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i feel a shockwave shooting sensation from my head to my toes, what could this be?

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Dr. Richard Simmons
Pediatric Neurology 18 years experience
Possibly Spine: The shocklike sensation you describe is sometimes referred to as lhermitte's sign. There are a few different neurological problems that can cause this sensation ranging from mechanical injury to the spine to problems with the spinal cord itself. This warrants a neurological evaluation.
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Perhaps spinal cord: You may be describing l'hermitte's sign (named for a neurologist). It is a shock running from the neck into the rest of the body. It can be seen in multiple sclerosis and various spinal cord problems. I suggest you see your doctor.

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