I am having a very short lasting headache at the right side of my head. When it comes, I am usually losing my concentration for my work. It is for three to five seconds only. I am a 20-year-old girl. What would be the reason behind it? Iqu.
Answer: Dear Iqu;
The only person who can safely tell you what this “headache” is and the reason behind it is a doctor who can review your and your family’s medical history, discuss your symptoms with you, and examine you in person.
That said, we can offer you some information to discuss with your doctor. The very brief headaches you’re describing don’t fit any form of Migraine, but they could be idiopathic stabbing headache, more commonly called ice pick headaches. You can read more about this headache disorder in Ice Pick Headache – The Basics.
Nobody can diagnose via the internet, but the article above at least gives you some information to discuss with your doctor.
Thank you for your question,
Dave Watson and Teri Robert
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Dr. David Watson is a UCNS certified migraine and headache specialist and the director of the West Virginia University Headache Center. “Dr. Dave” is also very active in the migraine community, taking part in and leading advocacy efforts to benefit the entire community. Teri Robert is an award-winning patient educator