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I am a 73 year old female. I get an excruciatingly painful stab in my right temple from time to time. If it lasted for more than a very split second I feel that I would not be able to support it. It is very similar to what I perceive as being a bullet wound. Thanks. Helen.
What you describe could be ice pick headaches. For more information, see Ice Pick Headaches - The Basics . Head pain should always be checked out. Please see your doctor about these "stabs" to be sure they're not an indication of something potentially serious that needs treatment.
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Full Question: I have been getting a sharp pain on the right side of my temple... it is short and quick but it comes and goes. Sometimes it does not happen for a long period of time and then it comes back again. Do you have any idea what this could be and should I have it checked out? Thank you, Shirley. Answer: Dear Shirley; There are any number of things this could be. Some of them are harmless, some require medical care. Yes, you need to see your doctor and get it checked out. We can't diagnose via the Internet. That can only be done by a physician who can review your medical records and symptoms and conduct a proper examination. One possibility to discuss with your doctor is ice pick headaches. You can read more in Ice Pick Headaches - the Basics . 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 . Another good source of informa...
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...
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