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Posted by Deby (@deby) · Aug 17, 2011

"Electric Shock" type pain in my scalp!

It feels like someone is touching my scalp with an electric wire or prod. Like a "zap" and then it takes a few seconds to get over it. It happens 2 or more times per MINUTE! It lastes for a couple of days usually and when it goes away it takes a few more days for my scalp not to be sore. I don't know how many times a year it occurs but when it does, like today, it drives me crazy. I walk around making weird faces and people stare at me. They think I have a headache or migrain but I don't, the pain is only on my scalp not IN my head. Sometimes the shocks occur over and over for a minute, then go back to 2 or more times per minute. It's the weirdest thing and I can't wait for it to be over. I never know when it's going to occur or what brings it on. Anyone ever heard of something like this?

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dean (@dean1) · Aug 18, 2011 · #

have you talked to a neurologist or dr who specialize in nerve problems? i dont know anything but it sounds miserable. i am just a guy here hoping to get help with my serious eye pain.

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Deby (@deby) · Aug 18, 2011 · #

No, if I had insurance I'd go but.....that's why I am looking on line.

SwitchingGranny (@switchinggranny) · Aug 18, 2011 · #

Deby - look up trigeminal neuralgia. I had this most terrible disease. It was actually a vessel laying on an branch of my trigeminal nerve Ultimately I had brain surgery (but some get by with medication) The surgery stopped my pain! Was in 06. But Dean was right.. a Neurologist is your best bet. There is a type of neuralgia that causes pain in the eye.

SwitchingGranny (@switchinggranny) · Aug 18, 2011 · #

Also I suggest you go check out http://www.endthepain.org/ to find tons of information on TN. MY pain was in my ear canal. From my blog: http://switchinggranny.com/?s=brain+surgery

And from TNA's site: http://switchinggranny.com/trigeminal-neuralgia-is-deadly-the-patients-kill-themselves-please-watch-the-newest-video-from-the-tna (a video)

My story here: http://switchinggranny.com/my-road-to-brain-surgery-and-more

If when you are on my blog you search (brain surgery or trigeminal neuralgia you'll find lots of links about this condition.

You are in my prayers.

Deby (@deby) · Aug 18, 2011 · #

Thanks, it has changed from the back of the left side of my head to the side but the shocks are much further apart yet elicit a bigger response from me when they hit, so I believe this round is almost over. See this is completely on top of the scull, nerves between skull and scalp...like I said, I only get it a couple times a year but have no idea what the trigger is....really what I need is HankMed to come over and give me a freebee. ;>} Thanks Deby

SwitchingGranny (@switchinggranny) · Aug 18, 2011 · #

Deby,

If it is a type of trigeminal neuralgia (which it sounds like) this tends to happen to people in episodes like you are mentioning. I'd have an episode of "zaps" that would go on for say a few weeks and then NOTHING for months. What generally helps is not narcotic medication but anti seizure medications. Please check out the site's I mentioned above. Plus Mayo has a good site regarding trigeminal neuralgia. Just search for it.

Glad this episode is easing for you.

Deby (@deby) · Aug 19, 2011 · #

Thanks, I haven't had more than 2 or 3 zaps all day...I don't know why it's only a day or two for me,.. but I will look at the site you recommended and I really appreciate your concern...my husband reminded me that I had an even weirder episode a few months ago but it was a patch on my arm. It wasn't red and it didn't shock me like the head ones do but it would just cause me a similar type of pain on the skin itself. The oddest part was that you couldn't see anything at all on my arm. Anyway, thanks for your concern and I will check out that site. Deby

Deby (@deby) · Aug 19, 2011 · #

After having only a couple of zaps yesterday I woke up this morning and they have come back into the original spot. I am heading off to look up TN. Thanks for your support.

Deby (@deby) · Aug 19, 2011 · #

I went to a TN site and it only talks about face pain..this is on my head, but I did find a website for all natural pills specifically for this type of pain. It seems to be mostly made from asparagus! Whodathunkit? If we had any insurance at all I would go see someone but in the mean time I'll see how long this lasts and if it goes more than another day I'll look into either the tabs or,...hell I'll go buy some asperagus! ;>} Thanks for being such a friend, . Deborah

jeffacre (@jeffacre) · Apr 13, 2013 · #

WOW! I have this issue too! It's been driving me crazy for two days now, and I can't seem to explain it to anyone. Nobody understands when you tell them it feels like a shock going thru the nerves in one area of your scalp. It's like a quick, painful and shock to the nerves that almost take my breath away each time it hits. Thank Goodness it only happens for a second or two, but it is drivng me crazy because it's EVERY FEW SECONDS and ALL DAY LONG NOW!!!
I too have also had a strange "jumpy nerve" feeling on my arm in the past. It seems I have these painful and annoying nerve issues a couple times a year.

***Were you ever able to find out what caused your shocking nerve pain in your scalp? Please let me know!
Thanks so much for validating what I'm going thru!

Triili (@triili) · May 9, 2013 · #

Did you find anything out? I'm suffering from the same thing. I described it to my husband as a repeated wasp sting in the same place on my scalp. He sees nothing...except for me freeze in place and wince in pain.

AnnieG (@annieg) · Thu, Jun 19 at 2:15am CDT · #

I'm currently experiencing my second round of this pain. The first was two years ago and lasted more than a month before it finally went away. When people ask me to describe the pain I ask if they have ever seen the children's movie, "Fern Gully". I feel like the character Batty who escaped from a lab with wires implanted in his head and every so often they shock him. Two years ago a dr told me this was shingles, even tho there are no visible sores. The right half of my scalp, including my ear, feels almost numb and tight. As the days go by it is getting worse and the tingling is developing into more defined zaps. I find myself massaging my scalp to try to "loosen" the scalp from the scull if that makes any sense... I'll start looking for a neurologist tonight...

Margaret Shepard (@margieshepard) · Thu, Jun 19 at 3:27pm CDT · #

Hi, @AnnieG. I'm sorry to hear about the pain you are experiencing. Here is a link to the Neurology department at Mayo Clinic that may be helpful: http://www.mayoclinic.org/departments-centers/neurology.