You should try to find out the name of the test.
The "normal" tests for MS nerve problems are:
- EMG/Nerve Conduction Velocity Test
- EEG and long-term EEG monitoring
- Transcranial Dopplers
- Evoked Potentials
- Intraoperative Monitoring
The results from those specific tests, usually combined, can help to pinpoint the appropriate dx:
You didn't have needles inserted or anything, did you? The test he might have done would be a "nerve conduction study". Although more sensitive, it is not yet an accepted dx tool.
"Compared to traditional needle EMG, nerve conduction studies are relatively simple to set up and perform, and I would say that although they require a reasonable amount of training and experience, it's nowhere near that required for traditional needle EMG,"
"Traditional EMG, by comparison, is a specific test, but not a sensitive test. "It requires that the patient be pretty far down the road with a neurologic condition before it starts showing up. We do get a lot of false negatives," says Dr. Ferezy. "The nerve conduction studies are more sensitive. There, you're directly testing the nerve. By running electricity through it and measuring the electricity at certain points, you can tell if the conduction is slowed by entrapment. Nerve conduction tests are far easier to understand and interpret-and the results are clearer. If it's supposed to conduct at 3.2 milliseconds and it conducts at 5.2, you don't have to be Einstein to know that it's slowed down."
"... surface EMG has yet to prove its mettle as a diagnostic test. "It's not to say that in the future there may not be some good information we can glean, but right now, it's too early as a science to get good clinical information from it. I think some of the work that's being done in how muscle groups fire-and when they fire-in certain tasks is probably going to be among the more useful information that comes out of surface EMG, but right now that's experimental. . . . Still, paraspinal surface EMG remains one of the diagnostic instruments heavily marketed to doctors of chiropractic. You can hardly pick up a journal in the field without finding at least one advertisement for the tool."