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, 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)

(Pamelor)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
Pain (3) Insomnia (2)
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Treatment name(s)

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

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

(Indocin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
ice pick headache (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)

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

(Adderall)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Fatigue (2)
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Treatment name(s)

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

(Codeine Contin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Pain (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
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
Total evaluations
Tried for
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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 (3) Insomnia (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Rapid weight gain 1 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
Pain (3) Insomnia (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Blurry vision Double vision (diplopia) 4 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
Pain (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Indocin)
Perceived effectiveness
for ice pick headache (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Cognitive confusion Dizziness 1 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
ice pick headache (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Nature's Bounty Melatonin)
Perceived effectiveness
for ice pick headache (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Vivid dreams
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
Insomnia (2) ice pick headache (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Anxious mood Blurry vision 26 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
Pain (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fatigue (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
Fatigue (2)
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Treatment name(s)

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

(Codeine Contin)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
Pain (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 1 more
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
Pain (2)
  • 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 4
20s 24
30s 32
40s 36
50s 44
60s 18
70+ 1
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 32
20-29 years 19
30-39 years 10
40-49 years 15
50-59 years 6
60-69 years 1
70+ years 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

81% Female
19% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 51
Not Diagnosed 65

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