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How do I know if an electrical burn from a electric shock is serious?

How do I know if an electrical burn from a electric shock is serious?

You can't.: You really can't. Because electricity can be conducted through the body, significant internal injury may occur even with what appear to be small burns to the skin. Anyone who receives a significant electrical shock should be evaluated by a physician. ...Read more

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Dr. William Walsh
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Shock (Definition)

Shock is a condition in which a person cannot circulate enough blood (carrying oxygen & 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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My friend had spinal injury and 20% burns due to electric shock. Can she be operated on?

My friend had spinal injury and 20% burns due to electric shock. Can she be operated on?

Normally yes: But i recommend that you ask his/her doctors and discuss your concerns. Elective operations are typically delayed until after recovery. There migh be concern about cutting thru a healing wound, about risk of infection ...Etc. ...Read more

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When your nerve burns is a neuropathy, and when your nerve fires electric shock like pain is a neuralgia. Am I right?

When your nerve burns is a neuropathy, and when your nerve fires electric shock like pain is a neuralgia.  Am I right?

NO: Neuropathy is a general term that refers to a problem with nerve function. Neuritis refers to a nerve inflammation or irritation which can cause sensations such as burning, tingling or numbness. ...Read more

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I have a left back pain and also left leg and buttock, it burns and electric shock. ?

I have a left back pain and also left leg and buttock, it burns and electric shock.
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Pinched nerve: Whether from back ( from pressure on nerve from a herniated disc for example) or from spastic muscle in buttock putting pressure on the nerve, should help to take an anti-inflammatory medicine like Ibuprofen if you don't have kidney problems or allergic. Look piriformis muscle stretches and strengthen abdomen and back muscles as part of a back program with physical therapy good place to start. ...Read more

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Do you have to have stabbing electric shock pain on the face to have ATYPICAL TRIGEMINAL NEURALGIA? my face burns on the left side but not stabbing!

Do you have to have stabbing electric shock pain on the face to have ATYPICAL TRIGEMINAL NEURALGIA? my face burns on the left side but not stabbing!

No: Any feeling or numbness along the nerve area is trigeminal neuropathy. You need to see a doctor for better history and detailed exam to come up with a treatment plan to help resolve this discomfort and stop it from worsening. I hope you feel well soon. ...Read more

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I have numbness, electric shock sort of pain, burning pain and aching all at the same time in my hands. Also some burning sort of pain in my neck.?

I have numbness, electric shock sort of pain, burning pain and aching all at the same time in my hands. Also some burning sort of pain in my neck.?

Neurologic Problem: It sounds as if you troubles coming from your cervical spine. The nerve roots coming from the neck supply the arms and hands. Additionally, damage to the nervous system can either cause pain, pins and needles (paresthesias), numbness, and/or weakness. Thus, you should see your doctor and have him/her follow up with the appropriate diagnostic studies. Good luck to a speedy recovery! ...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

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