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I am having difficulty breathing and swallowing. I have a sharp pain occasionally shooting through my head and I easily get tired. Do I need a doc.

I am having difficulty breathing and swallowing. I have a sharp pain occasionally shooting through my head and I easily get tired. Do I need a doc.

Difficulty breathing: Difficulty breathing and feeling tired may be signs that your asthma is not being treated effectively and seeing your doctor may be a good thing. Other symptoms can be evaluated as well. ...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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Frequent sinus headaches, occasional sharp pain in right ear, feels like something in right eye, pain in jaw and back of head/neck. What is this?

Frequent sinus headaches, occasional sharp pain in right ear, feels like something in right eye, pain in jaw and back of head/neck. What is this?

See your Dentist: You need to see a dentist or oral surgeon immediately. Without radiographs and a physical exam, it is impossible to say what is causing this pain.
You could have one of the following issues: impacted wisdom tooth, infected tooth, sinus infection, fractured jaw, neuralgia, or a tumor.
It sounds like a tooth issue, but your dentist can help diagnosos your problem. ...Read more

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Sharp pain in head in the front area, what can it be?

Sharp pain in head in the front area, what can it be?

Anything: Headaches can come from fatigue, sleeping too much or too little, eye strain, sleep apnea, snoring, being dehydrated, having chronic sinusitis or allergies, too much caffeine or over the counter headache medication, high blood pressure or something more serious like a tumor. See your doctor and get checked. ...Read more

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Sharp pain in head last about two to five seconds comes multiple times a day in the same spot on the right side. Could it be serious?

Sharp pain in head last about two to five seconds comes multiple times a day in the same spot on the right side. Could it be serious?

"Ice Pick" Headaches: What you are describing are very short duration headaches that can occur multiple times during the day. This is a variant of migraine. Treat only if occurs very frequently. Easily treated by taking a preventative medication. Discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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Sudden sharp pain in head above the forehead. Pain was acute and faded away. Should I be worried.?

Sudden sharp pain in head above the forehead. Pain was acute and faded away. Should I be worried.?

No: These sudden sharp fleeting pains have been termed "ice pick headaches", and are most likely variants of migraine, and only rarely if always in same spot, consistent with neuralgia. Annoying problem, but usually quite benign. ...Read more

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Sudden sharp pain in head lasted about 4 seconds, now I feel lightheaded and am laying down any ideas?

Sudden sharp pain in head lasted about 4 seconds, now I feel lightheaded and am laying down any ideas?

Just eat ice cubes?: If you get many of these types of pains repetitively in a day then, you may have a type of headache known as "jabs and jolts."If this turns out to be a single episode then, it shall always remain a mystery unless you just had a furious argument with your significant other- then, hopefully they will get one as well! Remember the following address if they persist: www. Healthtap. Com/drsaghafi ...Read more

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What causes short sharp pain in head? It is accompanied with shoulder pain and neck pain

What causes short sharp pain in head? It is accompanied with shoulder pain and neck pain

Pinched nerve?: Could be many things, but short bursts of radiating pain including the neck and arm (shoulder) can indicate a pinched nerve. If the problem persists for 2 weeks or more see your doctor. ...Read more

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Weird sensation in head tightness crackling noise & sharp pain in head assaulted in 2011 with a brick mild concusion no serious damage what is this?

Weird sensation in head tightness crackling noise & sharp pain in head assaulted in 2011 with a brick mild concusion no serious damage what is this?

See your doctor: You have symptoms which could be serious and should see your physician. He/she will listen to you, do a physical examinarion, run some tests, and let you know what's going on. ...Read more

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I have sharp pain in head that comes and goes away. And constant feeling of pressure in my head. I have anxiety and I feel a little light headed at ti?

I have sharp pain in head that comes and goes away. And constant feeling of pressure in my head. I have anxiety and I feel a little light headed at ti?

Head pain: That comes and goes needs to be evaluated by your doctor. It MAY be from several things such as migraine headache, tension, or something more. Your anxiety is an additional factor. After seeing doc please see a clinical psychologist to learn some stress management. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have sharp pain in head an right arm is numb?

What does it mean when you have sharp pain in head an right arm is numb?

See details: There are several possible causes, some of which may be serious. Have this issue evaluated asap. If you have no doctor, go to the er. ...Read more

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Short lived, Sharp pain in head when I bend over, look up or down (moving head not eyes) almost feels like a migraine, but just lasts minutes?

Uncertain: It may be sinus issue. It could be a muscle issue of muscles around your neck. You can check this with your physicians ...Read more

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Blackened vision, dizzy, and sharp pain in head when sit up or stand up. BP 82/56. Some doctors say its ok others say go to neurologist?

Blackened vision, dizzy, and sharp pain in head when sit up or stand up. BP 82/56. Some doctors say its ok others say go to neurologist?

I'm biased: If somebody even thinks see a neurologist......you should probably see one of us. (And sooner than later) That BP is way too low. Need more information to say more (age, meds, conditions) Posterior circulation ischemia (dimming of vision and dizziness) can lead to a major brain stem stroke and death (or worse). ...Read more

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Sharp pain in head only. Last a couple secs nausea dizznies and spaced out neck pain tightness in back of headlightheadness shouks I go to er?

Migraines: The symptoms that you describe are likely a tension migraine. Going to the emergency room is not necessary unless symptoms worsen. Call your doctor in the morning to get an evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Headache for 3 days, started dull now worse. One sided, pain in my right eye (pulling) sharp pain in right ear and behind. Sharp pain in head too.?

Headache for 3 days, started dull now worse. One sided, pain in my right eye (pulling) sharp pain in right ear and behind. Sharp pain in head too.?

Sounds like: A frontal sinus/middle ear infection (Upper Respiratory Infection or URI) Most of the time the "culprit" is a virus (most commonly the common cold RHINOVIRUS)
The headache and earache MAY indicate a bacterial "superinfection) thus a anti-biotic indicated.
Contact your PCP or Join Health Tap Prime for a Consultation!
Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more

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Hi there, I am suffering from sharp pain in head just behind my left ear. It's been 10 days the pain comes & go. No pain in neck, shoulder, ear or jaw?

Hi there, I am suffering from sharp pain in head just behind my left ear. It's been 10 days the pain comes & go. No pain in neck, shoulder, ear or jaw?

Occipital bursitis: This is likely from where a tndon in your neck attaches to to base of your skull. Many doc recommend nsaids or cortisone injection to fix this issue. Sometimes sleep postion or repetitive motions exaserbate this problem. Seeing a doc to rule out ear infection and mastoiditis would be a good idea, however, your symptoms are not consistent with this. Heat pack might help as well ...Read more

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I am having sharp pain in head and ruptured blood vessel in my eye? This is 2nd time it has happened in 2 weeks.

I am having sharp pain in head and ruptured blood vessel in my eye? This is 2nd time it has happened in 2 weeks.

Subconjunctival heme: Your description sounds like eye dryness causing pain and the subconjunctival hemorrhages. Try artificial tears frequently and see if your symptoms improve. If recurrence or worsening, see an eye doctor. ...Read more

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Sharp pain in head neck pain like a tension headache sometimes earache and a numbness up from my nose to the top of my forhead. Any idea? I

Tension Type: The headaches are usually bilateral and diffuse and often have tenderness in the cervical muscles and other muscles pain as well as the pericranial muscles. The management of episodic and chronic TTH consists of psychological support, physical therapy and pharmacotherapies. Hope it helps ...Read more

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Really sharp pain on the right side of my head. Could it be something more to it than just a headache?

Really sharp pain on the right side of my head. Could it be something more to it than just a headache?

See below: This problem mandates a real-time (face-to-face) meeting with a doctor. A history has to be taken along with a examination as well as labs and other tests. ...Read more

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My mom has headaches and sharp pain her head what could that be?

See a doctor: Pains in the head which are debilitating are nothing to fool around with. Your mom should see a doctor, provide a detailed history and be examined. When she goes she should describe the type, location, frequency and other symptoms associated with the pain. Trust that working this out will make her feel better. ...Read more

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My mom is 64 and has headaches and sharp pain in her head what could that be?

My mom is 64 and has headaches and sharp pain in her head what could that be?

Severe Headaches: Headaches can appear fir a variety of reasons including infection, dehydration, fever, trauma, insomnia, depression, etc. It can also represent more worrisome issues that include aneurysm, a tumor or other mass.

If these are severe please get her to her medical provider to begin gathering information to come to a diagnosis and treatment.

Headaches that are worse than the norm need urgent attent. ...Read more

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I just had a sharp pain on my left side of head, it was brief, lasted a second, I have no headache, I have a bit of the sniffles, what's up? Serious?

Neuralgia: Such a sharp, shooting, fleeting pain is characteristic of neuralgia which comes from a superficial nerve in the scalp and not the brain itself. This is not a serious problem and may or may not recur. See your physician if you have steady pain or frequent headaches. ...Read more

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What it mean when having headaches with sharp pain starting from back of head to right timple?

What it mean when having headaches with sharp pain starting from back of head to right timple?

Headache: There are many different types of headaches and it is sometimes difficult to properly diagnose these. Have you started any new medicines or do you have any associated symptoms?

If you are having a new unremitting headache speak to a healthcare professional. ...Read more

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I've had a headache for about 5 days and its just on my left front to mid section of my head, it feels pressured and at times I get a sharp pain?

I've had a headache for about 5 days and its just on my left front to mid section of my head, it feels pressured and at times I get a sharp pain?

Tension headache: Wellness is vital to controlling any headache or pain issue. Magnesium is also vital. It will help relax the associated muscles, decrease stress, stabilize sleep and help other meds and therapy to work efficiently. Self or profess massage, chiropractor, yoga, heat, stretching all are needed. My favorite in my practice is acupuncture and myofascial tissue release. Take b-complex 100 too. ...Read more

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Sporadic sharp pain headaches on top of head & temple areas, lasts 5-10 secs each time & often leads to long lasting aches on daily basis. What is it?

Sporadic sharp pain headaches on top of head & temple areas, lasts 5-10 secs each time & often leads to long lasting aches on daily basis. What is it?

Jabs and jolts: There is an older name for these called jabs and jolts. We believe these headaches are mediated through the fifth cranial nerve and simply represent some form of dysfunction of this nerve resulting in the type of headache you're describing. A good headache specialist will be able to guide specific treatment for these as they are not migraines, not tension headaches, and not cluster headaches. ...Read more

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When I swallow, I get a sharp pain in the left side of my head and then it fades. It came on suddenly and typical headache meds don't help..

Muscular Issue: From the symptoms you are describing this is a muscular issues. Many muscles involved in coordinating and allowing swallowing to occur. Best bet is to see ENT specialist for evaluation. Best of luck with this. Dr R ...Read more

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The right side of my head and face has been extremely sore for the past few days. It is not a headache or sharp pain but just sore to the touch. Why?

The right side of my head and face has been extremely sore for the past few days. It is not a headache or sharp pain but just sore to the touch. Why?

See an ENT: Or your primary doctor. There are a lot of? 's that need to answered like whether or not you have any other dental or medical issues. Have you had any visual changes? You might have some very simple explanation or it might be a more serious neurologic disease. ...Read more

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I have had daily chronic headaches for six years now. Sometimes I get sharp pain that goes through my head. I had an MRI 3 years ago. Came back normal?

Chronic Headaches: Wow! That's awful! If your are taking ANY pain medication for the headaches including advil, Motrin, aspirin, BC powder or Tylenol, please stop them right now. Chronic pain medication leads to chronic daily headaches, unfortunately. Please consult your doctor or our online consultants for preventive therapy and measures. ...Read more