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I was just reading posts on this discussion board which were from a few years ago about people experiencing the shock-like brain zaps (which I call zingers), and I'm hoping that some of you are still discussing this condition.
I have been reading everything I can about this brain '"pain" and I am very confused on how it affects everyone so differently. I take Celexa 40 mg daily and Seroquel 25 mg for sleep. I was told by my shrink that he thinks these "zaps" are due to neurotransmitters firing incorrectly. I've also read that these zaps occur when discontinuing serotonin drugs. Well, I've been on Celexa for 12 years and these zaps started about three years ago, around the time I started Seroquel.
The only way I can describe these zaps is like having Tesla coils in my brain firing and firing for sometimes up to hours, debilitating me to the point that I can't walk, talk, have blurry vision, but I sure can scream. My whole brain inside feels like I'm being electrocuted, especially when the zaps shoot around to my brain stem and a little ways down my neck.
EEGs have shown nothing, but I believe that is because they were not done while I was having an brain attack.
It is a Saturday, so I'll have to wait until Monday to ask my shrink if I should be put on a different drug for sleep because I have intractible insomnia, and have had this since I was a child (the insomnia not the zaps). My circadian rhythms are off kilter my neurologist said, so I would work 3-11 p, and 11 - 7 am shifts at the hospital when I was most alert. Then coming home to the kids and a hungry husband was so much fun.
Anyway, many posts on the previous discussion said that these zaps said that they don't last long and one can get on with their lives perfectly well. I am very happy for them, in fact it gave me some hope, but I'm writing this note now with the Tesla coils flaring Think of the movie Frankenstein and the doctor has these electrical coils that wind way up to the ceiling and flashes of electricity would flow between them - well that's what I experience and sometimes for hours. The doc would scream, "He's alive, he's alive!"
Well, I feel like I'm dying - not trying to be melodramatic but I am a shell of myself. I also have a neurologic disease called 'trigeminal neuralgia' and I thought it was the cause of the zaps, but my pain doc said no. He has never heard of brain zaps, so I printed out stacks of info on it for him.
Thanks for listening - reading. I hope someone will respond. Also, how do I get a picture into the little box in the upper left-hand corner?
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