Are Ice Pick Headaches Dangerous?
Ice pick headaches on their own are not dangerous, but people who experience new ice pick headaches should seek medical advice. This is because the type of pain experienced during an ice pick headache can also be the result of a more serious brain issue, including trigeminal neuralgia (a chronic facial pain condition) and other brain conditions.i, iv In extremely rare cases, the sudden and severe type of pain that characterizes ice pick headaches can also be caused by an aneurysm (bleed in the brain), however this is unlikely.v
In any case, it is best to have your ice pick headaches properly diagnosed by a doctor as soon as possible to help rule out any of these issues.
Ice Pick Headache Treatment
Understandably, the painful and erratic nature of ice pick headaches at any time of the day or night may cause some anxiety for people who experience them. The good news is that most ice pick headaches only occur a handful of times over a day and often disappear on their own – but some more chronic headaches may require treatment.i, iv So, how do you get rid of ice pick headaches?
Treatment for ice pick headaches is challenging given their short duration, since the pain often comes on and then disappears before medication can even be taken. However, there is some positive news for chronic sufferers, as some preventive medication is available.
Indomethacin, an anti-inflammatory medicine, may help to prevent ice pick headaches from occurring.i, iv If you are suffering from ice pick headaches, speak to your doctor about whether indomethacin could be right for you, since it can cause some side effects.
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