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What causes electric shock sensation while working out?

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Posted on Wed, 30 Jul 2014
Question: Sometimes I get an electric shock sensation while doing lunges in my workouts. A couple days ago my left big toe began feeling almost numb, but not really. It's not tingling or anything but it doesn't feel normal. I can feel hot/cold, sharp/dull sensations though. My shoes were slightly tight the night before the numbness feeling in my toe began and I cut my toenail a little too short. I'm worried I might be developing diabetes.
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Answered by Dr. Vaibhav Gandhi (54 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
this can be due to nerve compression.

Detailed Answer:
Hello
I have studied your case.


At age 20 there is less possibility of developing diabetes. You can check your blood sugar levels.
Do you have family history of diabetes. ?
Likely possibility of nerve compression in spine can be considered leading to toe numbness and electric sensation during lung work out.
EMG NCV study will help you to know pattern of nerve involvement.
Till time take neurotropic medication like pregabalin and methylcobalamine can be started consulting your doctor.
I hope I have answered your questions. If you have further questions please feel free to ask. I will be happy to answer your question. Take care.
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What causes electric shock sensation while working out?

Brief Answer: this can be due to nerve compression. Detailed Answer: Hello I have studied your case. At age 20 there is less possibility of developing diabetes. You can check your blood sugar levels. Do you have family history of diabetes. ? Likely possibility of nerve compression in spine can be considered leading to toe numbness and electric sensation during lung work out. EMG NCV study will help you to know pattern of nerve involvement. Till time take neurotropic medication like pregabalin and methylcobalamine can be started consulting your doctor. I hope I have answered your questions. If you have further questions please feel free to ask. I will be happy to answer your question. Take care.