Nerve Conduction Studies

Question: I’m going for a Carpal Tunnel Release operation on Monday in the hope that it will help. I had the right one done in May ’98 but unfortunately I am still having problems with it. I am not sure if it’s Carpal Tunnel Syndrome now though so I will be going for nerve conduction tests (ouch!) soon.
I’ve just received ky appointment for nerve conduction studies – after waiting since October last year I am going in a couple of weeks’ time. Can anyone tell me what to expect. I didn’t like the sound of the ouch in this earlier email! Will it hurt? What will it show if anything?

Answer 1:  I had nerve conduction tests on both wrists a week last Friday. Two electrodes are placed one wrist (sticky pads as on an ecg ) & a small loop of wire is placed around a finger .Electricity is passed between the electrodes & the loop found the finger and the result is viewed & saved by computer in graph form . This is repeated on all four fingers & thumb. From these tests you can tell if the impulses are travelling at the correct speed, if they are too slow it is conclusive proof that you have CPS.
As far as pain goes it was not too bad however it was considerably more  painful in my left hand than right .However it is nothing compared to a  steroid injection into the carpal tunnel. I had one of these about 15 years ago & was standing at the time. I probably would have passed out, but as I was standing I was thinking if I collapse the needle will probably snap

Answer 2:  [I’ve just received my appointment for nerve conduction studies – after waiting since October last year I am going in a couple of weeks’ time. Can anyone tell me what to expect. I didn’t like the sound of the ouch in this earlier email! Will it hurt? What will it show if anything?]
Further to the previous e-mail, basically they are putting an electric current through your nerves to see how fast it goes and whether there are any blockages. I suppose it’s a bit like using those Slendertone pads to tone up your muscles! It’s not that bad but at the strongest current it makes you physically twitch a bit! Don’t let what I said previously put you off going to the appointment, it’s worth the slight pain if you are going to get the right diagnosis.
Good luck

Answer 3:  I agree about going to the appointment. I was sent along as a ruling out exercise. It did slightly upset things for a day or so but this was nothing to the relief I felt when I was told all was clear – or I’m sure to the relief I would have felt if I had at last had a diagnosis and therefore a direction for how to get treated.

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