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did you try any medication, the fioricet?
I will send you some information on this problem
Ice pick headache refers to a type of headache pain that is described as momentary (lasting seconds), sharp, and/or jabbing that occurs either once or several times a day at irregular intervals. It has also been nicknamed the "jabs and jolts" or "stabs and jabs" headache. The pain is most often felt around one eye or the temple area and it recurs in the same place or may move to other places on the same side of the head or the opposite side. These headaches are more likely in patients with migraine or cluster headaches. It is uncommon in the pediatric and adolescent population. This type of headache disappears spontaneously in many cases or can be successfully treated with indomethacin.
can you see that?
there are some specific medications you can try for this
if you feel that description matches your pain problem
one is fioricet, what I had mentioned last time
the second is called indocin, or indomethacin
If you are having problems sleeping, because of this headache
you can use a medication which is over the counter, melatonin
taking melatonin at night, especially in women, seems to help this kind of headpain
I would ask if you are going through menopause, as that can also cause these headpains, if you have flushing as well
well you could try symptomatic treatment with indocin or fioricet
but have you spoken with your doc about hormonal therapy? using bioidentical estrogens? if you feel this could be from your flashes, with swelling of the scalp giving rise to this type of pain, that might be an approach.
let me get you a webpage from Harvard on hormonal treatments
the sensory system on the head is all superficial, you don't get shooting pain from brain tumors for example
or strokes, or anything within the skull
it comes from sensory organs, nerve endings on the scalp
and in the tendons of the muscles
like you mentioned you grind your teeth? that could be a reason for tendon pain, and these ice pick type headpains
usually this pain is pretty intense.
but it is not likely to be a stroke like attack, or any other central nervous system problem
please try not to worry about this, but get some effective treatment, it is trial and error, but you will find something that works for this pain, take this information to your primary care and ask him ok?
I am here anytime if you have questions
Dr Frank T
you are welcome