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Old 09-16-2006, 07:59 AM   #1
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Question regarding nerve damage and electrical shock in fingers

I also wanted to ask if anyone has had little shocks that go down into the tips of the fingers. It doesn't hurt but it feels like a shock and goes downt he fingers and into the tips and it goes out. I have been getting them more and more and in both hands. I need to ask the pain doctors about it as it has been going on for awhile now.

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Old 09-16-2006, 11:41 AM   #2
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Re: Question regarding nerve damage and electrical shock in fingers

usualy pinched nerves and what u said in the title.
There are some ole stand by tricks for that epsecaily useful with hands wrists ankels etc....
Try wearing at night hand brace the stiff kind can be found at your local pharamcy, and see if in a few hours that extra support helps.
If you find you get that numbness tingeling in feet ankels are knees too same recomendation. Try Knee supports soft kind, ankle supports soft kind, that for some reason seems to help especaily with the tingeling......

 
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Old 09-16-2006, 12:38 PM   #3
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Re: Question regarding nerve damage and electrical shock in fingers

I get that sensation quite often myself. My problems start at my neck and radiate down my arms to my fingers. The splints work real good for me when things get bad. It does feel like someone is shocking you I also have the same sensation in my lower back. Yeah! The problem for me is caused by nerve damage---right at this moment, I'm sorry, but I don't have much of a solution. I just try to stretch as much as I can.

 
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Re: Question regarding nerve damage and electrical shock in fingers

Thanks at least I am not alone. I also have numbness and pain in my ankles and knees but what does that have to do with the neck??????

I never thought of splints. I guess I will have to try that. The little shocks drive me crazy. They have been going on all day.

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Old 09-18-2006, 07:07 AM   #5
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Re: Question regarding nerve damage and electrical shock in fingers

You do have nerves in your neck that run through-out your entire body... I found a diagram on the internet that actualy shows you where all your nerves go. It's pretty amazing. Your doc should have one too. Stretching excersises helps me a lot. I've been working with my nerve pain for well over a year now. I did start taking Topamax to help and it has a lot...but I can't handle the s/e's that went along with it, so now I'm back to the starting point again

 
Old 09-18-2006, 08:25 AM   #6
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Re: Question regarding nerve damage and electrical shock in fingers

One other thing that you may want to get checked for is carpel tunnel. Even though you have neck issues, this doesn't rule out CTS. Seeing though it is both hands this could be a viable reason.

 
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Re: Question regarding nerve damage and electrical shock in fingers

The shocks throughout the hands and up and down the spine are sometimes described as L'hermitte's sign which occurs with the flexing of the neck usually in the forward position...I have posted on here several times inquiring as to who suffers this symptom and I have only gotten a couple of responses...this along with hand numbness, foot numbness, and hyperflexia is one of the main symptoms i experience as the result of severe cord compression i suffered...and I am now 12 weeks post-op...the shocks are less than they were before the surgery...but I wonder if it is eternal...I wonder if you suffer the L'hermitte's sign as well...HTF

 
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Re: Question regarding nerve damage and electrical shock in fingers

Hi there,

re: L'hermittia - named after the Doctor who discovered it, I too had the symptoms intensely from a fall that sequestered and herniated my c5 -6 disc. After surgery it does diminish about 50% (at least for me) but it was very uncomfortable, painful and if I sneezed, deep exhaled, laughed or cried or if someone like a child bumped into me it was rampant for a few minutes or longer. It is signifying spinal cord compression generally from what my surgeon told me but after the disc removal the nerves have stored it in memory and find it hard to give up. My c6-7 disc was and is bulging and I get the symptoms when it flares.

This is a hard symptom for a gp to understand and generally only a specialist recognizes what one is describing. Good luck...you are definitely BOTH not alone.

Nero

 
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Thanks guys it is always nice to know I am not alone. It is so odd though because I do not get those wierd finger shocks all the time. Like, I haven't had them since the other day. My feet do go numb periodically too.

Blue have you been offered Lyrica? I have really not had any side affects other then some that are not mentioned like feeling like I have bugs on me at different parts or hair on my tongue. Other then that it has really helped a lot with the burning sensation.

NYD I was checked for CP and other things with a EMG. Nothing showed. How odd is that? To me it seems odd to have the issues I have but nothing showing damaged.

HTF I will look up that L'h thing and see if I have any of those symptoms. What is hyperflexia? Not sure I have that. I do understand how frustrating it can be to look for others with simular issues and get few responses. I hate to think it but I am told that I will have a lifetime of these issues and I will just learn how to deal with it. Sad to think about so I won't except that as a life sentence.

Nero you are so right. I do not really understand how the brain remembers the pain. But I am told that. I am going to start bio feedback soon to try and get my brain to forget some of the pain issues.

 
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Thanks guys it is always nice to know I am not alone. It is so odd though because I do not get those wierd finger shocks all the time. Like, I haven't had them since the other day. My feet do go numb periodically too.

Blue have you been offered Lyrica? I have really not had any side affects other then some that are not mentioned like feeling like I have bugs on me at different parts or hair on my tongue. Other then that it has really helped a lot with the burning sensation.

NYD I was checked for CP and other things with a EMG. Nothing showed. How odd is that? To me it seems odd to have the issues I have but nothing showing damaged.

HTF I will look up that L'h thing and see if I have any of those symptoms. What is hyperflexia? Not sure I have that. I do understand how frustrating it can be to look for others with simular issues and get few responses. I hate to think it but I am told that I will have a lifetime of these issues and I will just learn how to deal with it. Sad to think about so I won't except that as a life sentence.

Nero you are so right. I do not really understand how the brain remembers the pain. But I am told that. I am going to start bio feedback soon to try and get my brain to forget some of the pain issues.

I feel very lucky in many ways because my pain levels do ease. I have not have the 9's or 10's I once had. I am a average 6 some days better and some worse. It seems to me that if I do something that brings my endorphins into play I feel better. Like exercise or spending time with my horses. I need a endorphan replacement pill and I think I would be sooooooo much better.

 
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I haven't told my dr that I'm weaning off of the topamax yet. I just don't like her. I do have to call and make that appt. A lot, and I mean a lot of my nerve pain has already come back. I just kind of wanted to be med free for a bit. I haven't been myself for so long...it seems. I will certainly ask about the lyrica AND tell my dr that I want to be seen by a neurosurgeon. I hear about people with the same problems that do find relief--not just a cover up--I would like to be one of them I will be completely off of the topa on Sat.

I'm also starting bio-feedback next month. I hope it helps a little...something has to. Those things that HTF mentioned, I don't know what they are either, but I'm going to research it. My headaches are back too, but, I think there is TMJ going on now. I had a PT accidently pop my jaw really bad and I've had troubles ever since. Like I needed any help Sometimes I can't talk correctly. This could be causing some of my headaches and even some neck pain--according to the research I've done. So now I've got two things going against me. Yeah.

 
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Re: Question regarding nerve damage and electrical shock in fingers

HTF,
I remember your earlier messages regarding the 'shock' feelings you were experiencing. I had numbness and tingling issues in the right arm/hand and right shin/ankle areas before surgery and have continued to experience them with some activities since surgery, too, but had felt nothing I'd have described as a 'shock' or 'jolt'.

However, a few weeks ago, I began to have occasional pains in my shins and ankles, and am now sometimes getting them in my upper back, shoulders and neck. These are very sharp and short, as though someone is sticking an ice pick or skewer into me. I've embarassed myself in public a few times now, jumping unexpectedly or letting out a good, loud, "Ouch!" before I could catch myself.

I don't think these are the same as what you have described, but figured I'd ask to be sure anyway.

I was traveling for a week last month, plus have not been able to keep up with stretching/exercising as much for the past three weeks or so (husband's medical issues), so that may be playing a role in all this.

Thanks, anyone, for any insight.

 
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Re: Question regarding nerve damage and electrical shock in fingers

Saddle et.al...

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Evidently there is some irritation in the "glide" of the cord that is exacerbated when stretched forward for me it is facilitated mostly through quick motions forward Supposedly those with MS may experience this symptom as well but I went over to that board and nobody was home on that call....

Hyperflexia is a symptom I have such that when the doctor taps your knee instead of just eliciting one swift movement forward my knee/leg flails about uncontrollably I just started physical therapy about 3 weeks ago I think it is helping with my strength and coordination but usually a couple days thereafter my symptoms are flaring

I fear, as you do, there will always be some residual effects from this spinal cord injury laying in bed at night i sometimes wonder what if that dang disk had just moved to one side or the other instead of straight back into my cord but then again I guess I am lucky it didn't sever the dang thing..HTF

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Old 09-22-2006, 08:03 AM   #14
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Re: Question regarding nerve damage and electrical shock in fingers

HTF I did look that up and I do not have that kind of shock feelings luckily. I suppose that it is hard to explain since it doesn't hurt and it doesn't come with a movement it just happens. It is only in the tips of the fingers and only occasionally.

I am having a frustrating day as I do not understand why days later after walk/jogging I feel like I did a heavy weight lifting. My ribs ache as does my sides and I am so tired. I was in bed by 8pm last night. It seems if I exercise I have to do it every 3-4 days if I want to word off the pain. Plus it seems no one has had the dirty feeling I get when I breath. It is in my esphogus region. I tried searching online but nothing comes back using my terminology. I suppose it could be like heartburn but it isn't.

I have had a chest Xray before my hysterecomy in March and it was fine so there was no idicatation of problems. I guess what is is and I may never get an answer. It doesn't affect my breathing but if I breath in really deap that icky feeling is just stronger.

UGH! Stinks sometimes when there is no answers. Sigh so one must just tredge onward.............

 
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Hi Saddle, I also get the shocks in the ends of my fingers like you. I can just be sitting on the couch watching tv and it'll just do it. Just in the fingertips. I have it in my rt hand. I had some post op problems with my right side. They are slowly improving but I too, like you wondered about the shocks. Before my surgery anytime I went for a walk in the woods behind our house or had to climp stairs I would be so out of breath that I thought it was my heart. After a nuclear stress test I was told I did better than most people my age. It must have something to do with the cervical spine. I haven't had a chance to be very active yet. I'm 10 weeks and the first 4 weeks were spent first on a walker, then a cane. I had alot of weakness on my right side (almost all gone now). I know how you feel. It's aggravating to not have specific answers. I actually have had more problems since the surgery than before, but my NS says it will all go away with time and that it was caused by a large increase in blood flow to my spinal cord after it was decompressed and that it takes time for all the swelling and inflammation of the spinal cord and even the cell walls to go away. You are in my prayers. Keep us updated. Nennie

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