"HEAVENS TO MERGATROID!!!!"
Finally, somebody else with the ice pick pain. I've had the jabbing ice pick pain in my head for 25years. It would hit me out of nowhere and hit me with blinding pain in the right side of my head. This was a symptom that I was going to be visited with a migraine. The pain is so intense that when it hits me, I instantly grab that location on my head and apply pressure to try and counter-pressurize the pain. I still get it out of nowhere without any warning. Luckily, it has never gotten me while I was driving, 'cause I probably would have wrecked! The closest thing I can relate it to is the same pain I had continuously when I had shingles.
Now, I get the ice pick pain behind my right eye when a migraine hits and it just sits there until I get a narcotic shot for pain. I've explained this pain to doctors since the dawn of time, and not a one has ever been able to explain it, or paid that much attention to it either, for that matter. The end of this month, I'm going to a new neurilological institute, so maybe that will get me some answers as to what causes the pain and what I can do to MAKE IT STOP!!!
I do have two bad vertibrae in my neck, which I start getting epidural injections on next week. Maybe those will help.
Thanks for the heads-up, but cluster headaches have been ruled out for me. I have common migraines (without Aura), triggered by changes is weather or temperature, hormones, TMJ flair-ups, stress (gets me when I'm asleep), etc... I don't have any food allergies as triggers, thank heavens. I spent months of doing a food diary to rule these out. Plus, my migraines don't come in groups or last for only a few hours, which is typical of cluster headaches.
The jabbing pains have always been an anomaly, although when I first started getting them, they were concentrated behind my right ear. The muscles intersecting between my neck and skull would actually knot up, and I had these bumps for years. My ex-fiance had cluster headaches, and those were really scary to watch, but definitely not the same as my migraines. I don't know how many times I had to talk him through them, especially when he wanted to relieve the pressure by slicing his head open. He would have several in a group, but then go weeks without them.
I understand that pain, which is a constant in my life, but I have learned to get help as soon as possible if my abortive hasn't worked or I wake up with a full-blown migraine. I make sure somebody is with me at all times when I get a migraine attack. A couple of months ago, my parents went out of town, and I must have called ten people to make sure I wasn't by myself. I got a ride to the ER for a pain shot, which stopped the problem for a while.
I wouldn't wish clusters or migraines on anybody (well, almost anybody!) Let me know how you are doing.
Post Edited (JonS) : 12/9/2006 3:03:49 AM (GMT-7)
Welcome to HealingWell. I'm sorry to hear about your headaches. I agree with mommyto3 about seeing a neurologist. Headaches, migraines, tension headaches, cluster headaches, can be very different for each person and really need a headache specialist to properly diagnose them. I believe that your doctor can refer you to a neurologist within your HMO who hopefully would specialize in headaches.
I'm afraid I'm not familiar with the diagnosis you describe, but I know that my neurologist has been a life saver. He has seen all types of headaches and has been able to help me significantly.
Good luck and let us know how it goes.
Sounds like you have done your research! I don't know if maybe you have come across headaches called SUNCT and CPH. They are two rarer forms of headaches and have some similiarities to what you are describing, but from what I have researched previously and heard (I don't have these, so I'm sure everyone's symptoms vary some) usually there is eye tearing or nasal stuffiness, but again I could be wrong. Your headaches are definently to short in duration, and reoccuring to quickly for clusters...
I thought I'd pass along the terms if you'd like to do some more research and see if the pain you are experiencing matches either of these or if it does fall closely to ice pick headaches--I don't know much about those either...