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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...
For about 18 hours now I've been getting stabbing sharp shooting pains on the left side of my head. It isn't constant but it comes and goes. Sometimes it wont hurt for an hour but other times it keeps getting sharper and sharper.What could it be? Kenneth.
Short stabbing pains are sometimes ice pick headaches. Take a look at Ice Pick Headaches - The Basics . That said, these pains could be any number of things, and the only person who can safely diagnose and tell you what they are is a doctor who can review your and your family's medical history, discuss your symptoms with you, and conduct a complete examination. Unexplained headaches should always be checked out. Please see your doctor.
Good luck, John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert
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