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Sharp headaches. Excruciating enough to bring tears. MRI essential?

Hi, my mom has been having these sharp pain headaches almost everyday. It is in one spot she said it feels like a nail going thought her head in that particular spot. Sometimes the pain is so excruciating that she can t bear it and crys . She refuses to get an MRI on her brain, because it cost too much. Is there anything I can do? What does she have? My email is YYYY@YYYY This is her daughter.
Asked On : Mon, 31 Dec 2012
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Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

I understand that you are concerned about your mother's health setback. Headache can be due to a variety of causes:

- Migraine
- Sinusitis
- Tension headache
- Cluster headache
- As a manifestation of neurological and other systemic problems

More clinical information, such as a detailed history, a proper physical examination, and if necessary, further investigations, is required in order to find out the exact cause. An MRI is not essential in all cases to make a diagnosis. Often a good history and clinical examination is sufficient to make a diagnosis. So, I would suggest that you first take her to a doctor for further evaluation and treatment.

Wish you all the best.

Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar
Answered: Mon, 31 Dec 2012
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