This is the HTML version of a message I posted to Ixion on 21st July 2000, discussing the nerve conductivity test I had in my left shoulder:
Re: Bupa etc.
> e.g. I had electric
> needles stuck in my body yesterday, 180 quid.
Simon Crouch wrote:
> I don't know, you EKS, it's just one pleasure seeking experience after
> another isn't it :o)
It wasn't as evil as I thought ... they didn't stick them in my neck (as I'd thought), it was just the nerves going through my neck (shirley they all do?) they were testing, so I had half a dozen in my shoulder, one in my arm for a laugh, and one in my pectoral. The needles are really really thin, so they mostly felt like a little flick on the skin when they were going in, and I didn't feel the electric at all. Only the one in my pectoral felt needley. I didn't like it when he jiggled that around ...
Bod had a wikkid machine, a 2-foot-cube which was essentially a BFO oscilloscope with (no exaggeration) 100 dials & buttons & stuff. He said they had newer machines now, but this was his favourite - it was a ShiteOldEMG! He put the needle into a muscle and moved it around, watching the screen and listening to the audio (from the machine, not from me) until it was telling him ... whatever it was he wanted to know.
All seemed a bit point(haha)less to me, but I guess that's why I don't get 180 quid for half an hour.
Richard Seabert wrote:
> I'd do [it] for free, couple of knitting needles and a jump lead :-)
I assumed that was the NHS version, but Robin Szemeti said it wouldn't work (like that ever stops the NHS!): apparently you need volts not current. It seems to be something he's tried before - he recommended a big capacitator for the job. Apparently Elaine has it done for fun, I spose when they're testing new volts out.
 I know. Tried to find a way of making it "incapacitator", but got bored thinking about it :-)
I've had a bang on the head.