What Kinda Headache Brings On Sharp, Intense Stabbing Pain In The Back Of The Head?!

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Asked by ren

What Kinda Headache Brings On Sharp, Intense Stabbing Pain In The Back Of The Head?!

Last night I started having a headache. It was a sharp stabbing pain in the back of my head, localized to the right side, but then it eventually moved to the left and then back to the right. And every time I breathed in, it would get worse. It calmed down after an hour and the rest of the night, and today I had only a moderate headache. Would this be a migraine? It also affects the back of my neck and my nose. I was thinking it was a cluster headache but I don' have a runny nose or eye tearing and I haven't been sick. I've never experienced something like this before, and going to the doctor is out since I have no insurance. =(

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ren,

It could be a Migraine, but it could also be something else entirely. Cluster headaches are multiple short headaches that last 15 to 180 minutes.

Here's the problem. Nobody can tell you via the Internet what this headache is, and it could be dangerous to not get it checked out. Do you by any chance remember the singer Laura Brannigan (her best known song was "Gloria:)? She told her brother she'd been having a headache, but didn't get it checked out. Turned out it was an aneursym; it burst, and she didn't survive it.

I know what it's like to not have insurance. Been there myself. But, the fact remains that you need to see a doctor.

Good luck,

Teri