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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.
Good luck, John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert
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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.
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