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What Causes Electric Shock Like Pain In The Neck And Shoulder?

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Posted on Wed, 11 Jan 2017
Question: Heck& shoulder pain & electric stab & name in finger L hand
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Answered by Dr. Kathy Robinson (53 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
nerve pain

Detailed Answer:
Hello and thank you for your question.
There could be several causes for your symptoms. The electric type pain and numbness usually come from a nerve irritation.
This could come from a nerve that exits from the cervical spine (neck) and goes into the hand. It could also come from an irritation of the nerve in the brachial plexus (a group of nerves and vessels under the shoulder) as it moves into the arm.
The fact that you are also having head pain makes me think it is more likely from the cervical spine. An xray is not likely to show nerve impingement so an MRI may be needed.
Pain medications may help somewhat but physical therapy or chiropractic care may help to eliminate the problem.
I hope you get some relief soon,
Dr. Robinson
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What Causes Electric Shock Like Pain In The Neck And Shoulder?

Brief Answer: nerve pain Detailed Answer: Hello and thank you for your question. There could be several causes for your symptoms. The electric type pain and numbness usually come from a nerve irritation. This could come from a nerve that exits from the cervical spine (neck) and goes into the hand. It could also come from an irritation of the nerve in the brachial plexus (a group of nerves and vessels under the shoulder) as it moves into the arm. The fact that you are also having head pain makes me think it is more likely from the cervical spine. An xray is not likely to show nerve impingement so an MRI may be needed. Pain medications may help somewhat but physical therapy or chiropractic care may help to eliminate the problem. I hope you get some relief soon, Dr. Robinson