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I started getting headaches late 2009 sharp, shooting pain in the top of my head and numbness in my face that passed when the pain subsided. Now when I get these "headaches" the pain is localized to the back of my neck and head with ear pressure and pain behind my ears. There is also pain in my eye area and I am sensitive to light. Is this a type of migraine headache? JoAnn.
What you describe could be a type of Migraine, or it could be another headache disorder. You need to see your doctor for a diagnosis and any treatment that may be necessary. As much as we'd like to help and answer your question, the only person who can do that is a doctor who can review your and your family's medical history, discuss your symptoms with you, and conduct a complete examination. Nobody can diagnose via the Internet.
In preparing to speak with your doctor, it might help you to take a look at Anatomy of a Migraine to familiarize yourself 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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