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This test can be slightly painful but it offers a look at your large fiber nerve function. I have had the nerve conduction test and the needle test more times than I can count, without taking off my shoes ;). I have never been so uncomfortable I have asked the tester to stop.

The pain of the test is far outweighed by the data that it provides. The tester will place electrodes on your legs and feet and direct electric shocks into your leg and foot that these electrodes will pick up. You will feel a brief spasm of the muscle with the shock that is not that bad.

The needle test, which you probably not have, is performed by a neurologist who places an electrode on your foot and then uses a slender needle that is inserted in your leg at different spots and a small current is then run through the needle. The needle is so slender that it will not even draw blood.

SFN is a different test.

Good luck and look forward to the outcome of your tests.

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