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What are ice pick headaches?

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Many people from time to time feel quick jabs or jolts of severe pain around one of their eyes or at their temple. These headaches usually last only a few seconds.

They might happen in the same spot over and over again. Or you could feel them in different places each time, such as on one temple and then the other. They can crop up at any time of day and even a few times a day. They may seem to come and go.

From: Ice Pick Headaches WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Less Frequently Encountered Headache Types,”

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Headache: Hope Through Research.”

National Headache Foundation: “Case Studies in Headache Archive: Icepick Headache.”

American Headache Society Committee on Headache Education: “Ice Pick Headaches: The Basics.”

Stanford Health Care: “What Is a Headache Diary?”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 21, 2018

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Less Frequently Encountered Headache Types,”

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Headache: Hope Through Research.”

National Headache Foundation: “Case Studies in Headache Archive: Icepick Headache.”

American Headache Society Committee on Headache Education: “Ice Pick Headaches: The Basics.”

Stanford Health Care: “What Is a Headache Diary?”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 21, 2018

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