Chest pain afflicts people of all ages. It doesn’t make a distinction based on demographics or social position. Having chest pain can unnerve a person. The fear is that a heart blockage could be lurking around the corner, a blockage that could be the “big one”- the one that stops a person in their tracks. As a cardiologist I see people of all ages who develop chest pain. Chest pains come in many sizes and shapes. They might be experienced as fullness, heaviness, an aching, a drawing, burning, squeezing, fluttering, and many, many other ways. One very common presentation for chest pain is that of a sharp chest pain. Sharp can be perceived as stabbing, like a needle or a knife is piercing the skin. Do you have this type of chest pain? Do you experience a stabbing feeling of pain in the chest? If you do then know that you’re in good company. You don’t need to think you’re strange or odd. Most peo...
I get a sharp pain at the base of my skull lately. It hurts so bad I could scream. As fast as it comes it is gone. I am overdue for new eye glasses. I am 74 years old with high blood pressure and diabetic. leilani.
Nobody can safely diagnose without examining you in person, so you need to see your doctor. One possibility is that these could be ice pick headaches. You can find some information about them in Ice Pick Headaches - The Basics .
Again, please see your doctor. Unexplained head pain should always be investigated.
Good luck, John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert
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5-HTP is an amino acid produced by the human body from the essential amino acid L-tryptophan (LT), which is found in dietary proteins. It's clinical value is in it's ability to increase production of serotonin, and it has been used clinically for more than 30 years. 5-HTP occurs naturally in two places -- the human body and the seeds of the Griffonia Simplicifolia, a West African medicinal plant. Let's see if I can simplify this a bit: Food that contains LT in the proteins -> 5-HTP -> serotonin. Why is serotonin so important? Serotonin (also called 5-hydrotryptophan) is found in the cells of the brain and intestine and in the platelets of our blood. When the walls of blood vessels are damaged, serotonin is released from the platelets to constrict the blood vessel and prevent hemorrhage. In the tissue of the intestine, it acts as a stimulant to make the smooth muscle contract. Most people are probably most familiar with serotonin as it acts in the brain...
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