"electrocution" upon awakening and other strange feelings

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Sidereus, Jan 6, 2003.

  1. Sidereus

    Sidereus New Member


    Not sure if "electrocution" is the right word but I feel as though I have been "shocked" upon awakening. I also feel shaky. Also, more times than not, I will awaken after only 5 hours of sleep (approx.) and then eat a bowl of cereal, then become dreafully tired/fatigued in a matter of minutes. When I awaken the next time (usually after 1.5-2 hours) I feel as if I have been kicked in the head (dizzy, some headache, disorientation).

    Has anyone experienced symptoms similar to these?

    Also, I have never taken melatonin. Is this good for CFS patients? I know that I can directly relate some of my problems to my abnormal sleepy rhythms.

    Note: I have never had a sleep study.


  2. LauraLea

    LauraLea New Member

    I use to get extremely tired after I ate especially in the AM. That was because I was not getting a deep enough sleep. Now that I take Elavil at night it's much better.

    You can try melatonin, it had a really bad effect on me, but some people have good luck with it. All of the symptoms you descripe mostly have to do with not getting a deep sleep. I use to be dizzy all the time. I couldn't even walk straight.

    Try the melatonin and see if it works, if not you may need a RX.

    Good luck
  3. susabar

    susabar New Member

    Dear Richard,

    i too had that electrocution feeling a couple of times, but really bad once and it felt like someone threw a ball of electricity in my face... really freaked me out !!

    Good Luck
  4. Eilie

    Eilie New Member

    I've never had the "electrocution" thing (sounds awful) but I frequently wake up, get going and within minutes feel as though I haven't slept in days. I simply can't stay awake and have to go back to bed. It's annoying as can be but when that happens, I don't seem to have much choice about what I do. I've tried taking a shower or going for a walk. Both help briefly but I still end up having to go back to bed.

  5. Tess0

    Tess0 New Member

    I don't know what you mean by electrocution, but I have had electric current like feelings circling my body and causing jerks and twitches, involuntary muscle spasms. From hands to torso to legs and feet and back. At night, they can be powerful enough to raise my body off the bed. They have calmed down in the last 6 months but are always there. I hate that feeling. Anyway, I am being tested for neurological diseases, well, MS.

    So you can you be more descriptive? Is it a massive hit as someone described happens in their face? Or is it like a circuit?
  6. Sidereus

    Sidereus New Member

    Thanks for all of the replies.

    For what it is worth, I take 300 mg Neurontin at "8 PM" as well as 10 mg of doxepin and .5 mg Klonapan. Not sure if this is important but I used to take tenormin (sp) - a beta blocker - because I would complain of chest pain(s). Again, never has any "heart" test shown any unusualy problems. Any, I should say. I stopped tenormin in April. My symptoms didn't seem to change, so, no need for it. Perhaps I am second-guessing now.

    I go to the clinic tomorrow about a strange bump on below my back ribcage. I'll try to squeeze in CFS conversation as much as possible. Now that I have a "physical" problem they can see, CFS may not be in my head as much as they may think. Despite the fact that I was diagnosed in 94 by one of the best - Dr. Lapp.

    I'll write back with results.


  7. Sidereus

    Sidereus New Member


    I believe that the best way I can describe the feeling is a mild shock. I stress mild because I don't know that I have ever been electrocuted(!) but it certainly isn't normal "fright". In fact, I really don't feel too scared, except when the feeling persists, naturally. Today, for example, I have been battling the sensation for almost the entire day. Awakening this past week hasn't been a picnic. This seems to be somewhat cyclical these days, but it ALWAYS is present if I try to take a nap and then it hits me when I awaken from my nap. Not to by cynical, but the doctors have never considered this to be a big deal. Let's just say it is serious enough for me to prevent me from doing daily activities. Not out of fear, but out of mild pain and very odd sensations such as dizzyness, disorientation, balance, headache, etc.

    Any advice to ask/tell the doc what I am experiencing? CFS doesn't seem to work :(

    Apologies for the description. When my thoughts are more constructive I'll post again.


  8. amilyne

    amilyne New Member

    hi richard..i dont know if this is the same feeling but i know that sometimes ill get up(which is always at the last minute that ill drag myself out of bed and be in my car literally 15 minutes later) and ill drive to work in this complete dazed dreamlike state, and i feel like im still sleeping and then ill think i shouldnt be driving but then ill be at work and a few hours later i feel "normal". i definately have sleep problems i know that i dont go into my deep stage 4 sleep but maybe one time and the rest of the night all i do is dream while im half awake..its really strange...i think i get stuck in rem sleep..i dont know but it probably my worst problem is my messed up sleep..also i sleep alot, i can sleep like 10 hours and still be compltely out of it...oh well life with this is such.
  9. Shirl

    Shirl New Member

    Hi Richard, welcome to the board. Not likely to forget you name, my husband is a 'Richard' too.

    As for the sleep problem, I had the granddaddy of all sleep problems. I did not know what it was to sleep through a night, no matter how tired I was my entire adult life.

    I started taking ZMA (zinc, magnesium, and Vitamin B-6), it is sold here at Pro Health, or at better health food stores, if you decide to try it, be sure you get the brand that is put out by SNAC company, the others do not work.

    I also take Melatonin, 3 milligrams right before bed. It helps me fall asleep, and the ZMA keeps me in a deep sleep for at least 7-8 hours without waking up.

    I also take a low dose Xanax (0.25 milligrams) at 6m for a racing brain problem. That calms me down so that the above supplements work well.

    I am not sure about what you said about electrical shock feeling, I did get a crazy feeling in my head that would feel like I had my finger in an electrical outlet, this would happen when I was say, sleeping for half an hour or so. It did not matter if it was day or night time. It was so darn scarey. Thats about as best as I can describe it.

    But I had almost forgotten about it till your post. I have not had it happen in a long time. I do take a lot of magnesium, and I started drinking half my body weight in ounces of water a day. That could have helped with the problem.

    I do know most people with FM/CFS are deficient in magnesium, and as for myself I had to have been dehydrated as I never drank water.

    Hope this helped a little, if you have any questions, please feel free to ask, we will try to help in anyway we can.

    Again, welcome to the board, and I do hope you find what works for you with the sleeping, it is so important for FM/CFS. I have Fibromyalgia, not CFS.

    Shalom, Shirl

  10. klutzo

    klutzo New Member

    That's what this is called. I heard about it all the time when I was running my FMS support group. Avbout 99.9% of the people who complained of it had that same electric shock feeling that you have. They often described it as a noise in their head like a wire shorting out. I had a different noise....a slamming door. I'd be just about to fall asleep, and SLAM! It was so realistic that for about the first 20 times it happened, I grabbed my trusty Smith & Wesson and crept through the house to see if someone had broken in. Eventually, I'd just think "oh, this again", and stay in bed until I fell asleep. Some who have this can go all night, continually falling asleep and being awakened by the noise, over and over. Hypnagogic hallucinations are always the result of a sleep disorder. If you are taking something to help you sleep, you may want to reevaluate it, and if you are not taking anything, you may want to start. If several things have been tried and your doc doesn't know what to do next, consider spending the night in a sleep lab to determine which sleep disorder(s) you have so as to better pinpoint a course of treatment. I have not had my "slamming door" in years, thanks to better quality sleep.
    P.S. What Shirl said about the importance of taking Magnesium at bed time is true for anyone with FMS, whether you are having "electric shocks" or not.
  11. Spoonerpaws

    Spoonerpaws New Member


    Your post could have been written by me! I would feel that like I was shocked in my head - I tried to describe it to my husband and he thought I was crazy!

    I sometimes wake up at 4 or 5 and have a bowl of cereal and go back to bed and feel AWFUL when I wake up. I don't think it is a good idea to eat and then go immediately back to sleep.
  12. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    At certain times if I awaken during the night, I feel as though my body is electrified and sometimes, I am paralyzed. We have discussed this in the past and a lot of us suffer from this strange symptom.

    Love, Mikie
  13. blessedSunshine

    blessedSunshine New Member

    Hi Richard,<BR>
    Sorry to hear about your symptoms. These symptoms are actually what wake me and prevent me from falling back asleep. I usually also have pain localized in my ULA. I have had a mild electrocution as a child, where the face for a light switch was off, and I stuck my finger in the socket while putting my shoes on. This is exactly that feeling. It doesn't just happen when I wake up, it seems to even go all day. The only way I have a chance of getting rid of it, is to take 400-800 mg on Neurontin.<BR>
    Doctors have not been good to me. These symptoms became disabling two years ago. Next week I start seeing a sleep specialist, a movement specialist and a GI. These symptoms point to a more serious problem. <BR>
    Symptoms: feeling of electrocution, extreme sleepiness, Insomnia, nausea, abnormal BM, fever-like/fire-like sensation radiating from left side to the tippy top of my head. It is exhausting.
  14. IanH

    IanH Active Member

    The shocks are indeed shocks. Sometimes called brain zaps. They are a common sensation when withdrawing from some drugs such as opiates, antidepressants and sometimes the SSRIs. They are also reported by some women going through menopause.<BR>
    People with ME and particularly FM report these shocking experiences mostly associated with falling asleep or on awakening. However some ME/FM sufferers can experience these even when eating.<BR>
    Other causes of these shocks may include cancer treatments such as radiation and chemotherapy, physical trauma, shingles or malnutrition and severe dehydration.<BR>
    They were the symptom that originally took me to the doctor 20 years ago. Fortunately the doctor was a fellow class mate from University and he did not ridicule me. He thought it might have something to do with my neck, but very shortly afterwards I had the fatigue and pain of ME/FM.<BR>
    My symptoms of shock continued until I took magnesium 400mg daily. After about three months they stopped. They started again a few years later when I was withdrawing from opiates. I went on LDN (low dose naltrexone) and the shocks stopped. I never had them again.<BR>
    For ME/FM I do think the magnesium is part of the answer but I also think that the mitochondrial support protocol will also stop these shocks. <BR>
    I believe they are caused by poor functioning neurons or drug affected or hormone affected neurons discharging inappropriately, where, is anybodies guess.