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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?

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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Headache (Definition)

Also called cephalalgia, is pain anywhere in the region of the head or neck, & can be a symptom of a number of conditions affecting those areas. It originates from pain-sensitive structures such as cranium, muscles, nerves, vessels, subcutaneous tissues, eyes, ears, sinuses & mucous membranes. It is non-specific symptom & can be primary such as tension ha, or secondary ...Read more

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Sharp pain on left side of head near temple. Is this a migraine or headache?

Sharp pain on left side of head near temple. Is this a migraine or headache?

Possible migraine : Migraine like headache can be caused by a bone spur in the nose. A ct scan of the sinuses is indicated and if the spur is present a septoplasty to remove it is indicated. I provide relief to almost 90% of patients with this problem. Visit my website for more information at www. Kevinsmithmd.Com. ...Read more

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Treating Headaches (Checklist)

Watch for events that trigger headaches
60 Min, Daily for 4 Weeks
See your doctor
Once
Watch for food reactions
60 Min, Daily for 4 Weeks
See a dentist about your headaches
Once
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I've had a constant daily headache on left side of head for past 10 yrs. 34yo f. Migraines for 22y. Tried every med/procd possbl. Have no life. Help?

I've had a constant daily headache on left side of head for past 10 yrs. 34yo f. Migraines for 22y. Tried every med/procd possbl. Have no life. Help?

Few things: First, be sure you are not overusing pain meds. His causes analgesic rebound. Next, be sure you have given prophylactic meds a chance, which it sounds like you have. If you know it is migraine for sure, you can try riboflavin 400mg per day. If headache is always on same side and accompanied by eye redness, nasal congestion or droopy eyelid try Indomethacin you may have hemicrania continua. ...Read more

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Cannot get rid of headache on left side of head?

Cannot get rid of headache on left side of head?

Headache: If you have tried all over the counterpain medications, you might consider a magnesium supplement, then see your doctor. You might need a daily medication like topamax or Propranolol to keep the headaches away. You can also find out if your headaches are coming from tension, dehydration, lack of sleep/poor sleep, skipping meals, stress, sleep apnea/snoring, or chronic sinus problems. ...Read more

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Treating Headaches (Checklist)

Use OTC acetaminophen or ibuprofen to help with the pain
Daily
Keep a headache diary about duration of headaches and triggers
Daily
Let your doctor know if your headache is waking you up at night
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What causes headaches in left side of head?

What causes headaches in left side of head?

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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Treating Headaches (Checklist)

Go to bed and awaken at the same time daily
once
Exercise daily
once
Limit caffeine consumption to 2 cups each day
once
Avoid use of more than 24 analgesics per month
once
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What causes headache in left side of head?

What causes headache in left side of head?

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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