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Forum Name: Headaches

Question: sharp fleeting pain right temple

 morganliselle - Sun Dec 28, 2008 1:02 am

A few times a year.. with no noticeable common denominator..i get a pain, similar to a knife(larger than needle-sized pain) boring into my right temple. the pain is debilitating for about 5 seconds. It is very severe..then its gone, with no after-effects. I am a 34 yr old female, with no diagnosed health problems except rheumatoid arthritis. .But i have been having these pains for the last 7 years or so.
 Dr. Tamer Fouad - Mon Dec 29, 2008 7:11 am

User avatar Hi,

It would be very difficult to evaluate a fleeting type pain. It could be anything or nothing. It does sound a bit like neurogenic pain (?trigeminal nerve), muscle pain?

If this becomes more frequent or any other symptoms arise you should get it checked by a physician. A neurological examination can sometimes reveal a hidden, discrete pathology.

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