Q: I have a question concerning "electrical surges." I have experienced spontaneous panic attacks and one symptom of the attacks is an electrical surge which moves through my left arm and through my chest. I am able to accept this as a symptom of my attacks, but sometimes I feel this sensation without experiencing an attack. The electrical tingling will continue for hours sometimes. Also, with increased stimulation (exercise, strong emotion, etc.) the sensation intensifies. I have had numerous tests done (blood tests, EKG's, etc.) and my doctor has found no physical problems. Can you give me any information concerning these sensations?
A: We have been looking at this and allied symptoms for a long time. The closest we have come is to refer people to a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Practitioner for massage and/or acupuncture. But we do emphasise make sure it is someone who has either trained in China or has been practising TCM for quite a number of years. If we look across cultures TCM understands these symptoms in a way our Western Medicine doesn't. (but you still have to work with your thinking as well!)
It is interesting to note, people who have the electrical sensations also have a left hand sided weakness which does ultimately disappear over time. Something never mentioned in the literature.
Gluck, S. (2008, October 4). Electrical Surges, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2022, August 11 from https://www.healthyplace.com/anxiety-panic/articles/electrical-surges