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    Do many of you experience a symptom that feels like an electric shock. It's not debilitating at all but kind of catches me by surprise when it happens. It's in my left leg sporadically occurring. I was thinking it could be a pinched nerve but when you have MS you never know. Seeing my neurologist tomorrow.

    #2
    I did have L'Hermites, which is an electric shock sensation down the spine when you move your head. I didn't have it in the leg though.

    Is it tied to anything or truly random? Always good to rule other things out before attributing to MS. Hopefully your neuro will give you some direction.


    Kathy
    DX 01/06, currently on Tysabri

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      #3
      I have this too in my leg. It's always random and I can't pin point to any activity that causes it.. Sometimes when I'm walking; sometimes when I'm laying on the couch. It doesn't last long, but surprising when it happens. I chalk it up to nerve endings misfiring.

      Let us know what your neuro says.
      1st sx '89 Dx '99 w/RRMS - SP since 2010
      Administrator Message Boards/Moderator

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        #4
        Hi rsinger

        It's possible that what you describe could be caused by MS. Interested in what your neuro says about it.

        Originally posted by Seasha View Post
        I have this too in my leg. It's always random and I can't pin point to any activity that causes it.. Sometimes when I'm walking; sometimes when I'm laying on the couch. It doesn't last long, but surprising when it happens. I chalk it up to nerve endings misfiring.
        Same here. I get electrical type sensations in both legs, at various times.

        Impaired nerve signals to the muscles can cause these sensations, and they also can cause spasms, spasticity, clonus (involuntary muscle contractions), and weakness.

        Take Care



        PPMS for 22 years (dx 1998)
        ~ Worrying will not take away tomorrow's troubles ~ But it will take away today's peace. ~

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          #5
          I can walk 3 miles daily with no problems. It's definitely random but relatively new. Beginning to wonder if all my pounding on the pavement since March is affecting some nerves in the lower back. Will see what doctor says tomorrow. Not everything is MS. But when you have MS we do think that it must be related.

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            #6
            Originally posted by rsinger View Post
            I can walk 3 miles daily with no problems. It's definitely random but relatively new. Beginning to wonder if all my pounding on the pavement since March is affecting some nerves in the lower back. Will see what doctor says tomorrow. Not everything is MS. But when you have MS we do think that it must be related.
            Very true, rsinger.

            You say that you have no problems with walking, so it's possible that it's not MS related.

            Something like sciatic nerve pain can be an electric shock-like pain too, which commonly affects people without MS.

            Let us know what you find out. Good luck!
            PPMS for 22 years (dx 1998)
            ~ Worrying will not take away tomorrow's troubles ~ But it will take away today's peace. ~

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              #7
              I will randomly get this "shock" feeling in my calves (either side) or in my side of the abdominal area. It's quick and before i say "ouch" it's gone. Very random when i get it too. I always thought it was just my nerves going the wrong direction Can't wait to hear what you find out!
              Dx March 2018; possible first episode: August 2011
              Tysabri May 2018-June 2019, Mayzent July 2019

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                #8
                I haven't experienced the "electric shock" feeling (knock on wood!!), but am all to familiar with pain from MS.

                This symptom falls under what is known as dysesthesias. Dysesthesias are a type of chronic pain that is not typically associated with a relapse. These are painful sensations that can affect the legs, feet, arms and hands and feel like burning, prickling, stabbing, ice cold or electrical sensations.

                Here is more info for you ~

                https://www.nationalmssociety.org/Sy...-Symptoms/Pain

                https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/art...889#treatments

                https://www.healthline.com/health/mu...sis/ms-zingers

                https://www.healthline.com/health/dysesthesia#types

                https://www.msfocusmagazine.org/Maga...of-dysesthesia

                Kimba

                “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” ― Max Planck

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Kimba22 View Post
                  I haven't experienced the "electric shock" feeling (knock on wood!!), but am all to familiar with pain from MS.

                  This symptom falls under what is known as dysesthesias. Dysesthesias are a type of chronic pain that is not typically associated with a relapse. These are painful sensations that can affect the legs, feet, arms and hands and feel like burning, prickling, stabbing, ice cold or electrical sensations.

                  Here is more info for you ~

                  https://www.nationalmssociety.org/Sy...-Symptoms/Pain

                  https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/art...889#treatments

                  https://www.healthline.com/health/mu...sis/ms-zingers

                  https://www.healthline.com/health/dysesthesia#types

                  https://www.msfocusmagazine.org/Maga...of-dysesthesia
                  Thank you, Kim, for the great info.

                  I especially like the MS Zingers article! (the 3rd one that you have listed)
                  PPMS for 22 years (dx 1998)
                  ~ Worrying will not take away tomorrow's troubles ~ But it will take away today's peace. ~

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                    #10
                    Update from today's neurology appointment. MRI of brain,cervical and thoracic regions scheduled for next week. It's been a year since my last one so it's time especially with this new symptom. Exam was fine with no findings. Keep you all posted. Thanks for all your responses.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by rsinger View Post
                      Update from today's neurology appointment. MRI of brain,cervical and thoracic regions scheduled for next week. It's been a year since my last one so it's time especially with this new symptom. Exam was fine with no findings. Keep you all posted. Thanks for all your responses.
                      Thanks for the update rsinger.

                      Good luck next week!
                      PPMS for 22 years (dx 1998)
                      ~ Worrying will not take away tomorrow's troubles ~ But it will take away today's peace. ~

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                        #12
                        Thank you for sharing these articles. "zingers" seem like a great way to describe what I feel. Like a drive by. Comes out of no where and disappears quickly
                        Dx March 2018; possible first episode: August 2011
                        Tysabri May 2018-June 2019, Mayzent July 2019

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                          #13
                          I have VERY sharp electrical zaps in the corner of my right eye. Lasts only a second. Happens periodically and will zap my eye a couple of times a day for several weeks and then go away for months. Have had these painful moments for years. Acts like my other symptoms in that it shows up, hangs around a while and will return again and again on its own schedule.
                          "Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says:"Oh Crap, She's up!"

                          Currently on rituxan

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                            #14
                            Update:
                            Had Mri of brain, cervical and thoracic on Wednesday. All is stable and no progression.Been stable for many years. Been taking Tecfidera for over 6 years now. There was a finding of disc bulging at L1-L3 however. Will have to look into this I guess. Maybe PT would be good.
                            Love this website and all your input. Only people with MS or healthcare providers understand what we live with.
                            Thank you all for all your responses.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by rsinger View Post
                              Update:
                              Had Mri of brain, cervical and thoracic on Wednesday. All is stable and no progression.Been stable for many years. Been taking Tecfidera for over 6 years now.

                              Great to learn that your MRI report is stable and no progression, rsinger.

                              I wonder if the bulging discs are causing the electric shocks in your left leg?

                              If you find out, be sure to let us know.

                              Thank you for the update!




                              PPMS for 22 years (dx 1998)
                              ~ Worrying will not take away tomorrow's troubles ~ But it will take away today's peace. ~

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