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Primary Stabbing Headache
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Are ice pick headaches dangerous and is there something to take to stop them have 3 days really bad?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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