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I have migraines but recently they have improved. My concern is that about two months ago my scalp above my left ear has become very sensitive to hair brushing...wind blowing on it but I can lay on that side. It didn't seem to have anything to do with the headaches....it just began hurting! I have a problem turning my neck on that side and wondered if that could be aggravating all those nerves on that same side. If you could help me understand what nerves could be causing the pain.....or.....just what could be causing it it would be so appreciated. I am a worried and need to have my mind put to rest. Thank you so much. Florence .
What you describe is allodynia (when non-painful stimuli cause discomfort or pain). In one study, 79% of Migraineurs had this. Also it can occur by itself before, during or in between Migraines. That would be our best guess and it can be assoc...
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...
As I sit here writing, I'm in a lot of pain. The left side of my low back is throbbing. Often I can ease this pain by popping the back, but this time that hasn't worked, and neither has Advil. The next step will be to put a prescription pain patch on it.
"Depression hurts," say the Cymbalta commercials. Yes, it does, and antidepressants that, like Cymbalta, work to make more of the neurotransmitters serotonin and norepinephrine available have also been shown to relieve pain.
My questions arise from my own experience. Although I was formally diagnosed with bipolar relatively late, I see symptoms going clear back to childhood. I began to have chronic pain in my early 20s, first in my neck and head, then crippling pain in my arms that finally moved to my mid and upper back. This was diagnosed, after 9 difficult years, as fibromyalgia. Then later I injured my low back and have had trouble with it ever since, while other areas of my back flare up periodically.
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