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Posted on Wed, 27 Mar 2019
Question: I have been experiencing a mild shocking sensation, followed by twitches and tremors throughout my body. This happens all day, but much more at night. Normally, the sensation is very brief, but last night it kept going, sort of rolling all over my body.
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Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
maybe peripheral neuropathy

Detailed Answer:
HI, thanks for using healthcare magic

It can be alarming to experience these types of sensations.

The nerves in the body are responsible for our sensations, when persons experience symptoms such as those described, it may be related to abnormal nerve function- this is called neuropathy.

Neuropathy can be called central (related to the brain and/or spinal cord) or peripheral (related to the nerves outside the brain and spinal cord).

Peripheral neuropathy is more common.

There are different causes, some causes are: (1)diabetes
(2)liver or kidney disease
(3)trauma eg arthritis of the spine
(4)side effect of medication
(5)low vitamin b12 or folate levels
(6)thyroid disease
(7)autoimmune disease such as RA, lupus
(8)infection

These are some of the causes but with a history of diabetes, this may be the cause for you but if you wish to eliminate some of the other causes, you would need assessment from your doctor in the form of physical examination and blood tests.

There are medications that can help neuropathy, if it is diagnosed, that can be prescribed by your doctor.
The medication duloxetine that you are currently using (mentioned above), can also be used for neuropathy- it has different uses

I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions
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Brief Answer: maybe peripheral neuropathy Detailed Answer: HI, thanks for using healthcare magic It can be alarming to experience these types of sensations. The nerves in the body are responsible for our sensations, when persons experience symptoms such as those described, it may be related to abnormal nerve function- this is called neuropathy. Neuropathy can be called central (related to the brain and/or spinal cord) or peripheral (related to the nerves outside the brain and spinal cord). Peripheral neuropathy is more common. There are different causes, some causes are: (1)diabetes (2)liver or kidney disease (3)trauma eg arthritis of the spine (4)side effect of medication (5)low vitamin b12 or folate levels (6)thyroid disease (7)autoimmune disease such as RA, lupus (8)infection These are some of the causes but with a history of diabetes, this may be the cause for you but if you wish to eliminate some of the other causes, you would need assessment from your doctor in the form of physical examination and blood tests. There are medications that can help neuropathy, if it is diagnosed, that can be prescribed by your doctor. The medication duloxetine that you are currently using (mentioned above), can also be used for neuropathy- it has different uses I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions