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research on ice-cream headaches: next step for treating migraines



Imagine, it is a hot, sultry, dry summer day… You are going to the nearest cafe place and buying a pint of a delicious ice-cream. The first bit of that ice-cream maybe the most enjoyable event of the day! However, suddenly you feel that your teeth are cramped and you get an incredibly intensive brain freeze headache that might even destroy your delight. Why does it happen? In a new study conducted by Melissa Mary Blatt and her colleagues the explanation to this phenomenon is provided.

According to this article, the migraine seems to be triggered by an abrupt increase in blood flow in the anterior cerebral artery and slowly disappears when the artery constricts. We all know that there are different headache types each one associated with a particular problem in your organism. However, the discovery made by Melissa and her colleagues might open a new window into the researches of headache treatments. Another “headache study” discussed in the article is the Serrador’s abstract presented during the Experimental Biology 2012 meeting in San Diego few days ago. The study looked into the speed of a headache, the dilation (the quick constriction) that may be a type of self-defense for the brain. The brain is one of the most important organs of the body and it is highly sensitive to the temperature changes. The vasodilatation might be used as a tool to move the warmth inside the brain to make sure it does not freeze. However, the fact that the skull is a closed structure, the sudden influx of blood could raise the pressure in the skull and increase the pain. That fact could be used when treating migraines and posttraumatic headaches that have the same forming conditions.

What about you, guys? How often do you get the brain freeze syndrome? Do you find anyhow similar to the other migraines that you get for other reasons? How do you feel about current attempts to treat headaches? Are they effective?

  1. April 23, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    I’ve had migraines since I was 12. They suck. I’ve tried all different types of OTC painkillers, prescriptions, herbal remedies, acupuncture, you name it, nothing has been able to kick them. I used to be a little more optimistic whenever I heard about some new breakthrough in headache medication, whether it was using LSD to treat migraines or a pill that turns triggers some defective gene, but now it all just seems so far-fetched. Maybe someday they’ll come out with a truly effective preventative for migraines, for now I’ll just stick to an ice-pack.

  2. lexicory
    April 23, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    I’ve had brain-freeze several times, and like everyone else, try my best to avoid it by eating those cold foods slowly. My sister gets very bad migraines, and something doctors recommended years ago we still use with her: putting a packet of sugar under the tongue. It is absorbed into the blood stream and combats the sensitive nerves that cause the migraines. I have no idea if it works for everyone, but it does for her. I think everyone is different with the way that their body is and needs to be treated. Hopefully they can come up with better ways to combat the sensitivity in the brain and negate out the influx of cold.

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