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Hi. I have been having for a while now sharp and short pains in my head and do not know why? I am going to the doctor next week but would like to have an idea in my head before I go. Is there anyone out there that has this same experience? They last from 10 seconds up to several minutes at times in various parts of my head.
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replied September 18th, 2008
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Do these headaches resemble a stab from an icepick, nail, or needle and typically last from a fraction of a second to 1 to 2 seconds, either as single episodes or as brief repeated volleys?
Do you feel these pains predominantly around eye and at temple and parietal area?
Do the attacks of pains recur in the same area?
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replied February 3rd, 2012
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YES! what does it mean??
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replied March 19th, 2009
I have the same thing. I get random sharp pain in the front, top of my head. It will last a second, maybe two. However, it will come and go for about 10 minutes in the same spot. It feels like a needle is poking me over and over. It happens usually once a day. Any answers?
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replied July 7th, 2009
sharp, sudden head pains
Hello, not that I can be of much help, but I'll share my experience. About 10 years ago I had my first "attack". I got a sharp, sudden pain in the right side of my head (right above my ear and to the front of head...kinda above temple area). It went away just as fast as it came, but scared me nonetheless. I do not remember now when I got the next one, but they became pretty regular, although only lasting seconds at a time. About 6 years ago, they began lasting longer, but not as much "stabbing" but painful. I've kept this pain for weeks at a time, NO pain meds help. I have gone months without pain, the it just hits and will often linger for weeks at a time to this day. I've had two MRI's and it shows nothing abnormal. It is very frustrating. I also have reocurring shingles on the same side of my body, maybe that has something to do with it...some nerve damage? Also, just in the last few months, my daughter has asked me why I was shaking my head (like saying no). I did not know I was. I've done this about 4 times in the last 6 months. No, have not been to doctor as I have lost faith in the medical system. Not sure if all these things are related ot not, could be coincidence? I am only 43. I thought I may have Trigeminal Neuralgia. This is the closest thing I have found to what I experience, but mine is not triggered my touch, brushing teeth, etc. It just happens whenever. Does seem to happen more when I am tensed up from driving or cold, etc. I also have a knot on my back under my right shoulder blade....it gets very sore and inflamed, I thought maybe that had something to so with it as well????? I wish I had an answer for you.
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replied August 27th, 2009
Sharp needle like head pains
Hi I have the same thing. Im 17 years old and it started about september of 2008 so I was only 16. I also was born with a congenital squint and 2d vision and have had 4 operations on my eyes. I went to the doctors about my head pains, I explained that its like someone sticking a needle in my head over and over. She said have I had anything wrong with my eyes and I said about my squint and she sent me for a blood test but they came back fine and then she sent me to an eye doctor and he asked if there has been any history and my mum said that her sister and her auntie both had fluid around the brain but her sisters problem was found with an eye test and the doctor couldent see nothing rong. I have an appointment (1st september) to go for field tests with tests the muscle and something else and I will have to go back on the 1st October for my results. The eye doctor asked if when I have these pains that it makes my eyes water, I said no. He also asked if I get pins and needles in my hands or feet, I said no. Its so weird! I wanna no what it is. Tuesday night 25th August I went to bed and i was cold, so I got in a sheet and under my covers and i finally got to sleep about 2 hours later but woke 1 hour later with the worst headache ever! i could not put my head on the pillow as it hurt what ever way I layed. I kept getting hot and cold. In the morning I took Paracetamol and the headache kind of went, not as bad as that night and 2 days later I still have headache and It feels like I have a fever and I have a stomache ache too. But the eye doctor asked If my eyes water when I get the pains and I said no but today I got the pain on the top of my head but at the front and it was on my left side and it made my left eye water. It freaking me out. I will let you no if anything comes up after my tests. I no I don't help but if you haven't been doctors, GO!
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replied September 8th, 2009
Hi, I have been experiencing the exact symptoms as lisda. It feels almost electrifying (not sure on how to explain). The pain will just come with no notice and it will last for almost 5-10 seconds and it starts in lower left hand side of my head. I get these pains anywhere from twice to five times a day and some days I don't feel anything (weird). I actually just set up an appointment with my doctor to see what she thinks it might be. I'm a little scared, but I have to see if it's something more, or if she can give me something. I think it has a lot to do with stress as I have a 5 and 3 year old (which are always fighting with each other). However, I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one and that it may not be anything serious.
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replied November 22nd, 2009
Hi all, I am experiencing those sharp, ice pick pains on the left side of my head as I write. They started yesterday, (Saturday) and are still occuring today. Without warning it's like someone stabbed you with an ice pick. I will call my doc tomorrow, but as one other person said, very often doctors DO NOT have ANY answers. I have experieced this issue first hand!!! I went to 4 neurologists for memory loss, balance off, getting lost when I drove the car, not being able to drive the car, stuttering, falling, not remembering what I did an hour ago. They said "some white matter does show in your brain (after 4 MRIs), but not enough to cause your problems. It took a physchiatrist to diagnose that I was on too much prescription medication and that was causing all these problems. I do have to take medication for my heart, etc., but I was also prescribed ativan, amytriptyline, sleeping meds and other drugs for my anxiety. I weaned off most of them. I'm on Zolft only, and those symtoms went away. Four neurologists could NOT give me an answer. They had the list of all my medications, too. One said I was getting dimentia, (I was 56 at the time), one said I had post tramatic stress disorder, one said it was all in my head. Where are doctors training now-a-days!!!!!!! Really unbelieveable. Very scary. So now I have this ice pick pain in my head and my doc will probably have no idea why. God help us!!!!!
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replied November 24th, 2009
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Im 20 and i get sever headaches to the point that i can not focus they are usually behind my eyes and i as well get that sharp pain that only seems to last a hole 3 seconds mine is usually on the right side. it seems to start in my neck and shoot up the back of my head but it hurts and it very annoying especially when your focused on something and boom here that pain comes. Recently i started seeing a chiropractor i have been seeing him for almost 2 weeks i have only had 2 headaches since, thats really good considering i had them everyday. So for the ones that have not found a solution yet, maybe you should try and see a chiropractor. The doctor can explain to you why you could be havin the headaches and the sharp pains.
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replied December 21st, 2009
Piercing Pain in Head
Hi,
To add to everyone's comments, I too, have on-going pains through-out my head, mine happen mostly on the left side of my head right above my ear, but many times spread through-out my head. I am 24 years old & a single parent working full time, so needless to say, stress is a regular battle for me! I have been to a chiropracter over some chronic pain & popping in my right shoulder & found out that the tip of my spine right at the top of my neck is slightly curved....not sure if this contributes to the stabbing pains in my head or not, but he did tell me that I would fair better by having consistent adjustments[which of course I cannot afford!] Both my grandmother & mother suffer from the same exact pain...my grandmother, because of so many other health complications such as diabetes, high blood pressure, etc. has went to a specialist & her Dr. told her that those pains were mini strokes[he did name the condition, but I don't remember what he said it was called] that she was having resulting in her memory loss, as well. It is scary, especially to be so young, without insurance, & a single mommy suffering with this....but I do feel strongly that stress, although maybe not being the cause of this condition, does play a major role in worsening the condition, reason being, the more stressed I am, the more often I suffer from these pains for longer periods of time! I usually experience these pains atleast a couple of times throughout the day! It is frustrating, it causes loss of concentration at work. I have a very short memory span, it's quite funny b/c I can recall things from the age of 2 but can't remember what I did yesterday alot of times, or just have the hardest time recollecting my thoughts!!!
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replied December 21st, 2009
Im a single mom and i work and go to college too. So i know how you feel Crimsongal. I strongly feel that those are not mini strokes. I could be very wrong. but i am in good health and never had any heart problems. Since i been seeing the chiropractor everyday i have not had a sharp pain or a migrane. at all. My neck is curved as welll and the doc tells me that the sharp pains and migranes come from your neck being curved causing nerves to pinch off which makes those sharp pains come and go. Migranes too. Try to relax more. i know thats hard but you got to. Take it one day at a time. only try to do what can be done today. dont try and push for tomorrow. thats how things become stress full. Take care.
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replied December 22nd, 2009
Ice pick headaches & tingles in fingertips
Hi, I got my resuls from my eye test and they came back fine, blood tests fine, blood pressure fine.
I went back to the doctors end of november and he put me on some tablets, they didnt help, so I went back and then she gave me another type of tablet, which I am currently taking, I dnt really feel any different but the other night and yesterday, I got tingly feeling in the end of my right hands fingertips and my left hand ring finger (4th finger. Such a horrible feeling and pain. Also She has givin me information on making an appointment with a neuorlogist which I shall book for after christmas and new year. I shall let everybody no when If I find anything. Your not alone with this. I thouht I was, until i discovered the intenet. Stay stong people.

Merry christmas and happy new year.
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replied February 2nd, 2010
Hi I am getting-since Sept those really bad stabbing electric shock pains in temple behind one eye. So frightened that it may be stroke going to happen or tumour or aneurysm.Did all of you getting these have to be tested for these things or is trig nueralgia quite common without a cause?
Help Nigela x
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replied February 3rd, 2010
sharp headache and muscle pains
Hi,
I am experiencing the same ( sharp, needle ) pain very frequently these days. when the pain occurs and stays about 2-5 seconds , it makes me feel dizzy and i also feel pain in my arms and joints in hands and legs. Last year I had the same pain, I want to doctor and did CT scan , blood test and EEG Test , which turned out to be completely normal. The doctor said to me that I had sinus which may cause this. afterwards the pain and the joint pain went away by it self , but suddenly I am experiencing same problem since last month. And it is worse thse couple of days, as I can not sleep properly and the pain attacks me when I am asleep. Also the worse thing is I am experiencing weaknesses and pains in my muscles and always feeling dizzy. I don't what to do. Can anyone give me a clue what could cause this??
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replied February 3rd, 2010
Sharp brain pain above the left ear
I thought this forum was going to be doctors giving us answers, but its just everyone's symptoms.It aint much help if we are all asking the same qusetion with out any answers.
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replied February 15th, 2010
it most definatley is an icepick headache, you can ask your doc but my neurologist wasnt too worried about it unless it didnt stop hurting.

and to braindead59: docs do answer as well. only 1 doc will answer the question but after that its an open forum for anyone.
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replied February 15th, 2010
also to get a reply from the doc you have to click on ask a doctor not just post a topic or discussion. if you just post they may not answer.
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replied July 20th, 2010
Sharp pains in head & migraines.
I am 16 years old and I experience the same pains. In the beginning, they were very unfrequent but very painful. Every week or so, I would have a pain that lasted only a second or two but would make my whole body cringe. If it lasted any longer, I would scream. Right after the pain went away, it almost felt numb in the place where the pain was. I went to the doctor, who told me that it could be a food allergy. I kept a journal of everything I ate and when I had attacks. There was no pattern. He then sceduled me an MRI. Everything came back fine. All of this happpened about a year ago and every since the pains have started they have become more frequent and less painful, but the pains themselves last longer, sometimes 15 seconds or so. I also have headaches at least every other day and migraines at least every other week. I don't know if these things are related or not. I haven't tried any prescription pain medication because my mother doesn't think it's a good idea for someone my age. I'm looking forward to hearing more information from everyone else.
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replied July 24th, 2010
headaches, dizzyspells, blindness, nusea
Hi Im 19 years old and from the time i was 11 until now I have been getting sharp pains in my head around my ears, eyes, and forehead. None the less I get dizzy spells with this and was recently diagnosed with binary vertigo which can be triggered by the headaches. Sometimes i get nausea and dry heaves with the attacks and even went completely blind in my right eye one day, first everything was bright and then turned dark and when my sight started to return it felt as though some one was driving a drill through my head. After an attack I get uncontrollable twitching, usually in my right hand, when the twitching occurs i feel pressure on the right side of my forehead. These headaches just recently started to worsen after having all four of my wisdom teeth removed, I'm going blind, more rapidly in my right eye than the left, and my depth perception is widely off as Im noticeably walking in to corners and walls constantly. Any one have any idea whats going on? Every time i go to the doctors they tell me its no concern and send me home even though gyn highly suggested i see a neurologist for the possibility of having some sort of mass on my brain. any suggestions?
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replied August 19th, 2010
Short, Sharp Pain on head behind ear radiating "like a spid
Is there any possibility that some of these may have been cause by herpes zoster, or shingles? That's what happened to us (and we barely noticed the rash, thought it was due to fleas from our dog.)
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replied July 14th, 2011
I just started getting this same pain 3 days ago, along with memory lose. They last about a nano second but.....WOW, so painful and no meds help! Any thoughts???
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