Pain shooting 7 days, pain pills not helping?

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    pain shootin in top right side of head, pain in right ear sharp pain day 4 whole right side of head face sore feel numb pain in back of head right side this is day 7 right side still feel funny and pain right ear feel clogged. went to doctor thursday given pain pills not helping. does this seem like a migraine thank you. mimi.


    Full Answer:

    Dear mimi;


    Although your symptoms could be Migraine, they could also be something else entirely. The only person who can safely answer your question is a doctor who can review your and your family's medical history, discuss your symptoms with you, and conduct a complete examination. Unexplained head pain should always be explored and explained. Please call your doctor and let him or her know you're still having problems and that the medication isn't working.

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    It's important not to continue taking pain medication very long, but to find out what's causing the pain. Taking any kind of pain medication, over-the-counter or prescription, more than two or three days a week can make matters worse by causing medication overuse headache (MOH), aka rebound. See Medication Overuse Headache - When the Remedy Backfires for more information on this.


    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert



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Published On: May 29, 2012