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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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What to do if I have a throbbing headache, my chest has a strong shooting pain up to my neck, I have a fever, and my arms?

What to do if I have a throbbing headache, my chest has a strong shooting pain up to my neck, I have a fever, and my arms?

ER!!!: This is not one for the internet go to the ER you could be having anything from very high blood pressure to early stroke to a heart attack. Read this then call 911 or don't read this and just call 911 ...Read more

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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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Severe headache, my head is throbbing and I have pain above my eye brows, it feels tight and painful. The back of my skull gets shooting pain as well?

Severe headache, my head is throbbing and I have pain above my eye brows, it feels tight and painful. The back of my skull gets shooting pain as well?

Cervical Facet Dz: The cervical facets in the neck can develop the osteoarthritis you mentioned and can cause headaches as well. Typically facet injections can help relieve the pain and reduce headaches. If these are short lived then the nerves supplying those joints can be ablated for long term relief, this is called radiofrequency ablation or rhizotomy. Botox injections to the neck and head can also be helpful. ...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

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My hair falls out i get headaches and when i move it i get a shooting pain I have very bad vision i'm only 25 year old i keep gaining weight?

My hair falls out i get headaches and when i move it i get a shooting pain I have very bad vision i'm only 25 year old i keep gaining weight?

Unrelated symptoms.: You have too many symptoms for any single disease. Some of these things are unrelated. Which ones? I think you should see your doc and see if they can sort this out. ...Read more

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June 20 experienced sharp shooting pain on R side of neck below the base of the head. Ear pain/severe headache. Felt neck pain earlier in the day.

Carotid dissection: Is one cause of neck pain on one side of the neck that shouldn't be missed. It can cause a stroke, so if you can call your doctor for a carotid ultrasound (or go to the emergency room) as soon as possible. If there's a dissection, then antiplatelet or anticoagulant (often for 3 months) is treatment to lower your risk of stroke. If no dissection, likely nothing dangerous. ...Read more

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Severe tension headache pain behind eyes in through mouth and even in my throat neck sharp shooting pain nauseated dizzy tired is this normal?

Severe tension headache pain behind eyes in through mouth and even in my throat neck sharp shooting pain nauseated dizzy tired is this normal?

Headache: Definitely not 'normal.' Big question is if you have nasal symptoms like nasal obstruction, discharge, pus/snot, or drainage down throat. If so then get evaluated for sinusitis, including possibility of 'sphenoid sinusitis.' Most likely thing, however, is migraine headache. ...Read more

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I have had a really bad throbbing headache since I woke up. Can I take maxalt while on Pamelor 25mg?

I have had a really bad throbbing headache since I woke up. Can I take maxalt while on Pamelor 25mg?

Yes: Yes absolutely!!! Pamelor is to be taken daily to help reduce headache frequency. Unfortunately, intermittent headaches will happen. Our goal is four or less per month. You can definitely take Maxalt while taking Pamelor and you should try to take it at first sign of headache. ...Read more

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Last 2 days: bad throbbing headache , extreme exhaustion, lightheaded almost drunk feeling. Causes?

Last 2 days: bad throbbing headache , extreme exhaustion, lightheaded almost drunk feeling.  Causes?

Many: There could be many causes of these symptoms including infectious, vascular, medication induced, metabolic. Please see your physician for an evaluation and further management . ...Read more

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I just got a really sharp pain in my right ear, followed by a throbbing headache. I have a history with pseudotumor cerebri. could this be a sign of it flaring up again?

Answer this question: Since you've got a DX of Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (IIH- new name for PC) can you recall when you 1st started having symptoms? What were they? Headache is commonly part of IIH but sharp ear pain- a bit uncommon in a classic presentation. Wanna chat? www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi Use Key Code: PDXFNR to set up an appointment. Remember Nov 1st- Clocks go back. ...Read more

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I broke blood vessels in both eyes. They hurt badly, sensitive to light, i squint a lot, vision goes blurry & have a throbbing headache. Is this okay?

I broke blood vessels in both eyes. They hurt badly, sensitive to light, i squint a lot, vision goes blurry & have a throbbing headache. Is this okay?

Eye exam ASAP: Broken blood vessels on the surface of both eyes is not common. In addition, this is no usually associated with any other eye symptoms. If you are experiencing these other symptoms, then you should be seen by an ophthalmologist as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Yes I have been getting headachs every day like a sharp shooting pain in and around the temples seems to be worse at work and stressful situations.

Yes I have been getting headachs every day like a sharp shooting pain in and around the temples  seems to be worse at work and stressful situations.

Occipital Neuritis: Shooting headaches into the temples could be a sign of occipital neuritis. The nerve arises from the base of the skull and ends in the temples. Stress and exertion can cause tension in the neck which adds pressure on the right and left occipital nerve. Trial of Naproxen and if that doesn't work, an occiptial nerve block (little shot around the nerve with cortisone ) could cure the problem. ...Read more

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I had a really bad fall 2 weeks last Sunday and the lump is still slightly there. I keep suffering with bad head aches and shooting pain in same place?

I had a really bad fall 2 weeks last Sunday and the lump is still slightly there. I keep suffering with bad head aches and shooting pain in same place?

Get checked: Get in for evaluation. Lump may take quite a while to go away - it may never go away completely. See the MD for follow-up to rule out a possible concussion. Not something to fool around with or put off until later. Go tomorrow and find out your status and any needed treatment options and any further follow -ups. Tell them you are in pain after the trauma. Good Luck. ...Read more

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I have a shooting pain and severe headaches and nausea. Did I damage a nerve?

I have a shooting pain and severe headaches and nausea. Did I damage a nerve?

No, see a specialist: The best treatment for a headache is to know what type you have. This a red flag and medical attention is warranted. See a headache or orofacial pain specialist for evaluation and management. ...Read more