Random sharp pains in head

I'm 23 years old and for about two or three weeks i have started getting random sharp stabbing pains in different places of my head. It has been most common on the back left side of the head which and the top left if the head.. I have a bit of stiffness in my right neck as well... The pains come very randomly and stay for a few seconds and go away. But the pain is very sharp and stabbing. Im starting to worry.. could it be a tumor? I have not been able to concentrate on my studies because of this. I'm always worried :( Please help me.

p.s. I also have low iron and have been given iron tablets by my physician.

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  • Well it night be any number of things but there is only one person who can make that diagnosis.Your Doctor.

    You mist go and see him who will be able to offer you some pain relief - if you need it and probably send you for a scan.

    You mustn't worry yourself about what it might be. See your GP.

    Pat x

  • yes i will. Thanks dear. I'm just so worried and anxious :(

  • Sister,I am 18. my iron levels are also low. and exactly same thing is happening with me.

    Did you go to the doctor?

    What did he say ?

  • Please go to see your Dr, keep a log of what you are doing , time etc , try not to get to stressed as that always makes any situation worse

    Not much help but we are not medical , just support ,

    Go on make that app , and your worries could be sorted or dealt with

    Deb

  • Any head pains have a habit of being not serious or serious. That is the biggest problem. I sometimes get shooting pains that don't last long and found to be nothing more than a comb I was using aggravating the nerves. Yes as simple as that BUT I did check it out and the consultant found it out. He also said many pains like this are caused by hard pummelling of the brain and scalp when washing the hair or using the wrong shampoo...So yes it is important to flourish this out. Sharp pains are normally shooting nerves but then normally means nothing as it might not be. Hence the caution. It is so hard and no one understands the brain yet. [I don't understand myself least of all so doctors can] In the meantime be kind to yourself and get it checked out and do let us know how you get on.

  • Many head pains, especially in the areas you describe, can be caused by trapped nerves in the neck, or tension in the neck muscles. See your Dr asap to reassure yourself. Its perfectly normal to think you have a tumour or a serious illness- we've all done it- but only your GP can explore the possibilities to make a diagnosis. Try not to worry, because that won't help! Remember to take regular breaks from your study, drink plenty of water, try to do things that help you relax and get plenty of sleep. Good luck :) x

  • Hi, your symptoms sound very similar to a condition that I have called occipital neuralgia, for me the pain is like that of a hot sharp violent pain that strikes from the back of the to the front and varies in severity.

    My problems are result from losing the natural curvature of my upper neck and spine and the tension that builds within my occipital area at the back of my head from the nerve entrapments i have from c/2 to c/7. I have to avoid the triggers that cause its symptoms and for me holding my head and neck in any static positions for even the briefest time triggers neck spasms and the occipital neuralgia attacks . If this is your problem your studies and especially reading may well prove difficult for you and your symptoms may start to extend to migraines, blurred vision, lack of concentration and cognitive ability.

  • Occipital neuralgia is one of my favorite things! I have arthritis and spinal stenosis as well, so I feel you! Barometric pressure is my enemy.

  • I think I know your problem, because i also suffer from this. I thought it was a tumor also, but they are called ice pick headaches. They are short, but severe stabbing feeling in the top of your head or behind your eye. They are nothing to worry about, so I help this solves your problem.

  • Im having head pains too .

  • I have been getting exactly the same thing as you? And getting a sharp pain through my left ear too! :( I hope you can find out what's wrong x

  • did you ever get a diagnosis on the sharp pains in your head I'm worried myself because I have the same thing happening to me except I had surgery on my brain a year ago from an infection I had but I live in a state or there is no insurance available and I only work part time at a minimum wage paying job therefore I cannot get anykind of health care so that has kept me from seeing a doctor I was just wondering what you found out about your headaches

  • Have you found out what has happened yet because I have been experiencing the same pain for 3 months

  • sounds like icepick headaches mostly caused by stress. They aren't associated with anything serious. Usually people who have a history of migraines suffer with them , as myself. As i am not a doctor , its always best to start there. I have however studied about headaches all my life because i have suffered from migraines since i was 6 , and get tension headaches and icepick headaches. Big factors are stress, not enough water, not eating properly, lack of sleep. I have seen studies that say melatonian, and treatment for migraines can be helpful. Also watch the caffine intake. Hope it gets better!

  • Hi .. I had this for over a year,doctor put it down to anxiety and stress .It started getting worse ,had a scan and nothing .I then collapsed in town and taken to hospital. They looked further into what was going on and found a brain tumour. Please note matter what the doctor says ,demand a full scan because I'm lucky to be alive . Jackie

  • Jackie, I'm so sorry to hear this! The tumor didn't show up on the scan at all? What exactly were your symptoms? How long after your scan did they find the tumor? How old are you? What was your treatment? I'm sorry I have so many questions, I am also experiencing headaches and really worried it could be a brain tumor! Thank you in advance!

  • I had shooting pain (although it wasn't super sharp) from my tight neck to the top of my head on the left side at a hockey game tonight and it felt like I couldn't breath so I had to sit out.. not sure why that happened but it happened again after the game except on the other side. It could be nothing but I've had neck pain/a tight neck for just over 3 years now and saw a physiotherapist for a while but that didn't help much. I also experienced pain behind my eyebrows. Any advice? Disclaimer: I'm only 16.

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