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    shooting pain from brain
    jessie2185 posted:
    For years now I have had this shooting electric type pain from either one side to the other in my head or from the brain to my eye. When I get the pains they are debilitating. They are not an everyday thing but at least once a week. Do you think this is something I should get an MRI or something like that for?
    Timothy Collins, MD responded:
    This is called an ice pick headache (there are other names). Its a completely benign non-serious type of headache.
    jessie2185 replied to Timothy Collins, MD's response:
    Thank you!! do you have any tips on what i can take otc for them?
    carpetcrawler5 responded:
    I would go to the dr and get the MRI but it might not be as treatable as other types of headaches.
    Timothy Collins, MD replied to jessie2185's response:
    OTC meds usually take 45-60 minutes to start working, so the icepick headache is usually gone by the time the medication starts working.

    You could try naproxen (aleve) twice a day for a couple of days to see if it will prevent them or slow them down.

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