Full Question: For the past about 18 hours I have been having sharp pains on the left side of my head. It is not constant and did not keep me up last night. They go from my temple up a little. Just wondering if it could be serious. Thanks, Carisa. Answer: Dear Carisa; There are over 150 conditions that can cause headaches. Some are serious, some are not. Usually, headaches aren't an indication of a serious condition, BUT there is no way to know that until you see a doctor. I wish we had an easy answer for you, but the truth is that the only way for you to get an answer is by going to a doctor who will review your medical history and symptoms and conduct a full physical examination. You shouldn't take chances with headaches. Please see your doctor as soon as possible. Good luck, John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert If you need to find a headache and Migraine specialist, please see our listing of patient recommended specialists . About Ask the Clinician : Dr. Krusz is a recognized exper...
Hello, this morning I woke up to a sharp stabbing pain on the right side of my head. I have never experienced anything like it before and it happens every few minutes, sometimes constantly. I have been bedridden all day due to the fact that these quick pains sometimes make me stop what I am doing. They last around 5 seconds. I am 14 years old and not sure what this could be. sincerely, Vivian.
It's possible that these pains you're having are ice pick headaches. You can read more about them in Ice Pick Headaches - The Basics .
Please tell your parents about these headaches and ask them to take you to the doctor. Unexplained headaches should always be checked out. Nobody can tell you through the Internet what's causing them. The only person who can do that is a doctor, after he or she examines you in person.
Good luck, John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert
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