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FullQuestion: I am a woman 56 years old and have experienced severe pain with my migraines at about 9 to 13 times a month over many, many years. I do take Maxalt and that helps most of the time. Twice in the past month I have had a very sharp shooting pain on the top left side of my head. It will last all day but not turn into my typical migraine. The Maxalt did not help it. This pain is very sharp and severe and happens about twice every minute for 5 seconds or so. Do you have any idea what it is? I just what to scream each time it comes and sometimes I start knocking on my head with my knuckles!! Please advise me.Thanks. Answer: Hello; The sharp, severe pain you describe could be several types of headache, including paroxysmal hemicrania. You need to see your doctor for diagnosis and to rule out other, possibly serious, conditions that could also cause this type of pain. With such high frequency of Migraine attacks, I must suggest you seek a migraine specialist — have you been w...
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.
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Hi, for the past 6 months I have been getting really bad shooting pains in my head and face. It always starts in my temple and ends up at the top of my head, it also feels like my face is very tight when this happens. Though they last only seconds, I am getting several a day! I have told my doctor but to no avail. Can you help please? Melanie.
What you're describing could be ice pick headaches, but they don't generally start in one place, then move to another, and they generally don't occur in the face. You can read more about them in Ice Pick Headaches - The Basics .
You were quite right to see your doctor about these headaches. They need to be investigated and diagnosed. Unfortunately, not all doctors have the background to help. When your regular doctor can't help, it's best to consult a Migraine and headache specialist. It’s important to note that neurologists aren’t necessarily Migraine and headache speci...
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