromyography) was interesting. I liked the consultant who performed the test very much indeed, he was excellent at distracting me from what he was up to which saved a lot of time and worry I reckon, as there was nothing to worry about in the slightest. There were quick fire questions as he strapped electrodes to my legs and put a few minor shocks in (enough to twitch my muscles, but not enough to move anything) then all of a sudden, he made a swift movement, and he'd only gone and chucked a needle into my leg like a dart!
Twas a very fine needle indeed, and there was no pain from it at all on it's way in or out, even though it went in deep enough to get into the meat of my muscle. I reckon if you were worried about needles you'd only have to look the other way and you wouldn't have a clue they were using needles at all! He also tested my leg strength, apparently they're a bit weak, but taking into account how bad my walking has been for the last 6 months that's quite understandable. He told me then and there that my peripheral nerves are fine, so that's good.
I think that's everything.
Take it easy,