Brain and body Zaps

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Chris9
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   Posted 4/6/2007 6:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Has anyone recieved any treatment for these brain/body zaps that works? Please advise. I have these on a daily basis and they are debilitating. I have a good job both in pay and opportunity and have been off of work for 4 weeks because of the headaches they cause. I am extremely upset and discouraged by them and they have caused severe depression. I am 100% certain that these headaches/brain zaps started before I became very depressed. I was given resperidal as an antipsychotic which has not helped in any way. Headaches arise after multiple zaps. I have a lack of energy and sometimes feel nauseated because of them. They occure daily. I was on no medication before these zaps started occuring. They werre actually going on for 7 months before I went into the ER because of them. The reason I waited so long is that I thought they would go away. I have had a CAT scan and the doctor detected nothing in the images. I also read that omega 3 helps. I have had two axiety attacks and these zaps could have been the main cause of them. Is ir possible that they are minor seizures? PLEASE ADVISE IF YOU HAVE HAD ANY POSITIVE RESULTS FROM ANY REMEDY!!PLEASE!

Chris9
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   Posted 4/6/2007 10:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Gracie's Mom,

I hope you daugter is doing ok. I have 3 year old twins, a boy and a girl.

I had the CAT scan done in ER but that is it as far as a neurologist is concerned. I had two concussions from playing soccer, one when I was 12 and another when I was 22. I do think I need a neurologist who sees this as a physical problem, not something that is manifested by depression because the medication I am on is not helping and I know that the pains started before the depression. They turn into headaches and are often spurred by me doing some cognitive activity. I am going to an early psychosis seminar on wednesday, so maybe they can assist. I also set up an appointment with my fam doctor to see if he can get me into a neurologist. I just wish I could find someone who is going through this same symptoms and came out the other side doing well. I need to get back to my job and concentrate on my family again.

Chris9
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   Posted 4/15/2007 3:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi,
 
Well it's been quite a week. I had parkinson's like side effects where my body would move uncontrollably because of the risperdal that I am on. I couldn't walk in a straight line and the the heal to toe walking or walking in a straight line on tip toes was impossible. I am taking 2mg of the stuff and they created that kind of a reaction. I was in ER waiting and looking like a shaking tremoring wierdo in the waiting room for a couple hours before being held up in a bed for a night as they looked me over. At this stage they say it is just the resperidal. I am weaning myself off of the stuff without having talked to my psychiatrist by going from 2mg down to 1mg, then to .5mg over a week, unless after I talk to him this thurs he has a better method of weaning me off. I am done with drugs untill the doctors address my headaches and zaps.
 
I am still getting these zaps and have noticed that shortly after they arrive I will get another parkinson like episode that can last up to 1.5 hours. Then it just subsides. My kids are calling me a wiggly worm :)
 
Hope all is well Gracie's Mom. I am taking your advice in gathering info from more then one doctor and exploring these physical side effects further. Am I prone to parkinson like side effects because I have less dopamine being released in my brain as it is? Or is it just the risperdal. Still no explanation for the zaps.
 
Let me know what direction you and Gracie are going in now with her treatment.

jellybean1887
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   Posted 4/15/2007 5:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi! I have also been experiencing brain zaps. I feel like I get a jolt of electricity through my head and it makes everything in my line of vision shake. It makes me kind of dizzy and disoriented for a few seconds. I get these zaps pretty much everyday, and they tend to happen more often as it gets later in the day. I was also taking risperidone for anorexia nervosa/depression. I also have Crohn's disease, but don't think this is in any way related to that. In case it was that, my psychiatrist tapered me off of it, but I noticed no difference. I have never been diagnosed with epilepsy, and I was wondering if these could be seizures that I am experiencing. Anyway, that is my experience. Take care.
"Of one thing I am certain, the body is not the measure of healing - peace is the measure. ~George Melton~"


Chris9
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   Posted 4/15/2007 9:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jellybean1887,

Did you get the zaps while going off any medication? If you did there is a lot of help for you with others that have. My situation is different from most in that I started getting the zaps 9 months before going on any medication. Then I went on medication (risperdal) and it did nothing for the headaches and zaps that I originally went into see the doc for. Now I have parkinsons like side effects from a drug that was suppose to treat the anxiety/psychosis events that only arose in expectation of getting the zaps and headaches. Sometimes the zaps are debilitating, some time they send a scary jolt through me (either into my head or body) and sometimes they are quite bearable, like a little flicker that could go unnoticed. I get my zaps during any time of increased activity with. Sometimes headaches ensue.

Chris

louisa
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   Posted 4/22/2008 11:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi - I just joined and read your posting - wanted to share that I have had success with using Omega 3- which amounts to 2896mg EPA and 1922mg DHA daily. I successfully weaned of a depression med called Remeron, and had the zaps really bad. Have you tried them? You do need to take quite a bit and need pharmaceutical grade in high dose. I am now weaning off Xanax and having them again. My next step is to up the omegas again - will let you know if it works!

Dannipinkprincess
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   Posted 4/29/2008 2:13 PM (GMT -6)   
i also get a similar thing and i hate it. when i try and describe what happens to a doctor they just put it down to something else.
danni xxx

roimatt
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   Posted 7/10/2008 9:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Does this sound at all familiar? 2008 July 08. Hugo’s story. I am just 7 years old and a boy. On the 24th May 2008 I was at home with a friend when all of a sudden I had this sharp headache which lasted just a moment. Later I had another one. the next day I had a couple more and gradually they have increased in severity and also in number; for instance today I have had somewhere between 80 and a hundred separate headaches. They are not always the same. Sometimes they are like a stab; they last for maybe a second or two and mostly will be like somebody has tapped six times or so quickly in my head. Other times, occasionally they are like someone stretched my brain and sometimes I will get it over my right eyebrow, though 99% they are on the side of my head towards the front, but always it only lasts for a second or two. My dad feels that it has often started with activity. Usually 10 minutes after I get up in the morning and I start moving around I will get the first one. Maybe we go out and play ball and I will start getting them again. Other times we might be home just reading and I will get them. They have never interrupted my sleep. We just can’t nail down any exact cause and affect situation. Coincidentally I started to have night time nasal stuffiness and one Dr thinks that this could be the cause and prescribed ‘Beconase nose spray’ which I use at bedtime. Helps my nasal condition but has had no effect on the headaches. Since they started I have been examined by five different doctors and one paediatric general consultant. They are all totally mystified (one thinks it could be growing pains)! Each Dr says they are not particularly worried because I haven’t had any other symptoms except I notice I sometimes feel a little cold on warm days. I am a slightly above average height for my age (exactly 128cm). I weigh 29 kgs. I am lean and fit. I am of Anglo/Caribbean parentage. My schoolwork is unaffected. My eyes have been examined. My ears have been examined. My heart has been listened to. No problems. My dad is researching a lot on the Internet and would be very interested (----------@--------.---) should someone read this and recognises similar symptoms. Are they just headaches? Will they go away? Are they something serious? Are they ……….?
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linzo
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   Posted 3/5/2011 4:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't know if telling you this is against the TOS for this site or whatever, but what works for me is marijuana. When the zaps are bad, and they can be sooooo frustrating, if I use just a little pot it really relieves my symptoms. In California you can get a prescription for marijuana from a doctor, and to help you wean off antidepressants is a good reason to do so. Buying from a co-op is also not significantly more expensive than buying your SSRI (depending on the dose and your insurance). Although pot can become addictive as a lifestyle (like internet or video games), it doesn't shackle your brain like SSRIs do.

It is so frustrating, since the zaps aren't painful, just frustrating, distracting, and demoralizing. The first few times I experienced them I was fascinated by the novelty, but at this point I just hate it. It makes me feel like I'm going to fall over and I'm incapable of thinking. Marijuana balances the effect, and relieves my irritability, sadness, and headaches, too. (It also relieves the stomach cramping and loss of appetite some folks get as they withdraw.)

Twilk478
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   Posted 6/12/2014 3:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I get these brain and body zaps too. Normally they are triggered by loud noises, when I'm falling asleep or when I get worked up with my anxiety. My doctor put me on Neurontin. It works to keep them at bay but I have to take it three times a day and usually forget my middle dose. I also am on Prozac for my anxiety and depression. When I do get these "zaps" it is somewhat painful and literally feels like A mild to moderate electric shock. Always in my head, lips, arms, chest and sometimes I can feel it even in my feet, like it travels down my body! It friggen SUCKS!!! Then it makes me irritable too bc it always scares me it "shocks" me in more ways than one. I wish they would all together just stop but it does make me feel better that there are other ppl out suffering in the same way. Misery loves company!
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