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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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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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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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What are the symptoms of an ice pick headache ?

What are the symptoms of an ice pick headache ?

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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Can ice pick headache pain be managed without medication?

Headache types: Sometimes it stops on its own. Indomethacin is often helpful for this. You may want to substitute it for advil (ibuprofen). Head trauma can cause a different kind of headache than an ice pick headache. Make sure the diagnosis is correct! ...Read more

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Ice pick headache or something more significant, how to tell?

Ice pick headache or something more significant, how to tell?

Ice pick headache: Hard to tell, although serious problems do not normally let up, and ice pick headaches do. The ice pick headache normally only lasts seconds during any one episode. http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/neurology_neurosurgery/centers_clinics/headache/conditions/primary_stabbing_headache.html ...Read more

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Should i be concerned about having ice pick headache for three days?

Should i be concerned about having ice pick headache for three days?

Concern about HA: Sometimes ice pick headaches can occur over three days. There is no reason for concern. It appears you also have migraine headaches? Sometimes people have more than one kind of headache. Unlike a migraine headache, an ice pick headache may improve with indomethacin. http://www.neurocuro.com/cluster-or-ice-pick-headaches/ ...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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What is the difference between an ice pick headache vs serious headache?

Both can be serious: An examination can determine the cause of headache. The ice pick headache is a description of what the headache feels like. ...Read more