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Old 07-25-2010, 11:08 AM
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Default Sensation of a brain freeze, without the ice cream?

Anyone ever have a headache that felt like a brain freeze, but without eating something cold? I've had issues with different types of headaches for years... the only one of which has been diagnosed is migraine. I suppose this could be another type of migraine, but it's just weird.

In the past 2 1/2 years I've had 2 MRI's and there's been nothing suspicious found. So... I have that peace. The last time I went to the doctor he suggested a CAT Scan, but I don't want all that radiation, so said no thanks. Can't imagine what they'd see on a CAT that they couldn't see on an MRI.

Anyway, I wonder if I'm the only one who has ever had this type of headache and what it might mean? My doctor seems clueless about it.

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Old 07-25-2010, 05:56 PM
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I suspect "this sort of thing" is more common that people realise. There are many, many different types of migraine, and they can show up with widely differing symptoms, different durations, and different degrees of pain.

(I'd also be far more willing to have MRI scans than CAT scans: no radiation at all and more accurate resolution too, I think?).

The brief, acute, highly localized headaches from eating ice-cream are caused by small arteries inside the skull contracting and having spasms, as a result of the temporary but acute cold on the tongue - and many types of migraine are said to be caused be arteriolar contraction too, I think, so it would make sense for it to feel just like that?

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Old 07-25-2010, 06:26 PM
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Default Look up Cluster Headaches

Wendy,

You might want to look up cluster headaches and see if that fits your type of headache. I pray that it does not. They are a real *****.

Check them out here Cluster Headaches Worldwide Support Group.

When I used to get them it was "Leave me alone. Blow up the building if you must just leave me alone."

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PS Don't worry too much about the radiation. You're probably getting plenty just walking around the planet.
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Old 07-26-2010, 10:19 AM
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Well ...

"Cluster headache", or "migrainous neuralgia" as it's sometimes known outside the US, is terribly rare. It's characterized by having two or three really acute headaches a day for a week or two, then stopping for many months, then returning two or three times daily for a week or two, and so on, often accompanied by drooping eyelids and fully-blown migrainous "aura" - and really excruciating pain.

It's a really idiosyncratic syndrome, and not at all easily confused with anything else. It's really not something a doctor would "miss", I think, because it's so striking and nothing else resembles it?
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Old 07-27-2010, 10:21 AM
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Rick and Yuliya,
Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this. My mirgraines (as I know them) are horrible, but these headaches that feel like a brain freeze are more annoying than anything else and have been somewhat concerning, given I haven't found anyone else who has experienced something similar.

I have a sinus type headache today, which is localized behind my eyes, but I'm also feeling a slight bain freeze sensation too. At least I don't feel a migraine... however I've read that all headaches are some form of a migraine, which is interesting. At the same time, if this is true it doesn't allow people who've never had a "real" migraine the appreciation for just how horrible they are.

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I know what you mean. I was diagnosed with migraines around 10 years ago. These brain freeze headaches are a new addition. One I can certainly do without. They wake me out of my sleeand I haven't found a way to get rid of them. As anyone with migraines know some days your meds work or seem to and other days they flat out just don't! Nothing I've tried does anything, I'm at my wits end. If you've figured something out, help!
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sounds horrible! I am so sorry for you all.

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Wendy!!

I hope you see this I would definitely help me. You are not alone as I thought I was. I get the same "headaches" I also described it as a brain freeze feeling. Did you get any information.
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Hi Wendy, are you still getting these headaches? I get the exact same thing! Sinus type headache, along with a brain freeze feeling. Does it hurt more when you breathe through your nose? Sometimes the pain builds up to migraine type levels and painkillers don't help.
My CT scan showed no sinus problems but my ENT identified that I have a Thornwaldt's Cyst on my nasopharynx. Although these types of cysts are tyically asymptomatic, they can cause problems, but because they typically don't cause symptoms a lot of doctors don't even consider them as a cause.
If yo had one it should have shown on your MRI if they did the sinus area - but they may not have mentioned it since most people believe they don't cause pain.
I absolutely believe this cyst is causing my constant brain freeze pain. I'm having it out tomorrow.
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Old 03-18-2013, 01:28 PM
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I can relate, I have these pains too. On and off for the past few years. I dropped the testing phase after my MRI came back clear, but the lupus panel did come back + for ana. I was sent on to another specialist but didn't have all signs of Lupus for a diagnosis, so I just deal. I have heard magnesium and calcium supplements help, but havent tried it. So I assume they did blood work and all that good stuff on you too?
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