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I am a 73 year old female. I get an excruciatingly painful stab in my right temple from time to time. If it lasted for more than a very split second I feel that I would not be able to support it. It is very similar to what I perceive as being a bullet wound. Thanks. Helen.
What you describe could be ice pick headaches. For more information, see Ice Pick Headaches - The Basics . Head pain should always be checked out. Please see your doctor about these "stabs" to be sure they're not an indication of something potentially serious that needs treatment.
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