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Recent chest pain, dull, not constant, when inhale. Worse w/exertion. Had echo in Dec, normal. Slight short breath, stuffy head. Am concerned.

Recent chest pain, dull, not constant, when inhale. Worse w/exertion. Had echo in Dec, normal. Slight short breath, stuffy head. Am concerned.

Better safe / sorrry: If you have chest discomfort which lasts for more than a few minutes and is concerning to you, you should seek immediate medical attention. Chest pain occurring with exertion is more likely to represent a cardiac condition. There are many causes of chest pain and some are not serious but coronary syndromes and pulmonary emboli can be fatal so please get checked out right away. ...Read more

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Feels like pulsating dull pains in head followed by lightheadedness. Sometimes just a dull bad pain. Blood taken recently, nothing found. Stroke signs?

Feels like pulsating dull pains in head followed by lightheadedness. Sometimes just a dull bad pain. Blood taken recently, nothing found. Stroke signs?

No: Nothing like stroke signs. Too few people know REAL stroke signs. You should learn them. You would be doing yourself and others a service by learning to recognize the signs of stroke. What your headaches are, are headaches. If OTC meds like Excedrin don't get rid of them, see your doctor. Houston has some of the world's foremost headache specialists. ...Read more

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I've been having short pains/sensations in my back and left side of my head, what is this?

I've been having short pains/sensations in my back and left side of my head, what is this?

High cervical nerves: "pinching" of the high cervical nerves can cause a similar condition. Would need a bit more information. ...Read more

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What causes occasional shooting pains in the head? Usually on the top right side, a fast, transient dull throb.

Temporal headache: Many possibilities here - stress, high blood pressure, lack of sleep, trauma, low blood sugar, hyperthyroidism, migraines, poor nutrition, brain tumors, side effects of medications, etc. The list can be very long and includes mostly harmless things that can be remedied by a change in lifestyle or attention to new things in your life. If you haven't seen your GP in a while go and get a checkup now! ...Read more

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What causes occasional shooting pains in the head? Feels like someone plucked on a nerve and sends a dull throb through the head.

What causes occasional shooting pains in the head? Feels like someone plucked on a nerve and sends a dull throb through the head.

Anatomy matters: Need a bit more localizing information to narrow things down, Middle meatus syndrome (sinus problem) can send feelings of pain to the top of the head. TMJ syndrome, occipital neuralgia, glaucoma, etc all can cause stabbing pains. Tell your doctor which part of your head hurts so he can do a good exam and narrow things down. ...Read more

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Sharp dull stabbing pains that come and go in head lasting 3-5 minutes?

See a doctor: Any new headaches that persist should be examined by a doctor and appropriate tests or treatment can be recommended at the time. ...Read more

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Sudden, short head pains?

Migraine?: Some varieties of migraine exhibit sharp, icepick like pains, for a few seconds, but other variants may have intense pains lasting 30-60 minutes. Best to seek medical attention, as most of these problems can readily respond to a variety of medicines. ...Read more

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Sharp/dull achy pains inside head that lasts AT MOST a minutes. Random throughout the day, usually the end of school. Migraines or something serious?

Sharp/dull achy pains inside head that lasts AT MOST a minutes. Random throughout the day, usually the end of school. Migraines or something serious?

Migraine or tension: At your age tension headaches are more likely. Try some lifestyle changes that help you relax and reduce anxiety. If headaches persist or get worse check with a neurologist ...Read more

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I have a lot of short head pains but they are severe. They last from 2-3 seconds in length and then go away. Any reason for this?

Head or face?: If its the face then the problem could be trigeminal neuralgia if its the back of the head it could be occipital neuralgia. Read about both on wikipedia and go to your doctor for an exam and diagnosis. ...Read more

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In school, Iv been writing words backwards or twice and I seem to not be able to concentrate. Been having short pains and pressure in head. Migraines?

In school, Iv been writing words backwards or twice and I seem to not be able to concentrate. Been having short pains and pressure in head. Migraines?

Maybe: Sometimes odd neurological symptoms can occur at the beginning of a migraine. However if this is new and very unusual for you see your MD for a full Neurological check up. Make sure you are getting a good 8 hours of sleep and try not to overdo caffeine ESPECIALLY Monster drinks. Make this appoint asap if having vision problems. ...Read more

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For a week now I have been having short pains right about on the top right of my head, neck, and simotanioisly have had bloody boogers. Allergies?

See doctor: Although your symptoms are suggestive of a sinus infection, it is unusual to have neck pain associated with it. You need to see a doctor. ...Read more

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I sometimes get short head pains during the day, probably due to tmj. But I always get the pains when I lie down, they stop when I sit up. How come?

Possibilities?: If you suspect TMJ dysfunction, I would first recommend a full exam by a dentist with experience in treating tmd/tmj. He can tell you if your TMJ is part of the problem including the cause of the head pains. Another possibility from your symptoms could be a sinus issue. When a pain in your head occurs and goes away due to head position, that can involve the sinuses. Good luck. ...Read more

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I started getting short sharp pains in the back of the left side of my head. Lasts 5 seconds and is very painful. Should I see a doc? I get migraines.

Common with migraine: The symptom you describe is fairly common in people who suffer from migraines. Migraines are caused by overactive nerve pathways in the brain. Sometimes these pathways 'fire' and also cause shooting pain in the head. There are headache syndromes of sharp shooting pain without other symptoms. If it doesn't settle down in 1-2 days or you have weakness or double vision see a neurologist. ...Read more

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Moderate, short pains on spot on right side of head, lasts a few secs to a couple mins, multiple times a day & the spot is tender to touch. Started a few days ago. No recent injury.

Moderate, short pains on spot on right side of head, lasts a few secs to a couple mins, multiple times a day & the spot is tender to touch. Started a few days ago. No recent injury.

Nothing serious!: Anything serious will cause persistent pain. So I doubt that you have anything serious going on there.
If it bothers you much, you can try using local ice pack applications for a couple of days.
If you feel any local bump/lump, then the pain could have a more serious underlying cause. In that case get your PCP to examine you.
I would wait for 2 weeks to see if it goes away with simple measures. ...Read more

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Bad neck pain a day later I started having dull on/off tension pains in back right of head. Suffer from chronic migraines n the same spot.?

Muscular contraction: migraine/headache are complex. May be due to stress, tension, anxiety, hormonal issues, neck arthritis or sleeping positions. You MUST be examined, evaluated, diagnosed and treated. I suggest using Aleve (naproxen) tablets if you are not allergic to this medication. I also recommend Bio-Freeze liniment for neck pain and muscular spasm, until you can be seen. ...Read more

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Having sharp short pains on my head, not like pins and needles when something "falls asleep" but like I just got poked with a small sewing needle.?

Having sharp short pains on my head, not like pins and needles when something "falls asleep" but like I just got poked with a small sewing needle.?

Need more info: I really need more information to answer this question. What location of your head does occur? Do you get any associated symptoms with the stabbing headaches? Blurry vision, double vision, fluid leakage from ears or nasal passages, headaches worsened in light, weakness of arms and /or legs, neck pain? Any history of closed head injury? First I would start with a brain mri. ...Read more

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What can be some causes of dull to sharp pains throughout the head? Had a normal CT scan.

Many possibilities: There are too many reasons for headaches to list here. Common causes based on your profile include 1) Chronic sinusitis, caused by allergies, intolerance to dairy and gluten, and smoking
2) excessive use of pain relievers, which can cause rebound daily headaches if taken regularly.
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Today I've been getting stabbing pain in my eyes and both stabbing pains and dull aches in my head. I'm worried it's something serious.

Eye pain: Eye pains with headaches can be due to cluster headaches, which can occur for a few days at a time, often at night. See your doctor for evaluation and treatment to rule out dangerous causes. ...Read more

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I have had pains on the right side of my head for about 6 years. The past year it has turned into an intermittent dull ache that is sore to touch.?

I have had pains on the right side of my head for about 6 years. The past year it has turned into an intermittent dull ache that is sore to touch.?

Concerning: With the length of time you have had these symptoms combined with recent worsening of your symptoms recommend you are seen and evaluated. Best of luck with this. Dr R ...Read more

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Constant dull pain that changes to shooting pains when I turn my head starting in the base of skull and travels to shoulders & mid back with nausea?

Constant dull pain that changes to shooting pains when I turn my head starting in the base of skull and travels to shoulders & mid back with nausea?

Neck problem: Most likely neck arthritis with a nerve irritation or a bulging disk to one side. Each of these can cause an irritation of a nerve with neck motion. You need to see a spine surgeon. Most of these problem can be treated conservatively. ...Read more

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Headaches bad 24/7 3wks str8! local sharp an dull pains back &r l of head but xtreme whn I try sleep 2-10am! Non-con CT neg, wry bout anni or lil tumor?

Daily Headaches: Headaches with lying down can be due to sinus disease, cluster headaches, and a few other related disorders. A non-contrast enhanced ct is a quick way to answer many questions. A brain mri/mra with specific sequences are needed if tumor or aneurysm is suspected. ...Read more

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I get sharp/dull pains in my head and then liquid comes out of my ear. Also my face has been twitching I have been losing balance. What's wrong?

I get sharp/dull pains in my head and then liquid comes out of my ear. Also my face has been twitching I have been losing balance. What's wrong?

I do not know: But with all your symptoms, you need an evaluation asap, as they are concerning for an underlying medical issue. Liquid coming from year, balance issues, etc. May certainly be indicative of some inner ear infection or issue. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Dull horrible ache In crown of head that comes and goes. Also a lot of headaches behind eye and sharp pains in head. What could this be? Go doctors?

Dull horrible ache In crown of head that comes and goes. Also a lot of headaches behind eye and sharp pains in head. What could this be? Go doctors?

Headaches: Should be evaluated by your physician can be an indication of serious conditions which include strokes and tumors----how ever the majority are simple conditions that related to the sinus system---top of head sphenoid sinus----around the eyes---ethmoid sinus --facial/back of the occiput maxillary sinus forehead frontal sinus eye---problems can also give headaches--glaucoma, infections, trauma -- ...Read more

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I have been getting dull head pains everyday on one side or spot on my head. What may this be? Brain tumor? Aneurysm?

Many causes for head: There are many causes for Headaches. One sided headaches are often caused by migraine which is more common in people who have excessive stress in their life. So you need to find a headache medicine that relieves your headache, slow down at work and exercise regularly (like a daily walk). A visit to a neurologist may be helpful if the headaches get any worse, so that further testing can be done. ...Read more

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I'm suffering with random pains all over my body, mainly legs, torso and hand and head. Sharp short pains usually at night. Also waking with numb hands?

I'm suffering with random pains all over my body, mainly legs, torso and hand and head. Sharp short pains usually at night. Also waking with numb hands?

Fibromyalgia: Is a generalized systemic condition that is characterized by widespread aching or pain throughout the body. A feeling of numbness, tingling in the hands and feet is not uncommon. In addition to widespread pain of more than 3 months duration, current criteria for fm requires the presence of 11 out of 18 specifically defined tender points.
Rec: see your pcp for further investigation. ...Read more