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Have sharp shooting pain side of head, lasts few seconds, present all day. Cause?

I have been having sharp shooting stabbing pains in the right side of my head in the exact same spot for about 6 days now. The pain lasts between 1 second to 10 seconds and everytime it happens its so excrusiating i have to close my eyes and hold my breath. it happens all day long ranging from 5 minutes apart to about an hour apart. Any idea what could be causing this? Thank you Amber
Asked On : Mon, 22 Apr 2013
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General Surgeon 's  Response
Apr 2013
Hi and welcome to HCM.
It sounds to me like neuralgia, most common facial or trigeminal. It can be caused by cold water, wind, infection or the exact cause cant be found. Usually it is treated by stronger painkillers and corticosteroids but I suggest to do neurological work up before that. Also some migraines can manifest with these symptoms so try to rest, be in dark room, avoid noise,coffee and alcohol. If symptoms persist you shoulds do more detailed neurologic work up.Wish you good health.
Answered: Tue, 23 Apr 2013
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