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I totally understand what you mean. I also get random electrical shock feelings like jolts of electricity at random places on my body - this can happen even at rest lying perfectly still. They can physically make me jump.

I have had no work on lumbar - bulged L4, herniated L5-S1 with nerve root displacement. This problem only this last year. I am 50. From my lumbar I feel burning pain down the fronts of my legs, at my thighs, to my shins. I have throbbing and great tenderness type pain in the shins (my legs can't touch each other), My knees feel like a sharp type pain. My calves get charley horse spasms. My ankle and bottom of foot have a achy type muscle hurt (this isn't really pain more nuisance aches). Second toe next to big one throbs. My back is stiff and achy and at times on the lower hip I get stabbing like knife poke. No treatment yet, going to have an epidural in a few weeks.

No work on my thoracic, probs going on a little over a year - medium bulges at T2-3, T5-6 and T11-12 with cord effacement but not compression with an asymptomatic hemangioma spanning 2 levels. From my thoracic - there is tenderness along my whole center spine from neck to tailbone, and at bulge levels I have what constantly feels like a knife in the back being twisted. And squeezing feelings and muscle spasms. I also get chest tightness and severe achiness, under armpit and down my side spasms. And random nerve pain in chest that moves around depending on activity and position. Not pain, but I get funny muscle twitches near where my arm connects to my chest. Many epidural injections, light PT, ice, heat, lidoderm patches, stretching.

For cervical since 2004, started at age 45, I had two surgeries there (acdf C4-6 with hardware/bone) then revision ACDF C4-7 - with donor bone/hardware. Pain still remains - general stenosis, bulged C2-3, hernated C3-4, cord effacement, bone spurs, new post surgical bone ridging in all previously cleaned areas. I have permanent nerve damage, it causes sharp, stabbing pain that shoots into the arms more on right. I have burning at the forearms and wrists, sharp pain along the outside edge of my arm, my deltoids have a constant spasm, tenderness and burn. I get muscle spasms from use that cause charley horse type cramps in my forearms into my hands. My shoulder blades get so tight they feel like a rock and a knife being twisted there. My neck aches and burns and my ear tingles and aches. I have tried everything ice, heat, PT, many epidural injections, including accupressure to accupuncture.

I am in pain management - on fentanyl patches, hydrocodone backup, neurontin, mobic at times. stopped muscle relaxers. I can get to pain level 3-4 if I do not do anything at all, I can stick around 5s if I stay home, if I do one activity outside the home like a ride in the car I shoot right up to 6, the longer away from home it hits 7s and if I stay out around 4-5 hours doing a doctor visit and a stop to eat, I can easily hit 8. This is daily.

I hope this informaiton helps others figure out what hurts and that lots of people enter their info.

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