"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 went for therapy on my tmj which is bad. During the treatment they pulled my neck turned it to the side….when that happened I ended up with a pain that went from my neck up to the top of my head. I haven’t been able to lay on the back of my head or either side of my face which they think I have pinched nerves in my neck. The pain is horrible. I now am getting coldness in my face a burning along with this tinittins of my left ear. My nerves are now bad because of the pain….when the pain lets up some I go into a panic attack….. I have gone from one doc to another….as they keep sending me for more and more testing. Which has shown my neck is bad but no surgery now sending to pain management….it is hard to pay attention and feels as though I am in another world because of the pain. Any thoughts on what mess are best ….I don’t do well on them

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Hello @trishd. It’s been a few weeks since we have heard from you. How are you doing with your pain? I hope that you have been able to speak with your doctor and find some help. Please keep in touch with us as you are able. Teresa

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please help me 3 weeks ago i had these electric type pains in my head my docter said that it could be connected to shingles she put me on some tablets which helped but since today again im having these pains any advice

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@elainesharon

please help me 3 weeks ago i had these electric type pains in my head my docter said that it could be connected to shingles she put me on some tablets which helped but since today again im having these pains any advice

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Welcome, @elainesharon.
You’ll notice that I moved your message to a discussion called “Electric Shock” type pain in my scalp!” in the Chronic Pain group. If you click VIEW & REPLY in the email notification, you’ll be able scroll back through the discussion to see suggestions from other members about this type of electric shock pain. You’ll also meet members like @lorimar89 @david33 @luladavis @audrapopp @genzel @megamom and @sandytoes14.

I especially encourage you to read the posts starting here with @lorimar89‘s http://mayocl.in/2okSyjR

Elaine, what medication did your doctor give you for shingles? Did the electric shock sensation go away?

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Yes it did I’ve forgot the name of the tablets but I’m also diabetic as well last night I was in agony the pain was unbearable my doctor said it was due to having shingles but I had no rash the pain is at the back of my neck on the left hand side I’m really fed up now

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I am just getting over some crud and it seems anytime I get a fever over 100 I can expect this head pain to occur, either that day or soon. So it has to have something to do with inflamation or viral. Little devils shooting lightening bolts at my head. I have had these so many years I don’t expect anyone is going to be able to help up, if they even believe or listen to us, but strangely it feels better knowing I am not the only one who has these. For those just starting with these pains, I am 62 and they haven’t killed me yet and I have had them off and on for as long as I can remember, hang in there,

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@ennergizerbunnee

Yes I have had this over the years and have it right now since about 5pm, not able to sleep yet with the zap happening.VERY painful for about 4 – 8 seconds. I have been informed that there is a very slight swelling in the ear canal and the nerves at the side of the head run very closely to the nerves of the ear so it triggers off a synapse which is very painful. I found i get it if the windows are open in the car, i can’t have a breeze blowing at my ears or it happens like clock work. This morning i got splashed in the swimming pool into the ear, and then drove 1/2 hr to apt with windows open , it was a beautiful day free from smoke from the forest fires and i forgot so now i pay the price. I usually have a pair of ear puffs from the sporting goods store for skiing that i wear when the wind it up and i wear them, don’t care if it looks silly in summer but my hair covers them up. Better that than the horrid pain. I currently have taken a Tylenol #2, 5 mg of Oxycontin and 15 mg of oxazipam and i put an ice pack in the towel at the side of the head to numb the spot. The spot is about 2 1/2 inches above the ear on the scalp this time. Hope it simmers down asap, i need sleep.
I am a retired nurse. You have to pay attention to what you were doing within about 5 hours before onset of the zapping to know what is setting it off. good luck, always wear hats in cold weather.

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I am going to pay more attention to see if it occurs during periods where I might have gotten wind in my ears, has your ever accompanied a fever?

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@megamom

I am just getting over some crud and it seems anytime I get a fever over 100 I can expect this head pain to occur, either that day or soon. So it has to have something to do with inflamation or viral. Little devils shooting lightening bolts at my head. I have had these so many years I don’t expect anyone is going to be able to help up, if they even believe or listen to us, but strangely it feels better knowing I am not the only one who has these. For those just starting with these pains, I am 62 and they haven’t killed me yet and I have had them off and on for as long as I can remember, hang in there,

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Hi I’ve been back to my doctors and they have put it down to stress I give up

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I’ve been dealing with chronic nerve pain for yrs. I was diagnosed with TN 8 yrs ago. Over the last few days, my scalp, at the top of my head, feels like I have an electric shock hitting me every few minutes. I can feel exactly where the trigger spot is. I am unable to even touch my hair by the spot or the pain is excruciating. I’ve also had a trigger spot by my right temple at the hairline for over a year and cannot even lay my head on a pillow on that side or the pain is awful. Has anyone else had a nerve block and does it help? The electric shock pain also often triggers a migraine. Thanks.

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Hello @trishd. It’s been a few months since you last posted on Mayo Connect. I hope that you are getting some answers regarding the pain you mentioned. We look forward to hearing from you. Best wishes, Teresa

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@bexter18

I’ve been dealing with chronic nerve pain for yrs. I was diagnosed with TN 8 yrs ago. Over the last few days, my scalp, at the top of my head, feels like I have an electric shock hitting me every few minutes. I can feel exactly where the trigger spot is. I am unable to even touch my hair by the spot or the pain is excruciating. I’ve also had a trigger spot by my right temple at the hairline for over a year and cannot even lay my head on a pillow on that side or the pain is awful. Has anyone else had a nerve block and does it help? The electric shock pain also often triggers a migraine. Thanks.

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Welcome to Connect, @bexter18.
While we wait for others to join the conversation, can you tell us a bit more about their recent episode? This electric shock type pain only recently started? Have you had a chance to speak to your doctor about it yet?

You also mention TN. We have several member talking about trigeminal neuralgia on Connect as well. You may wish to join this discussion:

– Trigeminal neuralgia* http://mayocl.in/2bVAIAl

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@david33

My wife has the same and odd symptoms, she is also seeing a doctor for this whom claims its just headaches….but they are getting more intense…..there’s an explosion that goes off like a gun shot, and red liquid type will go over her eyes. No doctors believe her, even with the test, everything comes back normal.She even have a numbness behind right ear that if she touches it, feels like she is touching her brain, also if she scratches behind her left ear, she gets a pinching between her first two fingers on her left hand that drives her nuts. Before she can even scratch that part of her head she has me or her daughter to put pressure between those two fingers to stop the pitching. She has no idea what’s going on, but she does know headaches are and this isn’t it.
Can anyone help us here, and who to see.

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My name is Laura and my husband was talking about me (lol), I am now seeing neurologist who is telling me it’s my PTSD that’s causing my symptoms, on June 20th I see a neurosurgeon about my neck. There is soft tissues that showed up, and won’t know more til then.

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