I am 52, oxygen. asthema, and severe copd. I have started to have very sharp very painful stabbing pain on left side of my head temple area, almost above the ear. it stabs very quickly without warning. for a few seconds to a minute, then goes away for about 10 mintues and then it happens again. It started this morning. what can it be? Vonnie.
What you're describing could be ice pick headaches. You can find more information in Ice Pick Headaches - The Basics . That said, nobody can confirm that via the Internet, so you really should see your doctor about these pains.
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FullQuestion: Sometimes I have a sharp pain on my temple. Sometimes, it happensseveral times in one day. Sometimes it does not happen for months. Do you knowwhat this is? Do I need to see my doctor? Thank you, Sarah. Answer: Dear Sarah; There are any number of things this could be. Some of themare harmless, some require medical care. Yes, you need to see your doctor andget it checked out. One possibility is ice pick headaches . We can't diagnosevia the Internet. That can only be done by a physician who can review yourmedical records and symptoms and conduct a proper examination. Please see yourdoctor. Good luck, John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert If you need to find a headache and Migraine specialist, please see our listingof patient recommended specialists . About Ask the Clinician : Dr. Krusz is a recognized expert in thefields of headache and migraine treatment and pain treatment. Each week, he andLead Expert Teri Robert, team up to answer your questions about headaches andMi...
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...
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