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Dr. Laurence Badgley
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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?

Dr. Laurence Badgley
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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?

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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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


Dr. Andrew Reeves
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Im having muscle cramps & electric shock sensation in my traps/supraspinatus. The cramps are so intense that they're sore.What causes&whatcan i do?

Dr. Andrew Reeves
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Im 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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Dr. Stacey Wolfe
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I get a electric shock sensation down my arm when I reach outwards. What is causing this?!

Dr. Stacey Wolfe
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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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Dr. Stuart Hickerson
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Every time I reach out to grab something there is an electric shock sensation on my wrist. I don't know why or what that is. ?

Dr. Stuart Hickerson
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Every time I reach out to grab something there is an electric shock sensation on my wrist. I don't know why or what that is. ?

Wrist pain: The most common nerve to be effected in your wrist is the median nerve. It crosses the wrist to your hand and can be stimulated by palpating your wrist. It is in a space called the carpal tunnel where it is surrounded by bones. If this is where your symptoms come from get checked. ...Read more

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Dr. Chaim Colen
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I have been having an electric shock sensation in my leg the calf what is that ?

Dr. Chaim Colen
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I have been having an electric shock sensation in my leg the calf what is that ?

Sciatica: I bit more information might be helpful. Weakness? Numbness? Tingling? Trauma? It might be caused by a disc (nerve compression). ...Read more

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Dr. Patricia Hopkins
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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?

Dr. Patricia Hopkins
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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?

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

Dr. Daniel Sternberg
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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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Dr. Mark Fisher
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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?

Dr. Mark Fisher
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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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Dr. Michael Borookhim
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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?

Dr. Michael Borookhim
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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?

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. Nerve compression causing these type of symptoms are a possibility though not as likely.... ...Read more

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Dr. Nadine Yamusah
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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.

Dr. Nadine Yamusah
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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.

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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