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For years I have been having a sharp, stabbing pain on the right side of my head, behind my ear. Always in the same spot. Sometimes I won't have the pain for days or weeks, but when I get them, there are several in succession over the course of an hour. As I type, I've had 2 already. They last anywhere from 1 to 5 seconds. I sometimes grind my teeth from stress, and I had a car accident 10 years ago where I was hit by my rearview mirror around that area of my head while the car was flipping. I am 27 and in fairly good health with no known neurological issues, heriditary or otherwise. If these are the ice pick headaches I've read about, then so be it, but I would like a professional's opinion as I don't have health insurance.

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replied January 14th, 2010
Headache and Migraines Answer A9176
Many times the neck muscles get strained after a car accident. This strain is when the head goes back and then forward and causes these muscles to rip and tear. This is common with the sternocleidomastoid muscle (SCM) which attaches to your sternum (breast bone) and mastoid (bump behind your ear). This strain can cause headaches, neck pain, even vertigo, nausea and visual disturbances! This often does not heal properly after an accident and the effects can be felt for years. You may consider consulting with a chiropractic physician for this matter. Good luck!

Antonio Marotta, D.C.

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