I am a woman 56 years old and have experienced severe pain with my migraines at about 9 to 13 times a month over many, many years. I do take Maxalt and that helps most of the time. Twice in the past month I have had a very sharp shooting pain on the top left side of my head. It will last all day but not turn into my typical migraine. The Maxalt did not help it. This pain is very sharp and severe and happens about twice every minute for 5 seconds or so. Do you have any idea what it is? I just what to scream each time it comes and sometimes I start knocking on my head with my knuckles!! Please advise me.Thanks.
The sharp, severe pain you describe could be several types of headache, including paroxysmal hemicrania. You need to see your doctor for diagnosis and to rule out other, possibly serious, conditions that could also cause this type of pain.
With such high frequency of Migraine attacks, I must suggest you seek a migraine specialist — have you been working with your doctor to find an effective preventive regimen?
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Published On: June 17, 2007