I am 43 year old male. For the past 5 days or so, day and night, I have been experiencing a pulsating headache to the left hand side of the back of my head. It's the first time I have had this.
What I mean by pulsating is that approximately once every minute I feel a sharp pain for just a fraction of a second. It's as though a needle pricks you in your head and then you feel the pain spreading around that area of the back of my head. I can bear it mainly because it happens for just a fraction of a second, I guess if it was continuous pain it would be quite unbearable.
The headache medicine I've taken hasn't made a difference.
I don't feel dizzy at all and I did not hit my head onto anything.
What may be causing this? Like I said it hasn't let off for the past 5 days.
This may be a case of neuralgia ( nerve pain ). Musculoskeletal causes may also present with sharp pain. Other differentials will be a migraine, cervicogenic ( spine related ) headaches, occipital neuralgia, paroxysmal hemicrania. Any other associated symptoms like eye redness and tearing?
I suggest you seek consult with a neurologist for a complete evaluation.OTC analgesics may not be able to help. A cranial scan and a cervical spine scan will be able to rule other underlying problems.A case of migraine is only given as a diagnosis after a complete assessment and other possible conditions have been ruled out.
I have exactly the same thing except I am a female, 46yrs old. No other symptons just the headache on left rear side of head. It's been on and off for the last 5 days. I do not normally have headaches.
I am having the same exact pain, and my mother is a nurse and she said its called a tension headache and it is caused by stress, lack of sleep and malnutrition. webmd tells you more about it if you look it up
One-sided pulsating headaches usually refers to migraine headache while dull vise-like type of pain usually signifies tension headaches. Rest, pain medications, ice packs, avoidance of triggers such as stress usually help. Take care and best regards.
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