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For a couple years now I have had electrical shocks in my head in addition to the traditional migraine pain. What causes that and what medications will make them go away? They seem to come from the middle of my head out and really give me a jolt. One morning I counted 50. Thank you, Debbie.
We sometimes call the head shocks “jolts” or jabs” and the specific cause is certainly not known. I can speculate that these may be more severe firings in nerve trunk pathways bringing signals to the spinal cord and brain/brainstem, but that’s all it it is, a guess.
Good luck, John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert
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