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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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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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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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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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I feel electric shock sensation on upper left leg. No pain, just electric shock feeling. No injuries or back problem. What this could be?

I feel electric shock sensation on upper left leg. No pain, just electric shock feeling. No injuries or back problem. What this could be?

Nerve pain: Nerves can get irritated, without any antecedent event. It can be your belt, tight pants, sitting too long, the way you drive. Usually nothing to worry about. Singular pain is local in nature. Try stretching and add magnesium to your supplements. 250-500 mg ...Read more

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I get a zap or electric shock sensation in my brain sometimes. Had it my whole life. Being tired or looking side to side trigger it. What causes this?

I get a zap or electric shock sensation in my brain sometimes. Had it my whole life. Being tired or looking side to side trigger it. What causes this?

Hard to say: Without knowing anything else, guesses include 1) migraine phenomenon; 2) seizure phenomenon; 3) some kind of cranial neuralgia; or 4) something else. The fact that you've had it your whole life suggests it's not dangerous (so less likely #2). It sounds, however, like something that's worth seeing a neurologist about. ...Read more

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Having some mild electric shock sensation in chest and stomach. Is it anxiety?

Having some mild electric shock sensation in chest and stomach. Is it anxiety?

Anxiety Symptoms: It could be a symptom of anxiety. However, you should consult with your physician first, so that you don't ignore a possible medical problem. It's not a good idea to ignore a symptom by thinking it might be anxiety, especially if a person is hesitant to talk to a medical doctor. ...Read more

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After bike n swim, hip joint inflamed. Sometimes pain n electric shock sensation when I stand n twist body left n right. Lumbar MRI fine. What's wrong?

Arthritis/bursitis: The hip could have osteoarthritis, which can be diagnoses by xray. If the hip is tender on the outer side, it could be a bursitis, which responds well to local steroid injection.

Lumbar MRI often doesn't show pinched nerve, which can cause electric shock. Responds well to lumbar traction/physical therapy, or even epidural steroid injection. ...Read more

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Hip joint of 1 leg painful n inflamed after riding bike. Electric shock sensation down leg when doing certain yoga poses. Why? Will celebrex (celecoxib) help?

Hip joint of 1 leg painful n inflamed after riding bike. Electric shock sensation down leg when doing certain yoga poses. Why? Will celebrex (celecoxib) help?

May be pinched nerve: Two strong possibilities: 1) pinched nerve of the the low back 2) hip osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis of the hip is a result of wear & tear. This can be diagnosed by x-ray. Celebrex (celecoxib) is an anti-inflammatory med & could help.

The electric shock sensation could be a radiculopathy, aka "pinched nerve" in, or "sciatica." Celebrex (celecoxib) could help, as could physical therapy, or an epidural steroid injection. ...Read more

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Electric shock sensation throughout chest and whole body lasting 2 seconds recurring every 5-10 min. 24h ECG clear & heart scan clear. What could it b?

Neurological?: Look up & read about Lhermitte's sign or phenomenon. If your symptoms sound similar, it could be a neck problem. Although the descriptions of where you feel Lhermitte's state it happens in a certain distribution, in fact that can vary from person to person. Lhermitte's can signify serious problems. Even if you're only half sure, it bears looking into. ...Read more

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I feel an electric shock sensation through the right side of my body when I bend my neck, it feels as though my legs and arms are tingling.

I feel an electric shock sensation through the right side of my body when I bend my neck, it feels as though my legs and arms are tingling.

You may: Have a nerve impingement. Have your doctor refer you to a neurologist for a nerve conduction study an d/or an electromyogram. You may need to have an MRI of your neck first. ...Read more

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I'm having muscle cramps & electric shock sensation in my traps/supraspinatus. The cramps are so intense that they're sore. What causes&whatcan I do?

I'm having muscle cramps & electric shock sensation in my traps/supraspinatus. The cramps are so intense that they're sore. What causes&whatcan I do?

If...: If your neck position causes the pain, then the problem could well be in the spinal cord in the neck. Electric pains are often related tosome nerve or spinal cord issues. May need to see your doc, and/or a neurologist. Best of luck! ...Read more

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F 50. Recent trouble remembering things, stiffness in thumb, and painless electric shock sensation through back of leg to foot. Thoughts?

F 50. Recent trouble remembering things, stiffness in thumb, and painless electric shock sensation through back of leg to foot. Thoughts?

Not sure all: Are connected. Painful muscle spasms in the leg and parasthesias could be due to spinal cord problems. Recent memory problems could be related if you had a condition like MS that involved the spinal cord and brain. The thumb stiffness is difficult to comment on. Could be due to problem in the thumb or issue further upstream (brain, cord or nerve) A neurologist might be of further help. ...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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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

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What could cause electric shock feeling in the head?

Neuritis: You could have what is commonly called "a pinched nerve" in your neck. I assume that you do not have any other complaints like dizziness, visual problem, tremor or severe headache. It would be wise to make an appointment with a neurologist and let him/her check you out. ...Read more

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Electric shock pain in silver filling, should I be concerned?

Call your dentist: Is this a new filling? Was it recently placed? Does it happen when you eat or drink? Is it spontaneous? Does it happen when you drink hot or cold? These are all questions that need to be answered to determine what is causing your pain. Call your dentist to have this examined. ...Read more

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I get a random painful electric shock feeling above my knee what could it be?

I get a random painful electric shock feeling above my knee what could it be?

Vague: Hard to say without a thorough history and exam- trauma, family history, overuse injury, other symptoms, the other knee? See a dr. Whom may refer you to an orthopedic specialist. ...Read more

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Please help! I have this electric shock feeling in the back of my neck and it shoots up to the top of my head. What is it?

Please help! I have this electric shock feeling in the back of my neck and it shoots up to the top of my head. What is it?

MULTIPLE CAUSES.: Most serious ican think of is pinched nerve but very unlikely. Atypical migraine-unlikely if daily. Arthritis in neck-would expect more non electric pain. How long have you had it? Does your head feel like being squeezed? Getting better or worse? Do not anticipate anything serious but visit to pcp should help ease your concern. ...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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Yesterday I had a pretty rough massage and I discontinued 25mg of anafranil (clomipramine) I'm getting these electric shock feeling all over is this dangerous? What

Yesterday I had a pretty rough massage and I discontinued 25mg of anafranil (clomipramine) I'm getting these electric shock feeling all over is this dangerous? What

See your doctor.: Some people may experience withdrawal from meds including Anafranil (clomipramine) even at that low dose. I am not sure if your physician is cross-tapering you to an ssri. I assume you are being treated for ocd. If you began an ssri, then the symptoms should dissipate somewhat. If you had a thai massage w/ passive stretching, then you could have irritated nerves such as the sciatic one down the back of your leg. ...Read more

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Electric shock feeling all over skin?

See neurologist: You may be developing a peripheral neuropathy, and would be beneficial to have a neurologist check out. We may help a bit further by a Virtual online consult. ...Read more

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Right sided pubic pain feels like electric shock pain what is causing this?

See a doctor: Without further history and the ability to do an exam cannot forward a diagnosis. See somebody who can and get this evaluated. Good luck. ...Read more

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I feel tingling/ electric shock feeling in my thighs?

I feel tingling/ electric shock feeling in my thighs?

Usually a nerve: Tingling or shocking sensations are usually due to a nerve compression. Determining location and body position can help you doctor determine the most likely nerve. Sometimes medical treatment is necessary, but often the solution is stretching, strengthening, and weight loss. For example. Tingling in the front is often caused by "meralgia paresthetica" which occurs when a person is sitting. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of the electric shock pain I have in my head and pain I experience down spine when I bend my head backwards?

Lhermitt's sign: Also known as the barber chair phenomena can be seen with neck flexion or extension. It is seen in a number of conditions including, MS, Behcets Disease, Chiari Malformation, Vitamin B12 deficiency, cervical trauma, cervical disc disorders, cervical spondylosis. In short any condition that can effect the dorsal columns of the spinal cord. A thorough neurological history, and exam is in order ...Read more

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My boyfriend keeps getting an electric shock pain in his back when one spot on his spine in the middle of his back is touched. What's wrong with him?

My boyfriend keeps getting an electric shock pain in his back when one spot on his spine in the middle of his back is touched. What's wrong with him?

Mid back pain: Without more clinical information, it's difficult to say what the precise diagnosis is. Based on the limited information, it does sound like he is experiencing some sort of irritation or inflammation of his spine. It could be as benign as muscular strain and as serious as a thoracic cord compression. If he's experiencing symptoms down his legs, I would have him seek a formal medical evaluation. ...Read more

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How can I prevent this electric shock feeling in my joints?

How can I prevent this electric shock feeling in my joints?

See your doctor: Best to see a primary care doctor or a rheumatologist so that they can hear your full story and so they can ask you pertinent questions and examine you. That way, they can help you figure out what is going on. There are may different possibilities that can be causing your symptoms. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I have an electric shock feeling in stomach?

What does it mean if I have an electric shock feeling in stomach?

Here's one opinion: See link: http://www. Healthcaremagic. Com/search/diseases-that-cause-electric-shocks-in-stomach-area

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What is it called when you hit your elbow so hard you have this tingling/electric shock feeling?

What is it called when you hit your elbow so hard you have this tingling/electric shock feeling?

Hitting Funny Bone: Your ulnar nerve wraps around the elbow and fits in a groove there. If you hit directly on the nerve you have the sensation you describe. This is called medically a neuropraxia. ...Read more

Axilla (Definition)

Area of human body directly under the joint where the shoulder connects to the arm. It contains axillary vessels, brachial nerve plexus, lymph nodes & vessels, axillary ...Read more