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
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with ice pick headache

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

(BuTrans patch)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Spinal Chiropractic Therapy)
Type
Physical Therapy
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Pamelor)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Chinese acupuncture and aravedic herbs)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)

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

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(BuTrans patch)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Spinal Chiropractic Therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
migraine headaches
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
blurry vision double vision (diplopia) 4 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Pamelor)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
abdominal bloating loss of fine motor skills
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic constipation cold sweat 4 more
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Chinese acupuncture and aravedic herbs)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
sleep dependency (take to sleep)
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with ice pick headache, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has ice pick headache on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 3
20s 23
30s 32
40s 43
50s 42
60s 23
70+ 2
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 33
20-29 years 18
30-39 years 10
40-49 years 15
50-59 years 6
60-69 years 1
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 32
Female 133

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 54
Not Diagnosed 66

These charts show data from ice pick headache patients who have completed their condition history
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