If you are experiencing these symptoms, please PLEASE contact me! Over the last several months, I have been experiencing a bizarre set of symptoms which have gotten progressively worse. I have recently had blood work done and an MRI but no conclusion yet. Here goes. I have been having these deep, "zapping" sensations in my upper and lower limbs. They come on for only a few seconds, and then they go away. I get them in my upper arms, forearms, wrists, fingers, ankles, feet, and upper and lower legs. They only ever "spark" in one area at a time. And it's not real pain...the only way to explain it is like the sensation you get when you hit your elbow/funny bone. It's not a real "pain" per say, but rather a nerve shock or jolt that causes complete paralysis of your arm for just a few moments. I get these "twinges" or whatever they are called maybe a hundred times per day. Today it's been mostly in my ankles. I have named them in the last few months "the weakies" because when I get these electrical "zaps" I have complete weakness in that area for a few moments. Sometimes if I am walking and I get one in my leg, I will fall down or will lose my balance. Or when I am typing and I get one in my forearm, I pretty much lose all function of my hand. The area of the body will go completely limp. But it is only for a few seconds. It's starting to really scare me, because I do not know what is wrong. I feel very clumsy at times, like I cannot grasp things the way I used to. My doc is currently thinking I may have MS (one more MRI is needed though to rule this out)... I have noticed at times when I am sitting my legs will go completely numb. There have been times over the last few months that I have woke up in the morning and one entire side of my body is completely numb and I can hardly move my arm or my leg. This has only happened a handful of times though. If anyone out there is experiencing anything similar to this please please respond. I feel very alone and some days I wonder if I am not going MAD because of this. I can't really find any conditions that have these symptoms, but if anyone might even slightly help point me in the right direction of what this could be...I would greatly appreciate it. I am not trying to self-diagnose, but I think it is helpful to know what might be wrong with my body. I can share any information with my doctor and see what she may think, because she is puzzled as well. Thanks everyone.
I get this too, but it's never in the limbs, only in the torso. Here is a copy of what I have posted in the other sections of these forums:
I apologize if this is placed in the incorrect forum.
For the past 4 years I have been getting random, sharp electrical stabbing shocks. It feels like I'm being electrocuted. It happens very quickly and then it's over. A lot of the time it happens around my kidney area, but more recently it has been starting in my left chest, particularly near my heart. It's a very complex shocking feeling that starts around my nipple/heart area and shoots down towards my abdomen on the left.
I've had 2 cardiograms and a very complex array of bloodwork tests done. No clues. One doctor even tried telling me that it's all in my head and I'm just imagining the pain! Sometimes at work I'm carrying bins and I'll just drop one on the ground because of the pain. It's gone almost instantly...just like a shock. When it happens, it'll go away for about a week or so. I've gotten them all over my torso, particularly on the left chest, and sometimes on the kidney/side area, and once it was the upper right side of my back. The pain will shoot around in random complex patterns/directions.
One doctor said it is probably not nerves because the nerves start in the spine and wrap around my torso like my ribs do, so therefore to have a pain shooting from up to down would involve a random conincidence of one level of nerves firing off, then the next level below it at the exact same spot only, then the next level below it, etc. So that seems unlikely, and he said it is most likely a muscular problem.
I work in a factory that consolidates automotive parts but does not manufacture anything. Some amount of forklift natural gas and propane exhaust, but this pain has been happening for years before I started working there.
I stretch very gently almost every day.
I am not a heavy junkfood eater, and eat a fair amount of raw vegetables
I eat a good amount of meat every day
I am not highly active but from time to time I get my heart going on an exercise bike.
I have not smoked in years.
I'd really like some help with this because it has caused me a huge amount of long term stress over the past few years because I don't know what it is.
i am freaking out! over the past few weeks i have been getting these sharp electric jolts in the back of my right knee. the shock travels up and down my body for a few minutes after setting off tiny little shocks, i went to the dr. today who referred me to a neurologist. he seemed to think it was really common and nothing to worry about. he said it would probably go away. this can not be common. i feel like i'm getting electrocuted. any one else have this??
I totally am going through what you are. I have had 2 EMGs done (painful!) with no results other than mild carpal tunnel. those shocks are amazing. they are like electricity jolts. although gone quickly, they hurt. i have hashimotos disease, which is basically an inactive thyroid from an autoimmune disease that attacks your own thyroid til it dies. once you have an autoimmune disease, you are susceptible to more my doctor told me. when i exercise, it takes days to recover, my muscles hurt so much. when i take a flight of stairs, the weakness in my legs is amazing, and i find myself out of breath. i have increasingly had trouble feeling fully "oxygenated". i never feel like i am breathing fully. i am going to the doctor tomorrow and seeing if i have myasthenia gravis. i suggest you look into it. i don't know if autoimmune diseases run in your family(there are many-look them up), and if your muscle weakness is similar to mine. i also don't know about those nerve prickle things and MG, but i do know that MG affects the nerve endings! Look it up, and see where you stand. i don't even know if i have it, but even my face get s prickly, tingly, and itchy sometimes. i am baffled, too.
Do any of you have mercury fillings ? I was getting these shooting pains among other symptoms and ended up getting my mercury fillings out on the advice of my md. and then took chlorella to pull the mercury out of my system. the shooting pains got worse when I chelated, but then stopped and they are all gone.
I have the exact signs and symptoms. What sucks is that I am a nurse and I cant even figure it out. My shocks of pain have gotten so bad over this year I cant even work! Have you gotten any news. I was just given the MRI for ms today..no news yet. But the pain and the fatigue has become overwhelming.
I am getting very depressed with tons of anxiety!
good luck and let me know soon...please & thanks.
I get shocks that hurt real bad and attack my whole body and last under a minute also leaves a rash like hives only they completly disapear without a trace in only about 40 seconds. It seems to attack me when ever im around people or watching somthing with funny or embaressing scenes and somtimes i wake up or cant go to sleep cause they hit me. Ive had it for about 5 or 6 months and in that time ive never bin able to findout what it is.
I have suffered with this ever since I had 3 consecutive spinal surgeries. I am currently in pain management, on pain meds, nerve blocks, botox injections...
I also have severe occiptical neuralgia which is unbearable. I can't understand why Dr's cannot find out what causes this. I jerk so hard when I'm drifting off to sleep that it wakes me up..over and ever..ALONG with the nerve shocks and numbness.
Anybody who can shed some light on this would be greatly appreciated.
I am a quadriplegic with a neck injury I had recent surgery to my neck now while lying in bed. It is very sensitive. The electrical shocks mostly come at night. It is something that is connected to your eyes and nerves in your neck and chest. I get a feeling of being electrocuted down my left side. It feels like my heart is going to explode it stops your breathing and sometimes just goes through my stomach. Maybe you are experiencing the same thing. Maybe it just goes through your stomach muscles instead, does this only really happens when you close your eyes to go to sleep
I came here looking for answers about my latest problem, which is shooting pain on my left leg. It starts a couple of inches below my knee on the outside area, it doesn't last very long but it's very disturbing and it usually makes me cry out in pain. As I was reading all the posts here I was wondering if all or most of you are suffering from Fibromyalgia. I have been diagnosed with it and have a lot of the symptoms that you all described. Please suggest to your doctors that possibility or go see a Reumatholigist who is the specialist that treats Fibromyalgia. Good luck!
Nice to hear I'm not alone, I'm 45 been numb for 3 yrs. Had viral menn 10 yrs ago. I've been to ENT,Eye,Neorg,Dentist,Ms Specialist, 7 MRI's,Allergist, This is not anxiety!!Changed my diet,toothpst,toothbrsh,don't eat certain foods. I strted with numb hairy feel tongue, right side of face top of head ear left eye tingling & numb. I went to my Dr with my whole right side of body numb has happened about 10 times scary. Dr did test, NO lime,stroke,cancer,ms,headaches. I want an answer but gets discouraging, some Dr's dont believe you. My Allergist said I have scare
tissue from Mennig on my brain 3 white spots, that has caused the pain. Sometimes I get numbness in my left,right,legs & arms. That I don't like I don't want this to be all over my body. When I get tried My face hurts alittle worst. The MS specialist did a test on my face by poking me with a paperclip, I asked him when is he going to start, He was poking me at that moment never felt the pain.
How is your Numbness have you had any results?
Thanks J M
I am yet another sufferer from these endless jolts. I have had it happen at least ten times just while reading this forum.
What the Hell. At night when I get up to use the bathroom, I'll be siting there and out of nowhere whole body jumps and my brain feels like it went completely off for the duration of the jolt.
I guess I need to get my Dr. to look at me as well. I have had a lot of head injuries as a kid, I have my bottom to discs are ruptured with stenosis.
I have shock like lightning pain in my head on left side above ear. It only lasts 2 seconds and I donot even get a headache. Pain is severe and causes anxiety because of the fear of it happening again and again. Please I wish a doctor would advise what it could be on this website. I also have neck pain and numbness up side of head at different times and occasionally left shoulder cap goes numb.
i have had all theses symptoms for over 6yrs now. cant even hold a newspaper for more than a few minutes. i am going to see doctor and ask about fibromyalgia thanks to the information on here. thankyou. i,ll let you know how i get on.
I struggled with shocks in the neck and ending up in the heart region my DR. prescribed pregablin 500s which actually worked but left me feeling drowsy. I have since lost my job. I have now found a cure for my symptoms that I stumbled on to on the internet. I now swear by and use daily an inversion table that releases the tension and stress of the spine. If only I had tried this 18months ago.
Not a Dr, but I think I have the jolts SOMEWHAT narrowed down
My father has Deginerate Joint Disease and has had a Double back infusion. He's about to get another one in his neck too. I am 22 and I haven't been to the doctor in a while for my back but it runs in the family. Last time I went I had a buldging disc and now it feels I have two more up my back. I think the jolts might be discs pushing against the spinal cord and sending those not painful, but very uncomfortable shocks throughout my body usually starting from the back of my neck and going down my arm(s) and sometimes all the way down to my feet. That's my "opinion" but it's getting so bad for me that I'm going to have to pay the money to go see my Dr.
I have the weirdest symptom. I have a shock sensation that starts in my spine and travels across my back down my arms. This happens usually when I am just falling asleep or waking up. My heart also races and I feel a flushing sensation. It is driving me crazy. Currently, I am seeing a neurologist who is sending me for a MRI and a few more test. Has anyone else experienced this crazy symptom?
Mandymore - I had exactly what you did. My MD told me i had degenerative disks in my neck and that there was nothing they could do, but give me pain meds. I went to see a Chirpractor (who doesn't do manual manipulation) and he looked at my x-rays - not only did he tell me that the amount of degeneration in my disks was quite normal for my age, but he was able to reverse the problem in my head through a few months of treatment. Some nerves were definitely being compromised in my neck and over time, he completely healed the problem. What a relief!
I have the nerve shock symptoms in my legs and pelvis and arms but only when I severely cough. I am thinking it might be related to bismuth I have been taking for heart burn, that might be blocking B12 absorption, or maybe too many vitamin D tablets, I have been taking 6 1,000 iu per day, or too much zinc or too much selenium.
I don't thinks its the vitamin D but it might be something else in the tablet. At this point my best guess is vitamin B12 blocking causing deficiency.
Hope that helps. Its freaky weird to be sure.
it may be something else. one possibility is a disc problem in your spine. coughing can put pressure on nerves being pressed by a disc. if it continues i would see your primary care dr, or a physiatrist....pete
i have also been experiencing shocks for a few years. lately it had begun to get worse. i felt is all through my head and then it traveled through my body. i am anemic and take iron pills. i just recently started going to a dr for a weightloss program that uses b6 b12 lipo shots. plus i take bcomplex vitamins and chromium (800 mcg) daily. since i have started taking all that, plus getting the injections, i have not had one shock. i don't know if it is purely coincidental or what but i am very thankful!