Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Ice cream headache


Apparently, the phenomenon of the ice cream headache was unrecorded prior to the twentieth century.

Some resources for information on the etiology and therapy of ice cream headache:

Fuh JL, Wang SJ, Lu SR, Juang KD. Ice-cream headache--a large survey of 8359 adolescents. Cephalalgia. 2003 Dec;23(10):977-81

Kaczorowski M, Kaczorowski J. Ice cream evoked headaches (ICE-H) study: randomised trial of accelerated versus cautious ice cream eating regimen. BMJ. 2002 Dec 21;325(7378):1445-6

Raskin NH, Knittle SC. Ice cream headache and orthostatic symptoms in patients with migraine. Headache. 1976 Nov;16(5):222-5

Online Mayo Clinic FAQ on ice cream headache

And, of course, the Wikipedia entry on Brain freeze

Lastly, from the "Et tu, Brute?" department:
Altschuler EL. Using ice cream headache to help physicians experience the pain of and empathize with cluster headache patients. Med Hypotheses. 2006;66(3):685. Epub 2005 Nov 8

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

when I read that article, to my understanding it says
"if it's hot outside and you have a headache, our ice cream will make you feel better"...just another view on it. Still an interesting ad!