Ice Pick Headaches
Ice pick headaches are very short lived headaches. They last for about five to thirty seconds. But, when it attacks, the person feels as though being stabbed with an ice pick. The pain could arise anywhere on the head or behind the ear. It strikes with a vengeance and goes as soon, making a person wonder. There may be no underlying disease behind an ice pick headache.
The official name of the ice pick headache is ‘Primary Stabbing Headache’ as described by the International Headache Society. The incidence of Ice pick headache is rare. Around 2% population suffers from this disease. It does not affect children or teenagers. It generally affects middle aged people. Ice pick headaches are called primary headache, since it is not backed by any other disease.
Criteria for diagnosing ice pick headaches -
- Acute head pain arising as a single stab or a recurring bouts of stabs
- Pain is generally felt in the temples, middle area or behind the ears.
- The pain could be for few seconds and reappear after some time.
- Absence of any other underlying disease
Treatment for Ice Pick headaches -
People suffering from migraine often suffer from ice pick headache. However, ice pick headache may not strike during a bout of migraine. It may occur on its own. Mostly, it may strike a few times in a day. In extreme cases, it may strike many times in a day, and may require medical consultation. Doctor may prescribe anti inflammatory medicine similar to a pain reliever.
Prevention of Ice Pick Headaches -
- Change your life style. Go easy with life. Do not over stress yourself.
- Try to get enough sleep.
- Find time for exercises. Breathing exercises like Anulom Vilom pranayam (Inhale through left nostril, keep the right nostril closed with your thumb. Then, exhale through right nostril, keeping the left nostril closed with fingers. Repeat the same beginning with the right nostril. Continue this exercise for 20 minutes daily.
- Shavasan or simply lie down for a few minutes. Keep your eyes closed. Hands and legs slightly spread apart. Breathe normally.
- Bhastrika Pranayam: Be in a comfortable sitting position on the floor. Close your eyes. Place the index finger of both the hands on the forehead. Press the remaining three fingers on both the eye lightly. Both the thumbs should be on the ears, covering them. Do deep breathing for about 10 minutes. Rub both the palms together and press the temples lightly. Gently open your eyes. This is very effective relaxation technique and relieves you of stress and headache.
- Drink up to four glasses of water in the morning, empty stomach. It helps in detoxification of the body, and keeps body free from many illnesses.
- Improve your immune system by eating a healthy balanced diet. Eat only freshly cooked food. Avoid eating stale and left over food.
- Include fresh fruits and vegetables and salads to your diet. Avoid non vegetarian food as far as possible. Non vegetarian food may bring many in types of diseases.