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Old 02-13-2013, 11:13 PM   #1
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Ice pick headaches, anyone?

Has anyone had experience with an ice pick headache (I know, sounds delightful!)? This gem as been on and off for three days and has really ramped up tonight. Every time I get that jabbing, quick jolt of pain it takes my breath away and makes the veins in my neck tense up. I've been in a pressure cooker at work the past eight weeks, and that is slowly winding down, so I think the stress has just caught up with me. I don't have/get migraines (knock air, because wood burns).

Tell me I need to make my Husband send me to the Spa!!! Lol!!!

Seriously, insight would be great.

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Old 02-13-2013, 11:29 PM   #2
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It's called a cluster headache. Researching that should help.
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Old 02-13-2013, 11:30 PM   #3
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Pinched nerve? That was the cause of mine. I normally stay away from chiropractors but that's what ended up helping me.
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Old 02-14-2013, 03:01 AM   #4
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my dd19 had them when she was 13, she got them after her concussion. they lasted a few months.
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Old 02-14-2013, 03:07 AM   #5
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ice pick and cluster headaches ae two different types of headaches
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Old 02-14-2013, 07:36 AM   #6
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Pinched nerve? That was the cause of mine. I normally stay away from chiropractors but that's what ended up helping me.
Yes, I'm thinking because the pain started in my neck and the radiated up and is now living on the side of my head just a tad behind, and a little above my right ear.

I took a vicodin last night and that didn't even make a dent in it.

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ice pick and cluster headaches ae two different types of headaches
Agreed! I saw your prior post about the concussion, I haven't gotten bopped on the head, as far as I know, tee-hee.

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I started having these on Christmas Day, and they morphed into a month-long migraine. I was worried I had a brain leak or something But I knew my blood pressure was high (lots of stress lately too) so I just took it easy and eventually it went away. I would recommend you talk to your doc though - I should have but I feel like I've lived in the hospital the last few months, so the thought of going in again (and probably being brushed off) upset me more than living with it.
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Sorry, you are right. They are commonly linked together which is why I got confused.



Migraine patients are also more likely to experience ice pick headaches. More than 60% of ice pick headaches are associated with migraines. When they do occur simultaneously, most people experience the stabbing pain on the same side of the head. Ice pick headaches are also commonly linked with cluster headaches.

Aside from the association with other types of headaches, little is known about the cause of ice pick headaches. Some research suggests a relationship to cranial trauma, benign cranial lesions, herpes or disease of the blood vessels in the brain, but there is no conclusive scientific data at this point.
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Old 02-14-2013, 08:18 AM   #10
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I used to get them quite a bit, but they went away after I dropped my aspartame consumption.
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Yes, I'm thinking because the pain started in my neck and the radiated up and is now living on the side of my head just a tad behind, and a little above my right ear.

I took a vicodin last night and that didn't even make a dent in it.

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I used to get them and they are the worst. The more you tense up, the worse it gets. Sometimes a heating pad on my shoulder would help.
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Old 02-14-2013, 07:04 PM   #12
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I used to get them and they are the worst. The more you tense up, the worse it gets. Sometimes a heating pad on my shoulder would help.
Thank you for the suggestion. This helped a lot. I do think it is tension related. Today was a much better day, and currently no jabbing pain. It's amazing how stress can manifest in different ways.
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