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Feel like I'm being whipped

Hello,
First and foremost I'd like to say hello as I'm new to the site, so apologies if I am writing in the wrong forum or it has already been discussed.
I've had this bizarre thing happen for at least 10 years, it comes as go as it pleases so have not ever told my Dr about it.
I usually get a warning like tension along the base of my skull, but out of nowhere, and always on the right side, I'll get this unbelievable pain in the lower right side of my skull, and the only way to describe it is it feels like someone has cracked a whip on it. It could happen by slightly moving my head, it's happened when I'm brushing my hair, watching tv, putting on socks, you name it. It isn't really regular, but it will happen at least once every two months for instance. The pain lasts for around 15 seconds max, but feels much longer, and I have no choice but to stop what I'm doing...that includes pulling over in my car, so I can just close my eyes and ride with the pain. Afterwards I just have a bit of dullness, and some mild pain in that area. If it's any help when it's happening it almost feels like its travelling (remember in school when we would pretend an egg has burst on top of your head and the white is trickling...Kinda like that lol).
I want to seek help for it, but have absolutely no idea what kind of headache this is, if it's something to be concerned about, and also, right now with the current global situation, don't want to waste my Dr's time if they just tell me to take some ibuprofen.
Any help greatly appreciated! Thank you for reading my rambling! haha

  1. Hi sophieB, thank you for reaching out! Welcome to the community! We are glad to have you join us. I hear how painful and disconcerting these symptoms are for you. While we cannot offer medical advice or diagnostics over the internet (for your safety!), I did wonder if these articles might resonate with what you are experiencing:
    https://migraine.com/blog/solving-my-headache-mystery/
    https://migraine.com/blog/a-one-sided-headache/
    I hope in consulting with your doctor you are able to arrive at an accurate diagnosis and a treatment to help you manage the pain. Please keep us posted on how you are feeling and what you learn! Wishing you a gentle day. ~Allyson (Migraine.com team)

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