"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?

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I got what you were saying

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@seizhin

Good evening, I thank you to everyone who contributed to this issue.

I have the exact same symptom of electric shock zap on the right side of my scalp. The actual spot is behind my left ear and I can feel my nerve when I touch it.

The pain is described as electric shock (I have been electrocuted a few times in my life) and always occurs after I have a fever.
The pain is excruciating as there is no fixed pattern or no fixed timeline of when the pain will occur, sometimes, once every 10 seconds, sometimes, once every minute. It starts to give a psychological damage as it drives me crazy of not knowing when the zap will occur.
The pain can be lessened by compressing the area with my hand.
In my case, the electric shock is always accompanied by a low fever.

I've been experimenting on methods to get the symptom to stop, and do feel that the pain stops as soon as the fever is gone, either by temporal tylenol or by taking Ibuprofen.

I've been given cafergot (migraine treatment) and magnesium + vitamin B and both also helps to alleviate the pain.

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As I have rad all of the replies give in this thread, I'd like to summarize a few illness which maybe the cause of the electric shock other people were having.

Below are what was shared by the people here, I would suggest everyone who had the "electric shock type of pain on scalp" to check out these keywords to see which suited your pain best:

Occipital neuralgia

trigeminal neuralgia – most described this as face pain, but worth checking

shingles

Ice Pick Headaches

peripheral neuropathy

“Scalp folliculitis”

Allodynia

postherpetic neuralgia

"Years ago my wife had similar shock like feelings in her scalp. They would last for just a short periods of time. Most doctors diagnosed this to be a mental condition. Fortunately after three months of doctoring a nutritionist diagnosed this as hypoglycemia which is a drastic swing in sugar levels in the body. Apparently this causes other organs to react abnormally and to release chemicals into the blood stream that caused the shock like feelings in the scalp. I'm not saying that your condition is a result of hypoglycemia but it may be due to a similar chemical reaction that is causing your symptoms. What my wife went through was very scary but fortunately the cure was simple………a proper diet. "

"Has anyone examined your spine for possible issues? Electric shock pains are usually nerve compressions. If you have any disc or alignment problems in your neck, or possibly arthritis, it could produce symptoms like this. I had a spine problem in my neck and have had spine surgery. Before my surgery, I had itching and pain around my scapulae, pain in my ears, and muscle spasm headaches onto the back of my head from my spine problems. You might want to consult a neurologist and have a physical therapy evaluation with a PT who is familiar with rehabbing spine surgery patients. Nerves pass through some very small spaces in the body between muscles, around joints and bones, and misalignment can compress these spaces."

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As we age, being healthy is a blessing. Do keep a good diet and exercise.

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Hello I also have had bouts of these electrical pains in my head that go off every few seconds all day long and landing me in the emergency room crying in pain. I finally found the right person who had actually experienced it themselves and said to use Biofreeze on my neck and in the back of my head all the way up to my ears on each side. This is not an actual headache it is from the nerve and the nerve needs to be released from the muscle as soon as I put Biofreeze on my neck they start happening

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@deeraudins

Hello I also have had bouts of these electrical pains in my head that go off every few seconds all day long and landing me in the emergency room crying in pain. I finally found the right person who had actually experienced it themselves and said to use Biofreeze on my neck and in the back of my head all the way up to my ears on each side. This is not an actual headache it is from the nerve and the nerve needs to be released from the muscle as soon as I put Biofreeze on my neck they start happening

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Stop Happening**

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@jeffacre

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!

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Omg this is happening to me today and yesterday!!! I have never had this before, but it has been all day and I can’t even function correctly. It’s sudden bolts of shock on my right side and I make this face bc it hurts but like you said, thank goodness it’s only seconds at a time. I really don’t know what to do or what it’s from.

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@erika8912

Omg this is happening to me today and yesterday!!! I have never had this before, but it has been all day and I can’t even function correctly. It’s sudden bolts of shock on my right side and I make this face bc it hurts but like you said, thank goodness it’s only seconds at a time. I really don’t know what to do or what it’s from.

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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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@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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