What is brain freeze?

Brain Freeze, too. Brain freeze from ingesting ice cold foods is common & multifactorial, as are headaches. Such pain can originate from the skin, fat, muscle, blood vessels or within the cranium from great venous sinuses, their tributaries, the dura and its arteries, the falx cerebri, & the large arteries at the base of the brain (all of which have pain fibers). Also, migraines can trigger from alcohol and foods.
Brain Freeze. "brain freeze" is a lay term that most of us are familiar with. The most common situation in which this occurs is anxiety. A classic example is when someone has to give a talk in front of a large audience and ends up with a total loss of words. It also happens much more commonly now in middle age and older patients who begin to have symptoms of mild cognitive impairment or early alzheimer's diseas.

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What is a brain freeze?

Slang expression. Many migraine sufferers, who eat or drink cold foods or liquids may experience a brief burning achey sensation when these items are ingested. This correlates with motion sickness, migraine headaches, and family genetics. Read more...

What causes an brain freeze like headache by just standing up?

Hmmm. I don't know of any good or standard answer for that question. It's interesting. The process of standing up will affect your labyrinthine system of your ears, your autonomic system (blood pressure), and other mechanical systems related to the act of standing up. See if you can break down the movement into components (e.g. head upright without body, check BP on standing). Provide findings to MD. Read more...

What are causes of "brain freeze" like headaches when not eating?

Probably migraine. Frequently brain freeze occurs in migraine patients, and sometimes the migraines themselves give this feeling. If you have been getting headaches for a while, this is almost certainly the cause, particularly if otherwise normal. You may have some medication overuse/rebound headache as well from taking many otc pain meds. A headache neurologist should be able to help you with the appropriate meds. Read more...

What exactly causes a brain freeze when I drink a slurpee?

Brain freeze. Consuming ice cold drinks or ice cream causes stimulation of roof of mouth (Palate) which causes rapid changes in small vessels in the sinuses which sends signals to the brain thru the Trigeminal nerve, causing referred pain (headache). Read more...