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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.! ...Read more

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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. ...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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Sudden sharp localized head pain on the right side of the head. What can this be?

Sudden sharp localized head pain on the right side of the head. What can this be?

Muscle spasm: Most likely you're having a spasm of the large chewing muscle on the right side of your head. When these muscles spasm the pain can be very intense as if someone is sticking an "ice pick" in your head. If you chew gum, stop. If you clench or grind your teeth you may want to see a dentist. Above all try softer foods for a while. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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