Ice Pick Headache

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What is Ice Pick Headache?

Ice pick headache is characterized by intense piercing pain that strikes without warning and generally lasts 1 to 10 seconds. The stabbing pain usually occurs around the eye but may be felt in multiple sites.

What is it like to have Ice Pick Headache?

Common symptoms How bad it is What people are taking for it
Naproxen Prescription, Gabapentin, Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen
Handicap/Disability Parking Permit, Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine, Folic Acid
Alprazolam, Clonazepam, Diazepam
Duloxetine, Citalopram, Fluoxetine
Amitriptyline, Trazodone, Zolpidem

What do patients take to treat Ice Pick Headache and its symptoms?

Treatments reported by members Perceived effectiveness Overall rating of side effects # of Evaluations

(Arthrexin, Confortid, Indocin)


These charts show data from Ice Pick Headache patients’ latest treatment evaluations
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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Who has Ice Pick Headache on PatientsLikeMe?

  • 119 patients have this condition
  • 2 new patients joined this month
  • 34 say Ice Pick Headache is their primary condition

Age Proportion # of patients
<20 2
20s 19
30s 24
40s 32
50s 26
60s 7
70+ 0


Distribution of females vs. males

84% Females
16% Males
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 25
20-29 years 15
30-39 years 7
40-49 years 9
50-59 years 3
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 37
Not Diagnosed 45

These charts show data from Ice Pick Headache patients who have completed their condition history
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