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Old 07-18-2005, 09:15 PM   #1
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Spine / Shock Down Spine & Back

Hi!

I am curious as to what the "shock-sensation down the spine" really feels like. I just stretched my back, and what I'm feeling, I am not sure of. It could be just a "stretchy" feeling, I guess...

Is the "shock" instant or does it occur and/or hold on for as long as you stretch, or...?

I also have the same sensation in my hamstrings when stretching my legs (trying to grab my toes while keeping my legs straight).

Very rarely (but sometimes) when I move my head in a direction - left or right - (very fast, when reacting to something) I get a jolt down the side of my neck. It leaves a warm feeling sort of (feels kinda good actually, afterwards).

Could this all be because of not stretching enough? I play a lot of sports, and I am terrible at stretching (especially back and legs).

For your information, I have also had back problems due to weight lifting and bad posture when sitting down / sleeping.

Could this still be a symptom of MS?


Thank you!

 
Old 07-19-2005, 03:32 AM   #2
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Re: Spine / Shock Down Spine & Back

Have you ever touched a bare wire on an electrical cord that was plugged in? The sensation is immediate and alarming, and it stops as soon as you stop touching the wire. That is the exact description of what I have. It does not happen when I turn my head, only when I tip it straight down.
I used to play sports and was very bad at stretching too, but never felt anything like this when I would do it! But nerves are funny, you should talk to your doctor about any strange sensations you have when doing normal activities.

 
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Old 07-19-2005, 01:10 PM   #3
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Re: Spine / Shock Down Spine & Back

I will talk to a doctor.

Thank you!

 
Old 07-19-2005, 01:25 PM   #4
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Re: Spine / Shock Down Spine & Back

More info:

It's not when I stand and/or sit and press my chin against my chest it happens. It's only when I press my chin against my chest AND bend my back forward. It is also a lot worse in the morning (stiff and sore), than at night or after working out.

Is it similar to what you described?

What I feel is not that bad, I can stand it just for the sake of stretching my back. Like I said, it's worse in the morning.

I have touched a barbwire / electric fence, but it's not like that.


Thanks again.

 
Old 07-19-2005, 01:29 PM   #5
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Re: Spine / Shock Down Spine & Back

hi, what u'r describing sounds like " l hermittes" sign, i had this for almost 7 months, crossing my fingers it seems to be gone(and hoefully stays gone), mine would sometimes be like you described but more so when i tilted my head forward.....
i havent been on the board in awhile, are you dx? taking any of the carbs
take care
tammy

 
Old 07-19-2005, 02:12 PM   #6
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Re: Spine / Shock Down Spine & Back

For me, it's more of a buzzing vibration than pain. When I tilt my head down toward my chest, the zing runs straight down my spine into my lower back. It keeps buzzing there until I lift my head back up. It's not muscular, so stretching shouldn't affect it, if it's the same thing.

 
Old 07-19-2005, 02:45 PM   #7
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Re: Spine / Shock Down Spine & Back

It isn't painful for me (actually, after 5 months now it is almost gone!) but when it started in March it was VERY intense and so strange. I had no idea a human body could do that! I would imagine there are varying degrees of L'Hermittes, just as there can be different causes, including a pinched nerve, MS, radiation damage (from radiation treatment) just to name a few.

 
Old 07-20-2005, 10:48 AM   #8
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Re: Spine / Shock Down Spine & Back

Hi just read your message, first time on this board I had this feeling years before i was diagnosed and when they went back into my notes they said i had, had ms since then as that is a feeling 99% of ms suffers get i dont know thats what i was told, i still get it sometimes hope this helps

 
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