Nerve conduction study experience part 1
Something new for this patient. A nerve conduction study. You see, I was supposed to be in the process of getting a spinal cord stimulator trial, but my insurance denied it as well as the following appeal. It was determined that I had to undergo a nerve conduction study. Even if you’re medically inclined, meaning you’ve had education, earned a degree, and have the added bonus of unofficial training, this can sound a little scary. For me, it was, even after everything I’ve been through medically since October of 2013. But let’s break it down.
Merriam-Webster defines, “nerve” as: any of the filamentous bands of nervous tissue that connect parts of the nervous system with the other organs, conduct nerve impulses, and are made up of axons and dendrites together with protective and supportive structures. Merriam-Webster defines, “conduction” as: transmission through or by means of a conductor; also : the transfer of heat through matter by communication of kinetic energy from particle to particle with no net displacement of the particles or the transmission of excitation through living tissue and especially nervous tissue. Lastly, the Merriam-Webster definition of, “study” is defined as: application of the mental faculties to the acquisition of knowledge.
Yep, still scary sounding. My experience with the clinic that did it didn’t help my “nerves” one bit. Let’s start from the beginning.
I was supposed to hear from the neurological clinic within a couple days of receiving the referral. It was sent over on a Thursday morning and by the following Tuesday morning, I hadn’t heard anything, so I called them and ended up having to leave a message and wait. Imagine doing this while fighting fibromyalgia flare-ups, Adult Still’s Disease symptoms, lumbar stenosis pain radiating down to the toes of both legs, and thoracic spine arthritis pain. My hopes were high for the spinal cord stimulator trial. I also hoped that this nerve conduction study would bring me another step closer to getting it. Luckily, I heard back that afternoon from one of the nurses. She found my referral and was able to schedule me for that Thursday. Sounds good, right? It did, until she mentioned that my referral only had my name and phone number. Nothing else. This was not a great start.
Next…day of the nerve conduction study.