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My friend has been experiencing stabbing pain in the back of his head. He said it lasts about 20 seconds, goes away and then returns. He has had as many as 20 episodes during the day. He says it seems better when he moves his head from side to side. I can't convince him to see a Dr. Please advise. Lawrence.
As much as we'd like to help, you already know the answer. Your friend needs to see a doctor. Unexplained head pain should always be investigated and diagnosed. Statistically, it's unlikely to be dangerous, but you never know. The only person who can definitively tell him what these pains are is a doctor who can review his medical history and family medical history, discuss his symptoms with him, and examine him - in person.
One possibility is ice pick headaches, which last for just seconds. You can find information about them in Ice Pick Headaches - The Basics . Nobody can diagnose via the Internet, so we can...
Full Question: Please help this is critical to me! I am 20 years old and a male and I have been suffering with a headache at the top and lower left sides of the back of my head for months now. It just wont go away. It causes burning sensations, pins and needles, it can be throbbing or it can be dull but it is debilitating to say the least! Please tell me what you think this might be! I do have chronic sinus problems and I used to weight lift a lot, but after in a while as I am seeing a chiropractor for a neck and shoulder problem. Could this be an inflammation or something serious? My parents think I am paranoid but I cant go on any more without knowing! Thank you so very much, Garrett. Answer: Dear Garrett; You need to see a doctor. If you've seen one, and still don't have answers, go to another doctor. A chiropractor can offer valuable services, especially for skeletal problems, but you need to see a doctor who can rule out other issues and diagnose th...
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