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Old 06-20-2005, 09:55 AM   #1
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Sudden "electrical shocks" in the head

Has anyone ever had sudden "electrical shocks" in the head, mostly happens in the front and around the temple. It usually lasts a second or two then it's fine. It happened recently, I've had a lot of stress this last week and I also have a bum shoulder (partially torn rotator) which affects my neck. Anyone have any insights on what might cause this? And should I seek attention?


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Old 06-20-2005, 12:32 PM   #2
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Re: Sudden "electrical shocks" in the head

Electrical shocks are never fun. I would look into a pinched nerve that may be causing trigeminal neuralgia. I have it and when I am under stress and or extreme heat I get what feels like pin pricks in the left side of my face. There are meds that help. Mine is easily controlled. Good luck.

Old 06-27-2005, 01:50 PM   #3
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Re: Sudden "electrical shocks" in the head

this sounds like a cluster headache (a specific burst of excruciating pain, typically located in one area and lasts for a few moments or sometimes up to an hour). i get these. didn't used to but one day they just started. no fun.

Old 06-28-2005, 06:56 PM   #4
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Re: Sudden "electrical shocks" in the head

I agree with the pinched nerve. Go see a chiropractor and get some relief, he'll take care of the shoulder too.

Old 06-30-2005, 06:09 PM   #5
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Re: Sudden "electrical shocks" in the head

I've had those same shooting pains in temple or elsewhere on the skull, on and off for years. Also was a big time migraine sufferer in my forties and had bad regular headaches prior to that. Now I still get the occasional migraine or bad tension type headache.

Back to the shooting head pains -- Really get your attention, don't they???

I have seen them described as ice pick headaches. You can look this up in books or on the web. Also, the trigeminal neuralgia someone mentioned is a possibility. Thus far I've had them come on go at intervals during a day, but lasting just a few seconds. I've not yet had one that lasted longer than a minute. But once they start, they are likely to repeat a few times more the same day (in my experience, anyway).

Naturally I expect more and am rewarded with more!

It's all fun, isn't it? I can't figure out when they will hit or why, but I am also a very anxious person and a worrier and prone to panic attacks so I figure it's all tied in together.

I would say try not to worry about it. It is really quite common. Of course, you could see a chiropractor or physician for additional info but I'm sure you are OK.

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