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Forum Name: Headaches

Question: Sharp shooting pain in head

 Jarvis299 - Wed Mar 25, 2009 6:47 am

On occassion i get a very sharp shooting pain in the top of my head, the pain itself is quite servere but goes very quickly.Recently the pain has been coming on more frequently than ever.
 John Kenyon, CNA - Mon Apr 20, 2009 10:43 pm

User avatar Hi there --

This pain is characteristic of inflammation of one of the cranial nerves, usually the VII or trigeminal nerve. If it becomes too frequent, extremely severe, or otherwise disruptive or disabling, there are methods of treating or managing this, but often it will go away on its own, although it usually will recur from time to time. When it becomes too disruptive you'll have no problem deciding to take action. In the meantime, it's worth trying over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory pain meds like ibuprofin every eight hours (or naproxyn every 12 hours) during times when the pain is active. Sometimes this will get the drop on it and prevent it or make it less intrusive. If this doesn't work the next step is to see a doctor for possible referral to a neurologist.

Hope this helps. Good luck to you with this and please follow up with us here as needed.

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