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What could cause sharp, sudden, simultaneous pain in head, left arm, and back?

It could be from: A pinched nerve from the neck/cervical spine from spurs from degenerative arthritis/spinal stenosis or brain ischemia/bleeding (remotely). Get evaluated by your dr for a thorough exam.!

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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Can sinuses cause sharp sudden pain in the head that come suddenly and then leave?

Can sinuses cause sharp sudden pain in the head that come suddenly and then leave?

Sinuses: Yes, it can be from sinus inflammation or infection. Headaches can do this to. But it also depends on where the headaches are, and what other symptoms are accompanying it.

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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.

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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

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What could cause sharp headache in top of head?

What could cause sharp headache in top of head?

Many causes: You will nee a neurologic workup if you fall within the following categories : 1. Headache of sudden onset that persists (bleeding); 2. Hedache accompamied by physical findings such as fever, alteration of consciousness, doble vision or weakness; and 3. Headache if you have been previously healthy. In other cases of chornic headache it can be migraine or muscle. Tension headache.

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Day 2 on Zenatane and sharp headaches are setting in on the left side of my head. Off and on. What to do?

Day 2 on Zenatane and sharp headaches are setting in on the left side of my head. Off and on. What to do?

Try to: Stick with it and see if you will be ok. Since they are off and on it might be even due to something else! If it is the new medicine you probably will adjust in a short while.

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I get these very sharp intense pains in my head on the left side that last for about a minute or so. After pain subsides it then turns into a headache?

I get these very sharp intense pains in my head on the left side that last for about a minute or so. After pain subsides it then turns into a headache?

Sounds like: A pinched nerve in your upper neck (cervical) vertebrae (C1-C2) Ask your PCP to investigate. BTW Try sleeping WITHOUT PILLOWS for a few eeks. See if those pains/headaches go away! Hope this helps! Dr Z

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Sharp pains in head. Could it be tension headaches?

Sharp pains in head. Could it be tension headaches?

Could be: 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 (topiramate) 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.

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My mom has headaches and sharp pains in her head what causes that?

My mom has headaches and sharp pains in her head what causes that?

HEADACHE: How old is your mom? If not relieved by analgesic and recurrent, ct scan is needed to make sure it is not serious. Good luck!

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I have severe sharp pains in my head and headaches everyday. How can I alleviate this?

I have severe sharp pains in my head and headaches everyday. How can I alleviate this?

A few thoughts: Some essential oils used topically may help. I'd first seek a dr's eval incl a good history & phys including osteopathic hands-on exam. Headaches/pains have many causes from neck/tenndon/ligament injuries of the neck to chronically inflamed nerves, stress, abnormal muscle tension, etc. Proper eval is key to cure. Manipulation, prolotherapy, neuroprolotherapy, meds, acupuncture are poss txs

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What could be the cause of me getting sharp pains threw out my head & frequent headaches?

What could be the cause of me getting sharp pains threw out my head & frequent headaches?

Many things: Too many things to answer in 400 characters. So instead of guessing or worrying, see your physician.

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Really sharp pain on the right side of my head. Could it be something more to it than just a headache?

Really sharp pain on the right side of my head. Could it be something more to it than just a headache?

See below: This problem mandates a real-time (face-to-face) meeting with a doctor. A history has to be taken along with a examination as well as labs and other tests.

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I have a headache on one side of my head its is minor pain until I cough then the pain is sharp, but im not sick?

I have a headache on one side of my head its is minor pain until I cough then the pain is sharp, but im not sick?

Sinus infection?: Sinuses can cause a mild head pain that is sharpened w/ the extreme air pressure change from a jolt like a cough. Try OTC sinus relief or see a GP or ENT f it's severe or chronic. Best!

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Three day headache on the back of my head, right side. Originally extreme sudden pain but dulled now. Worse when bending. Head feels wet with pressure?

Three day headache on the back of my head, right side. Originally extreme sudden pain but dulled now. Worse when bending. Head feels wet with pressure?

? occipital neuralgia: You may have a trigger over right side of neck, but there may be irritation at base of skull affecting the greater occipital nerve of Arnold. This should be self-limited and resolve over next few days to weeks, but if persistent, might consider occipital nerve block injection.