hi everyone, i'm glad i'm not facing this matter alone. I too experienced these strange feelings like electric starting from my head then going down thru neck to the whole body. i can't remember when it starts but then i somehow can control it when to 'appear' and how long i wan it to be as long as i concentrate... sounds weird right? but it is... and i just felt its 'gently' moving thru the body, no pain.
I know how you feel, I have suffered with debilitating electric shocks down to my left heel, left side of left foot or back of left knee for 12 years since nerve damage to my L5/S1 from a failed partial discectomy operation. It starts with the odd shock and builds up to 5 shocks in one minute before subsiding again, the whole thing takes 9 hours before I'm back to normal - pretty horrible. Most doctors have never heard of it and one neurologist tried to tell me I had epilepsy of the lower spine (hooey). I haven't found any drugs that help and am not someone who likes to rely on pharmaceuticals anyway. Sorry I have no better news for you.
To: Everyone who is going through the horrible zapps and zinging pain
I have had the horrible electrical shots of pain (feels like lightning) running through mainly my left limb. Sometimes other parts of my body, but mainly my limbs. For those of you who are experiencing something like this and still have not found a solution, stretch your hamstrings. I don't mean stretch just one time, but stretch your hamstrings religiously. Stretch them while you watch TV.
I am a licensed massage therapist and still have not been able to find a doctor who can identify what is causing these shocks of pain (which seem to come out of no where).
If you search on YouTube for Hamstring stretches you will find some great how to videos. I stretch my hamstring many different ways. Using a towel works miracles (YouTube it), as well as the butterfly stretch.
Also being diagnosed with Fibro for the past 3 years I have these shocking sensations. Mine go up my right shoulder blade to my brain... They hurt so bad I cant help but YELL OWWEE and gettingstrange looks ( i try to now but its uncontrollable) with tears people just stare. They hurt bad I never know when they will come and how long! I didnt know they were fibro related untill I read your post.. Thanks :( makes me sad tho i was hoping there was something that could be done!
I too have the electric shock sensation with headaches, dizziness and light-headedness and now with tingling /numbness of my lower lip . I dont normally suffer from headaches but recently i have had headaches almost all day. i had a CT brain today results on friday...Will update you
I'm a 26 year old male. I recently began having these weird sensations again. Originally, it only affected my right side. My arm would get tense, my leg would feel dead, weak, tense, like i have no control over it. For a good 10-15 seconds, randomly, normally when I'd stand up, stretch out, do some kind of motor activity, and then it would slowly fade away and I'd be back to normal. They got more severe and intense and even affected my vision in my right eye during each instance. I would lose focus of vision in just the affected side. I went to a neuro and they had no clue as to anything. They thought it could be early signs of MS, which scared me. After countless MRI's they determined it was due to an AVM, more particularly a capillary telangiectasia that was pressed up against my brain stem, and when blood flow would change it would cause the sensations. After a few months the symptoms started to ween and eventually they were gone completely. They also found no sign of the telangiectasia anymore. They had no clue as to anything, from my opinion. That was about 3 years ago. I thought everything was fine, until just recently the symptoms started coming back, only this time, it was on my left side. Started off very infrequently, only in my left leg...would tense up but also feel like it was being shocked and having a very intense spasm. The symptoms are more frequent now, and much stronger, now affecting my arm as well with the tingling, tense sensation, lasting for 10-15 seconds. I personally think this may be some advanced form of RLS, but that's me being optimistic. I have an appointment with the same neuro center at the end of this month, although there is a new doctor there now than before. As the symptoms have become worse, I've started looking for more answers on my own which led me here. I have never heard of Lhermitte's sign until now and am going to bring this up when I go to the neuro. The list of possible causes I have are, early MS, Lhermitte's, Fibromyalgia, and severe RLS. I was wondering if anyone here could help possibly shed some more light for me as to what might be the cause? These sensations are really starting to disturb my well being and I am become rather depressed by them as they become more frequent and more intense. It kind of hurts when I have the 'instances' as I call them, like a weird pain. I'm just looking for answers. I hope you can help. My email is ***@****. Please send any information you can there, or reply here. I'll be checking back. Thank you.
I would like to say Welcome to our forum. I'm not sure if you noticed but this is an old post which people don't usually see. If u don't mind starting a new post and u should get a lot of replys. People here are very supportive and will help u the best they can. It's nice to meet you.
Good luck and I wish u all the best. Oh, one more thing u put your email address on here which medhelp acrosses out because your not allowed to post email address on here...... Sorry, so nobody will see that so they can't respond to it.
Please start your own post so we can help u and get to know your situation.
Hang in there........ We will help u through this process its not easy.
I know what this is like-- I'm feeling this strange sensation up and down my neck, spine, back and post-trapazious area. Up until now I thought I was going crazy- I feel isolated it is hard to explain to anyone what it is like. I have had C5-C7 fusion 10/09- This started really bad about a year ago. The MD states nothing wrong. Neurotin doesn't seem to help.
I have shocking sensations in my abdoman and in my thumb and middle finger all at the same time, It dose it any where from two to three times a week and may last for 30 minutes off and on at a time. Some times it happens in my right side of my back and the left forearm simultaniously as the other sensations do. I am baffled at what could be causing this to happen. DOSE ANYBODY HAVE OR KNOW ANYONE WIYH THESE SYMPTOMS?
Please, you truly made my day. thanks for making me laugh it cannot stop. Well I am having the same shocking sensation especially when bending my head but not the zap,zap mine is more like zeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee very anoying.
I have M.S. and didn't know to expect this. M.S. is different for everyone. I get those shocks too. It's actually scarey, embarassing and painful at the same time. You don't know what's going on. You don't know if maybe this time your body jerked and people saw, now making you the eye of the circus. It's not real painful, but annoying and you just want it to stop. I haven't found anything I can do to stop or prevent it. Usually, by the time I get these, I'm fed up and just want to cry. I just want to feel normal again. I know how you feel. I get them all over my body.
sheeeeze i am getting it frequently lately... it started like on very rare events and lasts for few seconds only. now its happening daily and longer. were u diagnosed or checked yet? we have exactly the same from the left eye to the head. its really bothering me but scared me to have it checked
hello everyone.i have recently been told i have TM..transverse mylites..dont know if thats spelled right lol..possibly MS..going in for a second MRI of the brain and cervical spine in may..this all started about a month ago nowhadin in the back of my neck which turned out on my first MRI to be a lesson in my spine.my whole body went numb from my upper chest down to my toes being my lesson is so high C4..since then my lower body has gotten better my feet calves thighs up to my wasit are back to normal..i still have numb hands lower back and abdomin (abdomen).just yesterday while going to get lunch i went to tie my sneaker looked down and got a shock thorugh my body like i got struck by lightning..its scary yes i know..i also get a vibrating feeling when ever i hit any part of my body..call my doc says it my be a sign of MS..I SO TIRED of hearing it my be this it my be that,,cant get a straight answer bout anything...i wish you all the best of luck..i found the best way to deal with this is to be positive keep you spirts up dont let it get the better of you..time is on our side
I haven't had one in a while. I also get the sensation of falling right before it happens as if I am passing out. There is a dream like quality about it. Last time it was right above my right eye. I couldn't hear anything but a humming sound. And for a second I blacked out. It scares me each time, it happened while I was driving once. Last time it happened I was sitting in a car as a passenger. I have had a couple of mri's where they found focii in the deep white matter of the brain. They did a lumbar puncture/spinal tap to test of MS. That came back negative. Since it wasn't MS, they stopped trying to figure out what it was. I can't remember where in the brain the focii were just that they were deep white matter. I do know that stress will exacerbate their occurrence. Mini-stroke perhaps?
I get these sort of pains in the same spot on the left side of the back of my head, on the sides of my head And in my arms, chest, legs and I suffer with palpitations, and i get headaches a lot and I'm 15 please help me understand what this is thankyou, and my doctor said I have a slight curvature in my spine; could it be due to that?
MY SON LAST NIGHT WOKE UP DURING HE WAS SLEEPIN CRYING OUT OF CONTROL SAYIN HE FELT SHOCKS/ZAPS ON HIS HEAD.. HE HAS NEVER GOT THEM ZAPS BEFORE HE IS ONLY 4YRS OLD.. IF ANYBODY HAS GONE THROW THIS BEFORE PLZ LET ME KNOW email me .......***@**** thank you
This shocking sensation scares the crap out of me I also suffer from severe panic attacks which doesn't help matters plus I have spina bifida and pinched nerves so you never know you might want to get your back checked also
My shocks started about a week ago in my feet while at work.. My Dr. put me on a rather high dose of meds for high BP. So I cut my does in half then it started again this evening.
Also when I put my legs up to rest I get horrible craps in my feet and pain going up my calf. I'm like wtf how can I rest? I'm scared and just want to cry. I go to see my Dr. on April 23rd and I can't wait.I had one Dr. Tell me once I could have MS because my reflex's were a little slow. But he never did look in to it. I'm worried as all hell. : (
Hi I also have fibro and get these electric shock feelings, I also feel totally drained all the time. Lot of pople think if you look ok then you feel ok, which as you must know is not the case. I get pain, foggy head, ibs, etc just wanted to respond to your comment, take car,
OMG , I'm sick of getting shocked daily! I won't even bring this issue to my neuro. Because I know he'll say " oh that's not MS related " yall know I hate to hear that....i'll continue searching for the reason this happens....
The best diagnosis I've gotten is Ulnar Neurosis. For tingling in my hands and fingers when I wake up. Today, however, at the base of my wrist, I noticed a periodic electric pulse. I have a brother who has been diagnosed with ALS at the age of about 30 yrs. Symptoms of ALS don't generally hit until you are over 50.
All these things, MS, ALS, Parkinson's, etc seem to have been linked to Mycoplasma infections. I'm not sure how to get tested for Mycoplasma as I think it's difficult to test for. Mycoplasma can get down into your mitochondria membrane and damage it. (In order to parasite off your energy production). Depending on your genes, it can sometimes cause autoimmune issues because it picks up some of your DNA and your immune system maps the wrong stuff to attack.
I'm curious how many of you live in Tic infested areas as mycoplasma infections sometimes are associated with tic bytes. Others are associated with war veterans who have served in Iraq and been exposed to bio toxins. (Genetically engineered mycoplasma by the US Army and sold/given to Iraq during the Iraq/Iran conflict prior to the Gulf War)
There are controversial techniques to try to kill the mycoplasma in our bodies. But how do we keep from getting reinfected? (If that's even what this is???)
I have the tingling in hands, feet and head. I have been diagnosed with Raynaud's Syndrome. I was tested for MS and it was negative. I hear a constant low roar in my ears and when the tingling and the roar stop ( for just a few seconds) it shocks my system and begins again.
I bend my neck down a little and the zap goes down both my arms to the tips of my fingers, chiropractor said signs of Lhermittes or m.s..im hoping just pinched nerves or something simple but have a lot of neck, middle and lower back pain too...anyone have any other simple logical causes of this???
I HATE IT! I could see how someone might go crazy from this disorder (or whatever it is...) Mine comes at night when I'm laying on my back or if my back is being touched be something. The electric current flows through my arms so strong I bet I could lite a light bulb if I touched it! Sometimes it helps if I lay on my stomach and tuck my arms under my belly. I tell my family its EXCRUCIATING, but they don't understand - nor can they do anything to help - it's not their fault, just wish someone could help me! It feels like my nerves are hooked up to am electric barbwire fence! I have found that taking Clonidine (a receptor blocker) does help a little. Mine started after I had a Bells Palsy attack in the right side of my face; now I have the shock sensation, daily headaches, and chronic neck pain. I do take an antidepressant which seems to play into the shocks if I miss a dose or something similar... The other thing that I have found that seems to help is when I limit my caffeine intake and take a regular pain management medication; Tramadol, Hydrocodone, etc.
I have had an electric shock sensation many times in the right side of my neck when I turned my head. I thought that was normal. I have asked other people if they get that and they said they did. Were they just saying that to be nice, I wonder? Are the zaps in the side of my neck from MS? Hmmmm
Hey. could I say that I'm glad that I'm not the only one feeling it? I'm 22, and have had this symptoms since I was 12. Not sure whether it's totally the same but the electric shock that I felt causing me to have head jerking as if I was cold n shivering but in excessive level. Sometimes my hand would jerked together, causing me to clap my hand. I didn't realize it until my friends started to feel weird about it and sometimes feel fearful about it. I don't think my quality of life is affected because of it so I don't really care to find out the cause for it. Moreover, after the jerking and the electric shock passes, it somehow feel relieving. If I noticed that the electric shock is coming but it doesn't pass through my neck and no jerking whatsoever happening, it feels like you feel like sneazing but it just stuck at your nose and couldn't sneaze. Regardless of that, I'm still hoping that I know what's wrong with me. Not for myself, but to explain it to those who saw me jerking because of that. It annoying that people keep on asking why you do stuffs, eventhough they are completely involuntary and you don't have answer for that.
Had similar problems. I had two heniated discs in my neck and didn't even know I had them. I had no neck pain. But I had a lot of symptoms over all of my body that worsened over a several-year period. I did have electric shocks in my arms and hands - plus feet and legs as well as all sorts of other symptoms. My herniated discs were pushing against my spinal cord - and this was what was causing all my symptoms. Regular neck x-rays did not show any problems, but an MRI showed exactly what was going on and I did require surgery. The surgery was very successful. I still have some few symptoms, but am 99% better. No complaints here. And, I should add - cervical spine surgery isn't that bad. I had the sorest throat in the world for a few days and then needed a few pain pills and some muscle relaxants for a while. I rested my neck and enjoyed my time off work for a month. My neck ached some and got tired, but I had no real pain following surgery.
I don't know whether to be relieved or frightened. I've had these "electric shock sensations" in my head previously, but they were very mild and short-lived. I experienced one the other night that was severe, and then started shivering violently. I've since continued to have more "shocks", but they seem to worsen with head movement or moving my eyes. I have recently been having what I assumed was Restless Leg Syndrome, but it has progressed to include myoclonic jerks when wide awake. These are becoming more severe. Also, I've been having memory problems, but I attribute this to the beginning of menopause, lol. Also, prior to all of this, I have had spells of complete weakness in my arms, especially when lifted over my head, but sometimes while gripping something (such as washing dishes). One other thing... I had two back-to-back Grand Mal seizures approximately 9 months ago that I assumed were caused by alcohol withdrawal medication I was on. No history with these either in myself or family. I didn't have any while in detox, but two days after I had gone home. Any help here is appreciated.
I got these down my back since I was about 8 years old. They came infrequently but were strange. My mom, a nurse didn't react. Later when I was dx'd with MS I got them but infrequently. I have the nerve pain/shocks all the time in legs, feet, hands which has become more painful. The extremity pain started out as spidery like sensations and is now sharp. I am 27 years on with this disease which I believe began in kidhood.
I has a neck fusion in 2001. I have 4 plates and 8 screws. About a year ago I started have neck pain, just thought it was like a crick in my neck. Then about 3 months ago an electrical shock started to develop on the right side my neck and has extended to my left shoulder. These shocks have increased from a few seconds to a few minutes where I can not do anything till they stop. On my right hand there are 3 fingers that continuously tingle and the upper side of my right arm. My doctor has prescribed all the way from ibuprofen 800mg to Vicodin 10/625mg, but to no real relieve. I went to a new doctor, she took an x-ray, but everything looked ok. She stopped all medication and started me on MS drugs. It seems to calm my other injuries but not this. I'm at my wits end. I think I need a ct scan, but even this new doctor is avoiding the symptoms. I'm wondering how long does it take for this to turn into a permanent nerve damage.
I get an electric shooting jolt up my right arm to my temple. I have not been to see the doctor as yet and only just started looking in to this. They seem to come more often when I am exhausted and need to take a break. Does anyone know if they are harmful as the one I had today was very painful
bring him to the emergency room at a children's hospital - never let a child experience this pain for long. It will be hard to find the right doc or hopefully you get lucky but I hope you will get him the best diagnostition possible.
Also, try magnesium supplements - this can help with nerve transmission. But titrate it with your peditrician's help or a savvy nurse practioner like my sister!
Good luck to you and your son.
I think we as a group should develop the crazy doctor test. Some of these doctors might be certifiable. I learned yesterday that a neurologist was trying to interfere with the results of an independent exam done during an acute attack. I have been sworn to secrecy but I think what goes on behind the scenes needs knowing. No names but it should be known what was done and it is highly unprofessional and the kind of risky behavior that makes one question the sanity of the doc. Also this doc held off doing a 3 Tesla exam by MRI for 3 years preferring the very inferior 1.5 Tesla to keep the diagnosis suspect rather than definite and to keep me off medicine that could have prevented this disease from it now progressive phase. Them apples are not easy to live with but I have heard worse and there is always the torture of dictators to make me feel better in terms of scale!
Insist on the 3T MRI - it is the protocol for MS and the contrast by IV is necessary too. Good Luck and I know it is hard but try to distract yourself with the things you love. I use flowers, scented candles, music, poetry, talking books, a really good French or Italian movie or a British comedy. The three stooges are good too - just imagine the actors as doctors. There are clowns and then there are clowns in the flesh without costume! I hope you are chuckling. Any MS society support group helps too. Just go to share and understand you are never, never alone with this situation!!
My mom has MS and has told me on several occasions one of the feelings she has is electrical shock in the back of her legs. She says if she bends over like to blow dry her hair, that is when she feels it. So, hers is from her MS. Yours may or may not be related. But, thought I would share.
Some pain has its origins in nutrition or the lack thereof...magnesium may help with leg pain. Taken in combination with calcium or not. A pharmacist whose father has MS told me of this in a casual conversation. Chatting may not be so idle.
I have had a headache for about a week, on today I had a very bad shock like pain above my left eye. it actually almost knocked me off my feet. I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, anxiety. I also have ringing in my ears. I just want some relief.
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