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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Full Question: I have been getting a sharp pain on the right side of my temple... it is short and quick but it comes and goes. Sometimes it does not happen for a long period of time and then it comes back again. Do you have any idea what this could be and should I have it checked out? Thank you, Shirley. Answer: Dear Shirley; There are any number of things this could be. Some of them are harmless, some require medical care. Yes, you need to see your doctor and get it checked out. We can't diagnose via the Internet. That can only be done by a physician who can review your medical records and symptoms and conduct a proper examination. One possibility to discuss with your doctor is ice pick headaches. You can read more in Ice Pick Headaches - the Basics . 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 . Another good source of informa...
Treatment There is no known "cure" for TMJ disorder , so therapies focus on alleviating pain and improving function. The National Institute of Health recommends that conservative, non-invasive therapies be exhausted before any invasive or surgical treatments are attempted. Many doctors will give you a self-care regimen to do at home that will help with any pain. However, if conservative therapies do not alleviate your pain, or your function is extremely limited, more aggressive treatment may be necessary. Treatment for TMJ disorder can vary depending on what type of doctor is seen. A dentist often focuses on the relationship between your teeth and jaw, to see if a malocclusion (incorrect bite) is contributing to symptoms. He or she might make a splint, which covers and protects your teeth if you grind (brux) at night, helps to guide your bite in the right direction, or attempts to recapture a disc. There are many types of splints, all with different functions. The typ...
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