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My bf is 38. Has had sharp stabbing pain in left temple 3 dif. Times during exertion. Lasts <5min. Idiopathic stabbing headache? Migraine? Worse?

My bf is 38. Has had sharp stabbing pain in left temple 3 dif. Times during exertion. Lasts <5min. Idiopathic stabbing headache? Migraine? Worse?

Exertional headache: The benign primary exertional headache is experienced as a sharp pain for a short duration upon exertion. See an Orofacial Pain or headache specialist to eliminate structural or vascular cause. Indomethacin (25 to 150 mg) is the most
commonly used treatment for primary exertional headaches. ...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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What causes stabbing headaches? In the same spot? No other symptoms.

What causes stabbing headaches? In the same spot? No other symptoms.

YOU NEED TO FIND OUT: Preferably sooner rather than later. Please see a doctor. ...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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I have been getting major headaches and a stabbing pain in my chest around the heart area while showering, what could be the cause? I am a diabetic wi

I have been getting major headaches and a stabbing pain in my chest around the heart area while showering, what could be the cause? I am a diabetic wi

See doctor: Since diabetic patients are at high risk in developing cardiovascular disease, you should get this checked out by your doctor especially if the chest pain is at the left side. If you only have pain while showering, this may be from your ribcage (costochrondritis)We need to know more about the character and duration of your headaches to give you any answer. It is time to see your doctor regardless ...Read more

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What could cause a severe headache for 9 days and a stabbing pain in my ears?

What could cause a severe headache for 9 days and a stabbing pain in my ears?

Tension headache/TMJ: Think flesh/tissue and not bone/ligament/disc with chronic pain! Began selfcare with a wellness programs, vitamins b-100, magnesium glycinate, sleep hygiene, exercise and self or prof massage, chiropractor, yoga, heat, stretching all are needed. My favorite in my practice is acupuncture and myofascial tissue release with trigger points w lidocaine. ...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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I've had icepick headaches, stabbing short pain in one temple for years but now I'm getting it multiple times a day. Can I do anything to stop it?

I've had icepick headaches, stabbing short pain in one temple for years but now I'm getting it multiple times a day. Can I do anything to stop it?

CPH: Chronic paroxysmal hemicrania is thought to be a variant of cluster headache because of similar autonomic features. If cph is suspected, it is appropriate to identify or exclude any secondary cause for the headache using blood chemistry tests and brain imaging procedures.
Rec. See orofacial pain or headache specialist for further investigation and treatment. ...Read more

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I am experiencing headache (side: left) (occurred: > 3 hrs) (severity: severe) (quality: feels sharp or stabbing, wakes you from sleep) (time fram...

I am experiencing headache (side: left) (occurred: > 3 hrs) (severity: severe) (quality: feels sharp or stabbing, wakes you from sleep) (time fram...

Headache: Headaches can be due to many things: dehydration, hormonal changes, diet, migraine, blood pressure issues, rarely from virus, tumor, aneurysm. Is this the worst headache of your life? Are you about to start your period? Please let us know to see if you need to go to the ER as headaches should never wake you up from sleep. ...Read more

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Severe stabbing headaches when ejaculating?

Severe stabbing headaches when ejaculating?

Post-coital headache: This phenomenon likely represents a post-coital headache. See your doctor to make sure this isn't something more serious. ...Read more

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I am experiencing headache (occurred: 1 to 3 hrs) (quality: occurs at the same time of day, feels sharp or stabbing, throbbing sensation) (better. ..

I am experiencing headache (occurred: 1 to 3 hrs) (quality: occurs at the same time of day, feels sharp or stabbing, throbbing sensation) (better. ..

Doc can answer: Frequent--daily to several times a week--headaches are most often muscular contraction headaches due to neck/scalp muscle tightness. But migraine headaches, the result of blood vessel changes, can be frequent as well. Frequent headaches require a doctor visit: after thorough history (questions) and exam, further tests may be recommended. Treatments, including prevention, are effective. ...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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Hi, I am ramya. I am 24 years old. I have severe headache and left side of head is stabbing. My neck, shoulders pain as well.

Hi, I am ramya. I am 24 years old. I have severe headache and left side of head is stabbing. My neck, shoulders pain as well.

Cause of headache: The best way to tackle a headache is to figure out what's causing it in the first place - is it a migraine, from not eating breakfast this am, from skipping a dose of a medicine, from not getting enough sleep? There can be many reasons, and you can get the associated shoulder/neck pain. Make sure you check it out with your doctor and get an accurate diagnosis. ...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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I am experiencing headache (quality: occurs at the same time of day, sharp or stabbing, throbbing) (side: back, all sides, front) (better by: rest...

I am experiencing headache (quality: occurs at the same time of day, sharp or stabbing, throbbing) (side: back, all sides, front) (better by: rest...

Can't be exact about: The cause of headaches because there are several major types, e.g., vascular, sinus, muscular, tension, etc.
Please see you doc so he/she can examine you and give you the proper treatment for the type of headache you have. Sorry you are dealing w/this. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Piercing headache in the same spot on right side every day. Like stabbing pain.

May be nothing: May be an "ice pick" variant of migraine if of short duration, best to discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Would it be unhealthy to have stabbing or shooting headaches in the right temple area?

Head pain: Having shooting headaches in the right temple is not normal. Among the possible causes are migraine, and tempromandibular joint dysfunction. Speak with your doctor. He may refer you to a neurologist. ...Read more

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Hi ive been getting very bad stabbing pains in my head and very bad headaches, feeling sick and very drained all the time?

Hi ive been getting very bad stabbing pains in my head and very bad headaches, feeling sick and very drained all the time?

See a physician ASAP: Please see a doctor as soon as possible. While most headaches turn out to be non-life threatening your symptoms are alarming and require immediate attention.

Don't delay by trying to diagnose your self on the internet.
Get help now. ...Read more

Idiopathic (Definition)

An idiopathic medical condition is one of unknown or obscure cause. In some conditions, there may be known causes as well. For example, themajority of glaucoma cases are idiopathic (unknown cause), but there are some cases related to eye ...Read more