My Headaches Are Mostly At The Base Of My Skull On The Right Side

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Asked by rerdgy

My Headaches Are Mostly At The Base Of My Skull On The Right Side

My headaches are mostly at the base of my skull on the right side, but recently I started experiencing stabbing pain in my right eye that comes on abruptly. Once I experience one of these symptoms, the headache can last up to three days, but often it lasts for only a few hours. All I have read leads me to think they are cluster headaches.

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Hi rerdgy,

Three days is too long time to have head pain, but only a qualified doctor can diagnose you. A single migraine that lasts 72 hours or longer with less than a solid four-hour pain-free period, while awake, is termed status migrainous. You should see your doctor or go to the emergency room if a migraine lasts that long. See Status Migrainous - The Basics for more information.

I can provide you with information on cluster headaches you may want to share with your doctor. Cluster Headaches - The Basics. But getting an accurate diagnosis is vital. 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 our listing of Patient Recommended Migraine and Headache Specialists

Good luck

Nancy

Answered by Nancy Harris Bonk