5 doctors weighed in:

I've had a postural tremor in my hands for 2> years, and intermittent electric shock sensations that run from my neck. Beta blockers aren't working.?

5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michio Abe
Internal Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Lhermitte's sign

What you describe sounds like lhermitte's sign, which is the electric shock-like sensation radiating from the neck downwards, lasting for a very short duration.
It's typically seen in multiple sclerosis, but can be seen in cervical spinal stenosis, pinched cervical nerve roots (as in arthritis or disc disease), electrolyte imbalances or vitamin B12 deficiency. See a doctor, maybe a neurologist.

In brief: Lhermitte's sign

What you describe sounds like lhermitte's sign, which is the electric shock-like sensation radiating from the neck downwards, lasting for a very short duration.
It's typically seen in multiple sclerosis, but can be seen in cervical spinal stenosis, pinched cervical nerve roots (as in arthritis or disc disease), electrolyte imbalances or vitamin B12 deficiency. See a doctor, maybe a neurologist.
Dr. Michio Abe
Dr. Michio Abe
Thank
Dr. Hallie Robbins
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: See Dr for eval

Sounds like you need to see a neurologist or pm&r (rehab med) doctor -- the two types who do electrodiagnostic studies -- to figure out your tremor and radiating symptoms.
Medications such as beta blockers might help the tremor but are unlikely agents for nerve root pain and electric shocks. Good luck.

In brief: See Dr for eval

Sounds like you need to see a neurologist or pm&r (rehab med) doctor -- the two types who do electrodiagnostic studies -- to figure out your tremor and radiating symptoms.
Medications such as beta blockers might help the tremor but are unlikely agents for nerve root pain and electric shocks. Good luck.
Dr. Hallie Robbins
Dr. Hallie Robbins
Thank
1 comment
Dr. Hallie Robbins
EMG and nerve conduction studies. imaging such as MRI neck. labs for screening vitamin D levels as well as metabolic profile and cell counts..... these are all commonly considered by neurologists. Just tell your story and show what's going on. think of family members with similar tremors or conditions. take it from.there with your Dr. good luck.
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Umesh Patel
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
38 years in practice
1M people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors