Get your health question answered instantly from our pool of 18000+ doctors from over 80 specialties
178 Doctors Online

By proceeding, I accept the Terms and Conditions

Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

Family Physician

Exp 50 years

HCM Blog Instant Access to Doctors
HCM BlogQuestions Answered
HCM Blog Satisfaction

Was electrocuted. Feel disoriented, have stubbornness, muscle pain. Why are the symptoms still persistent?

Hi, I was electrocuted very badly over 2 years ago and didn't seek medical help at the time as I was very disoriented and stubborn at the time and just got my Dad to keep an eye on me for a couple of weeks. I was nailed by very high DC ( direct current) voltage and it latched on to both of my hands and I wasn't able to let go. My muscles contracted so bad that I couldn't even move or speak to tell someone to shut the power off and I really thought my life was over at the time and did my final prayers, this went on for about 10 seconds until the power was disconnected (was the scariest time in my life). I wasn't unconscious, but extremely disoriented and everything was really cloudy for a long time after the accident. My left pec muscle and all tendons and muscles around the front of my shoulder to my upper bicep took the worst of the shock and still hurts quite bad to the touch and when I do very little physical labor. I am quite worried that I have done some serious damage to these areas and have recently went to my family doctor, he is going to refer me to a neurologist, but would like some input on the potential damage I have and any advice that may help me. I get muscle spasms quite frequently with the affected muscles and when I poke around, it really hurts the areas that were affected also. I know that I should have gone to the ER for medical attention at the time and wish I did. I have been zapped numerous times (not nearly to this extent where I couldn't let go) and thought I was ok a couple weeks later still with pains in my left muscles, but after 2 years and the same pain now I am getting scared and concerned.

Thank you for your time,
Mon, 27 May 2013
Report Abuse
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions ,  
General & Family Physician 's  Response
Your problem can have both neurological and psychological elements. Both early and late spasms are associated with electricution but in the long term, complex regional pain syndromes and other chronic pain syndromes must be considered .Sequelae may be profoundly disabling. They may persist for many years and may never resolve.

Emotional sequelae include depression, often with organic features. It is hard to separate this from the emotional reaction to injury and continuing disability. Aggression, anxiety, and phobic features are common. Marital disharmony commonly follows social withdrawal, disinterest, and a fatigue state. Loss of interest in sex and in relationships, together with a feeling of fault or guilt, may be associated. Sleep disturbance is common.

Referral to neurologist is necessary for persistent spasms but for persistent pain a psychiatrist's input would be highly valuable.
I find this answer helpful

 1 user finds this helpful

2 Doctors agree with this answer

Disclaimer: These answers are for your information only and not intended to replace your relationship with your treating physician.
This is a short, free answer. For a more detailed, immediate answer, try our premium service [Sample answer]
Share on

Related questions you may be interested in

doctor1 MD

I have numbness in my legs ,feet and arms I get muscle pain in my back and legs and sometimes the swet,s . it started 3 weeks ago with what I that...

Recent questions on  Back pain

doctor1 MD

son in law is having night sweats where he soaks the bed, and it also happens during the day. he has low back pain, doesn't feel like eating much...

doctor1 MD

sir,my name is sumona.i am 34 years lady.i am suffering from slip disk from last 4 years.i have shown my problem to 3-4 orthopadic and neuro...

doctor1 MD

My boyfriend has the following symptoms and he is freaking out, I don't think it's a big deal. Slight burning when he urinates, some back pain, and...

doctor1 MD

Hi Doc, My dad is infected of Spain TB and he is having sever pain in his back, it is almost 12 day he has not got relief from the pain . Please...

doctor1 MD

I get a lower back pain which is excrucitating right after my cycle ends.its remians for 4-5 days. And have to take painkillers.Its very...

doctor1 MD

very small amount of brownish discharge after wiping, I finished my period just under 2 weeks ago, although I can't be precise. any reason for this?

doctor1 MD

I am 77 and take heart disease medications. I have lower back pain , am fatigued and joint pain. Suggestions?