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I get a sharp pain once in a while in the back of my head sometimes small pain but sometime it really hurts?

I get a sharp pain once in a while in the back of my head sometimes small pain but sometime it really hurts?

Pain in back of head: Occasional, sharp, shooting pains lasting only seconds in the back of the head are common. The usual cause is transient pressure on one of the nerves that runs out between the vertebrae in the neck, which transiently puts pressure on a nerve and causes that sensation. As long as it is only once in a while, it is normal. Persistent pain for a week or more should be evaluated. ...Read more

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I get Sudden sharp pain in the back of my head with any physical activity. Its very sudden and excrutiating worst pain of my life what could it be?

I get Sudden sharp pain in the back of my head with any physical activity. Its very sudden and excrutiating worst pain of my life what could it be?

Could be serious: Assuming this has just started happening, you need to be seen immediately in an ED.

If it has been going on for weeks, you can make an appointment but go to the ED if it comes and stays or gets worse. ...Read more

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I get sharp pain in the back of my head more on right side. It comes and goes. Also my neck is sometime stiff and can't move in any direction. Thank you?

I get sharp pain in the back of my head more on right side. It comes and goes. Also my neck is sometime stiff and can't move in any direction. Thank you?

Occipital neuralgia: Hi Amila,
You may have an irritation of one of your occipital nerves. These nerves are formed from upper nerve roots of the cervical spine, and they course through a couple of layers of neck musculature to innervate your scalp. You may have some tight neck muscles compressing this nerve intermittently. Try icing your neck, physical therapy, or see a dr for an occipital nerve block procedure. ...Read more

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I have had my migraine for 3 days now, but today I have had a really sharp pain in the back of my head on my left side is that bad?

I have had my migraine for 3 days now, but today I have had a really sharp pain in the back of my head on my left side is that bad?

Contact your doctor: The pain could be part of migraine, such as an icepick headache symptom, but you might suffer greater occipital neuralgia on the left. In brief, migraine issues may vary from pt to pt, and you may benefit from a different treatment program. At the least, sort all of this out. ...Read more

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Should I go to the ER for this headache? It started last night, while jumping rope/working out. It was a sharp pain in the back of my head, on the right side only. It has lasted til now. Advil seems to dull the pain, but it does not go away. It is worse w

Should I go to the ER for this headache? It started last night, while jumping rope/working out. It was a sharp pain in the back of my head, on the right side only. It has lasted til now. Advil seems to dull the pain, but it does not go away. It is worse w

A: A moderate or severe headache that is new or different from those that have been experienced in the past, and that does not go away with over-the-counter medications is a good reason to seek medical evaluation. The medical evaluation could be conducted by a primary care provider or an urgent care provider, who could determine if an emergency is present. While there is a low chance of a serious problem, like the sentinel headache of a ruptured aneurysm, the consequences of such a problem could be life-threatening. ...Read more

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Slight eye ache followed by a sharp pain in the back of my head/neck especially when I'm walking or moving my head too much. What could this be?

Slight eye ache followed by a sharp pain in the back of my head/neck especially when I'm walking or moving my head too much. What could this be?

Eye and neck pain: Can be serious. If your pain gets worse you have to careful you don't have meningitis. This can progress very quickly. If you have a fever go to the emergency room. If no fever and the eye pain and neck pain is intermittent they could be separate problems. ...Read more

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Sharp pain in lower left side on back of head while having an orgasm recently I have been experiencing a sharp, throbbing pain in the back of my head (lower left side...Below the back of my left ear). This only occurs during an orgasm, and goes away when

Sharp pain in lower left side on back of head while having an orgasm recently I have been experiencing a sharp, throbbing pain in the back of my head (lower left side...Below the back of my left ear). This only occurs during an orgasm, and goes away when

There: There is such a thing as a "coital headache", that occurs during orgasm. That said, the most reasonable thing, with any new headache or change in headache patterns, is to see your physician to rule out any serious cause of headaches. Coital headache can be treated safely with medications. ...Read more

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Was down the gym and sneezed then had a warm sharp pain in the back of my head on left side my eyes ache and left ear, all pain is light throbbing?

Pressure in head: Sneezing raises the pressure in your head, which can transmit pressure to your eye. The optic nerve coming out of the back of your eye actually has the same covering as the brain and is continuous with it. The ear ache most likely is due to the sneeze suddenly forcing pressure from the throat through the eustachian tube into the ear. Swallowing sips of water, chewing gum, and yawning can help. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have a sharp pain in the back of your head?

Neuralgia: Could be occipital neuralgia of c2-c3 nerve root involvement. Check with your doctor

good luck. ...Read more

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I've been getting sharp pain in the back of my right side of my head for at least 1-2 months now. Comes and goes last like 4-5min.?

I've been getting sharp pain in the back of my right side of my head for at least 1-2 months now. Comes and goes last like 4-5min.?

Occipital neuralgia?: Recurrent sharp pain in the back of the head is often due to Occipital Neuralgia, possibly due to compression of a branch of the nerve but the exact cause is unknown. It often responds to an injection of a mixture of an anesthetic agent and a corticosteroid medication. ...Read more

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My son told me he has been jerking off. And he has been haveing a really bad sharp pain in the back of his head and neck. What could this be is it bad?

My son told me he has been jerking off. And he has been haveing a really bad sharp pain in the back of his head and neck. What could this be is it bad?

Masturbation: Masturbation is a natural and normal part of the human experience. So, I am very impressed that your son felt safe enough to talk to you about this. I wish there were more parents like you.

The headache could be related but there is little to go on here with your question. I can think that there is some intensity to his orgasm that even could cause a seizure-like reaction. I would see the doc. ...Read more

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Coughing then get a pulsating feeling along with sharp pain in the back roght side of my head has happend twice now over the last couple days should I be worried?

Coughing then get a pulsating feeling along with sharp pain in the back roght side of my head has happend twice now over the last couple days should I be worried?

OK: Do you remember when you were a child and went to an amusement park where they had an exhibit of a 16' tower with a bell on top and a sliding weight that went up a rod if you hit it hard enough with a hammer and rang the bell? When you cough hard enough you set off a pressure wave in your spinal fluid which travels up to your brain and voila - a pounding headache! ...Read more

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Never had problems with my vision and the last couple days everytime I move my eyes I get a sharppain in my eyes n in the back of my head what cld it b?

Never had problems with my vision and the last couple days everytime I move my eyes I get a sharppain in my eyes n in the back of my head what cld it b?

Pain on eye movement: Pain on eye movement could indicate orbital inflammation. This sometimes is from sinus disease or thyroid dysfunction. There are also cases of optic nerve inflammation causing pain on eye movement. If the pain is significant and persists, or if there is any change in vision or double vision, this should be evaluated immediately. ...Read more

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Can staring at a computer cause tension in the back of head (occiput)? I have tension in back of head and dizziness. Normal CT. Massage not effective

Can staring at a computer cause tension in the back of head (occiput)? I have tension in back of head and dizziness. Normal CT. Massage not effective

Occipital neuralgia: The greater and lesser occipital nerves live in the back of the head on both sides. The lesser nerve runs towards your ear and the greater nerve runs to top of back of your head. These occipital nerves can be aggravated without any trauma. Tilting head back can cause dizziness if these nerves are aggravated. 7 days or oral steroid or 5 days of Toradol may knock out this irritation to these nerves. ...Read more

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I have a sharp pain in right side of my head. Starts in front and ends in the back. Lasts for only 20 seconds. Happens serval times a day.

Cluster?: This is a headache. But what type? Seems to have some features of cluster headache, but would have to hear more story. If they are this brief best treatment might be oxygen. See your doc to evaluate this and get treated. ...Read more

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What could cause an isolated, sharp pain in the back right side of the head? It happens about once or twice per hour and lasts for 10-15 seconds.

Hard to say: If the pain is sharp and lasts just a short time as you say it usually is a musculoskeletal irritation that can cause these types of shocks. Need more information as to whether you can palpate a tender area and whether there is any pain that is constant. If persists or gets worse then it should be seen by your Dr. So further questions can be discussed and evaluated. I hope this helped. ...Read more

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Ever since last night I've been getting these quick 5-10 second attacks of sharp pain in the back left of my head, localized to one area. Cause?

Ever since last night I've been getting these quick 5-10 second attacks of sharp pain in the back left of my head, localized to one area. Cause?

Hard to say: Perhaps a vascular spasm.?? Hard to say without an exam and good history. Did you have any head injury? Need some more information. Try symptomatic treatment like ice to see if this helps ...Read more

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4 days ago, whilst playing rugby, I fell onto the ground. Now I had a sharp pain when I sneeze in the back right of my head. What should I do?

Cervical disc diseas: You might have a ruptured cervical disc. Is there any tingling or numbness going down your arm? As a former rugby player, I can attest to the damage to the spine. You need to be examined, possibly have an MRI and start basic treatments for the symptoms. Although, ultimately, there's the possibility of surgery, there are certainly many things that can be done prior to that. ...Read more

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I have a burning sensation in the back left side of my head and sharp pain on left side front of head....no neck or back pain any ideas?

Need more info: Many things can cause burning sensation on the side of the head including scalp problems, pinched nerves and migraines. Serious problems inside the head can also cause this. If it was sudden, severe and causing nausea or vision problems, go to the ER NOW ...Read more