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Doctor insights on: Really Bad Throbbing Headache That Sometimes Includes Sharp Shooting Pain

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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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Temple pain throbbing sometimes sharp pains come and goes why is that?

Temple pain throbbing sometimes sharp pains come and goes why is that?

Good question: Temporal arteritis is rare in young adults. Sometimes TMJ presents with sharp pains in the temple. I'd have this situation looked into. You need a good assessment including a careful look at the back of the eye and a TMJ assessment. If the temporal artery is nodular or tender you need to have a blood test right away (CRP or Sed Rate). ...Read more

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Bad throbbing/pounding headache with sharp shooting pain?

Bad throbbing/pounding headache with sharp shooting pain?

Need physcian evalua: See your doctor for such symptoms you need physician care , could be anything from b. P to impending stroke, see your doctor ...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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Sharp throbbing pain in my testicles, sharp pain here and there but constant dull pain ?

Sharp throbbing pain in my testicles, sharp pain here and there but constant dull pain ?

Doctor to evaluate: Pain, tenderness, or soreness in a testicle should always be examined by a doctor. The reason is that a guy's testicle can die if the testicle twists, thus twisting off the blood supply (called torsion). Other causes of testicle pain include doing sports without a jock strap, getting kicked in the groin, having a testicle infection, etc... Sometimes, an ultrasound scan is done to look for torsion. ...Read more

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Right back pain that is sharp and constant?

Right back pain  that is sharp and constant?

Let me try to help: One sided back pain most likely due to uti(infection) in the urinary tract or other problem (kidney stone). One other thing we should think about shingles but this will eventually skin manifestations. Go and see the doctor to check it out. ...Read more

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Having right lower abdominal pain. Mostly dull ache and certain positions are uncomfortable. Sometimes sudden/ sharp. No appendicitis. Thoughts?

Having right lower abdominal pain.  Mostly dull ache and certain positions are uncomfortable. Sometimes sudden/ sharp. No appendicitis. Thoughts?

Many causes: Of abdominal pain in that area. It can be related to small or large intestine, kidney/ureter, inguinal hernia, lymph node inflammation, or even entrapped nerve. In your age group, malignancies are unusual, but you should be tested for testicular cancer, kidney stones, crohn's disease, or inguinal hernias, which are treatable conditions. Abdominal pain is sometimes difficult to pin down. ...Read more

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Sharp stabbing pain in my lower stomach, vagina and buttocks.. Just random pain not constant. Pain is scaled a 10!

Sharp stabbing pain in my lower stomach, vagina and buttocks.. Just random pain not constant. Pain is scaled a 10!

Any severe pain: even if it is intermittent should be evaluated by a physician. in your case you will need imaging studies too. depending upon where you live it may be faster to call your doc and see what they suggest. If that's not possible then consider a visit to an urgent care or an ER. B4 you go to urgent care call to see if they can test urine, blood and do X-rays on site. ERs and UC will be busy, call first ...Read more

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Right side of abdomen has a pain that goes from constant achy to sharp stabby. 2 days of this pain & moving makes it worse. Stabby pain is sudden, y?

Right sided pain: Listening to your history I would be most suspicious for a kidney stone. Given you are a woman,gynecological problmes possible (ovary) , gallbladder, some type of bowel probllem or appendicitis. If this has been ongoing for two days, get checked. ...Read more

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I've been having abdominal pain. Feels like cramps, sometimes the pain is like a shooting sharp pain. But not on my period what's causing this pain?

I've been having abdominal pain. Feels like cramps, sometimes the pain is like a shooting sharp pain. But not on my period what's causing this pain?

Many things: Your abdominal pain may be due to indigestion, gas, muscular tenderness as well as your female organs. Proper evaluation is in order. See your doctor a soon as possible. ...Read more

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Sharp, stabbing, pinching pain on left side and back pain. Followed by feeling the room spin and nausea. What could this be?

Consider this...: Left sided abdominal pain is a common location for gas causing cramps, ibs or diverticulosis (itis). Gyn problems such as cysts and endometriosis are also considered. Best to see your doctor if symptoms persist. Good luck! ...Read more

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Sharp pain on left side of brain, towards the front. Feels like headache but more of a intense pulsating pain?

Sharp pain on left side of brain, towards the front. Feels like headache but more of a intense pulsating pain?

Left side of head?: We generally, believe that the brain itself is not able to "feel" pain....Although it interprets it and processes it very well! therefore, i believe it is more like your pain is on the left side of your head radiating to the front in a pulsating manner. This is certainly consistent with at least 1 commonly described symptom of migraine pain. Best that you talk to your doctor about good options. ...Read more

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Left chest pain, md says it is not cardiac. Pain described as constant dull pain with intermittent sharp severe pain like lightning. Suggestions?

Left chest pain,  md says it is not cardiac.  Pain described as constant dull pain with intermittent sharp severe pain like lightning.  Suggestions?

Chest Pain: Does it hurt you anywhere on yr left chest on touch? What activities cause you pain? Any EKG? Likely muscular or costochondritis if cardiac work up is negative. ...Read more

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I have been getting a sharp pain in my spine it feels like a pinch my joints hurt muscle shooting pain down both arms and bad pain in hands headaches?

I have been getting a sharp pain in my spine it feels like a pinch my joints hurt muscle shooting pain down both arms and bad pain in hands headaches?

Vertebral v Rib prob: The majority of such pain problems of this type are due to hyperflexed thoracic vertebra and/or locked rib. Either one causes abnormal muscle function and can refer pain to arms & head. I see it daily in my practice. Osteopathic manipulation can provide immediate relieve in many cases. Proper exam to rule out all causes, including above, and manipulation, can be done by good osteopathic dr. ...Read more