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About those wee electric shocks you get when you touch things/people?

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DizzyPhillips Sat 13-Apr-19 10:36:49

I know this sounds absolutely batshit. I know.

But i seem to get these constantly and it’s actually getting me down! I feel like every time I touch anything I get a shock! It doesn’t seem to matter what I’m wearing or where I am.

It’s worst at work. Every time I touch the printer for example. It just happens all the time.

I don’t know why it’s getting to me so much it’s such a minor thing.

InspectorClouseauMNdivision Sat 13-Apr-19 10:40:43

Well. Tbh if I touched electric equipment and felt shock, I would be very concerned shock

As far as I know your constant shocks can be cause by higher humidity in the air.

thiscannotbenormal Sat 13-Apr-19 10:42:12


I get this all the time.

DizzyPhillips Sat 13-Apr-19 10:42:32

It just happened when I lifted DD2 out of her car seat and touched the rubber door seal. I just felt an inward “argh” 🙄

Taneartagam Sat 13-Apr-19 10:42:33

Or wearing synthetic fabrics. When I wore Crocs (blush) I got static shocks from everything.

IHateUncleJamie Sat 13-Apr-19 10:42:37

Nylon carpets, synthetic clothing, a build-up of static. I used to get it all the time at work and it drove me mad. My new wheelchair did it as well so in a shopping centre for example, nobody could touch me without getting a shock.

At work they gave me an antistatic mat for under my chair. That helped a bit. My DH has made copper strands that trail across the floor under my wheelchair to discharge the static. grin

Can you wear different shoes and cotton clothes?

Thisisthelaststraw Sat 13-Apr-19 10:43:11

Same shoes every time? I’ve no idea if it’s true but apparently the type of shoe you wear has some bearing on it confused

Awrite Sat 13-Apr-19 10:43:47

I get them too. I close my car door by pushing the window.

IHateUncleJamie Sat 13-Apr-19 10:43:51

Has your car got an anti static strip?$ja=tsid:94971%7Ccid:1537736289%7Cagid:60183474433%7Ctid:pla-400405140659%7Ccrid:291898455827%7Cnw:g%7Crnd:333779234804837982%7Cdvc:t%7Cadp:1o1%7Cmt:%7Cloc:1007198&gclid=CjwKCAjwkcblBRB_EiwAFmfyy65IRTcs9Gz5OIvevIF3pvAHUiVF1u7WE_CVeTjDDqcXhX9O2r0I6BoCP8gQAvD_BwE

AngeloMysterioso Sat 13-Apr-19 10:44:04

I hate static shocks.

Trying wearing only natural fibre clothes, I know I tend to get them more when I have nylon/polyester clothing on, even if it’s just my underwear!

IHateUncleJamie Sat 13-Apr-19 10:44:16

Lol sorry about the length of the hyperlink!

Thisisthelaststraw Sat 13-Apr-19 10:44:34

Cross posts. So there is some truth to it. Interesting.

ItchySeveredFoot Sat 13-Apr-19 10:44:59

This has recently started happening to me when I get in and out of the car! I haven't changed anything so it's just randomly started happening.
DP refuses to go into our local BM bargains because he gets a shock from everything. It was actually starting to get nervous and panicky.

hidinginthenightgarden Sat 13-Apr-19 10:48:35

I get this loads. A certain pair of shoes is the main culprit and woolen cardy.

museumum Sat 13-Apr-19 10:50:51

I get it when I get out the car I’m running or gym leggings.
Wear more natural fibres if you want to stop it.

Mamabearx4 Sat 13-Apr-19 10:51:54

Car, trolleys pressing the button to call a lift, mainly happens when its warm/hot.

Excited101 Sat 13-Apr-19 10:52:55

Don’t ever go to Vegas Op, I started refusing to touch anything, had to get dp to open doors, call for lifts, etc. It was constant!

BarkandCheese Sat 13-Apr-19 10:54:11

Very dry weather makes it worse. I used to think it was just cold dry weather, then I went to Las Vegas and got shocks off everything.

msannabella Sat 13-Apr-19 11:02:03

This seems to happen to me all the time. Whenever I touch a lift button or get out the car. I wonder whether some people are more electrically charged than others. Weirdly when I touch a phone or tablet or something that's plugged in I can feel the vibration of the electricity going through it. My husband thinks I'm insane cos he can't feel it!

meepmoop Sat 13-Apr-19 11:07:46

I nearly posted about this the other day, every single time I get out of the car I get a shock

I thought I was being clever by shutting the door by the window and then got a shock of the hedge I bumped into. I also get shocked but keys in the door if I shut the car by the window.

I think I'm faulty

MongerTruffle Sat 13-Apr-19 11:14:11

Weirdly when I touch a phone or tablet or something that's plugged in I can feel the vibration of the electricity going through it.

That happens with all aluminium devices that aren't earthed (it's very strong on my MacBook Pro). Some people are more sensitive to it than others.

PottyPotterer Sat 13-Apr-19 11:14:34

I get them too. I close my car door by pushing the window.

Me too. Dread if I need to get something out the back door. I get a shock every single time I get out of my car and do this thing where I hit the car quickly and lightly to get the shock out of the way. It's ridiculous really.

BuzzPeakWankBobbly Sat 13-Apr-19 11:15:24

I get them at work if I wear a certain pair of boots. I have to touch wood before anything metal (so I touch worktop before tap, and door before handle)

For cars, open door > touch metal doorframe > put feet on ground.

GarthFunkel Sat 13-Apr-19 11:15:52

My fitflops cause this.

DizzyPhillips Sat 13-Apr-19 11:26:03

Oh I feel the vibration from a charging device too!

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