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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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Tmj? Ear stuffiness and pain. Tender jaw. Neck and bottom of head ache radiating to shoulders. Shooting pain up side of head. Shoulders and neck tense

Tmj? Ear stuffiness and pain. Tender jaw. Neck and bottom of head ache radiating to shoulders. Shooting pain up side of head. Shoulders and neck tense

Could be: Could be from ear infection, TMJ dysfunction, throat or tonsil infection, impacted wisdom tooth, neoplasm, systemic disease, muscle sprain, neurological disorder, and many other possibilities. Bite the bullet, call BOTH your Physician and your Dentist for diagnosis and treatment. Know that your symptoms may have multiple coincidental unrelated causes. ...Read more

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I-pad, smartphone user, left shlderblade/neck pain radiats to shlder/arm, neck pops when turn head to left, smtms shooting pain in head on left side?

I-pad, smartphone user, left shlderblade/neck pain radiats to shlder/arm, neck  pops when turn head to left, smtms shooting pain in head on left side?

Muscle tension: Sounds like you have some muscle tension from maintaining an unnatural posture for a prolonged period of time. Give the devices a rest, or put them on a stand so you don't have to hold them, and use some heat and gentle stretching to relax the muscles. It may take several days to feel better. If not improving after a week, or if other worrisome symptoms occur, then get a medical exam. ...Read more

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I have been suffering from headache. shooting pain from back side of head on left . neck muscles are also get stiff. ?

Occipital neuralgia: See a neurologist, they can treat you with nerve blocks and/or medicines. Physical therapy may be helpful as well. Stay away from opioids. Good luck! ...Read more

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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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Shooting sharp on-off pain on one side of the back of the head and neck for about 2 weeks. Now a bad all-over headache that seems to go down to spine?

Shooting sharp on-off pain on one side of the back of the head and neck for about 2 weeks. Now a bad all-over headache that seems to go down to spine?

Because of the : Change in nature of your headache for the worse and your age, you should see a physician to rule out some more serious conditions that could be brain related but it could also be from a cervical spine or neck problem as well. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Shooting pain in neck up to head. What should I do?

Shooting pain in neck up to head. What should I do?

Anti-inflammatory: Sharp neck pain usually comes from a degenerative joint or disc in the neck. Sometimes it's from a muscle strain or sprain. Early treatment options include a short course of nsaids (advil, aleve), gentle massage, moist heat, and focusing on posture. If pain lasts greater than 2 weeks see your physician. ...Read more

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Sharp shooting pain deep in head around crown area sporadic ? Sinus? Neck?

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