Family, Internal Medicine, General Medical Questions/"Shock" in upper leg


Hi Pamela-

About 3 months ago I was walking up some bleachers at a game when I felt a "shock" (like an electric fencer shock) in my left leg muscle about where my front pants pocket is. It lasted just a millisecond and it felt like my leg muscle lost its strength. As quick as it happened it was gone with no other problems. It has happened 3 times since, 2 times on stairs, once just walking. Last night it happened while I was going down the stairs and luckily I was holding on to the hand rail. Again it is just a brief shock, always the left leg by my front pocket.

I am 50 years old and passed a mini-physical (BP, Cholesterol, etc..)at work last fall. I do a lot of standing/walking at work but this has never happened at work. History of some heart diseases and cancer in family but no neurological (MS, Parkinson's, etc..) on either side of the family.

Any ideas?


Dear Jim,

I suggest you discuss this with your primary care provider. An MRI of your lumbar spine will be able to identify if you have disc issues that are involving the nerve root. An electrical feeling is caused by a nerve. Without imaging studies, the reason for this is unknown.

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Dr. Pamela M. Cipriano, DNP, APRN


My name is Dr. Cipriano. I have a private practice specializing in adult health and wellness. I can answer questions associated with thyroid disease, cardiac disease, pulmonary disease, high blood pressure, muscular aches and pains, cholesterol levels, male/female sexual questions or questions on the sexual organs, gastrointestinal problems, healthy ways to lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle, and nearly anything else that pertains to medicine.


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