Ice Pick Headaches
 

 

MAGNUM teams with Help for Headaches and Migraine to bring you this article:

What Are Ice Pick Headaches?

Although sudden and frightening, they're generally harmless.
 

by Teri Robert

These startling head pains have been described in various ways:
  • ...when I began having migraines, I suffered a sudden slash of pain, very intense and quick on the right side of my head. It started at one point and webbed out to what it felt like a inch in length... it scared me.
  • ...intense, sharp, stabbing pain about your skull, as if you were being stabbed with an ice pick.
  • ...awakened at 3 a.m. by excruciating, stabbing pains on the top right front of my head, kind of behind the eye. Lasted about 30 seconds.

They're "ice pick headaches" -- short, stabbing, extremely intense headaches that can be absolutely terrifying. They generally only last between five and 30 seconds. However, they come out of nowhere, can strike anywhere on the head, literally feel as if an ice pick is being stuck into your head, then disappear before you can even figure out what's happening...

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