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    Felt like I was being electrocuted twice?

    Have had two very wierd sensations the last couple of nights. I was lying on my back and all of a sudden from my neck down it felt like someone has electrocuted me. It lasted for about a couple of seconds and when it happened my legs moved. This has happened for 2 nights now. Has anyone had this happened before?

    Thanks,

    Deb

    [This message was edited by Debbie7 on 03-19-03 at 06:50 PM.]
    "Save the last dance for me!"

    #2
    Debbie, I think that you need to get your neck scanned (CT or MRI) and make sure that you don't have something that is compressing your spinal cord. Were you changing the position of your neck when this happened? Wise.

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      #3
      Dr. Young,

      I wasn't moving my neck at the time of the sensation. Should I schedule an MRI now or wait to see if it happens again?

      Thanks,

      Deb
      "Save the last dance for me!"

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        #4
        i think that happened to me a few times. it felt like a shock through my whole body. the same way it felt when i was hurt.

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          #5
          Debbie, especially if you have not had an MRI in the past year, you should schedule one right away. Generally, if you compress your spinal cord, it will produce an electrical shock that will go down your spinal cord. The question that needs to be answered is whether you have a narrowing of your spinal canal or the presence of disc that may be transiently compressing your cord enough to cause this shock. It is worrisome.

          When DA described the same thing to me, I was quite concerned and urged him to get an MRI as well. Perhaps I am getting paranoid but I have known several people who have gotten worse after having described such "electrical shocks" occur.

          When you go to the doctor, you should describe the position and the circumstances under which you felt these shocks. It is possible that your neck will not show any compression of the cord in certain positions but the compression will show up when you are lying down, for example. Since most MRI's and CT-scans are done in the prone position, it should be observable on a regular scan.

          The question is what to do if you have evidence of instability, a disc, or a narrow canal that may be pressing on your cord. This is something that only an experienced neurosurgeon or an orthopedic surgeon would be able to decide.

          Wise.

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            #6
            Let the nurse echo the doc....Deb... please call tomorrow...

            Mary

            ...and she lived happily ever after...
            1FineSpineRN

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              #7
              Thanks Dr. Young, as much as I hate to go to the doctor - I will take your advice.

              Thank you,

              Deb
              "Save the last dance for me!"

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                #8
                yes dr young i have some compression, but the neurosurgeon said nothing wrong with living with compression.

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                  #9
                  Yes ma'am. I sent Dr. Maggio my post along with Dr. Young's response and asked him to let me know when I should come in.

                  Deb
                  "Save the last dance for me!"

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                    #10
                    Before I was injured I had this sensation in my neck a few times where the pain/electrical current was so strong it nearly knocked me off my feet. When you have a spinal cord injury you become a very difficult patient to diagnose.

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                      #11
                      Deb,

                      When it happened to me, I woke up a couple of days later and......

                      I was still gimpy.

                      I hope you are doing well

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                      "I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked..."
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                        #12
                        WJM - You "woke up a couple of days later?" Holy cow, Dude. Anything that makes you unconscious for more than a few hours is potentially very dangerous. Being unconscious for a few days is really, really scary. I hope you figure out what could have caused that.

                        And you were still gimpy. Oh well, I guess you might have expected a miracle after all that. Sorry it was only an indication of a compressed cord. [img]/forum/images/smilies/frown.gif[/img]

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                          #13
                          I get these too. Very much like a 'stinger' from my football days.

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                            #14
                            DA, as you know, I don't agree with that view. This doesn't mean that the neurosurgeon is wrong but just that I don't agree with his/her assessment of the benefit:risk ratio. To most neurosurgeons, there is no benefit to a decompression and the risk is high. Therefore, the benefit:risk level is low. The risk is something that only the surgeon can judge, based on the case and experience.

                            Wise.

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                              #15
                              Hello Debbie.
                              A year after my injury (c-6complete,99)i started to get bad spasm combined with a "hit by a lightening experience",a pain shock.Not to scare you but i think you should get an M.R. I did and they found a syrinx from c-2 to th-6,and still growing.I had an operation and 6 months in hospital.After the operation ther has been no more electricusion attac,or pain when spasm comes around
                              It probably turn out your okey,but i think it is worth checking it out

                              From Sunny Oslo

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