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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Headache (Definition)

The medical term is cephalalgia. It is a feeling of pain that can occur on either both sides or just one side of the head or neck. Headaches can be sharp, dull, or throbbing, and can radiate to different areas of the head. They typically last less than an hour but can ...Read more


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I have migraine-like stabbing pain and headaches in the front and sides of my head, behind my ears and eyes as well. Could I have cluster headaches?

I have migraine-like stabbing pain and headaches in the front and sides of my head, behind my ears and eyes as well. Could I have cluster headaches?

Possibly migraine: Cluster headaches are severe type of headaches which often occur in middle of the night and affect men a lot more commonly compared to females. The pain in migraines can be as severe, but is often longer lasting. The head pain in cluster headaches is often accompanied by eye redness, etc. Consult your primary physician as soon as possible. ...Read more

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I have been experiencing severe headaches and was given elavil to see if it wold help me. I have recently started having stabbing pain behind my left eye and it is getting increasingly worse. I also have a stabbing sensation in my cheek bone?

I have been experiencing severe headaches and was given elavil to see if it wold help me. I have recently started having stabbing pain behind my left eye and it is getting increasingly worse. I also have a stabbing sensation in my cheek bone?

More symptoms?: The medicine elavil (amitriptyline) is helpful for preventing several types of headaches. You should not expect the medicine would cause stabbing pain behind your eye or in your cheek. Are these on the same side? It would help to know if you had any evaluation or tests for your headache, there are some causes that elavil (amitriptyline) cannot treat. ...Read more

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Painful stabbing pain I left eye for thirty seconds! Followed by panic then slight headache! Sinuse sufferer 37 yr o f no serious health com no norna?

Painful stabbing pain I left eye for thirty seconds! Followed by panic then slight headache! Sinuse sufferer 37 yr o f no serious health com no norna?

Many typos here but,: I'll try! I think the most likely diagnosis for your brief, stabbing eye pain is migraine, especially since it was followed by a headache. I doubt it has any relationship to your chronic sinus problems. I believe you are trying to tell me that you are 37, have no serious health problems, & wonder if this is normal? If it was an isolated occurrence, nothing to do. If recurs, not ER, but see your doc ...Read more

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Sometimes, 1 eye makes it Painful to look sideways. STABBING pain deep in eye socket, sinus area. Eye gets RED. Sometimes with headache. What is this?

Sometimes, 1 eye makes it Painful to look sideways. STABBING pain deep in eye socket, sinus area. Eye gets RED. Sometimes with headache. What is this?

Cluster headache?: Ice-pick pain? Best to see an ophthalmologist to be sure since other things like infection and glaucoma can also cause pain and a red eye.


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Headache for6days, pain in neck, stabbing pain when I stand up saw doctor, did tests (eye test, balance etc.) told me everything was fine. Brain tumour?

Headache for6days, pain in neck, stabbing pain when I stand up saw doctor, did tests (eye test, balance etc.) told me everything was fine. Brain tumour?

Unlikely: I wouldn't worry about a brain tumor. This could be a migraine headache or other benign headache.

I would only recommend a brain MRI if your symptoms persisted for weeks and they couldn't be explained by something like migraine. ...Read more

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I have had a bad headache for three days. A stabbing pain that comes every few minutes. Located right top if head. Same spot. Very painful! ?

I have had a bad headache for three days. A stabbing pain that comes every few minutes. Located right top if head. Same spot. Very painful! ?

You may have: neuralgia of a specific nerve branch, or local ganglion inflammation, or infection/abscess of the skull. Either way you need to see a healthcare provider with access to CT/MRI to diagnose and treat properly. Please do so immediately, do not wait. ...Read more

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Sharp stabbing pain at top right of head, BP at 130/80, period in 10 to 11 days. Had headaches last month around same time before period. Shld I wory?

Sharp stabbing pain at top right of head, BP at 130/80, period in 10 to 11 days. Had headaches last month around same time before period. Shld I wory?

Menstrual Migraine: It seems your headaches are related to your menstrual cycle. Suppressing the fluctuations in hormone levels with birth control pills may help ...Read more

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Since yesterday I've been getting this sharp stabbing pain to the left side of my head that turned into a real bad headache what would be wrong with m?

Since yesterday I've been getting this sharp stabbing pain to the left side of my head that turned into a real bad headache what would be wrong with m?

Find the cause: The cause of headache needs to be found and treated accordingly. It sounds like migraine but see your doctor for an evaluation or go to an acute care facility for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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I have a head ache and a sharp stabbing pain in my upper stomach region?

I have a head ache and a sharp stabbing pain in my upper stomach region?

Related or not?: There are lots of possibilities here, all of which can be addressed by a physical exam and appropriate testing. Migraines for example can affect both head and gut ("intestinal migraine"). Please however don't contribute to your stomach upset by taking excessive nsaid's aimed at alleviating head ache. Get checked ASAP to rule out more esoteric pathology. ...Read more

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Other than tumor, aneurysm or ice pick head ache what can cause a stabbing pain on the top of the head on and off for 30min or so?

Other than tumor, aneurysm or ice pick head ache what can cause a stabbing pain on the top of the head on and off for 30min or so?

Many triggers: There casn be many causes of a headache and stabbing pain on top of the head. I would see your doctor asap to get evaluated with a thorough history and exam. Don't delay because it could be some sort of serious issue. ...Read more

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Worst pain I've ever felt. Stabbing headache in right temple behind eye. Lasts about an hour. This has happened weekly for months?

Worst pain I've ever felt. Stabbing headache in right temple behind eye. Lasts about an hour. This has happened weekly for months?

Cluster headache: These are a migraine variant and exquisitely painful, creating a sense of desperation and unrelenting restlessness when they occur. Some experience relief with indomethacin. Recommend you see a Neurologist to confirm the diagnosis and recommend treatment. Http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/cluster-headache/basics/definition/con-20031706 ...Read more

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I have a severe stabbing headache in behind my right eye most of the time, and feel nauseous, maybe 1day a week without it. What's the cause?

I have a severe stabbing headache in behind my right eye most of the time, and feel nauseous, maybe 1day a week without it. What's the cause?

Migraine: One sided head ache, associated with pain in the eyeball, of pulsating quality, asso. With nausea/vomiting, sensitivity to light &sound suggests migraine there are variants of migraine but the above picture is the classical one. You can try meds like tylenol (acetaminophen) or Aspirin if no allergies, the otc preps but if there is no relief see ur dr for meds- triptan gropu/ergotamine gp-to be prescribed by them. ...Read more

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For nearly a year I've had regular stabbing pain behind my eye which leads to a headache. I had my eyes checked and are fine. Is this a migraine?

For nearly a year I've had regular stabbing pain behind my eye which leads to a headache. I had my eyes checked and are fine. Is this a migraine?

Sinusitis: In my practice of over 30 years the most common cause of these symptoms and socket pain has been chronic sinusitis a ct scan of sinuses and ENT consult is first thing I would do. ...Read more

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Really bad head ache on the right side. Behind my eye and the side of my head. Feels like someone is stabbing my head. Just a headache?

Really bad head ache on the right side. Behind my eye and the side of my head. Feels like someone is stabbing my head. Just a headache?

Best to See MD: Headaches can cause different symptoms in different people. Be sure to see your MD to get a neurologic exam if headaches are new, wake you from sleep or only on 1 side. See Eyedoc2020@blogspot. Com "Headache Diet" for possible solutions to help. ...Read more

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I have a stabbing pain behind my left eye when I blink. What is it?

Dryness: Usually, tranisent sharp (stabbing) pains are caused by extreme dryness. Certainly problems such as foreign bodies or corneal irregularities can be problems as well. Try artificial tears for some relief - if this works it is the likely cause. See you ophthalmologist for long-term solutions. ...Read more

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I have a stabbing pain behind my left eye when I blink, what is it?

Neuralgia: Pin or knife like pain behind the eye is often caused by a nerve firing off from inflammation (sometimes in the sinus). However if it occurs every time you blind, this could be a foreign body or abrasion on the cornea. See an eye doc--this will be easy to differentiate. ...Read more

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I have a stabbing pain on the top left corner behind my left eye. It pains for a few seconds before disappearing and then after a while comes back.

Eye pain: Do you have any sinus pain or pressure? Any drainage? If so it could be related to the sinuses. If not then I would get your eyes checked. Maybe you are squinting and it is causing an ocular headache. See an ophthalmologist if this is the case. If it is sinus related see an ear nose and throat doctor. ...Read more

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I am experiencing a sharp stabbing pain on the left side of my head and behind my eye that last for a few seconds and then goes away. What should I do?

Left side head pain: One sided head pain behind one's eye could be migraine. But you should see a physician and get a medical diagnosis as it could be a medical condition that requires treatment or further diagnostic evaluation. If it is migraine, stress management therapy, biofeedback and/or medication are treatment possibilities. ...Read more

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Random stabbing pain in temples and behind eyes. It happens randomly, no seeming pattern or reason. Has caused a nosebleed. Dr. says that I am fine?

Tension type: headache. Many patients feel as if they were wearing a tight hat or having their heads in a vice, a lot of pressure. The pain is of moderate intensity and does not worsen with routine physical activity. The headaches are usually bilateral and diffuse and often have tenderness in the temples, cervical muscles (neck) as well as the pericranial muscles. Rec.:see orofacial pain specialist. ...Read more

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Periodic stabbing pain in right side of head when rightening from bending down lasts only a few seconds but leaves ache on right side and behind eye?

Positional headache: Headaches with a positional component it is always a red flag and need to be evaluated to exclude a lesion in the posterior fossa or a condition with low CSF pressure. Rec.: see an orofacial pain or headache specialist for further investigation and management. ...Read more

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I get right temporal stabbing pain that radiates behind the right eye, right cheek, and temple. Lasts anywhere from 15 mins to an hour.

I get right temporal stabbing pain that radiates behind the right eye, right cheek, and temple. Lasts anywhere from 15 mins to an hour.

Pain: The symptoms you mention indicate a need to see your doctor to diagnose or rule out medical conditions. You MAY be dealing w/migraine or cluster headaches. Your doc will help you. Don't forget behavioral support such as change in diet, clinical hypnosis, biofeedback options. Peace and good health. ...Read more