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I have Intermittent sharp pain on left side of my head. The pain is left side, near back of head. It started 6 days ago, I have tried several over counter meds. Excedrin Migraine, to BC Powders. Nothing has worked.
I have made appointment with my Doctor, next week. What do you think this pain could be. I have never suffered with Migraine Head aches before. Thank You, Joann.
The pain you describe could be any number of things. You don't mention how long the pain lasts. If it lasts just seconds, it could be ice pick headaches, but only your own doctor will be able to confirm a diagnosis. You can find some information on ice pick headaches in Ice Pick Headaches - The Basics .
Are you having any other symptoms? If not, these are unlikely to be Migraines because Migraines have other symptoms in addition to head pain. See Anatomy of a Migraine for more infor...
I started having headaches about three years ago. To me they seemed to be cluster headaches. They came about one o'clock in the afternoon everyday from December to February. This year, however, my headaches started in mid September and ended mid October. After what I assume was my cluster period this year I began having pain in my left temple that lasts all day long. Sometimes its an intense throbbing and the rest of the time its just a constant annoying ache but it hasn't gone away. I've had an MRI and CT scans and an x ray done in the past all of which were normal. My doctor has not helped me with any of this. He just continues to give me pain killers. I have done research and haven't found anything so I am hoping somebody on here can give me an answer or tell me what to do next. Ashley.
You're quite right to question this new headache. As you probably know, cluster headaches don't last that long, so it's most likely not relate...
Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a mystery. Every year 15,000 people in the United States are affected. After trauma of some kind to the arm or leg, pain and other symptoms persist long after healing has taken place. There are many theories to explain what went wrong but no known causes. In this study scientists find evidence to support the idea of nerve damage as a possible mechanism. Skin biopsies were taken from 18 adults with CRPS-I. CRPS-I is one of two types of CRPS. In this type patients don't have a known nerve injury. Skin biopsy is a sensitive test of small nerve fiber damage. Researchers counted the number of neurites (nerve endings). The loss of neurites may cause pain by triggering an overresponse on the part of the rest of the neurons still left. Seven control subjects were also biopsied. The control group had similar symptoms from traumatic injury or knee osteoarthritis but they didn't have CRPS. The scientists wanted to see if neurite losses occur with trauma of ...
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