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What is a remedy for ice pick headaches?

What is a remedy for ice pick headaches?

Rx for ice picks: Yes, often these headaches respond to indomethacin, which is a prescription cousin of ibuprofen, and melatonin. http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/neurology_neurosurgery/centers_clinics/headache/conditions/primary_stabbing_headache.html ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Headache (Definition)

The medical term is cephalalgia. It is a feeling of pain that can occur on either both sides or just one side of the head or neck. Headaches can be sharp, dull, or throbbing, and can radiate to different areas of the head. They typically last less than an hour but can ...Read more


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Can you describe ice pick headaches..

Can you describe ice pick headaches..

Ice pick HAs: Ice pick headaches are very brief, very painful headaches that occur without warning. They feel like an intense stabbing feeling. They last for seconds. They can occur rarely or very frequently. They may sometimes be treated with indomethacin or melatonin. ...Read more

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Ice pick headaches. Any way to fix it?

Ice pick headaches. Any way to fix it?

Ice pick treatment: Ice pick headaches may be treated with indomethacin and sometimes melatonin. These are both safe, inexpensive treatments. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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What are and what causes Ice Pick Headaches?

What are and what causes Ice Pick Headaches?

Cluster headache: also called Ice Pick is the most painful of all the primary headache disorders. Because of the intense pain, cluster patients often pace the floor or bang their heads during headache episodes while rubbing or holding the painful site in any attempt to distract themselves from the pain. They are agitated and restless in contrast to a migraineur who prefers to lie down, usually in a darkened room. ...Read more

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Ice pick headaches sucks! What can I do to minimize or ease the pain?!

Ice pick headaches sucks! What can I do to minimize or ease the pain?!

Indomethacin: It is important to have a firm diagnosis, and MRI of the brain may be warranted to exclude any structural disease. But if it is icepick headache, most patients respond very well to indomethacin 75-250 mg/day in divided doses. There is generally a response within days. There are alternatives such as gabapentin if this does not stop the headaches or you cannot take indomethacin. ...Read more

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I think I'm dealing with ice pick headaches. Is this something that needs treated or will it eventually stop on its own ?

I think I'm dealing with ice pick headaches. Is this something that needs treated or will it eventually stop on its own ?

Cluster Headache: also called ice pick headache is the most painful of all the primary headache disorders. The headache is invariably unilateral and is usually centered behind or around the orbit or in the temporal area. Characteristic autonomic symptoms always accompany the pain. See orofacial pain or headache specialist for infinitive diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for ice pick headaches?

Is there a cure for ice pick headaches?

Maybe indomethacin: There is not so much a cure, but indomethacin is known to work well for these often enough. http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/neurology_neurosurgery/centers_clinics/headache/conditions/primary_stabbing_headache.html ...Read more

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What else can I do for ice pick headaches other than use a beta-blocker?

What else can I do for ice pick headaches other than use a beta-blocker?

Lots of things: There are many treatments, both medical and nutritional to help with cluster headache or migraine. Decreasing stress, avoiding stimulants such as caffeine and nicotine and avoiding dehydration are a start. Many people get rebound headaches from taking pain medication regularly. These can be severe like a migraine or a cluster cycle headache. Lastly, there are a number of classes of medication. ...Read more

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