Extracephalic stabbing pain temporally related to cephalic ones

Selekler M., Komsuoglu S.

HEADACHE, vol.44, no.7, pp.719-721, 2004 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 44 Issue: 7
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/j.1526-4610.2004.04133.x
  • Journal Name: HEADACHE
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.719-721
  • Kocaeli University Affiliated: No


A 23-year-old woman consulted with the complaint of short-lasting, severe stabbing headaches and mild-to-moderate degree near-daily migrainous headaches. Further questioning revealed that she also had stabbing pain on both ipsilateral hand and calf. Stabs on the hand were time-locked to cephalic ones and stabs in the calf were alternating with the ones in the hand. Dizziness and scotomas were accompanying symptoms to cephalic ones and paresthesia was the accompanying symptom in the hand. Patient's cephalic and extracephalic stabbing pains responded to indomethacine and daily headaches responded to prophylactic sodium valproate therapy. The stabs were felt in the head; hand and calf are considered as the parts of a whole. Along with its accompanying symptoms, stabbing pain may be the result of complex interactions in central nervous system.