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Electrical pain from elbow tracking up inside of arm, up into armpit, whole body. What could be the cause of this?

electrical pain from elbow tracking up the inside of arm, up into armpit and just starting to travel down the left side of my body. The elbow seems to be the source but the pain is felt almost simultaneously throughout. There is no pain in the forearm . Not sure what could be the cause of this. No strenuous activity is being conducted when this happens. Arm is at rest. Occurs at random and feels like a switch with how quickly it starts and stops. No soreness is felt after it has passed.
Asked On : Sun, 28 Apr 2013
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Dear friend, welcome to Healthcaremagic!
I am Dr. Prasad Akole (Critical Care Expert- and am glad to address to your query here.

If at rest and without any weakness/ paralysis/coldness, it is likely to be a neuropathic pain.
Do you have any weakness, tingling, numbness in the forearm/ hand?
Is the sensation and temperature normal?
Does it start with elbow movements?
Is there any neck pain/ restriction?

Please consult a physician or a neurologist and get evaluated for any neuropathy.
Medicines like gabapentin may help if it is nerve related pain.

I hope to have answered your query satisfactorily. I would be glad to answer any further queries. Take care and please keep me informed of your progress at
Good Luck!

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