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Electric shocks

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:19 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Diagnosed with bulged C5/6 disc, DJD of neck, bone spurs in neck (among other things, but need to talk about my neck today). I have off and on for the past couple years been experiencing these electric shock symptoms. Feels like I'm sucking on a 9-volt battery. It is terrible, especially if I am walking about. Last night it began again, so bad, lasted forever. My neck hurts and is spasming. I dont understand why I keep getting this. My drs swear all my diagnoses have nothing to do with my pain or these electric shock feelings. They can't tell me what is the cause though. I am getting very worried, as I almost thought I was gonna pass out last night it was getting so bad. Has anyone else experienced this terrible thing, with these diagnoses? What do you do, take, and what type of dr do you see? I see a nuero dr, but he is about to be FIRED!


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 11,347
    I've been through herniations of C5/C6 and later C6/C7 and both times required ACDF surgeries and then an additional surgery on C6/C7 for some bone spurs and more.

    Never during that 6 year period of time do I have what you described as electric shocks.

    I did have nerve pain, which is more of a stabbing burning pain, but I could never describe it as like electric shocks.

    I could understand based on your diagnosis why your doctor can not related your shock pain. You mention a bulge Disc at C5/C6, which sorta implies it has not impinged on a nerve root. What else has the MRI report told you? Perhaps there is something else going on. Are you seeing a Neurologist or Neurosurgeon for this? Perhaps an EMG test by a Neurologist is possible if they feel it is warranted.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • hello, Could this be Lhermitte's sign? The electric shocks your describing sounds like Lhermitte's sign. Try googling this, and see if it describes your symptoms.
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  • If you could explain where the electric shocks seem to originate and where they travel to, it will help answer your questions and may also help you explain it to your doc better.

    I am quite used to electric shocks. I have occipital neuralgia on the left side, of the greater and lesser occipital nerves. Both nerves can generate electric shocks that will stop me in my tracks. No warning. I had surgery for the greater occipital last year and several RF ablations for the lesser this year. Knock on wood, for the moment they are quiet.

    The nerve roots come out of C-2 and C-3 and head and neck position can generate the shocks as well as typical burning nerve pain.

    Some folks have experienced this type of pain into their arms and hands. Some into their face.

    If you can describe or map out the area of these shocks and whether they come in groups or after certain activities or head and neck positions, it might help.

  • I described the symptoms I had as electric shocks, but I'm not sure if that's the same feeling that you're having. When I'd turn my head to the left I would get a shock from my left arm pit down to my thumb. It felt like an electric shock running down my arm. Definitely due to the nerve root compression at C4-C5.
  • The shocks come when I walk. I am almost 99% sure they are coming from the neck. It is not PAIN. It is just being shocked, so it is an overall body feeling. Zap, Zap, Zap. It isn't something I grab my neck or whatever and say ohhh that was weird. It is just this feeling of being electrocuted as I walk. It is always when my neck is acting up, feels swollen inside, etc. So, i am fairly positive it is from my neck. I have been told before I have occipital neuralgia, but they haven't done anything about it, and dont act as if these shocks are from that. My MRI has said, bulged disc at C5/6, not impinging on nerves, no disc space narrowing. DJD of those same discs, and bone spurs. Pretty much it for that area of the body. but nonstop pain and spasms and shocks and soreness in my neck from the base of my skull down through my shoulders. Along with burning, thru my shoulder blades, both sides, like someone is pouring hot candle wax down my back. I describe in detail to my Neurologist. I have asked to see a NS, but he says i dont need to. I have called one myself, and they will not see me without referral. I hav asked to see an Ortho dr also, he says I dont need that either. yet he wont do anything for me.
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  • How long have you been being treated by the same neurologist?

    Reason I ask, is that the first neurologist I was being treated by spent 6 months and lots of drugs trying to help me out. He was replaced by a young new neurologist who within 30 minutes had a proper diagnosis and started me on a correct treatment plan.


  • Two years, so many tests I should glow in the dark, many meds that really don't help.. I think it is just the DJD causing the pain, and he refuses to admit it. I have been reading a lot on here, and other places and it seems to me people suffer from it. Why won't he except that as a reason? I just want to be able to sit, stand, work, sleep, live, without pain. I dont think it will ever happen. I have managed to get myself into a psysiatrist next week, so hopefully he can help?
  • listen to you, fire him! The MD is your employee. You are in charge of your care. Oftentimes they want us to hand over our souls to them for the privilege of giving them our copayment. If after two years the MD isn't able to help you feel more comfortable, then get another consult. And don't rule out acupuncture. It helped me a lot with electrical impulses that used to wake me up at night.\

    Good luck.
  • Someone walking up behind you and hitting you with a cattle prod

    Someone walking up behind you and hitting you with a high power tazer

    Someone walking up behind you and dropping a high power line on you

    Sudden, without warning, no idea how long it will last, how frequent it will happen, when it will happen ...

    Oh yes, loads of fun that I can relate to!

  • BG, problem is, that if you leave too many typos, those of us taking neurontin may forget how those words are really supposed to be spelled!

    Maybe that's why this and electric shocks go together. The ols electric shock therapy for us crazies. =))
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