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Offline GreyGoose

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Buzzing, vibrating and electric shocks in the head
« on: September 10, 2006, 06:04:00 PM »
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Many people with various anxiety-related disorders either directly due to the disorders themselves or sometimes because of the side effects from the medication(s) they are on (often an SSRI or Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor) experience bizarre and frightening symptoms such as an occasional and brief "buzzing", "vibrating", "jolt" or "electric shock" sensation in their heads. Sometimes people also experience dizziness, vertigo or feel like they are about to pass out during these times or they may even think that they are having a stroke and rush to the emergency room.

I was just wondering if any of these symptoms sound familiar and if any of you would care to share your own stories here. I know that I sometimes experience these symptoms myself and I have heard quite a few others describe them.

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Re: Buzzing, vibrating and electric shocks in the head
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2006, 01:03:52 PM »
I've been getting the tingling and electric shocks sensation for a couple of weeks now. The start of it coincided with a doctor's visit allaying my fears about heart fluttering - the heart issues stopped almost immediately, and the head issues started. I've noticed that I feel much better when I'm doing something - for a couple of days after I went back to school, I felt almost completely normal. It's when I'm alone with my thoughts that I start feeling things. I'm not on any medication, so I'm guessing (hoping) it's the anxiety itself.

The one thing that is weird is that the tingling feeling is sometimes pretty enduring. I felt tingling on the side of my head and left cheek for close to a week almost non-stop. But again, I noticed that sometimes I would wake up feeling completely normal, then start in on "Do I feel it? No... am I sure? wait - there it comes. Just a little. Is that it? Yup..." as if I was making myself start feeling it again.
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Re: Buzzing, vibrating and electric shocks in the head
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2006, 01:21:05 PM »
Hi jerseygirl

Thank you for the reply. These appear to be very common symptoms related to anxiety. I forgot to mention that sometimes people will also have these symptoms (or at least a few of them) when they are weaning themselves off of certain SSRI's (Paxil comes to mind). Let me ask you something...when you get these, do you feel them in your head/brain or just in other parts of your body (or both)?.

Since symptoms can sometimes be so vague and difficult to describe, I have compiled a short list of various phrases I have heard other people use over the years to describe the symptoms I mentioned earlier...

* A current of electricity briefly flowing through my brain.
* An electric buzz sensation.
* An electric jolt.
* Brain zaps.
* Brain shocks.
* An electrical tingling sensation traveling through my head/brain.

I'll add to this list if I can think of any others.

- Regards, GreyGoose
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Re: Buzzing, vibrating and electric shocks in the head
« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2006, 01:24:02 PM »
When my anxiety starts to build, it feels as if I have wool or some kind of fog in my head, my neck starts to tingle...sometimes my head buzzes too.  Then if this turns into an all out attack...I feel like my Brain is getting electric shock and can last for a while on and off.  Sometimes afterwards my brain feels like a lightbulb that makes noise and shorts little bits.(old, old lightbulb feeling)

I know it is my anxiety that does this and only when I get some sleep from exhaustion does my head feel better.
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Re: Buzzing, vibrating and electric shocks in the head
« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2006, 02:45:04 PM »
GreyGoose - It's generally head/brain. Right now, however, my head feels (for the moment) normal and the tingling is only going on in my cheek. I really want to google that, but it's probably a bad idea.

You're so right about the vagueness of the symptoms. I'm really not sure how to describe it. I think the occasional sharp pains are kind of like mild electric shocks. What I'm calling tingling might actually be more what you're calling buzzing. Honestly, sometimes these things are so subtle that I feel that no one expcept for me (and other hypos and GAD people) would even notice anything, although sometimes they are more pronounced.
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Re: Buzzing, vibrating and electric shocks in the head
« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2006, 03:28:47 PM »
Hi Apple. Yes, I get that foggy-headed feeling a LOT and it drives me nuts. It's sort of like your brain has been anesthetized with Novocaine or something and you just feel numb inside.

Hi Jerseygirl. You've described it perfectly and this is what has really been plaguing me lately (especially today).

Sorry this is such a short response but my head feels like someone drilled a hole in it and ran an egg beater through my brains right now so I have to find something to take for this. I've also been doing some fairly scatterbrained and senile things lately and that scares me. I almost feel like I've suffered years of brain damage from alcohol, drugs, etc but deep inside, I know it's probably just the anxiety. Wow, I hate this :speechless-smiley-004:

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Re: Buzzing, vibrating and electric shocks in the head
« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2006, 05:24:53 PM »
I hope you start feeling better, and thanks for posting this thread! To be honest, the only thing that made me able to get through the first few days of these sensations was finding this site and realizing that all of these things could be anxiety symptoms - while my dad kept telling me that earlier, I hadn't quite believed it until I found other people who felt the same way.
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« Reply #7 on: September 11, 2006, 05:26:54 PM »
Ohh yeah, and that sharp POP noise just inside your skull.. been there a lot!  I get the electric jolts in my hands and shoulders as well.  I'm not taking any medication so that's not the cause.  It only happens though when my anxiety levels are up. (very frequently lately)  I get dizzy and have to bend over like when you are hyperventaliating just to keep from passing out.
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Re: Buzzing, vibrating and electric shocks in the head
« Reply #8 on: September 14, 2006, 12:09:42 AM »
Yes, I get a tingling on the left side of my head. I've thought I was itchy or something but I couldn't scratch it as it felt like it was coming from inside my head. :fragend005:
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« Reply #9 on: September 22, 2006, 02:52:43 PM »
Oh thank GOD for all of you. I just had a baby 7 days ago and for about a week leading up to the arrival I started having lots of dizziness then the panic attacks came. Now I have a history of panic attacks but I thought I'd had it under control and hadn't had an episode in years.  I was just seen in the ER about 2 wks ago. They ddi an MRI, EKG, loads of blood work, etc etc and found nothing. In fact, my midwives were convinced that I was getting dizzy (plus as an aside-I was getting almost daily ocular migraines) due to my pregnancy and all the fluids in the head, etc. So now that I had the baby, I natrually assumed I'd feel great. NOT so. I wasn't really sleeping for about 1 wk before the baby came, started having middle of the night panic attacks because I'd get a dizzy, or "whooshing" sensation and/or BUZZING, electrical kind of feeling in my head that scared the S*&T out of me!!!  Now I've got a 7 day old baby plus my 6 and 4 yr olds. My husband is doing sooooooo much for me while I've had to accept the fact that nothing medically is wrong at ALL and I've got some big time postpartum WITH anxiety going on.  I've already seen a psychiatrist who put me on Remerol-anti depression, Ambien for sleep and Klonopin for anxiety.  I feel like I'll stay in  this medicinal STUPPOR forever. But I know I've got to accept that this anxiety is obviously a very real thing. And this nonstop BUZZ in my head making me believe I'm having, I don't know--mini strokes or seizures all day and not is NOT because something's seriously wrong with me in terms of a life threatening disease. But in fact it's MY brain and body creating this. I even dragged poor hubby to a neurologist and an ENT this week-----all within 3 days of my giving birth because I just really was certain something else would be found.   I could use any and ALL support I can get right now. And I just haphazardly put in a search on the internet for "anxiety and head buzzing" and found all of you. Thank you Lord!! I feel a lot more confident in this psychiatrist's assessment of me now.  Another aside..........if anyone's still listening/reading is that the postpartum is hitting hard too because I can't breastfeed while on all these meds. I breastfed my other 2 children for over a yr. Now I'm dealing with these emotions of wanting to breastfeed and be there for my new little guy and NOT even wanting to hold/pick him up.........such a mixed bag of crazy emotions. AND perhaps an entirely different topic for a different forum!  :angel-smiley-006:  Thanks for listening, Kelly
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