After being electrified in an electric storm in California, the patient was left with “a kind of numbness that was like a scratch,” she said.
The experience left her with numbness on her cheek, lips and face, and it left her unable to breathe and unable to speak.
Now she is a certified electrician and is on the road to recovery, according to CNN.
It’s been six months since she was treated.
“I’m still not 100% right now, but I’m getting better,” she told CNN.
A common cause of electrical brain injury is a brain injury that causes numbness of the muscles and bones in the neck, said Dr. Mark Pazdersky, the chief of neurology at Stanford University.
“That’s the main cause of that,” he told CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
“When the brain’s not functioning properly, it’s like an electric shock.
It sends a shock wave down the body, which causes numb pain.”
Electrocutions can cause severe damage to the nerves, muscles and arteries that supply the brain with electrical signals.
Electrocution can also cause the body to produce an enzyme called an anesthetizing agent called thrombin that stops the heart and blood vessels from contracting.
The anesthetics are usually used to treat cardiac arrest, which is when a person dies suddenly or has a stroke.
Thrombin is also used to stop bleeding, which can lead to death.
However, it is also sometimes used to kill a person who is unconscious and has a brain hemorrhage, said Pazdsky.
“Thrombin can cause a person to die, because it inhibits the heart from pumping blood into the brain,” he said.
“And it’s just not effective for people with anesthetic injuries.”
Electrified people may experience a headache, dizziness, nausea, fatigue and a lack of energy.
The numbness is a result of a brain wave that causes electrical impulses to be released to the brain, said the Mayo Clinic.
But it’s not a direct cause of death, said Patricia Tompkins, chief of clinical medicine at the Mayo Medical Center in Rochester, Minnesota.
“People are still at risk for developing a number of other types of brain injury, including strokes, from electrocutions,” she added.
In addition to nerve damage, the numbness may cause nerve pain, headaches and difficulty in swallowing, she told Gupta.
The nerve damage can occur because the electrical impulses are traveling down the nerves and into the blood vessels, she said, and because there is an increased amount of the anesthetic thrombenzone in the blood, which increases blood flow to the muscles, causing swelling and pressure on the nerves.
“It may be like the head of a pin has turned inside out,” said Tompks.
The cause of electrocution is not fully understood.
Some scientists think the nerve damage is caused by an electrocuting bolt that struck a nerve in the brain.
Other scientists think it is caused when a body is struck by an electrical shock, or when a blood vessel is struck, she explained.
Experts do not have a definitive explanation for how an electric bolt is used to electrocute an individual, according.
“Electrocutions are rare, but they can cause very serious damage to a brain,” said Pashad, the Mayo professor.
He said that when people have electrocutes, they usually recover within a week or two.
“Most people will not feel any symptoms at all, and then within two weeks they will be fine,” he added.
The American Academy of Neurology has a list of the top causes of electrical injury, and the American Society of Anesthesiologists has a guide to the treatment options for patients who have been electrocutted.
A neurologist or other medical professional can perform an electocardiogram to see if the damage is serious.
A doctor can treat the condition by taking the affected limb to the operating room.
An anesthesiologist will remove a nerve, which may cause numbness, pain and weakness.
He or she may need to use a device called an anaesthetic for the treatment.
Anesthetic is a chemical that blocks the effects of an electric current, but can be used in an electrical stimulation, or a spinal cord stimulator, to relieve the symptoms.
It can also be used to restore electrical impulses in the spinal cord, or to help restore blood flow in the affected area, or treat an infection, according the Mayo website.