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Hello, this morning I woke up to a sharp stabbing pain on the right side of my head. I have never experienced anything like it before and it happens every few minutes, sometimes constantly. I have been bedridden all day due to the fact that these quick pains sometimes make me stop what I am doing. They last around 5 seconds. I am 14 years old and not sure what this could be. sincerely, Vivian.
It's possible that these pains you're having are ice pick headaches. You can read more about them in Ice Pick Headaches - The Basics .
Please tell your parents about these headaches and ask them to take you to the doctor. Unexplained headaches should always be checked out. Nobody can tell you through the Internet what's causing them. The only person who can do that is a doctor, after he or she examines you in person.
Good luck, John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert
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Lately I've been experiencing some sharp pain on the left side of my head. Its not really a head ache but something that randomly happens maybe once or twice throughout my day. I noticed this a few days ago while I was at work. I'm really not sure what to think of it so I'm hoping I could get a better understanding of what's going on. Or if its a serious matter and I need to go see a Doctor. Thanks for your help!! Sabrina.
Unexplained head pain should always be checked out by your doctor. Statistically, it's unlikely to be anything dangerous, but you certainly don't want to be on the wrong end of the statistics.
The only person who can tell you what's going on is your doctor who can review your and your family's medical history, discuss your symptoms with you, and conduct a complete examination in person.
One possibility to discuss with your doctor is ice pick headaches. You can read more in Ice...
I have Intermittent sharp pain on left side of my head. The pain is left side, near back of head. It started 6 days ago, I have tried several over counter meds. Excedrin Migraine, to BC Powders. Nothing has worked.
I have made appointment with my Doctor, next week. What do you think this pain could be. I have never suffered with Migraine Head aches before. Thank You, Joann.
The pain you describe could be any number of things. You don't mention how long the pain lasts. If it lasts just seconds, it could be ice pick headaches, but only your own doctor will be able to confirm a diagnosis. You can find some information on ice pick headaches in Ice Pick Headaches - The Basics .
Are you having any other symptoms? If not, these are unlikely to be Migraines because Migraines have other symptoms in addition to head pain. See Anatomy of a Migraine for more infor...
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