ew, the emg was that that fun thing with the metal probe they jam into your muscles? i had that too, in the early phase of investigation.
ms or not, take some magnesium jenn
600mg mag citrate per day.
and take an epsom salts bath, i recently realized, thanks to NHE, that that's mag sulfate which has been used IV against tetanus.
spastic muscles and numbness will certainly be chalked up to ms if that's what they decide, but there could be so many other things causing you trouble that it's hard to say.
against the numbness, think about b12, iron, stuff like that. any possibilities you could be short.
hope that helps
The lovely thing about numbness is that an EMG is really no big deal. Especially after you've given birth enough times ; - ).
I've been taking Mag Citrate 400 mg sporadically -- took it for a while to see if it helped with irreg hb, I think maybe it did, I quit (went on vacation, forgot to bring it with me), was good for a while longer, irreg hb came back, I started it up again, irreg hb went away. So yay for mag citrate. B12 I'm taking too (part of a bcomplex thing), and fish oil, and when I remember a generic calcium supplement (it's in another room from the other three). I really don't think iron level is a problem, it has been consistently good over the past few years (gets monitored a lot with pg and postpartum) including this past year, and I get plenty of iron in the diet.
So any thoughts on whether the apparent relationship between muscle tension and numbness is ms-ish or not? If I were to summarize, maybe to make it clearer:
Things that make my fingers feel stiff, thick, numbish:
-sitting still for a long time
-swinging my arms while walking
-sometimes no explanation
Things that make it better:
-moving around to loosen up shoulders
-sometimes nothing makes any difference
-sometimes it is better and it doesn't matter what I do, it stays better.
Things that make forearm feel weak:
-using it in a normal way, when it has decided it does not want to be used in a normal way. (brushing teeth, pushing baby stroller, etc)
- Usually coincides with spells when the fingers are prone to getting numb, but actually happens way less often.
Is that clearer? There's a list for the foot/leg that is about the same. (Obviously, I don't brush my teeth with my leg, lol.)
What do you think - consistent with MS? not consistent with MS? don't really know?