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Suggest treatment for stabbing pain in the head

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Dr. Erion Spaho

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Posted on Thu, 9 Mar 2017 in Headache and Migraines
Question: cause of brief stabbing pain on left side of head. only lasts for short time-10 to 30 seconds. only occurs once or twice a day.
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Answered by Dr. Erion Spaho 16 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Primary stabbing headaches.

Detailed Answer:
Hello and thanks for using HCM.

I have read your question and understand your concerns.

By description, this type of head pain is known as stabbing ( or ice pick ) headaches.

In most of cases, it is considered as primary headache, in other words, no underlying causes are found.

Since they last shortly and are unpredictable about timing, it is difficult to treat them.

Indomethacin is found to improve this type of headaches, if taken prophylactically.

Hope you found the answer helpful.

Let me know if I can assist you further.

In good health.


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