FROM OUR EXPERTS
Every medication can have side effects. That’s a given. Whether or not you can live with the side effect is the big question. I take a medication given to many with some form of dementia— Aricept . It has many possible side effects. The most common are generally minor and include nausea, headache, diarrhea, and abnormal dreaming. I experience the latter. Fortunately, I now understand what’s going on and can live with it, knowing that, for me, Aricept has truly been a “life” saver. Not in the literal sense, of course, but in the figurative sense. It has helped to improve my cognitive abilities, so I can live with the dreams… When I first took Aricept, I soon began having bizarre dreams which were especially bright and memorable. (My sister tells me I have always had very active dreaming so this medication just exacerbates it.) One of the first nights after beginning to take Aricep...
Can pain in the jaw or teeth be an indication of a heart attack? How do I tell if a pain in my arm or shoulder is due to a heart condition?
These questions are quite common and frequently asked, and not always easily or correctly answered in magazines and journals. In fact, pain caused by an inadequate supply of oxygen to the heart can occur in many different forms. Although, once in a while, the location and description of the discomfort may be odd, but, fortunately, most of the time it is similar. The majority of the time patients describe a tightness, heaviness or constriction in the mid-chest or upper abdomen that appears to also be present in one or the other shoulder. The discomfort may also be noted in the upper biceps, elbow and wrist (on either side) and on occasion may feel like it is “going through” to the back. Heart pain can also be noted in the jaw and teeth. It is more common for heart-related discomfort to affect the lower jaw than the upper jaw. Occ...
For about 18 hours now I've been getting stabbing sharp shooting pains on the left side of my head. It isn't constant but it comes and goes. Sometimes it wont hurt for an hour but other times it keeps getting sharper and sharper.What could it be? Kenneth.
Short stabbing pains are sometimes ice pick headaches. Take a look at Ice Pick Headaches - The Basics . That said, these pains could be any number of things, and the only person who can safely diagnose and tell you what they are is a doctor who can review your and your family's medical history, discuss your symptoms with you, and conduct a complete examination. Unexplained headaches should always be checked out. Please see your doctor.
Good luck, John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert
To review other questions from our Ask the Clinician Column, browse the Ask the Clinician archives .
If you need help finding a Migraine and headache speci...
You should know
Answers to your question are meant to provide general health information but should not replace medical advice you receive from a doctor. No answers should be viewed as a diagnosis or recommended treatment for a condition. Content posted by community members does not necessarily reflect the views of Remedy Health Media, which also reserves the right to remove material deemed inappropriate.