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.

Common symptoms reported by people with Ice Pick Headache

Common symptoms
How bad it is
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Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with Ice Pick Headache

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
Pain (4) Insomnia (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
Depressed mood (4)
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Treatment name(s)

(Indocin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
Ice Pick Headache (4)
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Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
Pain (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Nature's Bounty Melatonin)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
3
Tried for
Insomnia (2) Ice Pick Headache (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Pamelor)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
Pain (3) Insomnia (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
Pain (2) Ice Pick Headache (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
Depressed mood (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Depressed mood (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Spinal Chiropractic)
Type
Physical Therapy
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Pain (2)

Data from patients with Ice Pick Headache, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with Ice Pick Headache

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
How many evaluations
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Rapid weight gain 2 more
How many evaluations
5
Tried for
Pain (4) Insomnia (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Dizziness (vertigo) Liver Enlargement 1 more
How many evaluations
2
Tried for
Depressed mood (4)
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Treatment name(s)

(Indocin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Ice Pick Headache (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Cognitive confusion Dizziness 1 more
How many evaluations
4
Tried for
Ice Pick Headache (4)
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Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 1 more
How many evaluations
3
Tried for
Pain (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Nature's Bounty Melatonin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Vivid dreams
How many evaluations
2
Tried for
Insomnia (2) Ice Pick Headache (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Pamelor)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Bloating Loss of fine motor skills
How many evaluations
2
Tried for
Pain (3) Insomnia (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Daytime sleepiness Dizziness 10 more
How many evaluations
4
Tried for
Pain (2) Ice Pick Headache (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Elevated blood pressure Stomach upset
How many evaluations
7
Tried for
Depressed mood (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
How many evaluations
0
Tried for
Depressed mood (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Spinal Chiropractic)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
How many evaluations
0
Tried for
Pain (2)

Data from patients with Ice Pick Headache, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Who has Ice Pick Headache on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 2
20s 25
30s 26
40s 30
50s 32
60s 14
70+ 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

82% Female
18% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 28
20-29 years 16
30-39 years 8
40-49 years 13
50-59 years 4
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 43
Not Diagnosed 56

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