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Sharp Shooting Pain In Right Temple
I have a shooting pain in right temple area of my head. The pain comes every 15-20 seconds and goes away in 4-5 seconds. This is happening continously
See your PCP: For evaluation, tests to rule out Temporal Arteritis and proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more
29f pain under left ear lobe into jaw area. Also, shooting pain in right temple area of head. Had EKG a month ago and came back good. Heart related?
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
Sudden sharp shooting pain straight through my temple lasted seconds, no other symptoms what could this be?
Ice pick: If they are fairly brief, then it sounds more like "ice pick head pains". There is a new name for them--that's the old name. They come, they go. They tend to happen in clusters. ...Read more
What causes sharp/shooting pain right said of head (4days)? And popping sensation in neck (left) this sensation happened twice only lasted 1-2sec?
Radiculopathy?: Be careful because your cervical intervertebral disc might be unstable. ...Read more
Maybe: I would see a physician to rule out something serious. ...Read more
Could Be Neck Issues: If preliminary evaluation by your primary doctor doesn't help, consider evaluation of your neck to make sure nothing is awry there. Many times the facet joints in the neck or even herniated disks could be a cause of this issue in the back of head. Alternatively it could also be occipital neuralgia in the back of the head if the neck evaluation reveals nothing. ...Read more
Sometimes I get a sharp shooting pain in my head like a knife is stabbing me. It comes on suddenly and leaves very quickly. What could this be?
Headache syndrome: There is a headache syndrome that is associated with exactly what you describe. If persistent and new, you should be evaluated by a health care provider like a neurologist who is familiar with these syndromes. There are medications that can help alleviate the symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hey I just got a sharp shooting pain up my neck to the top of my head. Was quite painful and just lasted a few seconds. Should I be overly concerned?
Probably not: This happens not infrequently when nerves that exit the small foramina in the spine are 'bumped' sending quite a jolt down the respective nerves: usually the greater or lesser occipital nerves which will reach the top the head matching your description. In short this happens and is usually self-limiting and not a cause for concern. If it happens repeatedly then I you should seek medical attention. ...Read more
I was just laying in bed when all of a sudden I got a very painful sharp shooting pain through my head and went dizzy. It lasted 5 mins. Is this bad?
Migraine variant: There are a number of migraine variants which can present this way, but occipital neuralgia can do this too. Would wonder about use of Lorcet (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) which could cause rebound if migraine is culprit. Suggest neurology evaluation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sharp Headache: It depends. Generally my rule of thumb to recommend medical evaluation is if the pain is increasing in frequency, duration, or severity. If so, get it checked. If it is out of the blue, comes and goes occasionally with no pattern or cause and effect then you can watch and wait. It can be upper back/neck muscle spasm — the most common cause in your age group. ...Read more
What is a shooting pain described as? I had a sharp sudden and short pain on the back of my head. Is that what they feel like?
Yes, shooting pain is often a short, sudden radiating pain. It is not a dull, aching, or cramping type sensation. Shootong pain can occur spontaneously, or with certain movements. This type pain is often associated with nerve irritation, but can occur with some large muscle groups.
In the head, it can be nerve related, migrainous, referred from the muscles of the neck, or from the cervical spine. ...Read more
Experiencing sharp shooting pain at the back of the head. Starts at the base and goes up. What does this mean? What should I do?
Could be: It could be a muscle related pain in which case moist heat and gentle stretching may help. Otherwise I would suggest getting it diagnosed to make sure it is nothing more serious. I would see an ENT physician if your primary care physician can't help. ...Read more
I had an extremely sharp shooting pain in my head that lasted about 5 seconds. It was the worst pain I had ever experienced before. What was it?
See below: Sudden severe shooting pain in the head, that lasts only seconds, is called a Primary Stabbing or Ice Pick headache. The cause is unknown. It can occur only occasionally or it can happen frequently. Treatment isn't needed for the occasional pain but can be helpful if it occurs frequently. Occasionally an underlying cause is found, so if it occurs often, it's advisable to see your physician. ...Read more
Unknown reason: Check with your doc ASAP. No reason to wait. ...Read more
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