The Bradykinesia (slow walking) continues, so today I went to UAB in Birmingham and had a Nerve Conduction Velocity Test, a complete Jolly’s Test, and an EMG (Electromyogram). It took 3 hours to complete all the testing, and that involved some fairly uncomfortable electrical stimulation in the Nerve Conduction Test and some very uncomfortable electrical shocks during the Jolly Test. The EMG is mildly uncomfortable, but they did that last, and by then I was so stressed and tired that it was not pleasant, either.
I’ve had variations of these tests before, so at least I knew about what to expect. I’m glad I didn’t realize ahead of time that I was having the Jolly Test, as it was extremely painful last time. It still wasn’t easy, but it wasn’t as bad as it was the first time I had it done. This test was more complete than the other Jolly Test I had, testing the eyelid muscles, the neck muscles, as well as the hand and arm muscles. The NCVT was done on my right leg and arm, as was the EMG.
A technician did the NCVT and Jolly Test, but two doctors did the EMG. They said the NCVT and Jolly Test looked normal, but the EMG showed signs of polyphasia. I tried researching that, but couldn’t tell much about what that meant, and of course they didn’t elaborate. They said it would be up to the Neuromuscular Specialist to decide if I needed a muscle biopsy, based on the results of these tests.
So, we still don’t know anything, but maybe in a couple of weeks we’ll get some indication of what the specialist thinks might be going on. We sure hope so.