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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.

Thanks
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replied March 27th, 2008
Random electrical shocks in chest and kidney area
Did you figure out what it was?I have the same thing.I have never told a doctor cause I figure they would think I was nuts but the pain is real.Just same as you describe.If you know what it is please let me know.
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replied May 15th, 2008
Random Electrical Shocks
I know your message is a few months old, but I just joined the forum. I too have the electrical shocks throughout my body. I know they only last a few seconds, but they almost make you jump. They are very painful. Mine is like a stabbing pain sometimes, and sometimes an electrical shock.

Anyway, I also have numbness and tingling in both my hands and feet, and I am dropping things all the time. They did an MRI on my brain to day. I am 48 years old. My Dr. said he doesn't think it is MS, but wanted to test me for it anyway. The electric shocks throughout the body is one sign of MS, but it doesn't sound like you have all the symptoms I do. I will find out my test results next week.

Have you found out what is going on with you yet. Good luck! I know how scary it is, when there is no diagnosis!
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replied August 20th, 2009
Another in Australia - I have Random electric like ripples, not painful, but compares to electric foot massage unit, tens like.
Right over the nipple - whereas the heart is usually one more inch in and one inch down
I had blood tests and ECG - normal, but also low in potassium.
I did take Viox once but not a lot, before it was pulled.
Doctor did not know, but I have a reference letter to cardio guy if it gets any worse .

I'd like to know too,
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replied September 24th, 2009
I think you will find that these electric shock feelings are from anxiety. Another classic symptom is numbness and tingling in the hands or feet. You can have anxiety without even realizing it. Of course I am no Doctor so there could be another cause, but for the most it is probably just stress and anxiety.
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replied December 21st, 2009
Electric-shock-type pain in muscles
I've had electric-shock-type pains, in various muscles, since 1998. I've been tested for everything (MS, Lupus, Arthritis etc) but nothing has been located.

Nevertheless, I can no longer exercise because anything more strenuous than walking would cause muscles spasms and pain. When the pain was at its worst, in 2003, I was going out of my mind and unable to sleep.

However, my pains seem to correlate to periods of tension and anxiety. For sure, self-diagnoses is not always wise, but I have little doubt that my symptoms are caused by anxiety; a form, perhaps, of TMS. I, too, get numbness, pins and needs, and strange muscle tremors.

I hope this helps.
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replied December 23rd, 2009
i've had this for a while now too. I just got it tonight whilst we were driving around looking at the christmas lights, i get a stabbing or electrical pain in my chest about an 2inches up and right of my left nipple. it lasts but for a second but it stops me in my tracks.
afterwards i felt nauseous and a bit disorientated when i stepped out of the car. i have recently had an ECG done and nothing out of the ordinary was indicated.

it happens randomly to me, no set pattern but always in the same place, left side of chest, just above the heart.

my wife is a nurse and works in a medical centre and asked some of the doctors there and they mentioned a muscle problem is the most likely cause of this, of course it stresses me out when i get it as i attribute it to a heart attack (even though i've never had a heart attack)

I have had this for about a year now off and on and would like to find out if it is a muscle problem and what exactly causes the electrical pain or stabbing.
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replied March 3rd, 2010
Electric shock right arm
I have this too. Was in absolute shock. Wold have pegged it for heart trouble/warning/attack had I not already been disgnosed and knew what it was. Painful though.
It could be (for you) pernicious anemia (lack of b-12). Long story and took me a long time to find the diagnosis and cure. I get a B-12 shot every 4 weeks and I'm good as new. See, I have severe acid reflux/Gerd and the intrinsic facotr does not allow my body to absorb Vitamin B-12 through normal means (pill/food form), so I have to get the shot every month. I feel like a whole new person. I'm a 52 y.o. female (was 45 when diagnosed).
Now I find that if I'm too busy or forget to drop by the doctor's to get my shot, those pains come shooting back (especially if I am sitting for too long). Good Luck, hope it helps.
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replied March 4th, 2010
electrical Shocks
I too get these electrical shocks, they ahvent happend in about a year but have started up again in the last day or 2. I too have numbness tingling pain in my hands and it feels like my hands are full of paper cuts, i also have severe tremors in both hands ive been tested for ms, blood work done for everything the doctors can think of, ive had cat scans, mri's, xrays, ekgs, and no one can find out anything, the shocks come out of the blue and it feels like im wearing a shock collar and someone is giving me a nice jolt. Can anyone else relate?
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replied April 13th, 2010
OH MY! I can''t believe how many of you have had these same "electric shocks"!! I had on for the first time today scared me to death!! Left side (heart) and just
@2 in. from nipple- a second later tingling in both of
my feet then toes!!! If anyone has had a diagnosis please
post!! thanks!!!
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replied April 21st, 2011
Electrick shock feeling --- chest to toe, left side
Did you ever find out what it was? Today, I got an electric shock on my left side. I guess it would be lower side of chest (or maybe upper side of abdomen --- it's in a borderline position). At the same time, that pain would appear in my left toe area. The attack was severe, random, and only lasting a fraction of a second, it seemed. It was followed throughout day, with more attacks. Weird! Anyway, what became of your situation? I hope you found answers and relief. Thanks!
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replied May 2nd, 2011
I used to get these for years. It wasn't that bad but annoying and I went through months of not having them and then they would come back. Well, after a lot of trouble I found out that I had heart block and needed a pacemaker. I suspect these were early signs. Later it became far worse. The only way to find out is to have a holter monitor installed. This is like a portable ecg. If you just get an ecg chance are they'll find nothing as happened with me. They even did an echo on me and found nothing. It is an electrical problem with your heart. Pacemakers are fitted under a local, nothing to worry about.
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replied April 17th, 2010
Electrical pains.
I''m so glad to have finally found information about these symptoms that I too seem to be enduring. I''ve had them for about 4 years now. The doctors I''ve seen have done blood tests, E.C.G.''s, urinal and fecal tests and have said it''s nothing. Some say it''s anxiety and in my head. I get these electrical pains all over my body in random locations, but they occur in the same areas. I get them mainly in my toes, chest (both sides), abdominal area. Some times it''s a stabbing feeling not an electrical shock. When I drink coffee or tea the pains drop me to the ground in agony like I''m being stabbed in the heart with a knife. I can''t drink them anymore nor anything that has caffeine. My medications also affect the zaps and pains. I take Zoloft, Ventolin, plus I was on Solian which I had to stop because it worsened my problem. I wish I knew what it is and how to treat this.
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replied May 15th, 2010
Electrical shock throughout body
Oh my goodness. I am so glad I am not along. My doctors are making me seems like I am crazy because they don't know why I am having these electric shocking pains throught out my body. My neurologist said it is migraine but I told him it is not because I know how those feels. These shocks started in my right ear, then left side of my head, chest, legs and stomach. In the palm of my hands and feet it hurt like hard pressure. My muscles spasm so much in my back and my lower back can't seem to stop hurting,numbnes in legs,hands fingers and toes. I too have had every test possible, ECG, EKG, MRI's, cat scans, test for lupus, urinal and also fectal was told I have mild case of arthritis. All my symtoms point to MS but my neurology don't think so but he can't me what it is. I feel that none of my doctors knows what is going on in my body and that I am being passed backard and forward between them all. Have any of you got an answer yet?
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replied May 29th, 2010
i have that electric shock pain too.it comes and goes i had it all last night and also i get it in my neck and under face sometimes and around my chest and under my breats in ribcage.i told my doctor but they dont seem to tell me whats wrong.they ckeck me over and say am ok.it al started after i gave birth and fell down 3 steps and since then i just dont feel well at all.i suffered anxeity and when i get these electrick shock pains i seem toapnik more feel like am going die.i have been searchin every where fo an ansa and i came across this MS is the result of damage to myelin - a protective sheath surrounding nerve fibres of the central nervous system.

When myelin is damaged, this interferes with messages between the brain and other parts of the body.

For some people, MS is characterised by periods of relapse and remission while for others it has a progressive pattern. For everyone, it makes life unpredictable.

these are some of the symtoms for ms:

squeezing or crushing

cold

hot or burning

sharp

dull

like ants under my skin or creepy crawlies

like a build up of pressure

stabbing

creeping

like an electric shock

aching

so am going to be going back to my doctor very soon.
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replied August 10th, 2010
electric shocks in the chest
Hi all, I am soooo happy to have found that I am not the only one being touched by God's hand. That's the only answer I can come up with. whenever I get anxious, excited, nervous, stressed out, thinking about things I shouldn't be , I get electricuted. God is telling us 'hey! you need to be thinking about something positive or all of those emotions you can't get under control will affect your health. abd Lord knows he doesn't like to see us suffer. and of course the dr.'s wont know what it's from, they are only human..LOL. I am a 44 yr. old female, I do not take prescription drugs. only vitamins. b12, womens 1 a day, calcium, and for my stress ect; I take st. juhns wort, kava kava, good mood tonic. everything is beautiful, kool, and I'm happy, happy ,joy ,joy. pay attention to the small things. unluckyinpain wrote a very nice column, those are the feelings I have after the electric shock. and if we are stubborn and don't take heed to our warning signs we get when we over work our nervous system, then, I would say, something is bound to start messing up sooner or later. we all here, and the rest of you newbies that finds us, we need to pray for each others healings. I'm just a truck driver .. aka Trouble Maker.... the good one..LOL
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replied November 2nd, 2010
small chest shocks
Hi all. I am happy to hear that i'm not going nuts. At least not all by my self .I am a 50 year old female.In March I was diagnosed with Prinzmetal Angina (a spastic coronary artery) after six months from going to one doctor and specialist after another. One cardiologist even told me that it was all in my head. Since I started taking the meds for the PA, I started getting this funny tickelish, electrical shocks in my left side and sometimes just a violent stabbing pain, that leaves me breathless and tired.My cardiologist( a different one from the above) said that it could be related to minor heart vessel disease, but he was also unsure. Good luck to you all and I hope you find solutions.
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replied November 2nd, 2010
small chest shocks
Hi all. I am happy to hear that i'm not going nuts. At least not all by my self .I am a 50 year old female.In March I was diagnosed with Prinzmetal Angina (a spastic coronary artery) after six months from going to one doctor and specialist after another. One cardiologist even told me that it was all in my head. Since I started taking the meds for the PA, I started getting this funny tickelish, electrical shocks in my left side and sometimes just a violent stabbing pain, that leaves me breathless and tired.My cardiologist( a different one from the above) said that it could be related to minor heart vessel disease, but he was also unsure. Good luck to you all and I hope you find solutions.
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replied November 10th, 2010
I just started getting shocks in my hands when I go to pick up something. I had an aunt that died about 20 years ago of MS when she was in her 40's. She had been sick for sometime & in a nursing home. I guess I better start keeping track.
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replied December 3rd, 2010
Electromagnetic Syndrome
Not only do I get electrical shocks, I can no longer be on my computer for more than 5-10 minutes at a time without being in severe pain. My cell phone is a joke. My fingers burn and hurt so bad. My fingernails and toenails feel like someone is shoving needles up them.
Does anyone have any answers!!
My uncle has this too. He calls it Electromagnetic Syndrome. He has had it for 5 years with no answers.

Please post any help!
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replied December 13th, 2010
I am so glad to have found this site. I have been suffering for over 6 years with excrutiating electrocuting pain in my chest, wrist and now hip. The doctors can't find a reason for it. My chiropractor thinks it is a problem in my cervical spine that is affecting the phrenic nerve. I read somewhere that Fibromyalgia pain can feel like this. This will be my next Dr. visit( I've seen many in the past 6 years.)
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replied January 10th, 2011
Electric sensations.
I had terrible shocking sensations around left side of trunk. It turned out I had shingles but without blisters.
It's called "herpes sine zoster". Put on Lyrica and voila, no more pain or electric shocks.
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