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Shooting, burning pains in head

  • By Kimberley

    Is this normal? I know migraines can cause sensory aura, but is it normal to have what I can only describe as shooting, burning pains in head, almost like an electric shock? I would appreciate any information about this, as I do not know if it is a symptom of migraines or a result of something else.

  • By Tammy Rome

    It is entirely possible that you are experiencing another type of headache. Only a true headache specialist can accurately diagnose these symptoms though. Please get it checked out.

  • By sgirl

    I have constant burning in my head where my migraine normally is. My doctor didn’t seem to take much note of it. Not like they really do anyway but yes I have it too.

  • By Monkeybrew


    Although the quality of the pain of my migraines can take on several different forms from migraine to migraine (sharp, stabbing, throbbing, burning, crushing and any combination of these) I would strongly encourage you to seek out a neurologist who specializes in migraine/headache. Such a healthcare provider will know what sort of diagnostic tests are necessary to rule out organic or other factors.

    Personally, over the last fifteen years, I have had several MRIs as well as CAT scans and other diagnostic testing.

    I hope this helps. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any other questions. There are a great group of very knowledgeable folks here at I do not know what I would do without them!!!

    Take Care,

  • By Lisa Robin Benson Moderator

    Hi KO,

    In addition to the wonderful comments by the people here, I would consider if you have recently had a medication change. Sometimes headaches can be a side effect of a edication or even medication withdrawal. Good luck and feel better.


  • By JustJane37

    Stabbing, electric shocks are the words used to describe Type 1 or Classic Trigeminal Neuralgia. I have Type 2 TN and recently started having migraine symptoms. It seems the two interconnect sometimes.