An electroencephalogram is a test done to look at your brain's electrical activity. It is also known as an EEG. It gives details about your brain. It looks at brain wave patterns. This test helps your doctor learn about your brain and any problems you may have. Your doctor may be looking for:
The results will help your doctor understand if you have a problem with your brain. Together you can make a plan for more care.
Ask your doctor what you need to do when you go home. Make sure you understand everything the doctor says. This way you will know what you need to do.
Your doctor will give you the results of your test. Be sure to keep these visits. Ask your doctor when you will talk about the test results.
Electromyography is also called EMG. It is a test that measures the electrical activity of the muscles while at rest and when you move. Your doctor may also do other tests at the same time. This will help your doctor see if there are any problems with the way your nerves and muscles work together. Doctors order this test to learn more about signs like numbness and tingling. They may also order it if you have muscle problems like weakness, pain, or cramping.
Your doctor will learn more about what is causing your muscle problems. This will help your doctor decide if you need more treatment.
The nerves in our body make the muscles move. This lets us feel different sensations such as touch, pain, and temperature. Nerves have electrical signals that are sent to and from the brain. When there is a slowing of these signals, the body may not work the normal way. There may be muscle weakness and no ability to move the muscles at all. You may not be able to feel sensations well. This most often happens when nerves are damaged or there are other movement problems. A nerve conduction test measures the signals in your nerves.
Many times, this test is done at the same time as an electromyelogram. An electromyelogram or EMG is a test done with needles to test how your muscles are working.
The signals measured in the test will help the doctor figure out what is causing your health problem. If your nerve is damaged, the signal will be slower and weaker.
Your doctor will give you the results of your test. Together you can make a plan for more care. Your doctor may send you to physical therapy or occupational therapy to help with your problem.
There are no problems from this test.