"Electric Shock" type pain in my scalp!

Posted by Deby @deby, Aug 17, 2011

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?

@kay71

I had this and mine was caused from Effexor. I researched myself and stopped the drug then never had another brain zap again.

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Wow. Glad you got relief. I went to ER this morning and they did CT scan and blood work. Everything was clear. They gave me a cocktail of drugs they use for migraines and the pain subsided. Home now and getting them sporadically but not as intense. They said it was a variation of a migraine or a damaged or pinched nerve. Hopefully I’ll get some answers when I see neurologist.

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I just started having this too! It is the weirdest thing and makes me feel like I’m crazy. I get this sharp pain in the top, left side of my head. Almost like I am being electrocuted. It lasts a second or too but then my scalp is very sore to the point where if I part my hair there it really bothers me. Do you have any other medical issues? The reason I ask is because I had muscle weakness a year ago that is resolving and I’m scared this could be related some how.

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I also agree that it is not a migraine and only in my scalp.

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@alarsen828

I just started having this too! It is the weirdest thing and makes me feel like I’m crazy. I get this sharp pain in the top, left side of my head. Almost like I am being electrocuted. It lasts a second or too but then my scalp is very sore to the point where if I part my hair there it really bothers me. Do you have any other medical issues? The reason I ask is because I had muscle weakness a year ago that is resolving and I’m scared this could be related some how.

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No, I have zero medical issues. I feel like there is no answer.

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@chipp123

No, I have zero medical issues. I feel like there is no answer.

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What about neck problems?

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My electrical scalp ‘shocks’ seem to appear when I have sinus congestion. I usually Neti-pot and take a quarter or half a red Sudafed to get some relief- nasty zaps. I am 70 and these started this year. I may not even realize I have sinus issue but the zaps respond to the pill so I assume they must be related.

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Egads!so sorry for your pain. Are you on any pain meds to help you deal with this?

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@chipp123

No, I have zero medical issues. I feel like there is no answer.

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@chipp123

Hi Chip. I noticed your post and wondered how you were doing. Have you had any explanation as to the cause of the shocks and other pain symptoms?

Jim

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No. It's a mystery. I mostly wear hats these days and that seems to help.

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Yes I have the same exact thing.

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@mitch1847

Yes I have the same exact thing.

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Really? What happens to you?

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Hi Deby
You probably have Occipital Neuralgia. Make sure by getting MRI's, if you have Occipital Neuralgia it will not show up on pictures. My name is Julie, I have had it also since 2013. John Hopkins has a Synopsis on Diagnosing it and the Symptoms, treatments but they do not know everything about it, It feels like it will kill you but it is not fatal just miserable as you know.
Some of the things that work for me..when you have an episode. First, I am sorry for you.❤. It is a rare autoimmune disease that one in one hundred thousand people have, no one will understand at first even neurologists can misdiagnosis you. No cure as of yet but better than it was in 2013. People are more aware now..they have a clothing line for your scalp due too sensitivity too sound, light. Some can't read or watch much TV. Try smaller scenes wear sunglasses, nerve endings could be worn down..wear clean head covering (scarf, hat, whatever works when it hurts..Soft Neck Cushion helps me a lot takes pressure off cervical that headache s go up from C2 to too of scalp .
What works..for the headaches or nerve headaches (neuralgia) that can come up too seven at a time simultaneously. These headaches that come are Ice Pick, Tension, Migraine, Burning, burrowing, icing, regular headache, cold spots, crawling, inflammation headaches feels like a city lives in your head, swimming, stabbing, cutting, squeezing, etc..regular headache migraine medicine generally does not work…Caffeine however will bring down the inflammation helps a lot, Blending Celery and berries for juice for the burning headaches, the ice pic headaches cureall eat Chili hot, Jalapenos, yogurt for tummy, avocados are wonderful..your diet has too change anti inflammatory..What Occipital Neuralgia damage to your Cervical Spine Neck and the nerve causes numerous sensations that are very scarey. The shocks are nerves misfiring. The itching is blood getting through the pinched places actually good.
What works..❤ Massage, Muscle Relaxers, Organic Vitamins( D3, Alpha Omega) B12, ) preferably powdered organic vitamin..Good Neurologist preference also updated works at University Professor, Controlled Substance too sleep over through sensations and for anxiety..Clonazepam, Ativan..Neurosimulator look into..
What is bad for Occipital Neuralgia..I
Internet
Electric Light
Movies
Loud Noise
Odd Noise
Intense People or Pressure
Too much TV
Reading
Keep room dark like Migraine
No concerts
No loud church
But pray anyway trust God he will help you..Psalm 🙏91..
Extra note..Food that helps cont..Salmon, almonds, lime, chili, Blending a juice 3x week celery berry lime, organic while milk yogurt plain, no salt, less surgar, dark chocolate..
You will learn as you go what works for you. You will adjust too the pain..very scary always, some will think you have lost your mind but you have not, this autoimmune used nerves too lie to brain..ughh..support group online, God, Good mate, Good friend or relative.probably will have too stop working..
Love ya..

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