My friend has been experiencing stabbing pain in the back of his head. He said it lasts about 20 seconds, goes away and then returns. He has had as many as 20 episodes during the day. He says it seems better when he moves his head from side to side. I can't convince him to see a Dr. Please advise. Lawrence.
As much as we'd like to help, you already know the answer. Your friend needs to see a doctor. Unexplained head pain should always be investigated and diagnosed. Statistically, it's unlikely to be dangerous, but you never know. The only person who can definitively tell him what these pains are is a doctor who can review his medical history and family medical history, discuss his symptoms with him, and examine him - in person.
One possibility is ice pick headaches, which last for just seconds. You can find information about them in Ice Pick Headaches - The Basics . Nobody can diagnose via the Internet, so we can...
I am 52, oxygen. asthema, and severe copd. I have started to have very sharp very painful stabbing pain on left side of my head temple area, almost above the ear. it stabs very quickly without warning. for a few seconds to a minute, then goes away for about 10 mintues and then it happens again. It started this morning. what can it be? Vonnie.
What you're describing could be ice pick headaches. You can find more information in Ice Pick Headaches - The Basics . That said, nobody can confirm that via the Internet, so you really should see your doctor about these pains.
Good luck, John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert
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Back pain - nonspecific
Low back pain
Pain in any part of the back
Pain may radiate to the buttocks or upper leg(s)
Signs and tests
A physical examination focused on the back, the abdomen, and the extremities may confirm back pain or muscle spasm , but the examination does not reveal a specific cause (such as a herniated disk) or any neurological problem (such as weakness or change in sensation).
X-rays of the spine are usually normal. Further work-up may include a CT scan or MRI of the spine .
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