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I have "ice pick" headaches, every so often. They always occur in the same place, left side just past the temple. What does this mean?

I have "ice pick" headaches, every so often. They always occur in the same place, left side just past the temple. What does this mean?

It means that...: ...you have "ice pick" headaches, every so often, & they always occur in the same place, left side just past the temple. Your headaches are your headaches, and this is just what yours are like. As long as they chronically don't change, their quality & location don't signify anything dangerous, if that's what you're worried about. ...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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What does it mean if I have a headache on left side of my head that spreads down neck, shoulder, and arm?

What does it mean if I have a headache on left side of my head that spreads down neck, shoulder, and arm?

Cervicogenic Headach: You could be having cervicogenic headaches. They are typically referred from the neck to the head but I have seen patients having symptoms of head pain which refers to the neck, shoulders and arm. You may require a combination of physical therapy, posture training and short term medications. Pcp might be a good starting point. ...Read more

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My blood pressure is 154/83 and my pulse is 52 with numbness and tingling on my left side.Also .Also I have a headache what does all this mean?

My blood pressure is 154/83 and my pulse is 52 with numbness and tingling on my left side.Also .Also I have a headache what does all this mean?

TIA vs hyperventilat: Presence of headache with high BP and unilateral sensory changes requires considering transient ischemic strokes or a cva. Other causes could be hyperventilation as a consequence of pain leading to secondary tingling (though would expect that to be bilateral and not localizing to one side. ...Read more

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My wisdom tooth start to appear and I have pain in my left side of head and sometimes on teeth is there any relative?When headache mean there is tumor

My wisdom tooth start to appear and I have pain in my left side of head and sometimes on teeth is there any relative?When headache mean there is tumor

Unclear question: Headache does not mean tumor. You should consult a dentist about your wisdom teeth as these may need to be removed. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Trying to conceive i ovulated between sep 16 through the 21st my period was sep 6 aftet my ovulating days I have had left side cramping and hite creamy discharge along with a headache for two days could this mean i'm pregnant?

Trying to conceive i ovulated between sep 16 through the 21st my period was sep 6 aftet my ovulating days I have had left side cramping and hite creamy discharge along with a headache for two days could this mean i'm pregnant?

Possibly: Certainly it is possible for you to be pregnant. But some of the vaginal symptoms could also be a sign of infection. Your cramping may also indicate a period coming on. If your symptoms persist you should see your doctor. And if you dont get a period you should take a pregnancy test. But this would be the time of implantation so way to early to know anything yet. ...Read more

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Hi I am having tingling in feet and hands, left side back of head has tension headache also left eye has occasional floaters. Please let me know what this could mean ?

Hi I am having tingling in feet and hands, left side back of head has tension headache also left eye has occasional floaters. Please let me know what this could mean ?

It could mean...: ...that you should see your Physician or Urgent Care as soon as possible. You need to be evaluated, especially in light of your neurologic symptoms. Please make arrangements now. ...Read more

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What to do if i've had a headache on the left side of my head?

What to do if i've had a headache on the left side of my head?

Unilateral headache: Headaches can have many causes, when unilateral they might be a migraine or other vascular primary headache but referred pain from dental, sinus, neck, eye, or jaw pain among many other areas could be causing. Request evaluation to get at the cause to identify best treatment options. ...Read more

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What could be causing this headache on the left side of the head?

TMJ/Muscle Problems: You may also have a TMJ or muscle dysfunction problem that is getting worse. There are times that a bionator (one type of function orthopedic appliance) may be of great help especially when using for sleeping as well as when you can during the day. This tends to retrain and heal the muscles to help them function normally. Find a dentist that is familiar with TMJ & use of a bionator. ...Read more

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I'm having headache on the left side of my head and it just comes stay for 5 seconds and then gone and comes again after some time. Want to know why.

I'm having headache on the left side of my head and it just comes stay for 5 seconds and then gone and comes again after some time. Want to know why.

When to see a doctor: A headache can be a symptom of a serious condition, such as a stroke, meningitis or encephalitis. Go to a hospital emergency room or call 911 or your local emergency number if you're experiencing the worst headache of your life, a sudden, severe headache or a headache accompanied by: http://www.mayoclinic.org/symptoms/headache/basics/when-to-see-doctor/sym-20050800 ...Read more

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Have bad headache on the left side of the head?

Have bad headache on the left side of the head?

Migraine or more: If headaches are always one-sided be suspicious of causes other than migraine, which is frequently one-sided. If even 1% of headaches are right-sided, you have less to worry about. But 100% of headaches being one-sided (either right or left) suggests a structural problem--which may be quite serious (avm, tumor, aneurysm, vasculitis, cyst, skull or sinus lesion, etc). ...Read more

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Last week I hit my head on my steel bedhead and I have a headache on the left side and it wont go away, but comes and goes, what's wrong?

Last week I hit my head on my steel bedhead and I have a headache on the left side and it wont go away, but comes and goes, what's wrong?

How hard did u hit?: We used to think that post concussive syndrome only happened when you whacked yourself unconscious. Now we know that it can happen after seemingly minor head traumas. Any new-onset headaches, especially associated with recent trauma, need to be worked up by your doc. ...Read more

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What are the causes of and cure for migraine and headache on the left side of my brain?

What are the causes of and cure for migraine and headache on the left side of my brain?

Migraine: You should see a neurologist for complete exam and treatment. If you have a neurophthalmologist in your area, see that person. ...Read more

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I sometimes get a headache on the left side... What could it be? Most importantly it doesn't go away untill i take an aspirin

I sometimes get a headache on the left side... What could it be? Most importantly it doesn't go away untill i take an aspirin

Could be many things: Headaches can be tricky. While most are not serious, occasionally a headache can be a sign of a serious problem. Headaches that begin suddenly, are very different than any previous headache, are more severe than any previous headache, or are accompanied by other symptoms, should be evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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I have a headache on the left side of my forehead that comes and goes....its more annoying than painful. Should I be worried??

I have a headache on the left side of my forehead that comes and goes....its more annoying than painful. Should I be worried??

Be more curious.: I'd be more curious than worried. A persistent, unrelenting headache should be defined, at least perfunctorily. Could be sinuses, tension, migraine. Could be something more significant, although your young age would generally argue against that. I would generally advise an investigation just to be sure - blood testing and an MRI of the brain. ...Read more