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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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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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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.?

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

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Accident fri. Seatbelt on. Something wrong. Hit head 2xs-against windshield. Having shooting pain in head. It hurts. Hospital did xrays nothing wrong? Why?

Accident fri. Seatbelt on. Something wrong. Hit head 2xs-against windshield. Having shooting pain in head. It hurts. Hospital did xrays nothing wrong? Why?

Head Pain: Any kind of head pain that results from trauma of this sort should be evaluated by at minimum a ct scan of the brain. If there is concern about radiation, MRI would be even better.

Many pains in the head can be from irritation of bone, muscle, skin, cartilage, dentition, but head pain following trauma needs evaluation by a specialist. ...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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Given trimethoprim for infection, 2 hours after taking sore and swollen throat, chills, shooting pain in head and groin, pain behind eyes and was sick?

Given trimethoprim for infection, 2 hours after taking sore and swollen throat, chills, shooting pain in head and groin, pain behind eyes and was sick?

Sulfa?: Usually this drug is combined with sulfa and thus are you sure that trimethoprim is the only med? Regardless you have a serious and even potentially life-threatening reaction to this drug and need to avoid it. If symptoms still present for more than a day or gets worse, need to see doctor immediately. ...Read more

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I have a small lump in my forehead, it's hard and feels like it's on a nerve because when I press on it and try to move it sometimes, I get a shooting pain through my head. Headaches occur sometimes too?

Have it checked out!: There are plenty of nerves on the face compared to the rest of the body. So anytime there's a lump, bump, acne, scrape, or lesion, it's painful! So, best to have it checked out by your doctor to physically examine it, and see if it needs further investigation or imaging. The forehead has a lot of nerves there, so the bump is just intensifying it more. It may go away on it's own too. See your DR! ...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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Severe headache, my head is throbbing and I have pain above my eye brows, it feels tight and painful. The back of my skull gets shooting pain as well?

Severe headache, my head is throbbing and I have pain above my eye brows, it feels tight and painful. The back of my skull gets shooting pain as well?

Cervical Facet Dz: The cervical facets in the neck can develop the osteoarthritis you mentioned and can cause headaches as well. Typically facet injections can help relieve the pain and reduce headaches. If these are short lived then the nerves supplying those joints can be ablated for long term relief, this is called radiofrequency ablation or rhizotomy. Botox injections to the neck and head can also be helpful. ...Read more

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My hair falls out I get headaches and when I move it I get a shooting pain I have very bad vision I'm only 25 year old I keep gaining weight?

My hair falls out I get headaches and when I move it I get a shooting pain I have very bad vision I'm only 25 year old I keep gaining weight?

Unrelated symptoms.: You have too many symptoms for any single disease. Some of these things are unrelated. Which ones? I think you should see your doc and see if they can sort this out. ...Read more

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I'm having a shooting pain up and down my right arm. It goes in to my neck, jaw, and ear. I also have a sever headache. What should I do?

Pain: First call your doctor to set up an early appointment.
If you have to wait more than a day or two please have someone take you to the nearest emergency facility.
Hope all goes well!
Please keep me posted. ...Read more

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Shooting pain deep in my ear when I open my jaw for a few weeks now. Also having headaches, dizziness and nausea. What could this be?

Shooting pain deep in my ear when I open my jaw for a few weeks now. Also having headaches, dizziness and nausea. What could this be?

See OFP specialist: Orofacial Pain specialists are dedicated exclusively to the treatment of orofacial pain, facial muscle pain, TMJ pain, jaw pain, jaw misalignment, facial pain, bruxism, headaches and TMJ disorders. Find a doctor close to where you live or work. ...Read more

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Think I have a somewhat swollen gland on the back left of my neck. No fever been having minor headaches for days and pain from neck to around ears and temple. Yesterday had shooting pain up my back. This is all so sudden and random. Ideas?

Think I have a somewhat swollen gland on the back left of my neck. No fever been having minor headaches for days and pain from neck to around ears and temple. Yesterday had shooting pain up my back. This is all so sudden and random. Ideas?

Seek medical attn.: This concerns me. Sounds like a cyst or abscess that requires removal and antibiotic therapy. Because it is on the neck with pain radiating into and around your ears, this can be dangerous because your brain is not far from that area. I advise you to seek immediate medical attention. ...Read more

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At least once a day. Headache, ear feels hot/full. Eye & temple pressure, jaw pain, shooting pain back of neck, occurs on one side only (right) please help?

At least once a day. Headache, ear feels hot/full. Eye & temple pressure, jaw pain, shooting pain back of neck, occurs on one side only (right) please help?

Possible TMJ: The way your teeth meet, may need adjustment, so possibly you favor one side or possibly clench or grind your teeth. Temporomandibular joint / muscles -problems can present these symptoms. See a dentist for an evaluation. Try to keep a log of what your were doing immediately prior to each "event" as this may help you or your dentist determine if any harmful habit is causing your problem. ...Read more

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Severe tension headache pain behind eyes in through mouth and even in my throat neck sharp shooting pain nauseated dizzy tired is this normal?

Severe tension headache pain behind eyes in through mouth and even in my throat neck sharp shooting pain nauseated dizzy tired is this normal?

Headache: Definitely not 'normal.' Big question is if you have nasal symptoms like nasal obstruction, discharge, pus/snot, or drainage down throat. If so then get evaluated for sinusitis, including possibility of 'sphenoid sinusitis.'

Most likely thing, however, is migraine headache. ...Read more

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Lump behind right ear with (rare for me) frequent headaches and sore throat. Lump doesn't hurt and is hard but I get a shooting pain in neck at times?

Lump behind right ear with (rare for me) frequent headaches and sore throat. Lump doesn't hurt and is hard but I get a shooting pain in neck at times?

See your PCP: Some conditions like lump behind your ear require further assessment and your primary care doctor may schedule a follow-up appointment or refer you to a specialist to determine a diagnosis. See your PCP first for evaluation. ...Read more

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