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Shock (Definition)

A condition in which a person cannot circulate enough blood (carrying oxygen and nutrients) to the vital organs in the body. If shock persists, various parts of the body will stop working, and the person will die. Causes of shock include injuries, excessive bleeding, heart failure, infections, chemical imbalances, ...Read more


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I felt pain in my upper left arm since yesterday-but not extreme. Today I have felt intense "electric shock" type pains in same area. Some tingling?

I felt pain in my upper left arm since yesterday-but not extreme. Today I have felt intense "electric shock" type pains in same area. Some tingling?

Nerve compression: Electric shock type symptoms and tingling are usually signs of nerve irritation or compression. This could be coming from your neck, such as a herniated disc, or nerve compression at your shoulder, elbow or wrist. If it keeps up get it check out by your doctor. ...Read more

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Stroke about year ago. Recovery going well but left arm locks if not moved. Sleeping watching tv etc. Painful when unlocks, like electric shock.

Stroke about year ago. Recovery going well but left arm locks if not moved. Sleeping watching tv etc. Painful when unlocks, like electric shock.

Check it out: If you are cleared by your md you may want to see a chiropractor and a massage therapist. Is is quite likely a problem with musculoskeletal system due to the physical stressors related to stroke and recovery. ...Read more

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I had a very strong electric shock feeling in my left arm in the middle of the night that made me jump up out of bed. My arm was tingling afterwards.?

I had a very strong electric shock feeling in my left arm in the middle of the night that made me jump up out of bed. My arm was tingling afterwards.?

Not worrisome: In and of itself, this is not too worrisome - probably you had your head angled in a way that a nerve root in your cervical spine became briefly compressed. That said, if the electrical pains and numbness persists and worsens, or (and especially) if you develop weakness in your arm somewhere (eg biceps) then a short steroid taper might help and an MRI of the C-spine may be warranted. ...Read more

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Electric Shock to neck in '12. Past 6mo I wake up with swelling and throbbing most to left arm & rt arm will cause thoracic to burn bad! Opinions? TY

Shock: Electrical injuries can cause significant and long term injury to muscle and nerve tissue, often delayed onset such as you are experiencing. Since it has been going on for so long, you should consider seeing your Family Doctor, as there are many ways this can be treated, including medications and physical therapy. ...Read more

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I get an electric shock like feeling up and down my entireleft arm. It is mainly apparent in the hand and the left side ofmy face aches. What should I do?

I get an electric shock like feeling up and down my entireleft arm. It is mainly apparent in the hand and the left side ofmy face aches. What should I do?

Go to ER: This could be a sign of a heart attack, stroke, carpal tunnel syndrome, poor circulation, or even an entrapped nerve or side effects of medications. You will need to have a rule out of heart attack or something eminent so go to the er immediately. ...Read more

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I get a electric shock sensation down my arm when I reach outwards. What is causing this?!

I get a electric shock sensation down my arm when I reach outwards. What is causing this?!

Medical evaluation: This type of pain can be caused by several different things, including neck, shoulder, elbow, etc. You will need to describe the location of the pain and what causes and alleviates it, in combination with a full exam by your physician to help determine what treatment plan is needed. ...Read more

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Today I was sitting down and I felt a strong electric shock sensation on my arm, near the clavicula. The pain it caused made me scream. Causes?

Today I was sitting down and I felt a strong electric shock sensation on my arm, near the clavicula. The pain it caused made me scream. Causes?

Brachial Plexus: 20's fem w. sudden onset of neuropathic & radiculopathic jolt of pain in shoulder-arm represents sudden brachial plexus imingement, which might be harbinger for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, TOS. See comments below:. ...Read more

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When I sneeze I get what feels like mild electric shock across chest/down arms, but today I sneezed & the "shock" was extreme- electric pain for minutes, tears in eyes & had to pull over car - normal? What could cause? (I have autoimmune stuff)

When I sneeze I get what feels like mild electric shock across chest/down arms, but today I sneezed & the "shock" was extreme- electric pain for minutes, tears in eyes & had to pull over car - normal? What could cause? (I have autoimmune stuff)

Just a thought: Interesting story....LOOK TO YOUR NECK!!!! A pinched nerve in the base of your neck (C6-C7 CERVICAL SPINE) may be the culprit!!!

Ask your PCP for a possible xray (?? MRI) to rule this possibility in or out!
Just a thought, and hope it helps!
Dr Z ...Read more

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I had an electric shock feeling on my right elbow down to my hands this morning is this bec of my anxiety? Or something serious? Thnks

I had an electric shock feeling on my right elbow down to my hands this morning is this bec of my anxiety? Or something serious? Thnks

Cubital tunnel: Not sure if you hit your "funny bone" or you could have slept on elbow wrong and irritated your ulnar nerve. If it becomes recurrent try an anti-inflammatory first and possibly wrap a bath towel around your arm at night to keep it from flexing while you sleep. If the symptoms persist or fingers stay numb see a doc. ...Read more

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Can I get some advice for minor electric shock and weird feeling in hand/arm.?

PINCHED NERVE??: Consult w pcp or neurologist. A test called emg=electromyogram and ncv=nerve conduction velocity should rule this in or out. Atypical seizure also remote possibility. Same doctors should be helpful if pinched nerve not cause. Might need eeg=electroencephalogram. ...Read more

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I've had problems with my shoulder for 18 mth. Had MRI scan this week but today I've had electric shock type of pain in my arm nearly 10 times. Help?

I've had problems with my shoulder for 18 mth. Had MRI scan this week but today I've had electric shock type of pain in my arm nearly 10 times. Help?

Patience: You just got the MRI. There is no results given so possibilities are numerous. Get the results and follow the recommendations of the doctor. At your age a major issue is less likely so just wait till you get the results. You also may have a pinched nerve but at your age that is unlikely ...Read more

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Numbness in my heals on my feet, numbness/tingling in my thumbs and electric shock sensation in my arm. What is it?

Numbness in my heals on my feet, numbness/tingling in my thumbs and electric shock sensation in my arm. What is it?

Without knowing: Details about you as a patient its tough to give a definitive answer. The first thought that comes to my mind is neuropathy. If you have uncontrolled diabetes, then that would be one possible cause. The treatment would be aggresive blood sugar control and use of medications in the class of neurontin (gabapentin). Nerve compression causing these type of symptoms are a possibility though not as likely.... ...Read more

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Tinel sign (electric shock) on tapping lesion site again developed 2 months after excision of radial nerve schwannoma of arm, does this mean recurrence?

Tinel sign (electric shock) on tapping lesion site again developed 2 months after excision of radial nerve schwannoma of arm, does this mean recurrence?

Not at all: Tinel's sign is indicative of chronicity, and typically is present due to nerve re-innervation and peripheral sprouting, a sign of partial recovery. Hopefully the Schwannoma has been fully excised. ...Read more

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4days ago, I went to ER and they drew some blood frm my right arm. Since then I've electric shock like pain shooting dwn my forearm wen I stretch/touch?

4days ago, I went to ER and they drew some blood frm my right arm. Since then I've electric shock like pain shooting dwn my forearm wen I stretch/touch?

Warm compresses: The technician may have pressed against a nerve with the needle. That pain will resolve over time (I can't tell you how many days that will be). Warm compresses over the area where blood was drawn may help relieve your symptoms. ...Read more

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I get an electric shock feeling over my right breast. It only last a few seconds but, it is very painful. It also comes when I move arm certain ways.

See MD: Go to see your MD to get checked. If you have not had your mammogram this year, please make sure you get one. Eventhough, breast pain, is usually not a common presentation for breast cancer, I recommend you to still get your mammogram updated. It could be many things from infection, inflammation vs others. Make sure you ask your MD to check you breast. ...Read more