Ice pick headache

Ice pick headache

  • Idiopathic or primary stabbing headache
  • Ultra-brief stabs of pain
  • Most common site – in the frontal or temporal area
  • Not associated with any cranial autonomic symptoms
  • Known to be associated with nausea, vomiting, photophobia, and dizziness
  • Two forms: primary and secondary
  • Secondary causes – herpes zoster meningoencephalitis, meningiomas, stroke, and multiple sclerosis.
  • Indomethacin responsive headaches – Ice pick headache is a type of Indomethacin responsive headaches

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