Sharp, stabbing pain on right side of head, lasts around 5 seconds?

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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.

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Dear 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.

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John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

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