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kathleen21
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   Posted 10/12/2006 10:13 AM (GMT -7)   
I have had electric like pulses/zaps that come almost every five minutes now for over a month. I can't make it go away! What are these awful things?? They last less than a second, but feel like they come from deep in my brain; maybe nerve related? I had an MRI-it was clean, but an abnormal EEG- that was not epileptic. I've been told it was a type of migraine. This has lasted forever!! Any thoughts/suggestions?? I'm on topamax and it doesn't seem to be working. I want these to go away. :(

graceannrose
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   Posted 10/12/2006 2:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kathleen,

I'm sorry this is happening to you. I can totally relate to how weird it is.

I used to get electric 'zaps' when I first got sick with Lyme disease (it affects the central nervous system). It was kinda scary, and I would get them especially as I was drifting off to sleep.

I hope you can find a reason for this and a medication to help you soon.

hopefulmigrainer
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   Posted 10/13/2006 6:38 PM (GMT -7)   
How awful.  Is this on top of the regular throbbing jack-hammer pain of migraine?  I would ask your doctor about a new drug call Lyrica.  They prescribe it for diabetic nerve pain and shingles but have recently approved it for migraine.  It might work differently than Topamax.  I hope you feel better soon.
 

Annuk
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   Posted 10/14/2006 1:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kathleen,

Welcome to Healing Well. Sorry you are suffering with this. I think you should go back and talk to your Neuro again and explain that you are having a hard time coping with this and ask for his/her suggestions for a way forward, particularly as the Topamax does not seem to be helpful. I think some use the term 'Ice pick headaches', but I am not sure that it is an official term.

I wish you well with this please let us know how you get on.

take care

Ann

humbling pains eh
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   Posted 10/18/2006 6:56 AM (GMT -7)   
sounds like clusterheadaches symptoms

ttwarrior1
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   Posted 10/18/2006 3:45 PM (GMT -7)   
what are headaches that are non stop 24 hours a day 7 days a week

Nicky (coquitlam55)
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   Posted 10/19/2006 12:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi ttwarior,
 
Depending on the symptoms, all types of headaches can last 24 hours, 7 days a week. I have had migraines that have lasted for weeks. I have probably had tension headaches that have lasted the same, though in the end everything ends in a migraine for me.
 
I believe it generally depends on the trigger and if you're able to get relief. Are you suffering a headache chronically?
 
My doctor has named my migraines, chronic resistant daily migraines because they can occur for days and weeks and are resistant to medications.
 
Nicky
 
"Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That's why its called the present."
I'm working everyday to overcome the pain and depression that comes from my chronic migraines.


brooklynpip
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   Posted 11/11/2006 2:39 PM (GMT -7)   
kathleen21,


I can totally relate to the zap thing.....I think this is what I have. I thought at first it was a dizziness thing and then perhaps a cardio thing( EKG and Echo came back ok). Can u describe the feeling a bit more? Ive been having this for almost 2 months now on and off and have been having tension like headaches around the temples and back of the neck and had area for 2 weeks now. I had a sinus infection about a month ago, I started the antiboitic but then was taken off it after 2 days because it made me tremble. I never went back to the ENT to check to see if the infection cleared or not. Can u let me know when you have a moment about these zaps youve been getting?

Thanks!

mommyto3
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   Posted 11/12/2006 10:33 AM (GMT -7)   
kathleen21,

Hi, I do not have this type of headache and know very little about it. I meant someone who had it and it is associated with a reoccuring every few seconds to minutes zap/shock like sensation, its called Trigeminal Neuralgia. I don't know if this helps or not, just thought I'd pass it along! Take care.

king1234
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   Posted 11/27/2006 10:18 PM (GMT -7)   

I get these exact pains and went to the urgent care clinic twice this week because of it. It started off on Wednesday when I got this horrible pain on the top right hand side of my head, it hurt so bad it actually caused my eye to flex. It lasted 2 seconds and went away. The pain continued in the same area for a couple days, and now the zaps are hitting in different places all over my head. It is really scary and painful. The doctor thinks they are either cluster or ice pick headaches, but I really want an MRI to make sure it is nothing serious though I have no other symptoms. These pains occur a few times an hour, and literally stop me in my tracks.

Are your pains in one localized area or all over? Sorry to hear you are going through this as well.


valriconni
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   Posted 10/12/2014 5:05 PM (GMT -7)   
I had these, it feels like little lightning zaps which last a short time in my head. After getting them off and on for years, I figured out it was food allergy related, in my case. It's mostly chocolate for me and some corn products. These lightning zaps last 48 hours, if I don't continue to eat the sensitive food. These will last through the night, when I go to sleep. Tylenol, Advil does not help. I've been experimenting and Sudafed and Benadryl will sometimes work. If I don't eat any chocolate, I don't get them.

BnotAfraid
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   Posted 10/13/2014 8:17 AM (GMT -7)   
The lighten Zaps, if they are on the right or left side of you head.
Sound likes Trigeminal Neuralgia, which I have. Cluster headaches are totally different, they are like a tennis ball, bouncing around in your head, causing pain where ever they hit.

Lyrica did not help me, I was up to 600mg. Did not touch it.

I ended up going to John Hopkins in MD. for a complete and correct diagnosis, see below. I am now on the following medication and the zaps are gone except for one or twice a month
my daily pain level is a 2-4, very tolerable.

Cymbalta 60mg
Innopran XL 125mg at night
Topiramte 100mg am 150mg pm
Imitrex as needed
Tylenol 3 for combo pain

I hope this helps.
Peace
Trina
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Be still and know there is Peace.

Kabir says: "Student tell me, what is God? He is the breath inside the breath". from the poem Breath.
DX: reverse Trigeminal Neuralgia;Cluster headaches; Atypical face pain;Hemicrania Continua; raynauds;complex PTSD; recurring MDD,disassociative disorder;

valriconni
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   Posted 10/13/2014 9:35 AM (GMT -7)   
The lightning zaps are mostly on the right side, back of the head, slower lower than ear level. I don't have them if I don't eat chocolate. Sometimes, I'd eat another offending food and I get the same type of zaps in other parts of my body - legs, arm, but those are not as annoying.

Loring
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   Posted 10/13/2014 11:43 AM (GMT -7)   
I too have had zaps. I saw someone in Chronic Pain call them brain zaps. I would be in my Physiotherapy in a heated pool. We would do some repetitive exercise and I was falling asleep. I had some times where I almost dropped in the water. I would then get a zap and it would wake me up and I could finish the class. We are doing more walking now so I don't get so tired. Have not had a zap for some time.

In Chronic Pain someone was discussing brain zaps after surgery. They related it to nerves waking up and functioning again. Not sure if this is correct.

I also had them while sitting in my recliner. Again, fatigue came into play.

I was told when I began to have head pain that any pain in your head is a headache. I have chronic daily headaches for 12 years. My Doctor said I have combination headaches. I get nerve blocks every 4 weeks. I tried Topamax but it caused wretched pain shriveling up my head. I was on Lyrica for a couple years for Fibromyalgia. It did not stop all the pain but once off, I realized that it helped some. I was taken off due to weight gain. Nerve spasms began when I was off Lyrica. Impossible to sleep with spasms in my back and behind.

A Dental Specialist told me that my jaw pain is from Neuralgia. I was on Nortriptyline before Lyrica and came off. The Dental Specialist has prescribed Nortriptyline again for Neuralgia. The spasms have stopped. I have a better sleep most nights. The Nortriptyline does not help sleep if I have additional problems, eg. have a virus at present and can't sleep due to coughing.

I have read a few book about headaches and conquering chronic pain after an injury. The headache that most sounds like mine are cervicogenic headaches. There are people with Fibromyalgia who have headaches. I am not sure what percentage is due to Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia or Neuralgia.

Loring

Osteoarthritis in multiple joints, Fibromyalgia, Neuralgia, chronic daily headaches, I.B., Hard of Hearing...

BnotAfraid
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   Posted 10/13/2014 12:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Very interesting Loring, Thank you.
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Be still and know there is Peace.

Kabir says: "Student tell me, what is God? He is the breath inside the breath". from the poem Breath.
DX: reverse Trigeminal Neuralgia;Cluster headaches; Atypical face pain;Hemicrania Continua; raynauds;complex PTSD; recurring MDD,disassociative disorder;
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