"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?

@normasmith381

I have this sensation. It just started recently. Its scary. I dont have a headache or anything…its just these electrical bursts on my scalp and then its just sore to the touch. They only last 5 seconds. What is this?? Somone please tell me. Its so strange and I never know when it is coming on!!

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I’ve been wondering if this may be a bout of shingles.

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Hi. I have it. I have fibromyalgia aswell. Any connection do you think

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@normasmith381

I have this sensation. It just started recently. Its scary. I dont have a headache or anything…its just these electrical bursts on my scalp and then its just sore to the touch. They only last 5 seconds. What is this?? Somone please tell me. Its so strange and I never know when it is coming on!!

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Welcome to Connect @susanscott10648,

Your comment is very perceptive because one complication of shingles is postherpetic neuralgia which affects nerve fibers and skin, causing pain that lasts long after the rash and blisters of shingles disappear. People with this condition also develop Allodynia and often can't bear even the touch of clothing on the affected skin. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/postherpetic-neuralgia/symptoms-causes/syc-20376588

@susanscott10648, may I ask what brings you to Connect?

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Has anyone had an MRI? my Dr scheduled me one for this same problem. My other half thought I was weird and wasn't sure that this was a thing. This "zapping" is driving me nuts. I've been reading all these posts, (3 days) and haven't really seen anyone mention if they have any side illness. I have fibro (which i thought it was, but im not in a flare. all my other issues are related to my back. (RA, OA, DDD, etc) as I write this, I am being "zapped" seriously, why cant we find the true issue here? I'm 46 years old, and i shouldn't have to add this to my list of aliments. Anyone on medication that might trigger this? (I take 11 pills a night, 3 during the day) I'm really at a loss here and it really hurts. I/We need help!

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@lastpg

Hi. I have it. I have fibromyalgia aswell. Any connection do you think

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I also have Fibro

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@lisareneeamann

Has anyone had an MRI? my Dr scheduled me one for this same problem. My other half thought I was weird and wasn't sure that this was a thing. This "zapping" is driving me nuts. I've been reading all these posts, (3 days) and haven't really seen anyone mention if they have any side illness. I have fibro (which i thought it was, but im not in a flare. all my other issues are related to my back. (RA, OA, DDD, etc) as I write this, I am being "zapped" seriously, why cant we find the true issue here? I'm 46 years old, and i shouldn't have to add this to my list of aliments. Anyone on medication that might trigger this? (I take 11 pills a night, 3 during the day) I'm really at a loss here and it really hurts. I/We need help!

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I wish my Dr would do an MRI on me. I would feel better about getting my shots today.

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@lisareneeamann

Has anyone had an MRI? my Dr scheduled me one for this same problem. My other half thought I was weird and wasn't sure that this was a thing. This "zapping" is driving me nuts. I've been reading all these posts, (3 days) and haven't really seen anyone mention if they have any side illness. I have fibro (which i thought it was, but im not in a flare. all my other issues are related to my back. (RA, OA, DDD, etc) as I write this, I am being "zapped" seriously, why cant we find the true issue here? I'm 46 years old, and i shouldn't have to add this to my list of aliments. Anyone on medication that might trigger this? (I take 11 pills a night, 3 during the day) I'm really at a loss here and it really hurts. I/We need help!

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I read your text again. About 5 yrs ago I went thru this period of very loud explosions in my head. It really scared me. I told Dr and he had never heard of this. I went on line and sure enough there were reports of this. I don't remember any bad side affects. But I don't want it to happen. I would be sound asleep and the explosion would wake me up, full awake.

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@lisareneeamann

Has anyone had an MRI? my Dr scheduled me one for this same problem. My other half thought I was weird and wasn't sure that this was a thing. This "zapping" is driving me nuts. I've been reading all these posts, (3 days) and haven't really seen anyone mention if they have any side illness. I have fibro (which i thought it was, but im not in a flare. all my other issues are related to my back. (RA, OA, DDD, etc) as I write this, I am being "zapped" seriously, why cant we find the true issue here? I'm 46 years old, and i shouldn't have to add this to my list of aliments. Anyone on medication that might trigger this? (I take 11 pills a night, 3 during the day) I'm really at a loss here and it really hurts. I/We need help!

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@oregongirl good luck Im sure you'll be fine ,let me know Linda

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@rebe

You perfectly described the pain that I experience in my scalp … electric bolt, jarring, like an electric prod. With no forewarning this pain zaps my scalp. It lasts about 1 to 2 seconds. I involuntarily yelp, grimace and jump … it takes my breath away. Thank goodness the bolts of electricty don't last any longer than a second because I could not bear it. After the "zap" is gone it takes a moment to compose myself and then it happens again. Sometimes 3 times a minute. I will go months without having to deal with this pain …. however it always returns with the same frequency & strength. I wonder if a virus has set up "residency" in a nerve root in my scalp. i.e. epstein barr from mono or herpes from shingles (however the shingles virus attacked my nerve coming from the lumbar region and left me with post-hepatic neuralgia running down my leg). This scalp pain is not from the trigeminal nerve in that my face is not affected …rather the pain is felt in the crown of my scalp & runs down the back of my head. I wonder if prednisone would provide any relief. It's hard to sleep when this pain keeps me wide awake. Please… any suggestions? As soon as I finish this paragraph, I will try ice ?? Maybe some relief?

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I experienced this again not more than 20 minutes ago. A severe shock-like pain, in either left or right, extreme upper rear portion of my scalp. Stops me dead in my tracks every time. It’s been happening for years, every few months. No ear infections or any other event that could be a trigger. It seems completely random – ideopathic, in fact. I’ve always figured it was just one more gift that comes with aging ungracefully…

I should mention that I’ve had a TIA in the past, so makes it a little scary. But there was no pain associated with that event.

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I have the exact same thing. It's annoying and its exactly how you describe it, comes and goes like you said. I hate it. I also make the ridiculous faces and people around me are like are you ok. I have no headaches as well.

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Stess.02..It is like an explosion in your head. Wakes you up from deep sleep. You actually hear the large explosion in your head. Look it on on Google. There are others who have this. It went away for me, but I am always waiting for the next time. I do not consume myself with it. I wish I knew what started it. It lasted maybe two months or less. Do you hear the noise in your head. It is horrible. BANG big time. I thought it would do my brain in. But no.

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@lisareneeamann

Has anyone had an MRI? my Dr scheduled me one for this same problem. My other half thought I was weird and wasn't sure that this was a thing. This "zapping" is driving me nuts. I've been reading all these posts, (3 days) and haven't really seen anyone mention if they have any side illness. I have fibro (which i thought it was, but im not in a flare. all my other issues are related to my back. (RA, OA, DDD, etc) as I write this, I am being "zapped" seriously, why cant we find the true issue here? I'm 46 years old, and i shouldn't have to add this to my list of aliments. Anyone on medication that might trigger this? (I take 11 pills a night, 3 during the day) I'm really at a loss here and it really hurts. I/We need help!

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hang in there Lisareneasmann,,,,,You are not crazy. Read my response below. I know it is horrible I just pray it never comes back. I would fall into a deep sleep and the noise would just wake me up and WOW.

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@oregongirl

Stess.02..It is like an explosion in your head. Wakes you up from deep sleep. You actually hear the large explosion in your head. Look it on on Google. There are others who have this. It went away for me, but I am always waiting for the next time. I do not consume myself with it. I wish I knew what started it. It lasted maybe two months or less. Do you hear the noise in your head. It is horrible. BANG big time. I thought it would do my brain in. But no.

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@oregongirl I dont have this but have tinnitus while ch my ears ring or sometimes sounds like a freight train in head .

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@lioness Tinnitus is my new issue. Mine sounds like 100 crickets and is on the right side. It prevents sleep and is creepy. It started out as intermittent and now is constant. What do you do to cope with this neurological problem?

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@artscaping

@lioness Tinnitus is my new issue. Mine sounds like 100 crickets and is on the right side. It prevents sleep and is creepy. It started out as intermittent and now is constant. What do you do to cope with this neurological problem?

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@artscaping Hii I have had this for a long time and use to it most times its just a low hum but found out dairy makes it worse . There is a pill otc for it called Lipo >>> something look in the eye ear area of pharmacy even Walmart has it. I do use hearing aids also so think that helps. check out the foods mine is dairy like I said that makes it worse sounds like a freight train them

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