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Electromyography

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

Electromyography (EMG) is a test that measures the electrical activity of your muscles at rest and during motion. An EMG also tests the electrical activity of the nerves that control your muscles.

DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS:

Medicines:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) medicine decrease swelling and pain or fever. This medicine can be bought with or without a doctor's order. This medicine can cause stomach bleeding or kidney problems in certain people. If you take blood thinner medicine, always ask your primary healthcare provider (PHP) if NSAIDs are safe for you. Always read the medicine label and follow the directions on it before using this medicine.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your PHP if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Heat:

Heat helps decrease pain and muscle spasms. Apply heat on the area for 15 to 20 minutes, 3 to 4 times each day or as directed.

Follow up with your PHP as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Contact your PHP if:

  • You have a fever.
  • The skin where the needles were inserted is red, swollen, and draining pus.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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