Bad shooting pains in head and face. Dr. didn't help?

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Hi, for the past 6 months I have been getting really bad shooting pains in my head and face. It always starts in my temple and ends up at the top of my head, it also feels like my face is very tight when this happens. Though they last only seconds, I am getting several a day! I have told my doctor but to no avail. Can you help please? Melanie.

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Dear Melanie;

What you're describing could be ice pick headaches, but they don't generally start in one place, then move to another, and they generally don't occur in the face. You can read more about them in Ice Pick Headaches - The Basics.

You were quite right to see your doctor about these headaches. They need to be investigated and diagnosed. Unfortunately, not all doctors have the background to help. When your regular doctor can't help, it's best to consult a Migraine and headache specialist. It's important to note that neurologists aren't necessarily Migraine and headache specialists. Take a look at the article Migraine and Headache Specialists - What's So Special? If you need help finding a Migraine specialist, check the Find a Health Care Specialist on the _ACHE web site _.

Good luck,
John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

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