Ice pick headaches: They’re said to be the most debilitating of all types of headaches. They begin as an intense pain around the eye socket, lasting only mere seconds — but pain so bad, it can bring people to their knees.
The disease gets its name from the experience that patients go through i.e. like ice pick driven into the temple. Ice pick headaches don’t usually pose a threat, but they can happen at the wrong time; say when you are driving a car. They can occur once every few days or in extreme cases a few times a day. In not so severe cases, the gap between two attacks may be months.
Symptoms of Ice Pick Headaches
Ice pick headache is accompanied by the following symptoms:
- Sudden sharp pains on one side of the head.
- The pain areas can vary on different areas of the head.
- Pain may extend spreading across a wider area.
- Duration is short (5 to 30 seconds).
- The pain appears all of a sudden with no warnings.
- The pain vanishes immediately.
- The bout of attacks can be frequent or not so frequent.
Causes of Ice Pick Headaches
Researchers believe that ice pick headaches are a primary health issue and could be possible fallout from other conditions, such as a migraines.
People with a history of migraines are likely to be afflicted with this disease than healthy individuals. In fact, surveys have revealed that 40% of those suffering with ice pick headaches have had a history of migraine headaches. Doctors say ice pick headaches are NOT caused by fatigue, exertion or a particular activity. Likewise, ice pick headaches are NOT accompanied by other headache symptoms like eyes watering, nausea, intense light or visual disturbances.
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