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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 more
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?
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
Healthy 19 yo. I was bent over changing my son & got a sharp shooting pain in head. Tender to touch. It lasted a few seconds and no other symptoms.?
Don't worry be happy: If it comes back, then yes, seek a neurologist for further workup. If it never comes back, it could be myriad things *but it went away*, so likely it will never bother you again. Red flags to warrant concern, among others, could include change in vision, vertigo or disequilibrium, headache that comes with change of position, or neck pain radiating into the head, arms or back. ...Read more
Sharp, shooting pain behind right eye, side of head and top of head. Comes and goes for days. What is this?
Is a rare continuous one-sided headache that never shifts sides. The typical presentation is a dull throbbing ache that is moderate to severe in intensity. The primary area of pain is located in the ocular temporal region or in the occipital area.
Rec. See a headache or orofacial pain specialist. ...Read more
I'm experiencing sharp shooting pain on the right side of my head behind my ear. No relief with Exedrin taken an hour and a half ago. What can I do?
Occipital neuralgia?: You may be experiencing occipital neuralgia on right side of scalp. Excedrin will provide no benefit in this situation, but local occipital nerve block may help. Alternatively, drugs such as gabapentin, Grailse, or Lyrica (pregabalin) might be useful. See your physician and get this further evaluated. ...Read more
What type of doctor should I see for a sharp, shooting pain on the back of my head behind my right ear?
Shooting pain: See your regular family doctor for an examination to sort out the cause of your shooting pain. The pain could be coming from your head or neck area or from the ear. ...Read more
Crack my neck alot. Turned head to left side to crack, intense sharp shooting pain downside of neck to upper back. Could I have injured something?
Possible: Sounds like you may have pinched a nerve when "cracking your neck". It is also possible that a muscle has also been injured or is in spasm and your neck movement may make it worse. Something is out of balance —? 4 ekgs in 4 months at your age? What does your chiropractor say about pain and spasm and anxiety/depression? ...Read more
Is it normal for a laceration on back of head from car accident to still cause pain 5 years later? Pin point sharp shooting pain and scalp sensitivity
Could a burst blood vessel in the scalp be the cause of a sharp shooting pain in the head? Is th dangerous?
It can be dangerous: I have several questions but it includes examining you, which means, you should go to a hospital emergency room to have those questions answered and have a physical exam. ...Read more
I get a sharp shooting pain in my neck into the back of my head it makes my toung numb and gives me the feeling of pins and needles on my scalp?
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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