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Get nerve like electrical impulse from heart or lung area. EKG was normal during an eye operation. Blood pressure 120/70. Suggest?

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I get a nerve like electrical impulse from heart / lung area down left arm. Only happens occasionally and last a few seconds. Been happening for a couple of years and only every few months or so. Had EKG, for an eye operation, and all was normal. BP is 120's over 70's. HR is between 59-70 most of time. Not over weight, 67 yo male.
Posted Fri, 8 Nov 2013 in Heart Attack
 
 
Answered by Dr. Raju A.T 48 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Need some more details

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Thanks for your query.

The area involved can present with symptoms when either heart or the nerve supply to that part is affected.

The differentiation can be made only based on type of pain. Kindly explain me the same.

Do you get a shocking sensation or pain?
How severe is the sensation you get. Rate on scale of 10.
Do you feel weak in the affected part after an episode of the sensation?
Do you have any pain or movement restriction in the neck?

Waiting for your response,
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Follow-up: Get nerve like electrical impulse from heart or lung area. EKG was normal during an eye operation. Blood pressure 120/70. Suggest? 16 hours later
Get shocking sensation. Only 3-4 on scale of 10. Do not feel weak afterwards. Have not noticed any movement restrictions. Shock only lasts less then a minute but does travel down left arm.
 
 
Answered by Dr. Raju A.T 10 hours later
Brief Answer:
Nerve compression

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Thanks for the information. Shocking type of sensation is usually seen in nerve compression. The parts affected in you indicate that the nerve compression could be in the neck. When the vertebral bone of the neck get fused, fractured, infected or damaged due to low calcium etc can lead to such nerve compression.

I suggest you to get a MRI scan of the neck done, this will help us to know the site of affection and help to plan on treatment while it is initial stage.

Meanwhile do wear a neck collar which will prevent further progression of the disease.

Regards,
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