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Posted on Tue, 29 Mar 2016 in Mental Health
Question: Sometimes throughout the day i get sharp pains on the back of my head. It doesnt last long but its scary. I also suffer from panic attacks so i usually connect it to that.
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Answered by Dr. Alexander H. Sheppe 18 minutes later
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Hello, and thanks for your question.

I'm sorry you're not feeling well. Here are my thoughts.

First and foremost, you should visit a primary care doctor or a neurologist for a physical exam to examine your scalp. This is the first step to ruling out a medical problem in that area, including headache.

It is certainly possible that this is a somatic symptom of panic attacks for you. The treatment of panic attacks consists of an antidepressant (such as Lexapro or Zoloft), a short (4 week) course of a benzodiazepine (such as Ativan or Klonopin), and cognitive behavioral psychotherapy. This combination treatment can help you get this anxiety, and your head pain, under control.

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