Nerve Conduction Test

November 10, 2011 at 6:57 pm

My local neurologist performed a Nerve Conduction Test in his office early in my diagnosis. He said it was completely normal.

Later, when I went up to Johns Hopkins for a second opinion they sent me to their folks who re-did the Nerve Conduction Test. This one was in a very advanced setting with obviously more sophisticated equipment. It was actually pretty painful when they stuck the needles in my legs.

The results were totally abnormal. My Hopkins Neuro couldn’t understand how the first test from my local Neuro could possible have been “normal.”

So… there are Nerve Conduction Tests and then there are other Nerve Conduction Tests.

Good luck with the diagnosis.

Nerve Conduction Test

February 25, 2011 at 10:27 am

When I was going to my hometown neuro trying to figure out the cause of my leg/foot weakness, he did a Nerve Conduction Test in his office. Took about 15 minutes and he used some kind of Oscilloscope. Seemed 1960ish to me and he said I tested normal.
After going to Hopkins and having a 30 minute test in a room with lots of high tech equipment (and kind of painful), they said there was no way I could have tested normal on any kind of Nerve Conduction test. After a mildly elevated protein level on my spinal tap and a clean brain MRI, I was diagnosed with CIDP and have been on IVIG (and an unsuccessful try at Cellcept) for the last 1 1/2 years. The IVIG treatments work for me. I’m not back to normal but much better.
So that free NCV you got was probably worth what they charge for it. I’m really lucky with my insurance as the Hopkins tests and treatments are certainly not cheap.

Good luck with your quest.