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Why do I get ice pick headaches?

Why do I get ice pick headaches?

You need exam: To answer your question first you need to give a good history of these headaches. Then you need a full exam and possibly testing and or lab work. This is how you will be given a diagnosis and answer your question properly ...Read more

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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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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?

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

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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 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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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?

Oxygen?: Ice-pick headaches are another name for cluster headaches. Sometimes typical migraine treatment (imitrex, etc) can help. An old remedy that sometimes works very well is oxygen. Next time you're having a headache, see if your doctor will administer oxygen. If it's going to work, it typically works in less than 5-10 minutes. If so, it can be an inexpensive, easy solution even for home use. ...Read more

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Brief headaches "ice pick headaches" would be cause for a ER evaluation?

Brief headaches "ice pick headaches" would be cause for a ER evaluation?

No reason for ER: The ER is clearly the worst place to go for a headache. There are lengthy waits, a very high expense, and the bright lights, noise, and commotion can clearly make headache feel much worse. Far better to find a local neurologist or headache specialist, get diagnosed and treated one on one. ...Read more

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Been having mild headaches and occasional ice pick headaches, what could be wrong?

HA ? : Is very common and it can be for multiple reasons , if it is bothersome see u pcp for evaluation. ...Read more

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On average I get 10-15 ice pick headaches a day, varying levels of pain & in various locations, is this normal and should I be concerned?

On average I get 10-15 ice pick headaches a day, varying levels of pain & in various locations, is this normal and should I be concerned?

ABnormal for ANYONE: I think you know....I hope you know that ICE PICK HEADACHES aren't normal types of headaches for you or anyone else to have even ONCE a day. You need to be under better control. See headache specialist or make an appointment with me at: www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi Use Key Code: PDXFNR to set up your calendar appointment. There is specific medication that works for these miserable things. ...Read more

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What is ice pick headaches and what causes them? Dothey cause damage and are they fatal? How do I know it's ''nothing'? Are there tests done on it?

What is ice pick headaches and what causes them? Dothey cause damage and are they fatal? How do I know it's ''nothing'? Are there tests done on it?

Migraine variant: Not the typical classical or common migraine event, the ice pick headache may vary in frequency and location. These are annoying and irritating, but do not cause brain damage or death and can be controlled and even eradicated with treatment. If crucial, an MRI could be reassuring. Suggest you spend some time with a headache specialist and get treated. ...Read more