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Electric shock pains in arm

Does anyone ever get an electric shock type pain in their arms ever? This just started this afternoon. Now anytime I bump my arm I get a jolting zap. Diodes this come from the pinched nerves in the neck? Just wondering if anyone else has experienced this type of thing. Thanks.


  • Jill,
    Yes, it can come from a pinched nerve in your neck, but it also can come from the ulnar nerve in your elbow, and resting or leaning on it for too long, sitting with your arm bent or sleeping with it bent can all cause that same pain. It is difficult to know what is causing it , or what area of the body is causing it without an emg to figure it out, and those can't be done until 3 months have passed so that the study actually finds if the nerve is damaged.
  • RangerRRanger on da rangePosts: 1,033
    Hi Jill,
    I agree with sandi and an EMG can help determine the source, maybe? I've had a few EMG's, not my favorite test but it's not the worst either. Your doctor can determine if that test is appropriate for your symptoms.
    take care,
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  • Why is the EMG not your favorite test? What do they exactly do and how long does it take? Is it a test that checks for nerve damage?
  • the measure the length between lead that they place on your hand, wrist, arm, elbow etc and send little zaps of current and measure the lenth of time it takes to travel between the electrodes. This can show there is a nerve being pinched, help in diagnosing carple tunnel and can have false negatives. There is a second test where they jab needles into your muscles and listen to your nerves. I have had numerous test and have had varying results some showing mild to moderate carple tunnel, some showing ulnar nerve entrapment and some showing damaged nerves. My surgeon doesn't put too much stock in themas they don't always correlate to the mri or to other nuerological test.
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  • I was going to comment on this one but davrunner said it all very well :-). And yes, the shocking you describe can come from a pinched nerve in your neck but as Sandi said it can come from other things as well. It's best to talk to your dr., especially if this continues and you start to experience loss of strength in your arm. Hope you feel better soon--go see your dr :-)
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  • Ok thanks for all the good info!
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