Sharp pain on left side of head?

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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.


Dear 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 Pick Headaches - The Basics _.

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John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

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