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Shooting Pain in the Head

Updated on April 13, 2011

Shooting Pain in the Head

If you have ever experienced shooting pain in the head, not only is it a very uncomfortable feeling, but it is also unsettling as well. I have personally experienced shooting pains in the head, and I can tell you first-hand, it SUCKS. I remember when I first started getting them, I would call them “lightning headaches”, because they would just hit me like a jolt and then go away as fast as they came. I would feel a general tenderness on my scalp, usually right on the top of the head, and sometimes when the pain would hit, it would feel like my brain had short-circuited or something. Sometimes it would feel very acute, almost like a stabbing pain, and sometimes they would seem to “streak” across the top of my head. When they first started happening, it freaked me out pretty bad, although I tried not to show it. I’m the kind of person that is very stubborn and does not like to go to the doctor for anything (I HATE being in hospitals), so I figured that I could just wait it out and they would go away. Interestingly enough, I noticed that it would attack mainly after I would eat a certain type of bagel that I love (cinnamon raisin). I’m starting to believe that it may be related to a wheat allergy of some kind. I’m not sure, but when I tried an experiment of abstaining from the wheat-based bagels of every kind (cinnamon raisin, even blueberry), I noticed that the shooting pains went away, or at the very least became very infrequent.

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Shooting Pain in Head: A Dietary Issue?

Then, I started ordering pizza that had this fancy wheat-based crust, and as soon as I ate one-too-many slices of the pizza, the shooting pains came back. I also noticed it when I ate a huge calzone at one of the local pizza restaurants in my home city, and sure enough, after consuming all that bread, the shooting head pains came back. It became pretty obvious to me that for me personally, eating any type of heavy breads or wheat-based breads was what was bringing these attacks on. So, I scaled back my wheat bread and white flour intake. Honestly, I haven’t had to deal with them since. Am I saying that this will work for everyone else? I do not have the slightest idea, nor will I say that I’m giving medical advice to anyone about anything. When I researched on the Web about shooting pain in the head, many medical websites claimed that it could be due to a pinched nerve in the neck. I’m not sure that was the case with me…I think mine was directly diet-related. This helped to keep me from having to see a doctor and having him tell me a bunch of things that I do not prefer to hear. I did have a serious head injury a few years back (seven stitches), but I never had any direct ill effects from that in the years following the injury, and now it’s been over 7 years since it happened, so I don’t think the pain was due to the head injury. In summary, I would suggest to anyone who is dealing with shooting pain in the head to consider checking out their diet, and seeing what would happen if they cut out wheat and white flour. I am definitely not giving any medical advice, but I’m just saying that it may just make a difference.


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    • praveen000 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Good Old USA

      Lolly, I really think that gluten may be the culprit. Thanks for stopping by.

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      8 years ago

      Thank you so much for sharing your observation! I've been suffering with these "lightning" headaches for about 24 hours now and I ate wheat crust pizza last night and a sub sandwich with wheat bread today. Perhaps I'm also having an issue with the gluten in these breads.

    • praveen000 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Good Old USA

      Thank you, DustinsMom!

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      8 years ago from USA

      Great information to know!

    • praveen000 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Good Old USA

      Thank you, Butterfly Lady and Glenn Raymond, for your comments!

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      Glenn Raymond 

      8 years ago from Bailey, Colorado

      This is an excellent topic and a great presentation of it. There are a lot of foods that trigger migrains. Pinning them down is key.

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      Butterfly Lady 

      8 years ago from Broken Arrow, OK

      Yes, diet is a contributor to shooting pain in the head. Wheat glutin is my culprit. Am now on glutin free diet and headaches have deminished greatly. Thank for your hub.


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