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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...
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...
In this study 208 patients were followed for two years after spinal fusion. Each one donated bone from the pelvis for the graft. Patients were asked about pain and appearance of the donor site. Pain was measured by intensity and by how long it lasted. The researchers found that one-third of the patients still had pain two years after the operation. Most of the patients (84 percent) thought the graft site looked "good" at the end of two years. About 16 percent said it looked "fair" or "poor." Other studies have reported this problem of graft site pain lasting for months to years. Many of those studies are done by reading the patients' charts (called a retrospective study ). This study was different in that the patients were contacted directly at six weeks, three, six, 12, and 24 months. The authors report it doesn't seem to matter which side (right or left) the graft comes from. Whether the graft is removed from the front of the body or from the side doesn't seem to make any difference eit...
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