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I have these sharp sporadic pains in my head that last about 2-5 seconds. I looked it up on the internet and saw something about ice pick head pain?

I have these sharp sporadic pains in my head that last about 2-5 seconds. I looked it up on the internet and saw something about ice pick head pain?

Ice pick headache..: ..is one of the causes of sharp, brief head pain. Often the pain is in or around one eye. Other causes include pain coming from the neck which is more pressure on one side of the head; trigeminal neuralgia in the cheek or jaw; and cluster headache which lasts 30-180 minutes. You should discuss with your doctor; if the pain is recurrent or severe, evaluation and treatment can be suggested. ...Read more

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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 been experiencing sharp ice pick type headaches in the back of the head in the back right base of the skull which come and go intermittently.

I have been experiencing sharp ice pick type headaches in the back of the head in the back right base of the skull which come and go intermittently.

See your PCP: Any headache must be viewed as a valid medical disorder and the headache assessment must be comprehensive. See your PCP for evaluation, tests, imaging and treatment options. ...Read more

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Can TMJ cause eye to feel numbish and ice pick type headaches on top of head?

Can TMJ cause eye to feel numbish and ice pick type headaches on top of head?

TMJ: Tmj can be attributed to a multitude of symptoms. Muscle spasms can cause constriction of nerves which can cause pain in areas remote from the joints. That being said, a neurologist should be seen to rule out a neurological problem. ...Read more

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Ice pick headaches explain to me exactly what it is? I got these ugly bad pains n my head that come & go threw the day quite often MRI CT normal

Ice pick headaches explain to me exactly what it is? I got these ugly bad pains n my head that come & go threw the day quite often MRI CT normal

Ice pick Headaches: I am empathic to your headaches. Ice pick headaches are primary stabbing headache which typically last only seconds to a minute or so. They are predominantly felt in the distribution of the first division of the trigeminal nerve (orbit, temple and parietal area) they are more common in patients with migraines. Please see a neurologist for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Left sided facial pain near nose and eye off and on sharp head pain on left similar to ice pick headache no mucus otherwise feel fine.What could it be?

Left sided facial pain near nose and eye off and on sharp head pain on left similar to ice pick headache no mucus otherwise feel fine.What could it be?

Warrants evalution: Further questioning and exam indicated to make a diagnosis. The ice pick symptoms and location make me wonder about trigeminal neuralgia. A good headache diagnostician is indicated. Prevention and treatment often very successful with headaches. ...Read more

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I have "ice pick" headaches, every so often. They always occur in the same place, left side just past the temple. What does this mean?

I have "ice pick" headaches, every so often. They always occur in the same place, left side just past the temple. What does this mean?

It means that...: ...you have "ice pick" headaches, every so often, & they always occur in the same place, left side just past the temple. Your headaches are your headaches, and this is just what yours are like. As long as they chronically don't change, their quality & location don't signify anything dangerous, if that's what you're worried about. ...Read more

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Ice pick headache in the temple area recurring every 5 to 10 min sometimes shorter ?

Ice pick headache in the temple area recurring every 5 to 10 min sometimes shorter  ?

Can be treated: This is a variant of migraine, and indeed, might respond readily to a variety of medications, which would prevent further episodes. A local neurologist can help stabilize. ...Read more

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Can wisdom teeth cause Ice Pick headaches? I my wisdom teeth are coming in wrong. I keep getting sharp pains above my right ear.

Wisdom teeth: Wisdom tooth causing Ice Pick headaches? Possible but very unlikely. See your own dentist to see if it's related. This might also require a referral to an Oral Surgeon and/or physician to determine the cause of these severe headaches. ...Read more

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I think i'm getting ice pick headches how would i no if I have that? I get pains in my head that last like 5 minutes then goes away!

I think i'm getting ice pick headches how would i no if I have that? I get pains in my head that last like 5 minutes then goes away!

Sharp headaches: Please get evaluated. This may be something called trigeminal neuralgia. You really need to explain the pain more so that someone can diagnose it. For now, since you having severe headaches you should follow up with your doctor asap to be evaluated to make sure you dont have any more concerning issues like stroke, aneurysms, masses, or vasospasm which could cause the pain. For pain use tylenol (acetaminophen). ...Read more

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What are ice pick head pains an indication of? They come and go with ringing in ears.

What are ice pick head pains an indication of? They come and go with ringing in ears.

Pains: Lots of things can cause it including migraines and dental issues including bite issues. I would check it out as soon as possible. If its really bad go to an ER today ...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