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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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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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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 ...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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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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My mom has headaches and sharp pain her head what could that be?

See a doctor: Pains in the head which are debilitating are nothing to fool around with. Your mom should see a doctor, provide a detailed history and be examined. When she goes she should describe the type, location, frequency and other symptoms associated with the pain. Trust that working this out will make her feel better. ...Read more

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My mom is 64 and has headaches and sharp pain in her head what could that be?

My mom is 64 and has headaches and sharp pain in her head what could that be?

Severe Headaches: Headaches can appear fir a variety of reasons including infection, dehydration, fever, trauma, insomnia, depression, etc. It can also represent more worrisome issues that include aneurysm, a tumor or other mass.

If these are severe please get her to her medical provider to begin gathering information to come to a diagnosis and treatment.

Headaches that are worse than the norm need urgent attent. ...Read more

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Having really sharp electric shooting pain in head. What could it be. It is really scaring me.

Having really sharp electric shooting pain in head. What could it be. It is really scaring me.

Occipital neuralgia: It is a type of headache, vast majority of time benign. Occasionally due to pinched nerve. I had a patient with pain shooting up the back of her head who had a disk higher up in her cervical spine. ...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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Are tumors and blod clots a common cause of headaches? What can cause sharp brief pains in the head?

No!: Headaches are commonly caused by benign conditions such as Migraine and tension headaches which are commonly due to stress. Sharp pains which last less than a minute or two are of no significance and therefore can be safely ignored. If you get anxious about them, they may keep coming back. So try to relax, think positively and reduce your stress level by having adequate sleep and do daily exercis ...Read more

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He broke out on the center and right side of his forehead. He also has a sharp headache on the right side of his head.

He broke out on the center and right side of his forehead. He also has a sharp headache on the right side of his head.

Possible shingles: Unilateral rash with discomfort can be from herpes zoster or shingles. This can be treated with a course of oral antivirals. There are other potentially serious conditions that can cause these symptoms. See a physician as soon as possible to have this issue evaluated and treated. ...Read more

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Why is it that even when I take something for my headaches I still feel shooting sharp pains n my head threw the day & lightheadedness & pressure?

Why is it that even when I take something for my headaches I still feel shooting sharp pains n my head threw the day & lightheadedness & pressure?

More Treatment: It sounds as if you need a more in depth examination and consequent treatment plan for your headaches. See your physician or a neurologist. ...Read more

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I just had a sharp pain on my left side of head, it was brief, lasted a second, I have no headache, I have a bit of the sniffles, what's up? Serious?

Neuralgia: Such a sharp, shooting, fleeting pain is characteristic of neuralgia which comes from a superficial nerve in the scalp and not the brain itself. This is not a serious problem and may or may not recur. See your physician if you have steady pain or frequent headaches. ...Read more