What About Ice Pick Headaches?

Teri Robert | May 6, 2012

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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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    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."

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.