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    Question 'Nerve' pain?

    Hello all.

    I was wondering if anybody else experiences this symptom.

    They're sort of 'electrial' feeling.. Random bursts of shooting pain that can be localized to virtually ANYWHERE on my body- from head to toe. Very brief, only lasting about 10 seconds. Sometimes they can cause me to wince, sometimes it's just an overwhelming annoyance that goes away very quickly. It's throbbing and very sharp in nature. I have yet to connect anything regarding the area of my body it occurs most frequently.. Nor have I figured out a certian time period they happen most commonly.

    Anyone ever have something similar?
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    Hi tripLexie,

    I get this same kind of pain frequently. What I experience is neuropathic (nerve) pain that is a result of peripheral neuropathy caused mostly by Multiple Sclerosis, and partly from the effects of Lupus on my central nervous system. Peripheral neuropathy and other neurological problems are fairly common in people with Lupus.

    If the pain you are experiencing is indeed neurological in nature, there are meds available to treat it. Have you ever spoken to a Neurologist about these symtoms?

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    No, I haven't. Over the years I've mentioned it to a PCP but it was written off as a 'no big deal'. I'm in a new area and searching for a repuatable new PCP as well as a rheumy and I'm hoping my symptoms (especially this one, along with some ongoing chest pain) will be taken more seriously. Thanks for the info!
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    Quote Originally Posted by tripLexie View Post
    I'm in a new area and searching for a repuatable new PCP as well as a rheumy and I'm hoping my symptoms (especially this one, along with some ongoing chest pain) will be taken more seriously.
    I think any woman packing an AR-15, and an AK-47, ought to be taken seriously! (insert smiley face)

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    Yup I get those too. i have absolutely no clue what causes them, so I am not very helpful, but wanted you to know you have company.

    They haven't been frequent/bad enough for me to seek medical attention for them - plus, they're so hard to pinpoint and describe. 'Random shooting pains" doesn't give a doc much to go on, I guess. For me, they tend to come in groups - I'll have several in different places over the course of a couple weeks, then I won't have any for several weeks. I usually don't have more than 2-5 a day (but not every day), and they only last maybe 10-20 seconds, if that. No muscle cramps or anything with them.

    I also get shooting/stabbing pain headaches sometimes, but that's different - always in the same place, and usually preface to a migraine sometime in the next few days. Those COMPLETELY SUCK, and just about knock me over. But my neuro knows about those. He can't tell me much about them, LOL - but at least he knows. : - P

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    I used to get them really badly but they are not as bad now. I noticed that my TGN med actually lowered the amount of the "shocks" that I got elsewhere. I do understand what you are talking about though
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    Thanks everyone. Although it's still troubling to know exactly what these pains actually are, it's good to know that other people feel things similar. I could drive myself crazy wondering if what I'm experiencing is completely unheard of! Sometimes I wonder if I just don't know how exactly to describe what I'm feeling. But I guess my description fits, if y'all are capable of understanding me haha!

    Oh and good eye, Rob! That's exactly what I was thinking, too.
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    Count me in as a yes to these pains, too. When one strikes suddenly in a leg, it can pull me down to the floor.
    Here's something else that I've noticed - every time that I have one of these little jolts of pain, or a muscle spasm, it is followed by itching in the area where I just felt the pain or spasm. My hubby thinks that it is all part of my mixed up neurological signals. The docs just dismiss it.
    Hugs,
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    Quote Originally Posted by magistramarla View Post
    Here's something else that I've noticed - every time that I have one of these little jolts of pain, or a muscle spasm, it is followed by itching in the area where I just felt the pain or spasm.
    Yep, me too Marla. I get the same thing. And it's a weird kind of itch, like it comes from under the skin. It sometimes burns too.

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    Rob,
    Yes, it causes giggles at night. My leg will spasm so hard that Jeff feels it. Then I hear him say "Wait for it..." When I start scratching, he says "I knew it." That's when I have a fit of giggles.
    Sometimes, you just have to laugh......
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