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I quit smoking cigarettes 6 months ago and like 6 weeks ago i started smoking cigars now for the last 2 weeks I have had a sharp pain in my head only when i cough it doesn't always happen but at least 80% any ideas?

I quit smoking cigarettes 6 months ago and like 6 weeks ago i started smoking cigars now for the last 2 weeks I have had a sharp pain in my head only when i cough it doesn't always happen but at least 80% any ideas?

Stop smoking: Congratulations on stopping smoking cigarettes. Unfortunately, smoking cigars has the same hazards as smoking cigarettes- see http://www.Quitsmokingsupport.Com/cigars.Htm. I strongly urge you to stop smoking cigars. The pain in your head when you cough suggests inflammation. If you don't cough you won't have pain & stopping smoking should reduce coughing, if the cough & pain persists see a doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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Began w/ headache (squeezing sharp pain) on Sun. Bodyache soon followed. Fever of 100 on Mon. No cough. No runny nose or congestion. No light sensitvy?

Began w/ headache (squeezing sharp pain) on Sun. Bodyache soon followed. Fever of 100 on Mon. No cough. No runny nose or congestion. No light sensitvy?

You are sick.: What with? Well that depends on where you live, what you do, etc. The symptoms you describe are totally non specific and if you feel sufficiently unwell you may want to go and see an actual doctor in person. If you are in Guinea, along the coast of Africa the list of possibilities is totally different that if you work in a school in Oregon. If you are worried, see an MD. FYI fever is 100.4 or more ...Read more

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I get a sharp pain on the top off my head when i cough, what could this be?

I get a sharp pain on the top off my head when i cough, what could this be?

Coughing: Can cause the head to hurt, especially if one has been coughing for days.If this persists, you must see a doctor to treat your cough and to make sure there is nothing more serious going on. ...Read more

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I have a sharp pain on the left side of my head (only when I cough ) and I have the worst case of hypertension?

I have a sharp pain on the left side of my head (only when I cough ) and I have the worst case of hypertension?

Does not sound good: Chronic hypertension increases risks for heart attack and stroke via atherosclerosis which damages the vessel wall and possibily cause anerysm--see pic here. When we get sick--bad cold, sinus/ear infection can cause headaches, especially with coughing. But you mentioned nothing else and so I am a bit concerned. I would take some cough meds, consult doc for eval as soon as possible. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have hypertension badd ! for the last 3days I have had this sharp pain on the left side of my head (deep behind my temple ) it only when I cough.?

I have hypertension badd ! for the last 3days I have had this sharp pain on the left side of my head (deep behind my temple ) it only when I cough.?

Likely muscular, BUT: Even though the likelihood is low this is an issue other than muscular, if the headache persists tomorrow you should see your doctor for a check up. If the headache worsens tonight head to the er. ...Read more

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Hi every time I cough bend over clear my throat I get this sharp pain in my head on the left side sometimes it lasts all day others it'll go away?

Hi every time I cough bend over clear my throat I get this sharp pain in my head on the left side sometimes it lasts all day others it'll go away?

Unclear: There are many parameters I do not know that would be helpful : how long you have had this cough, are you bending your head below your waist, have you eaten enough food / drank enough fluids, are there other symptoms. The increased pressure within your body during coughing actions can sometimes cause pressure in your head. however you will need an evaluation by a professional to seek more help... ...Read more

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I get a sharp pain in my head when i stand/bend over/move quick, also have an earache, stuffy&runny nose, cough, my throat hurts. whats wrong?

I get a sharp pain in my head when i stand/bend over/move quick, also have an earache, stuffy&runny nose, cough, my throat hurts. whats wrong?

R/O SINUSITIS : R/O SINUSITIS: Yes you should rest irrigate sinuses with saline/take a nasal spray like Nasonex (mometasone) and finish a 2-3week course of antibiotics ie bactrim/augmentin /cipro. avoid abrupt changes in pressure. Ie flying/scuba/swimming if diving or snorkeling is undertaken. These activities may increase risk of worsening sinusitis and potentially rupturing ear drum. ...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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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

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