Researchers from Harvard Medical School got a surprise this year. They studied the use of acupuncture for the treatment of arm pain from repetitive strain injuries (RSI). The expected result was that the patients treated with acupuncture would have better outcomes than those treated with sham (placebo) acupuncture. The actual results showed that the sham acupuncture treatment reduced arm pain in patients more effectively than for those patients in the actual acupuncture group. The patients in both groups had forearm and/or hand pain for three months or more from repetitive use. Each group received eight treatments over a four-week period of time. The sham group had what looked like a real acupuncture needle. But in reality, it had a blunt (not sharp) tip. The tip of the needle touched the skin but wasn't inserted into the skin. The true acupuncture group had skin penetration with real needles. The patients did not know if they were getting true acupuncture or sham acupuncture treatments...
I get a sharp pain at the base of my skull lately. It hurts so bad I could scream. As fast as it comes it is gone. I am overdue for new eye glasses. I am 74 years old with high blood pressure and diabetic. leilani.
Nobody can safely diagnose without examining you in person, so you need to see your doctor. One possibility is that these could be ice pick headaches. You can find some information about them in Ice Pick Headaches - The Basics .
Again, please see your doctor. Unexplained head pain should always be investigated.
Good luck, John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert
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