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Dr. Arun Phophalia
Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor (MD)
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Experience:  MBBS, MS (General Surgery), Fellowship in Sports Medicine
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Hi Dr Arun , are you free? I have a question for you
Submitted: 12 days ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 12 days ago.

Hello! My name is***** to JustAnswer. I'm reviewing your question now, and will post back with the reply momentarily.

Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 12 days ago.

Hi Laura,

What is your question?

Customer: replied 12 days ago.
Hi Dr Arun ,Can I ask you , are you familiar with the term " brain zaps " or " brain shivers ".? It's an electrical jolt that a person can feel in their head . It's most commonly associated with SSRI withdrawal . Do you know what I'm talking about ?
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 12 days ago.

Yes Laura, I am aware of it.

Customer: replied 12 days ago.
Oh good . I'm not sure all doctors know about it .Anyway , my question is this . I know that the zaps are more common when a person is withdrawing from a medication like an ssri , but can a person who is on an ssri and not withdrawing or skipped a dose still get zaps ?
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 12 days ago.

Yes, it can still occur.

This can be due to;

1) Inadequate control of the symptoms like anxiety, stress, depression.

2) Other reasons like deficiency neuropathy.

Customer: replied 12 days ago.
What does #2 mean ?
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 12 days ago.

Commonest deficiency is vitamin B1, B6 or B 12 deficiency. This may cause the brain zaps. Supplements can take care of it.

Customer: replied 12 days ago.
Ok ..So I read somewhere on the internet that these brain zaps can actually be little seizures. Is that true ?
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 12 days ago.

No. This is unlikely.

Customer: replied 12 days ago.
Ok ..So are these zaps dangerous ? How to get rid of them ?
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 12 days ago.

No, these are not dangerous.

Relaxation techniques, deep breathing exercises, yoga, meditation can get rid of them.

Please feel free for your follow up questions.

I would be happy to assist you further, if you need any more information.

Thanks for using Just Answer.

Customer: replied 11 days ago.
Hi Dr ArunThank you for helping me.Can I ask you another question or do I need to start a new one?
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 11 days ago.

I am giving you additional service option, so you can ask question here only after accepting it or open a new thread.