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Old 05-09-2012, 04:29 PM
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Anyone else suffer from ice pick headaches? This is a new thing for me.

I occasionally get headaches (especially if my sinuses are bothering me), but these are different.

About a month ago I was sitting on the couch when I felt this HORRIBLE stabbing pain in my temple. I googled it and found out it was an ice pick headache. I took excedrin and it helped.

Now I have another one. I felt nauseated at first, and then my head felt like it was being stabbed. I just took excedrin and I'm hoping it will get rid of it.

Hopefully it's not any sort of sign of an underlying problem

Ice pick headaches are sharp, stabbing pains occurring as a single stab or as a series of stabs, occurring mostly in the eye and orbit, temple, or parietal regions. Stabs last a few seconds, and may recur throughout the day, usually at irregular intervals. This headache type is not well understood, even though it occurs more commonly in migraine sufferers. Although this is often referred to as ice pick headache, the official term according to the International Headache Society is Primary Stabbing Headache. It has also been referred to as "jabs and jolts."

http://www.migrainesurvival.com/stab...epick-headache
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Old 05-09-2012, 05:36 PM
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Yup. Right through my left eye. It's a.w.f.u.l. It gets even more fun, because I'll get one in combination with a migraine.

I vaguely remember begging my husband to put me out of my misery, when I had the worst headache ever. Between the Ice Pick guy repeatedly jabbing me through my left eyeball into my skull behind it, the vice grip on my entire head, and the repeated leaning over the side of the couch to throw up, he thankfully rushed me to the ER. After a MRI, and a wonderful doc, who was very liberal with morphine, I did survive it. Unfortunately, they do happen again about once every month or two (I actually get headaches a lot, but these double-whammies don't happen that often).
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Old 05-09-2012, 06:01 PM
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So THAT's what they're called! I've been getting them for over 24 years (they started soon after our youngest was born). Mine usually hit my left temple, and, thankfully, aren't usually bad enough that I have to take something. Funny about the migraine connection- I get them, too. There have been a couple of times I end up with one following one of these.
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Old 05-09-2012, 06:05 PM
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Pretty well all day every day. Yah, my meds aren't working like they're supposed to
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Yeah, in my eyes. Excedrine is my life saver--except I haven't been able to find it in months thanks to the recalls/factory shut down, and I'm running low
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Old 05-09-2012, 06:32 PM
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I'm jealous of everybody that excedrin works for, I have to just ride it out
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Old 05-09-2012, 06:32 PM
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Recalls on excedrine??? Omg its the only thing that gets rid of my headaches.

I get those too. With and without the migraine accompanying it.
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Yup. In fact I would say most these days have been more this type than "normal" headaches. I figure mine is mostly from the surgery location, since that's where most occur, but I've had eye ones, and the new one tonight that is down at the base of my skull off to the left side. Stab, then gone. Then stab, then gone. Fun times.
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I've never heard of them called ice pick headaches before but I get them behind my right eye all the time. I am so paranoid about headaches these days too.
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Old 05-09-2012, 08:53 PM
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I am so paranoid about headaches these days too.
I hear ya. I never used to blink at popping pain killers and moving along, now when I get a headache I sit there and wonder why, or try to see if there's any concern, etc.
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