Posted by: Alicia | 2007/12/03

Sharp stabbing headaches

My sister, who is 69, has not been very well lately. Yesterday, on 4 occassions she grabbed her head. She says she has sharp stabbinglike pains going through her head.
Do you have any explanation for this.
Thank you for everything you do for us out here. It must take up so much of your time en energy.
May God Bless you.

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Dear Alicia
One gets a kind of migraine called "ice pick" headaches ( primary stabbing headache) that causes sharp severe pain in the one side of the head. They generally only last between five and 30 seconds. The pain can also seem to occur in or behind the ear.
She should write down the time and duration of these headaches, as well as any other symptoms she experiences when this happens and see her GP for possible referral to a neurologist as this is preventable with medication. At her age one should just also check her blood pressure and look for other possible medical conditions.
Dr Bets

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