What About Ice Pick Headaches?

Teri Robert | May 6th 2012 Oct 10th 2017

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Under IHS criteria, the "official" name for ice pick headaches is...
  1. 0 ice pick Migraines
  2. 1 primary stabbing headache
  3. 0 cluster headaches
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[](/index.php/download_file/view/1687/)Under the IHS criteria, the "official" name is primary stabbing headache, but most people still us the term "ice pick headache."

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  1. Under IHS criteria, the "official" name for ice pick headaches is...

    Correct Answer: primary stabbing headache

    [](/index.php/download_file/view/1687/)Under the IHS criteria, the "official" name is primary stabbing headache, but most people still us the term "ice pick headache."

  2. Ice pick headaches last...

    Correct Answer: 5 to 30 seconds

    One of the biggest problems with treating ice pick headaches is their short duration of only 5 to 30 seconds.

  3. Ice pick headaches are accompanied by...

    Correct Answer: No other symptoms.

    Unlike Migraines, cluster headaches, and many other primary headaches, ice pick headaches are accompanied by no other symptoms.

  4. Ice pick headaches occur in what percentage of Migraineurs?

    Correct Answer: Up to 40%.

    Although nobody has established what the connection is, up to 40% of Migraineurs also have ice pick headaches.

  5. In the rare cases where a preventive is recommended for ice pick headaches, the preventive treatment most often used is...

    Correct Answer: indomethacin.

    Preventive treatment is usually neither necessarry nor recommended for ice pick headaches, but when it is, indomethacin is usually used.

  6. The cause of ice pick headaches is...

    Correct Answer: idiopathic (of unknown origin).

    The cause of ice pick headaches is still a mystery. Nobody knows what causes them. Thus the cause is said to be idiopathic - of unknown origin.